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Phuket is strategically located in the Andaman Sea and therefore a great place to be when you want to see the marine life of the Andaman Sea. Daytrips for divers and snorkelers are made to the western located Racha Islands, towards and around the Phi Phi islands in the west and to the famous Similan Islands in the northwest.

Expect to see different types of angelfish, clownfish, butterflyfish, fusiliers, groupers, lobsters, shrimps, snappers and trevallies. You have a realistic chance to see barracudas, turtles, the yellow boxfish, an octopus, the scribbled filefish, a giant moray, nudibranchs, the black spotted puffer, lionfish and the titan triggerfish.

Keep in mind that October to May is the best time to visit, when the sea is calm. Due to unpredictable weather conditions, the Similan Islands National Park is closed from 15 May until 31 October. The most ideal period to visit the Similan Islands is from late February through mid March.

Phuket is the starting point of many liveaboard cruises ranging from 2 until 10 days. A liveaboard cruise will let you see the best of what the Andaman Sea has got to offer, like Hin Daeng and Hin Muang in the far south. You can reach the more remote dive sites of the Similan Islands, the Surin Islands including the famous Richelieu Rock and even the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar/Burma.
Joining a liveaboard cruise gives you a better chance to see whale sharks, manta rays, schools of mobula rays, nurse sharks and white tip reef sharks. You probably also see different species of moray eels, boxfish, frogfish, ghost pipefish, humphead parrotfish, cuttlefish, seahorses and many many more amazing marine life animals.

  1. Yellowtail clownfish

    Amphiprion clarkii

    Tiago Sa Brito (C) All rights reserved

  2. Clown anemonefish

    Amphiprion ocellaris

    Richard Whitcombe (C) All rights reserved

  3. Bluering angelfish

    Pomacanthus annularis

    Nantawat (C) All rights reserved

  4. Emperor angelfish (adult)

    Pomacanthus imperator

    stephan kerkhofs (C) All rights reserved

  5. Great barracuda

    Sphyraena barracuda

    aquapix (C) All rights reserved

  6. Blackfin barracuda

    Sphyraena qenie

    Rich Carey (C) All rights reserved

  7. Orbicular batfish (adult)

    Platax orbicularis

    James A Dawson (C) All rights reserved

  8. Moontail bullseye

    Priacanthus hamrur

    Derek Keats (CC: BY)

  1. Fluted giant clam

    Tridacna squamosa

    Paul and Jill (CC: BY)

  2. Tropical striped triplefin

    Helcogramma striata

    C.K.Ma (C) All rights reserved

  3. Yellow boxfish (adult)

    Ostracion cubicus

    Dray van Beeck (C) All rights reserved

  4. Yellow boxfish (juvenile)

    Ostracion cubicus

    Stubblefield Photography (C) All rights reserved

  5. Two-lined monocle bream

    Scolopsis bilineata

    orlandin (C) All rights reserved

  6. Threadfin butterflyfish

    Chaetodon auriga

    Luiz A. Rocha (C) All rights reserved

  7. Lined butterflyfish

    Chaetodon lineolatus

    Rich Carey (C) All rights reserved

  8. Copperband butterflyfish

    Chelmon rostratus

    Ian Scott (C) All rights reserved

  1. Pennant coralfish

    Heniochus acuminatus

    Kristina Vackova (C) All rights reserved

  2. Large toothed cardinalfish

    Cheilodipterus macrodon

    Levent Konuk (C) All rights reserved

  3. Smooth sea fan

    Annella mollis

    Derek Keats (CC: BY)

  4. Bubble coral

    Plerogyra sinuosa

    NOAA Photo Library (CC: BY)

  5. Tiger cowrie

    Cypraea tigris

    Vlad61 (C) All rights reserved

  6. Whitespotted hermit

    Dardanus megistos

    orlandin (C) All rights reserved

  7. Porcelain crab

    Neopetrolisthes maculatus

    Tim Sheerman-Chase (CC: BY)

  8. Pharaoh cuttlefish

    Sepia pharaonis

    Rich Carey (C) All rights reserved

  1. Scissortail sergeant

    Abudefduf sexfasciatus

    Kristina Vackova (C) All rights reserved

  2. Indo-Pacific sergeant

    Abudefduf vaigiensis

    serg_dibrova (C) All rights reserved

  3. Blue green damselfish

    Chromis viridis

    brian.gratwicke (CC: BY)

  4. Spotted eagle ray

    Aetobatus narinari

    Ethan Daniels (C) All rights reserved

  5. Scribbled leatherjacket filefish

    Aluterus scriptus

    Al@in76 (CC: BY)

  6. Flowery flounder

    Bothus mancus

    Ocean Image Photography (C) All rights reserved

  7. Warty frogfish (adult - yellowish)

    Antennarius maculatus

    Ye Choh Wah (C) All rights reserved

  8. Goldband fusilier

    Pterocaesio chrysozona

    stephan kerkhofs (C) All rights reserved

Tags: Marine life, Fish, Coral, Fishcard, Fishslate, Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Underwaterphotography, Uwphotography, Reeflife, MyFishGallery.

Marine life tags: Whale shark, Giant manta, Green turtle, Titan triggerfish, Clown anemonefish (a.k.a. Clownfish, Nemo), Great barracuda, Yellow boxfish, Ribbontail stingray (a.k.a. Blue spotted stingray), Yellowmargin triggerfish, Orbicular batfish, Harlequin sweetlips, Christmas tree worm, Giant moray, Snowflake moray, Bearded scorpionfish, Black-blotched porcupinefish (a.k.a. Pufferfish), Nudibranchs, Yellowface angelfish, Copperband butterflyfish, Indo-pacific sergeant, Warty frogfish, Blackspotted puffer, Zebra shark.

Locationtags: Phuket, Andaman Sea, Thailand, Diving Phuket, Diving Similan Islands, Diving Racha Islands, Diving Koh Phi Phi, Diving Surin Islands, Diving the Mergui Archipelogo, Diving Diving Andaman Sea, Diving Thailand, Marine life Phuket, Marine life Racha Islands, Marine life Similan Islands, Marine life Surin Islands, Marine life Mergui Archipelago, Marine life Andaman Sea, Snorkeling Phuket, Snorkeling Andaman Sea, Holiday Phuket.