Diving at Shark Point

Phuket Scuba Diving Guide

By far one of the best and most popular dive site by day trip from Phuket or Phi Phi, this pinnacle is located approximately 25 kilometres east of Chalong Bay in Phuket.

Given official Marine Sanctuary status in 1992, this dive site is the only day trip in Thailand that offer truly world-class quality diving. The rock explodes with life; the sheer density of fish and other marine life makes diving here a wonderful, sensual experience.

Shark Point, or Hin (Rock) Musang rises out of the water from surrounding depths of only about 18-20 meters. Considering the small extent of the rock above the water, the actual size of the reef underwater is a big surprise to most divers. Beginning from the relatively steep main rock pinnacle, the reef flattens out to the south until it rises towards the surface again about a half kilometre away. This second rock does not break the surface, and depending on the current, is an excellent place to begin the dive.

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Like many places in Thailand, Shark Point's most colourful features are the profusion of purple and pink soft corals that cling to the rocks. The strong currents that sweep over the pinnacle provide food a-plenty for hundreds of different species of hard corals and Indo-Pacific tropical fish. Literally every square centimetre is covered by something living, and at times it seems that every square centimetre of water surrounding Shark Point is filled with fish!

The name of the site comes from our common leopard (zebra) shark (stegastoma varium), a docile creature that hangs out in the sand surrounding the pinnacle. These completely approachable, trusting sharks grow to lengths of a little over two meters, and most divers think that they are one of the cutest sharks in the ocean. Divers who are not accustomed to seeing sharks are genuinely surprised at how big and approachable they are. Unfortunately, many times these sharks are taken advantage of and handled unnecessarily. Handling by divers can injure the animal and expose it to infection. Touching an animal in no way benefits it and-more often than not, seriously harms it.

To protect the fragile eco-system and preserve the tremendous variety of marine life that occupies the reef this popular dive site was declared a marine sanctuary in 1992 by the Thai government and all forms of commercial fishing, collecting of marine life, or other forms of harmful activity are prohibited. Official mooring buoys have been installed and no anchors should be dropped here.

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