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Shark Point

Shark Point Pinnacles Phuket


Shark Point (Hin Musang) is about 27km east of Phuket and very close to King Cruiser Shipwreck and Anemone Reef.

This site is made up of 3 main pinnacles that lay in a north to south direction with the Northern most pinnacle known as pinnacle 1 and the southernmost pinnacle 3.

Pinnacle 1 is the only one visible from the surface, but underwater all 3 pinnacles are covered in soft corals and descend down to a sandy area.

Shark Point’s name in Thai is Hin Mu Sang and was so-called because of its resident leopard sharks and it's a fantastic site for photographers with lots of colourful corals, huge Gorgonian Sea Fansand prolific marine life.

Shark Point Dive Site Facts

Best Dive Months: November to April

Average Depth: 12 meters

Maximum Depth: 25 meters

Visibility: 5 - 20 meters

Currents: Moderate to Strong

Hazards: Boat Traffic

Marine Life: Whale Sharks, Nudibranch, Mantas, Reef Sharks, Turtles, Boxfish, Cuttlefish, Khul's Stingray, Pipefish, Fusiliers, Squirrel Fish, Rabbit Fish, Butterfly Fish, Octopus, Moray Eels, Stingrays, Wrasse, Angelfish, Damsel Fish, Puffer Fish, Seahorses, Snappers, Hermit Crab, Lionfish, Bamboo Sharks, Tiger Tailed Seahorses, Ornate Ghost-pipefish, Zebra Morays.

The trip from Chalong bay to Shark Point will take about 2 hours depending on the weather and when you arrive at Shark Point you can see Pinnacle 1 which is a small rock with a cross on it sticking out of the water’s surface.

Depending on which way the current is running either from south to north or vice versa, will determine where you will enter the water and which pinnacle you will descend from. If the current is running from the south you will descend down pinnacle 2 or pinnacle 3.

There is a descent line on Pinnacle 3 but as it is the deepest area at between 12 – 25 metres it's not generally suitable for beginners.

If you descend onto Pinnacle 3, you will circle around it making your way slowly north, keep looking out into the blue as there is an occasional chance of whale sharks passing this site.

You will go across a sandy bottom until you reach pinnacle 2. If you decide to go east around this pinnacle, you’ll find a sloping side of soft corals with lots of sea fans.

Look out on the sandy bottom for Khul’s and blue spotted stingrays and there are leopards sharks if you are fortunate enough to see them. When you follow the pinnacle round to the west side then it turns into a wall where there are lots of banded cleaner shrimps, Durban dancer shrimps and ornate ghost pipefish.

This is a good place for a safety stop as the top of the pinnacle is at about 5 metres. If you continue travelling north you will cross another sandy area at about 18 metres which shallows up to pinnacle 1.

Pinnacle 1 slopes down both sides with lots of soft corals and sea fans everywhere. At the south end there is some stag horn coral and if you travel around the west side of pinnacle 1 follow the outline of the pinnacle you will find bommies and lots of fish life.

Continue and eventually you will come to a wall full of yellow soft corals at about 14 metres deep, look closely and you’ll see a yellow tiger-tailed seahorse.

At about 18 meters on the bottom of the same wall there is a brown sea fan and in there you can find a brown tiger-tailed seahorse.

Follow the pinnacle north where you will find lots of fish life including up to 5 or 6 lion fish swimming together and maybe 4 or 5 cuttlefish and I've personally witnessed a cuttlefish laying her eggs.

In the sand to the north of the pinnacle are several poles set in the sand at about 10 meters deep where you can often see Leopard Sharks.

On the north east side of the pinnacle you will come across a bommie with a giant barrel sponge which is covered in tiny glass fish. Also look for the snappers, tuna and blue fin and giant trevallies feeding here.

In the bommie there is another yellow tiger-tailed seahorse, also 2 ornate ghost pipe-fish, jan's pipefish, coral banded cleaner shrimps and Durban dancer shrimps, the bommie is fantastic for fish life.

If you decide to finish you dive on pinnacle 1 it is best to be at the north of the pinnacle as there are a lot of anemones, also look out for banded sea snakes and zebra morays.

Phuket Dive Sites |> Anemone Reef |> King Cruiser Wreck |> Koh Doc Mai |> Koh Racha Yai |> Koh Racha Noi |

Once you have ascended after your safety stop it can be very choppy on the surface but the boats will pick you up quickly. For me, I have dived this site well over 400 times and it is a great dive site; a must for all divers visiting either Phi Phi or Phuket.