Racha Noi is slightly further south than Raja Yai but no less spectacular.
In fact diving here almost guarantees that you will see manta rays.
The giant submerged boulders are reminiscent of the underwater topography that divers find at the Similan Islands.
If you take a trip to Racha Noi from February through April you are likely to spot whale sharks in the area.
Traveling a few more kilometers south of Racha Yai will bring you to its rocky twin island of Koh Racha Noi. This is the smaller of the two sites and uninhabited with fewer beaches. It is a fairly inactive island apart from some sport fishing in the small inlet on the west coast.
Best Dive Months: November to April
Average Depth: 12 meters
Maximum Depth: 30 meters
Visibility: 10 - 20 meters
Currents: Moderate to Strong
Hazards: None Noted
Marine Life: Nudibranch, Mantas, Reef Sharks, Turtles, Boxfish, Pipefish, Fusiliers, Squirrel Fish, Rabbit Fish, Butterfly Fish, Octopus, Moray Eels, Stingrays, Wrasse fish, Angelfish, Damsel Fish, Puffer Fish, Seahorses, Snappers, Hermit Crab.
The diving points around Racha Noi are deeper and less sheltered from prevailing currents. Most of the scuba shops will check your certification level before offering you access to these challenging dive trips.
Traditionally they want to see proof of at least 50 logged scuba dives and an advanced license.
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The benefit of meeting these requirements is the opportunity to see big marine animals. Whale sharks, the majestic manta ray and other photogenic pelagic fish await your visit.