Banana Bay Dive Site

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This is a fantastic site to learn how to dive with a lovely reef slope going down to about 30 meters. As part of Racha Noi Island, this site is found on the east side. The reef is accessed from the shore and it is in a sheltered bay. The site gets its name from the many banana trees that grow on the island and that can be found on the east side of the island.

The dive is relatively easy, with a site that starts with a flat shallow area that turns into a coral area made up of hard coral. This then turns into a sandy bottom. The main coral is staghorn, but there are also some coral blocks, which can be found in the shallower areas.

The shallow parts offer a huge variety of marine life including Blue spotted stingrays hiding in the sand, and moray eels, juvenile snapper, and sea snakes all taking refuge in the coral blocks. There are many different types of reef fish, including lizardfish, butterfly fish, fusiliers, damselfish, and red tooth triggerfish. Other marine life include lionfish, puffer fish, sweet lips, anemone fish, banner fish, angel fish, and with the large patches of sandy bottom, there are many perfect photo opportunities for underwater photographers.

One of the main highlights of this site are the huge schools of barracuda. Divers have been known to encounter schools made of over 1,000 fish. The direct sunlight, clear water, and the silver scales of the swimming barracuda make this an amazing site and a great place for underwater photographers to capture large groups of fish on camera.

Leopard sharks are very rare but they have been spotted here and sharks are starting to become more frequent at the dive site. Cuttlefish and manta rays are also another treat to this amazingly varied dive site.

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