..."Always a certain stop-off point on any Burma liveaboard and Similan diving trip, Richelieu Rock rates as the best site in Thailand for scuba diving with whale sharks and one of the best places in the world for that activity. Encounters with these marine animals, the largest of all fish, are rare almost everywhere in the world. Richelieu Rock certainly attracts more than its fair share. Richelieu Rock boasts great biodiversity too. This large, splintered, horseshoe shaped pinnacle is covered with anemones and soft corals of all kinds. From tomato anemonefish, yellow boxfish, white-eyed moray eels and mantis shrimps to manta rays, one and a half metre malabar groupers and chevron barracuda, there's always plenty of life to grab your attention at this scuba dive site." Richelieu Rock Reef Basics: Great for: Large animals, small animals, underwater photography, dive value-for-money and advanced divers Not so great for: Wrecks, beginner divers, snorkelling, non-diving activities Depth: 5 - 35m Visibility: 15 - 35m Currents: Can be strong Surface Conditions: Can be rough Water Temperature: 26 - 29°C Experience Level: Intermediate - advanced Number of dive sites: 2 Diving Season: October to May Distance: ~200 km north of Phuket (10 hours), 80 km northwest of Khao Lak (4 hours) Access: Thailand liveaboards in Burma and the Similans
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