Richelieu Rock Dive Site

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WOW! Once in a lifetime experience!
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Medium current
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Outstanding! 20m and more
Level Advanced Divers
Dive depth Normal diving depth, 10-25m

Richelieu Rock is quite simply one of the best dive sites in the World and no doubt the best diving site in Thailand! The place is very famous for Whale Shark Sightings and has been described as a “Whale Shark Magnet”! In reality, chances of spotting this gentle giant is not as easy as it sounds but it still remains the best place in Thailand!

The chances to spot them is from February to May. Even if you don’t see any Whale Sharks, the site is still fantastic and you can spot many pelagic fishes like Barracudas, Giant trevallies and Dogtooth Tunas. You will also have good chances to spot a Manta Ray. Moreover, the place is also very good for macro creatures and critter lovers will just love it. They can see Porcelain crabs, Tiger Tail Sea Horses, Pipefishes, Harlequin Shrimp and a great variety of Nudibranch! So don’t forget your underwater camera!

The dive site is really big and you will need at least two dives to explore the spot. Diving in Richelieu Rock can sometimes be challenging because it is in open water and the current can sometimes be strong. The visibility can be reduced by the high density of plankton in the water, but that’s what attracts the Whale Sharks and the Manta Rays! The best way to explore this incredible spot is by liveaboard but it is possible to go there on a day trip from Phuket or Khao Lak. The Richelieu Rock is located South East of the Surin Islands.

Who to dive with? Dive centers operating at Richelieu Rock include: Sunrise Divers Liveaboards

You can also make your experience easy with unique diving boots for example.

This location is a Reef. This is great place for spotting and diving with Sharks!

Best time to dive: the ideal period to plan holidays here isOctober to November. Access: from the Shore. See the map of Richelieu Rock on the right for the exact location.

Richelieu Rock Richelieu Rock is quite simply one of the best dive sites in the World and no doubt the best diving ... Julien 5

Fishes you may spot while diving Richelieu Rock

  • Barracuda Barracuda
  • Giant Trevally Giant Trevally
  • Leopard Shark Leopard Shark
  • Manta Ray Manta Ray
  • Pipefish Pipefish
  • Whitetip Shark Whitetip Shark

... and more fishes & sea life, Dogtooth Tuna, Whale Shark

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8 dive logs in “Richelieu Rock

  1. This is for sure the best dive site in Thailand and the best chance to spot a Whale Shark. It is better to go there on a liveaboard rather than on a day trip.

  2. Hello! Just discovered your website and it’s amazing! congrats!
    I dived richelieu rock last november on a liveaboard trip to the similans! just did my OWD back then and am surely spoiled now – first night dive at richelieu rock and it was unbelievable! sadly almost everything that came after in southern thailand and spain was fantastic but can’t fully compete with that! everyone who gets the chance to dive there – do it!!

    • Thanks Denise! Hope you enjoy what you’re seeing and about to read and discover on our site. We at Divezone are very interested on your liveaboard trip. How was it like? We would be more than happy if you’d share your liveaboard report here on Divezone. It will definitely help a lot of divers out there, who plans to do liveaboard around Richelieu Rock. Happy diving! :)

      • Yep, when I see ur photos I can’t wait to go diving again! :)
        okay, the liveaboard trip… it was organized by a dive center in chalong, phuket, where I did my OWD last year and I was lucky enough to have my private instructor who was willing to take me to the Similans AND to go on nov 6th, so just after the national park reopened again after the annual coral recovery period! so we went to kao lak and got on a boat called ‘peter pan’ for 4 days and we were 7 guests + instructors + crew. I know I repeat myself but I was VERY lucky! Usually there are way more people on a boat this size! but the season just began… we left kao lak soon after midnight and we woke up the next morning in another world :) Everything was organized perfectly, the cabins were clean, with air con, water bottles, european plugs for cameras and stuff… it was a pretty big boat considering that we were only 10 divers. the food was awesome and varied (4 meals a day!), the crew was polite and a bit crazy – we had a lot of fun! before every dive we had a briefing of course, first all together, then again with your instructor or guide.
        they planned 4 dives/day, morning, lunch time, afternoon and 3 night dives.
        from kao lak we went straight up to, koh bon, koh tschai, then richelieu rock where we did 2 dives and then I had my first ever night dive(!!) at richelieu rock – it was stunningly beautiful! the next day we dived elephant head rock (awesome!! 2nd fav dive site!!) anitas reef, tuna wreck, east of eden, shark fin reef…
        seriously, this was one of the best experiences I’ve ever made! I know, I’m just diving for a year now and there’s a lot out there, but such a liveaboard trip… I could get used to a life like this ;)
        peter pan andaman diving did a great job! well organized pick up, time management, they have great guides, everyone (tour leader, photographer, even the driver, cook, crew,….) was really really nice, they’ve got a very talented video- and photographer on board who makes you a video if you like to for a reasonable price.
        what else can I say!? A perfect trip! I’d recommend everyone who wants to see richelieu rock or the simians to go on a liveaboard, cos this is the perfect way to get the most benefits out of a dive trip and to really enjoy your time without hurrying back every evening, it’s just a long way back and forth if you do day trips.
        after 4 wonderful days we went back to Phuket Town harbor and the mini bus took us back to the hotels and apartments,
        we had a guitar, dvds, book, the sun and our buddies ;) and to be honest: it’s heaven to be out of touch for a couple of days… no phone, no internet,… hmmm, no I wanna go back! :/ ;)
        hope I was able to help a bit!

  3. Went there on liveaboard Nov 2014. 7 other boats there on morning dive so far too many homo sapiens. Up to 14 boats may gather there. The late afternoon dive was exquisite with only one other boat. Millions of shoaling small and medium sized fish. Gorgeous reef covered in mauve soft coral and every reef creature possible. Flirting cuttle fish allowed us within 2 inches of them and one diver gently stroked them. Definitely in my top 2 dives ever.

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  5. Hello! It’s possible to do a day trip in richelieu rock on 26 or 27 or 28 of December? I will be those days near khaolak
    Thanks!

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