DIVE OR SNORKEL THE BEST REEFS IN THE WORLD
Maritime Southeast Asia is renowned for its spectacular marine biodiversity, a natural phenomenon which, as one of the area’s major attractions, lures the best and most experienced divers in the world to its shores.
Lamima is an ideal vessel from which to explore these locations and her PADI diving centre caters for all levels of divers from the most advanced to beginners (including the possibility of completing PADI certification) with our two PADI instructor Wawan. A nitrox compressor is available and additional dive guides/masters will be arranged to accommodate specific needs.
In this region diving and snorkelling, conditions are good all year round with visibility ranges between 15-30 metres. The climate has diffused seasons, none particularly dry or rainy, with high humidity and the occasional tropical shower are the norm. Water temperature is a constant 28 or 29 degrees Celcius; in short, perfect!
Whether the reward of a truly challenging dive is what you seek or whether you are content to drift idly through exquisite underwater vistas, you can be quite certain that Lamima’s team will provide your best diving experience ever. When the day is done there’s no long drive home, you will simply relax out on deck under the stars, regaling your friends with the day’s adventures. We call it luxury diving, and there is nothing quite like it!!
Thailand & Myanmar
With warm and protected waters year-round, these two countries provide stunning diving opportunities for both beginners, or those that want to learn, and advanced divers. The Thailand and Myanmarese authorities have done well to protect the main areas so the coral is still in good health and the reefs attract a great population of fish. In one trip with Lamima it is possible to dive four world-class dive destinations: Mergui Archipelago, Surin Islands, Similan Islands, and South of Phuket.
BLACK ROCK (Mergui) – In the very north-east of the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar this site has been left to bloom. Divers will be amazed at the Shark population and species variety here. Alongside them, divers can expect to see schools of Rainbow Runners, Tuna and Trevally with large Barracuda to be spotted too. A true highlight of this area.
RICHELIEU ROCK (Similan Islands) – A horseshoe-shaped seamount attracting Mantas and Whale Sharks from February to April. Even if diving outside these months, this reef is a kaleidoscope of colour with its resident school of Barracuda, Giant Cuttlefish, Seahorses, and Harlequin Shrimp to be found in the nooks-and-crannies.
HIN MAUNG (South of Phuket) – This a large seamount open to currents so plenty of nutrients pass through here. Divers can expect an action dive here as we watch the millions of resident baitfish being fed upon by Striped Trevally, Rainbow Runners, and Rock Cod. Again Manta Rays and Whale Sharks can make an appearance here and Reef Sharks can pass by in the blue.
Komodo National Park
Komodo and the surrounding areas are world famous for diving because of the nutrients exchanged between the Flores Sea in the north, and the Indian Ocean in the south. Everything can be found here from large pelagic fish, Dolphins, and Whales to tiny critters.
BATU BOLONG – This is a large coral pinnacle reaching from the surface to 70 meters and acts as a magnet for all the life available in the park. On every dive, you will be surrounded by swarms of Anthias and Fusiliers and these bring in the bigger fish. Watch National Geographic infront of your eyes as Giant Trevally and Dogtooth Tuna attack the smaller fish. Hawksbill turtles lie lazily on the reef feeding as Whitetip Reef Sharks circle on the corners.
MAKASSER REEF – A 3km reef attracting Manta Rays for cleaning and feeding. Divers can drift along this shallow reef stopping close to the coral pinnacles that have Mantas, here we wait to see if they are interested to take a closer look at us. Most of the time we find that they swoop down directly above us and often perform a Manta ballet with one-and-other.
CASTLE ROCK – A seamount used by Marble Groupers as a breeding ground but also home to big schools of fish such as Unicorn Fish, Batfish, Big-eye Trevally, and Sweetlip Snapper. Using reef hooks divers can wait at the point of the current for the feeding to start. Almost as if a horn was blown Napoleon Wrasse, Giant Moray Eels, Whitetip Reef Sharks, and Giant Trevallys form a group looking for weak fish. This is often a complete Fish Soup dive!
Raja Ampat Marine Protected Area
Known as having the most marine diversity on Earth, this area is a divers dream. Nutrient rich currents meet here from the Pacific Ocean and Ceram Sea providing a unique breeding ground that has resulted in the creation of many endemic species. This area has the best coral growth you are likely to see worldwide.
SARDINE REEF – A large seamount home to huge schools of Sardines feeding close to the reef. Sardines are food the bigger stuff so anything is possible here. While divers cruise around the coral reef in comfort expect to see Whitetip and Grey Reef Sharks, Green and Hawksbill Turtles, Wobbegong Sharks hiding under coral ledges, Octopus, Mantis Shrimp, and much more.
AIRBOREI – A shallow reef with a few coral pinnacles used by Manta Rays as cleaning stations. Watch train formations of Mantas fight for positioning to have parasites cleaned from their bodies. This is a very easy dive and accessible by snorkelers too.
BLACK ROCK – Divers only need to decent 5 meters to witness the fantastic coral growth here. With pelagics such as Tuna and Trevally passing through this reef attracts all the reef indicator fish so expect another fish soup dive.
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