Shark Point is a fantastic dive site placed between Phuket and the Phi Phi islands. It consists of 3 main pinnacles, laid out approximately North-South, pinnacle #1 breaching the surface by a few meters, with pinnacle #2 and #3 reaching up approximately to 5m and 10m below the surface respectively.
Dive sites often get their name from the topography above water – Shark Point’s Thai name is ‘Hin Musang’ – ‘Hin’ means ‘Stone’ and a ‘Musang’ is an ‘Asian Civet’, perhaps this rocky outcrop is similar to the pointed face of the civet or indeed a shark’s fin.
All three pinnacles of Shark Point are covered in vibrant soft-corals, anemones and hard-corals and are a host to a great variety and abundance of marine life, such as seahorses, zebra and other morays, and yes sometimes zebra sharks (leopard sharks) as well as bamboo sharks on the outer-reefs.
Whichever parts of this large dive site you visit, for sure the best way to end the dive is hanging out at a long safety stop enjoying the many schools of small fish, dancing over the crimson red and pink soft corals, with a backdrop of trevally, forster’s, chevron and great barracuda. When the season is right, also take a good hard look among the corals for ornate ghost pipefish and even harder to find frogfish!
Scuba diving Shark Point is possible all year round, weather permitting. Sometimes swell during low-season (May-October).
Depths: Pinnacle #1, 1m – 22m. Pinnacle #2, 5m-22m. Pinnacle #3, 10-25m. (deeper on the small outer reefs/sands)
Visibility 5m – 30m (Mostly 10m-20m)
Everything from seahorses, nudibranchs and ghost pipefish, through to rays, morays and sharks. A dive site where the variety of fish is too great to number. Even 3 dives would barely do this site justice, if you want to see all it has to offer. On a good visibility day, people that have dived all round the world say that Shark Point is one of the best / prettiest dives they’ve done.