Tech Diving Expedition: Racha Noi and Racha Yai in Phuket
Technical divers explore deep coral reef in Phuket
Continuing the expedition James Foleher and James Thornton-Allan arrived in Phuket to commence technical diving off the coast at Racha Noi and Racha Yai.
With special thanks for Kamala Divers for providing a boat and Pro-Tec Dive College for provding nitrox and oxygen fills the divers set out on a full day trip to explore dive sites Racha Noi and Racha Yai off the coast of Phuket on the south west side of Thailand.
Arriving at the furthest dive site the boat served breakfast before descending on Racha Noi. Racha Noi is perfect for technical diving as the clear blue water, slight currents and accessible depth comes together to create an attractive coral dive site. Although not many people have been to those depths in speaking with Matt Partridge of Pro-Tec Dive College we were advised that 70m was directly underneath us and he wasn’t wrong. Dropping through the blue we reached the maximum depth our gas would allow and the site dropped off on a steep hill below us.
Although the marine life and coral conditions weren’t the best we have seen it was nice to get a bit of open ocean diving across the perfect white sand and to see something different.
The staff on board the vessel provided by Kamala Divers had plenty of experience with technical diving and it was a pleasant change from past experiences. A hearty lunch was served after the first dive of mostly local food but still very good.
Moving away from Racha Noi was Racha Yai which is home to a few wrecks, some sank on purpose with fun easy penetrations and others not sank on purpose but were all within the 20-30m length range. Leaving the wreck area on the dive site both divers enjoyed fast drift diving during our decompression which is a novelty not experienced often on Koh Tao.
Arriving back in Phuket in the evening and unloading the gear the staff were again very helpful and courteous.
The expedition comes to Phuket because the divers fly to Singapore on the 21st to dive the HMS Repulse for the weekend on board the Mv Samudera Quest.
(sorry for the lack of pictures, the battery in the camera ran out)