Known in Thai as Hin Jom, Anemone Reef is a submerged dive site marked with a mooring buoy, and s located 1.5 hours east of Phuket, very close to Shark Point. It comprises one main rocky pinnacle running north-south, which starts at 3m, and descends down to 20m.
Anemone Reef Information
- Time to dive site: 1.5 hours by dive boat
- Recommended diver level: Beginner to intermediate
- Currents: Mild to moderate
- Depth: 5 – 25m
The pinnacle apparently used to start at 2m until 1997, when the King Cruiser car ferry struck the pinnacle, shaving its top off and providing Phuket with an amazing new dive site, the King Cruiser Wreck, located not far from this reef.
To the south of the pinnacle is a smaller rocky outcrop at a depth of 13 to 20m, separated by a narrow channel. Around the base of the whole site is a sandy bottom with further rocks and hard corals to explore; this slopes away to a maximum depth of 25m.
As soon as you see this site you’ll understand why it is named Anemone Reef, it really is beautiful! There are blankets of pink, blue and purple anemones covering the dive site, and the mild to moderate currents make the anemones dance with the water; definitely worth taking your camera.
Clownfish and anemone fish are of course plentiful here, and huge schools of snapper are regularly sighted. Fin slowly around the site looking in cracks amongst the rocks – there are moray eels, ghost pipefish and many critters to be found, and leopard sharks are often spotted sleeping in the sand.