Dive Site: Koh Dok Mai

Red Robust Featherstar at Ko Dok-Mai diving with Sea Bees. Scuba holiday travel planning for Thailand - where, who and how

Site Overview

Site Type: Wall with Macro (Nudi's)
Depth: Top: 10MMedian: 16MBottom: 23M
Location: In the bay east of Phuket and northwest of Ko Phi Phi

Description

Koh Dok Mai is one of those big limestone pinnacles that stands vertically out of the sea. Below the surface it has a reasonably steep wall with caves on the east side, and a more gently sloping coral reef on the west side.

Koh Dok Mai Flower Island rock at Surface diving with Sea Bees. Scuba holiday travel planning for Thailand - where, who and how

First up, here is a short video of some of the critters you can expect to see.

Currents can be strong, so expect to drift slowly along one side or the other. Not so many butterflies, angel and wrasse, more like bream

White cheeked bream at Ko Dok Mai diving with Sea Bees. Scuba holiday travel planning for Thailand - where, who and how

and grouper terrain.

Longfin grouper at Ko Dok-Mai diving with Sea Bees. Scuba holiday travel planning for Thailand - where, who and how

Take your time and look in all the crevices, as you’ll find pipefish,

Cleaner pipefish: black tail with white margin and dot at Ko Dok Mai diving with Sea Bees. Scuba holiday travel planning for Thailand - where, who and how

And plenty of banded coral shrimp.

Banded coral shrimp at Ko Dok-Mai diving with Sea Bees. Scuba holiday travel planning for Thailand - where, who and how

On the walls amongst the colourful sponge and tube anemones, there are plenty of nudis,

Dorid nudibranch Rudmans Phyllidiella at Ko Dok Mai diving with Sea Bees. Scuba holiday travel planning for Thailand - where, who and how

And more easily spotted seastars.

Spotted seastar at Ko Dok-Mai diving with Sea Bees. Scuba holiday travel planning for Thailand - where, who and how

In some of the larger crevices, you might find a Solanders Toby,

Solanders toby at Ko Dok Mai diving with Sea Bees. Scuba holiday travel planning for Thailand - where, who and how

On even that cryptic crevice dweller par excellence – the Comet, a variety of Devilfish.

Comet - cryptic crevice dwellers par excellance at Ko Dok-Mai diving with Sea Bees. Scuba holiday travel planning for Thailand - where, who and how

Take a look inside the caves if you go east, there are all the night time big-eyed fish (squirrels and soldiers) waiting for dust. A slumbering shark is often found wedged in the rocks in front of the bigger cave. Closer to the surface, sea anemones, many without anemonefish, abound.

Sea anemones at Ko Dok-Mai diving with Sea Bees. Scuba holiday travel planning for Thailand - where, who and how