Richelieu Rock scuba diving day trips available from November - May
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Richelieu Day Trips
- Best scuba diving in Thailand
- Blue Guru is closest dive centre
- Large dive cruiser 'Chandida'
- Whale shark & manta hot spot
- Sensational macro life
- Small groups
What is Richelieu Rock?
Richelieu Rock is a striking open sea pinnacle. The central rock is a jutting limestone spire, rising from 50m deep all the way to the surface. There are two more inner columns on either side of the central one.
Why Richelieu Rock?
Richelieu's structure and isolation make it a magnet for a vast selection of marine life. Many divers choose Richelieu Rock because of regular whale shark and manta visitations.
Increase your chances of seeing large pelagics by joining the Richelieu Rock 2d1n Scuba Safari
Where is Richelieu Rock?
Richelieu Rock is approximately 45km west off the Andaman coast of Thailand. It is about 550 km south of Bangkok and 150 km north of Phuket. Richelieu Rock is about 10km from the Surin Islands.
Marine life at Richelieu Rock?
The diversity of marine life at Richelieu is tremendous. Ranging from the very large to the very small there is really something for everyone.
- Whale sharks & manta rays
- Schools of barracuda and grouper
- Octopus & cuttlefish
- Ghost pipefish & seahorses
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Luxury dive cruiser 'Chandida'
'Chandida' is the only fast scuba diving cruiser in the region. Her superior size allows Blue Guru divers the luxury of a calm ride with ample space to rest & relax in the air conditioned saloon or chat with other guests upstairs on the deck.
Blue Guru - closest dive centre
Blue Guru Diving is the closest dive centre to Richelieu Rock. We are half the distance awayfrom the rock than Khao Lak, where all the other dive boats come from. This means that you have the opportunity to explore Richelieu by a dive cruiser as opposed to speedboat or liveaboard.
The best of both worlds
Chandida offers keen scuba divers the opportunity to dive Thailand's best site without compromise.
Pros - large, luxurious, comfortable
Cons - slow, expensive, only 2 out of 10+ dives at Richelieu Rock, difficult for families/groups with non-divers
Pros - fast & focussed
Cons - little room to move around, feel like a commuter, uncomfortable in less than perfect conditions
Pros - all of Pros above
Cons - none of Cons above
Dive cruiser 'Chandida' goes to Richelieu Rock intermittently during peak season from 15th November until 1st May depending on demand. We strongly advise joining our weekly scheduled Richelieu Rock 2d1n Scuba Safari.
Chandida tour itinerary*
7.30am depart Khuraburi pier
8.30am arrive Koh Phra Thong
9.00am depart Koh Phra Thong
10.30am arrive Richelieu Rock
10.45am dive briefing
11.00am 1st dive
12.00pm divers exit water
12.15pm lunch is served
13.45pm dive briefing
14.00pm 2nd dive
15.00pm divers exit water
15.15pm depart Richelieu Rock
16.45pm arrive Koh Phra Thong
17.00pm depart Koh Phra Thong
17.45pm arrive Khuraburi
*This itinerary is for guidance only...
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Meals on Chandida
There are many amazing things about scuba diving. One of them is the surprising hunger that suddenly dawns after a dive. There is always plenty of delicious food on Chandida including several different lunch options - enjoy liveaboard style meals on this amazing day boat!
Richelieu Rock - scuba diving
Day trip prices
From Koh Phra Thong
Adult rate - 6,500 Bt
Transfer to/from Richelieu Rock on luxury dive cruiser - 'Chandida'
2 dives at Richelieu Rock
Experienced, professional dive guide
Gourmet lunch onboard
Breakfast onboard (Khuraburi divers)
Transfer from Khuraburi hotels
Transfer from Koh Phra Thong beach
Surin Park entrance/diving fee- 600 Bt
High quality equipment rental - 700 Bt
Transfers from Khao Lak- please ask
Advance booking is advised
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Read more on Richelieu Rock
Just because Richelieu Rock is only suitable for scuba divers does not mean a non-diving partner can not join the trip. Come along and enjoy a relaxing day out at sea, feast on a sumptuous lunch and marvel at the myriad of boats at this world famous dive site. All for only 1,900 Bt