Koh Bida Diving
Embarking on a diving adventure to Koh Bida is an exhilarating experience that promises to leave you in awe of the captivating underwater world. Nestled in the crystal-clear waters of the Andaman Sea, Koh Bida is a small island located near the famous Phi Phi Islands in Thailand. Renowned for its vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life, this tropical paradise offers a truly unforgettable diving trip.
Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a novice, Koh Bida offers something for everyone. The dive sites boast a variety of experiences, including exhilarating wall dives and unforgettable night dives. Descending along the dramatic limestone walls, you’ll witness a dramatic transformation of the underwater landscape, illuminated by your dive light.
Unveiling Koh Bida's Breathtaking Coral Reefs and Diverse Marine Life
Strapping on your diving gear and taking a deep breath, you plunge into the water, immersing yourself in a world teeming with life. The reefs around Koh Bidas are a kaleidoscope of colors, adorned with a myriad of corals, sponges, and anemones. Schools of tropical fish dance around you, their vibrant hues shimmering in the sunlight. From the graceful butterflyfish to the playful clownfish darting in and out of their anemone homes, every corner of the reef is alive with activity.
Blue Spotted Sting Ray
Dive into Adventure: Witness the Majestic Blacktip Reef Sharks of Koh Bida's Waters
Koh Bida Islands, particularly Koh Bida Nok, are known for their encounters with blacktip reef sharks. These sleek and agile sharks are a common sight in the waters surrounding the islands. Divers often have the opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Blacktip reef sharks are easily recognizable due to their distinctive black-tipped dorsal fins and slender bodies. They typically inhabit shallow coral reefs, where they feed on small fish and crustaceans. These sharks are generally timid and pose little threat to humans, preferring to avoid close contact.
Leopard Shark @ Koh Bida
Black Tip Reef Shark @ Koh Bida
Unveiling the Underwater Splendor of Thailand on Koh Bida's Best Dive Sites
Dive Site – Koh Bida Nok
Koh Bida Nok, the larger of the two Koh Bida Islands, is a dive site that beckons adventurers from across the globe.
One of the highlights of Koh Bida Nok is its encounters with majestic blacktip reef sharks. These graceful creatures, with their distinctive black-tipped fins, make occasional appearances, adding an extra thrill to your dive. Witnessing these sharks gliding effortlessly through the water is an awe-inspiring experience that stays etched in your memory.
Beyond the blacktip reef sharks, Koh Bida Nok is home to an abundance of marine life. Schools of tropical fish navigate the reefs, while moray eels peek out from crevices, and colorful nudibranchs adorn the coral walls. Turtles gracefully swim by, and if you’re lucky, you may spot a leopard shark resting on the sandy seabed.
Ghost Pipe Fish
Dive Site – Koh Bida Nai
Situated near Koh Bida Nok, Koh Bida Nai is the smaller of the two islands. It features beautiful coral gardens, swim-throughs, and an abundance of marine creatures, including reef sharks and turtles.
Diving in Koh Bida Nai is suitable for divers of all levels, from beginners to experienced enthusiasts. The calm and peaceful nature of the dive site provides an ideal setting for honing your skills, gaining confidence, or simply enjoying a relaxed dive amidst stunning natural surroundings.
The waters surrounding Koh Bida Nai are home to a rich diversity of marine species. Keep your eyes peeled for schools of tropical fish, including angelfish, butterflyfish, and clownfish, as they gracefully swim through the coral gardens. Encounter curious moray eels peering out from their rocky hideouts and spot camouflaged seahorses and vibrant nudibranchs.
Dive Site – Hin Bida
Also known as “Rock Bida,” this dive site is located between Koh Bida Nok and Koh Lanta. It is characterized by its striking rock formations that rise from the depths of the Andaman Sea. These rocky outcrops create an intriguing underwater landscape and serve as a habitat for a diverse range of marine life. The site is renowned for its vibrant coral growth and an abundance of marine species.
At Hin Bida can often be found, leopard sharks resting on the sandy seabed, particularly in the vicinity of the rock formations and coral reefs. They prefer shallow, sandy areas where they can blend in with their surroundings and rest during the day. Divers may encounter them lying motionless on the ocean floor, often partially buried in the sand.
These encounters with leopard sharks at Hin Bida provide divers with a unique opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures up close. It’s important to approach them calmly and maintain a respectful distance to avoid disturbing or stressing the sharks.
Leopard Sharks @ Hin Bida
Scorpion Fish @ Hin Bida
How to get to Koh Bida from Koh Lanta
Koh Bida is located in the Andaman Sea, approximately 30 kilometers north-west of Koh Lanta, The distance between Koh Bida islands and Koh Lanta can be covered by boat in around 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on sea conditions and the speed of the vessel.
In Palm Beach Divers you have two options to reach Koh Bida dive sites – depending on sea condition and number of divers we provide 30 minutes ride with our „Sea-Moth” speedboat or 1:30 with big vessel called Lila.