Ambiance Big Fishes Sharks
Probably the best divesite in Surin Islands, and also in Thailand is the world renowned Richelieu Rock, which lies 18km east of the Surin islands and is a small limestone outpost carpeted with thick pink and purple corals. Locals call it "Plo Nam", and rumor says it was discovered by Jaques Cousteu.
The Rock is only visible at very low tides, thus posing potential navigational hazards to non-GPS navigated boats, or the uninitiated. It has a very wide diversity of both coastal and oceanic sea life, including nudibranches, sea stars, crustaceans of all kinds, grouper fish, lion fish, reef sharks, giant guitarfish, twelve species of moray eels including the rare golden moray, giant needlefish, copper sweepers, redbar anthias and badger clingfish. This site is listed as a top location for the gentle giant Whale Shark, and there is a very realistic chance of actually swimming with them, especially during the months February to April. The schools of whale sharks treat the Rock as their playground. Manta Rays, leopard sharks, sea-horses are also to be found.
Richelieu Rock is a truly splendid and unique spot with an amazing variety and abundance of marine life. This site ranks amongst the best in the world for whale shark sightings, especially from February to May.
There is one large pinnacle and a few smaller ones rising steeply from the sand base at 32m. Depths from 0 - 32m. Average depth 15 - 25m. Visibilty 15 - 24m.
Sepia by Nikita Shchavelev
Carmen September 14th, 2010 - 3:10:EL LUGAR!!! Lamentablemente no están solos, nunca, hasta 20 otros barcos puede ser alrededor de la cima, pero si te plabn tu día inteligente, que puede saltar cuando los demás se encuentran en la superficie esperando la inmersión sucesiva. Arlequín camarones, peces trompeta fantasma, barakudas, orangután cangrejos, caballitos de mar, meros y y y. Lo mejor es (pero sólo para buzos de experiencia) para hacer un buceo nocturno @ Richelieu Rock!!! Compruébalo.