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Richelieu Rock Surin Islands - Explore the Richest Diving Sites in Thailand

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Richelieu Rock Surin Islands is definitely recognised to be the best dive site of Thailand.

Located in the Andaman Sea - East Side of the Indian Ocean - at the extreme north of the west cost of Thailand and at the limit of Burmese waters - Richelieu Rock is a part of the Surin Archipelago.

Ranked as national park in 1981 to create a protected area and a marine sanctuary covering more than 100 km2 superficial, the Surin Archipelago includes 5 Islands (Koh Surin Nuea, Koh Surin Tai, Koh Torinla, Koh Pachumba and Koh Chi ) plus 2 Rocky Formations (Hin Rap and Hin Kong) and Richelieu Rock which is immerged during high tide.

The area offers a large number of dive sites with coral gardens, fields of granite boulders with a wide and rich amount of fishes and coral species.

8 Miles East of the main Islands lay Richelieu Rock - the lonely rock with huge surprises - elected by the divers themselves one of the 10 best dive spots in the world.

The rocky formation, looking as a horseshoe shape, is the home of an incredible variety in Marine life from small endemic fauna, as sea horse, to the biggest pelagic fishes. Covered by pink-red-purple soft corals, Richelieu Rock is the unavoidable passage of whale sharks and mantas during the migrations. Huge fish schools turning permanently around the rock, barracudas, jack fishes, …

The origin of the name Richelieu Rock – Hin Plo Nam in Thai - has different versions: Some said it was named from a Danish naval officer, who became a Siamese Admiral in the Royal Thai Navy, And others, named by the French Pioneer Commandant Jacques Yves Cousteau in 80's, after his dives from the Calypso, due the red-purple colour of the rock, recalling the famous French Cardinal's robe. It is also remarkable that Richelieu Rock literally means “Rich Place” in French language, referring to the extraordinary richness of this massive rock.

Diving Richelieu Rock Surin Islands - the dive must of Thailand - will remain an unforgettable adventure in your diver's life and will justify numerous dives to explore the site and discover a part of its secrets.

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Diving Level
Depth Level of Ease

From Open Water

10 to 27 meters

Easy to medium

Koh Torinla

Diving Level

From Open Water

Depth

10 to 27 meters

Level of Ease

Easy to Medium

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Diving Level
Depth Level of Ease

Open water
AOW Recommended

5 to 30 meters

Easy to medium

Richelieu Rock

Diving Level

Open water
AOW Recommended

Depth

5 to 30 meters

Level of Ease

Easy to Medium

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Diving Level
Depth Level of Ease

All

6 to 20 meters

Easy

Koh Surin Tai

Diving Level

All

Depth

6 to 20 meters

Level of Ease

Easy

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Diving Level
Depth Level of Ease

All

4 to 24 meters

Easy

Koh Surin Nua

Diving Level

all

Depth

4 to 24 meters

Level of Ease

Easy

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Diving Level
Depth Level of Ease

Open Water

Aow Recommended

11 to 25 meters

Easy to Medium

Phratong Wreck

Diving Level

Advanced
Deep Specialty

Depth

11 to 25 meters

Level of Ease

Easy to Medium

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Diving Level
Depth Level of Ease

From Open Water

12 to 24 meters

Easy

Hin Rap

Diving Level

From Open Water

Depth

12 to 24 meters

Level of Ease

Easy

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