Camera Bay: a dive where you will want your Camera!
Camera Bay is located on the North-Western part of Racha Noi Island, one of the Racha Islands, (also known as Raya Islands) around 12-15 miles South of Phuket. This comprises of two islands; Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi. Koh Racha Noi, “Ko / Koh” meaning island, “Noi” in Thai meaning Small or Less, and is the furthest; roughly 45-60 minutes past Racha Yai.
As you pass Racha Yai on your way to Racha Noi be sure to keep your eyes peeled as, Dolphins, Sail Fish and even Whales are regularly spotted here!
As Racha Noi is the “last” dive site before the Andaman Sea really starts to gets deep the location and water movement helps brings in the larger pelagic fishes Including Manta Rays, the occasional Whale shark, large Tuna, Barracuda, Trevallies and Black Tip and White Tip Reef Sharks, which Racha Noi is famous for! And it's a great place to dive Phuket!
Camera Bay itself is suitable for all levels of divers with little current and an excellent variety of hard corals with white sandy patches surrounded by the boulders and rocky edges of the island itself. Although sheltered from the current in the bay a popular end to the dive is to go out of the bay and drift. As such divers often exit the bay and let the current take them North where the boat will be waiting for you.
Depths start from 5-15m in the bay itself going off to 30m+ as you head North out of the bay, with visibility the usual 10-30m+
Racha Noi Camera Bay: yes you will want your camera with you
Camera Bay has a “centre” of flat sand around 18m surrounded by an interesting mixture of Hard corals and rocks. These rocks are like the large granite boulders which make up The Similan Islands.
Diving in currents at Camera Bay
On a lucky day, maybe a Manta Ray will pop round the rocks and boulders to have a look at you ...