Similan Island No. 7: East Of Eden
First of all this dive site is located on the Eastern side of Island No. 7, East of Eden is another one of the most noteworthy and famous in the Similans. East of Eden was once described as an underwater “Garden of Eden” hence where the name came from many years ago. One of the highlights being, Ruan Gluay-Mai rock. This is a large Coral Bommy similar to that also found on Anita’s Reef.
East of Eden is also famous for the huge Giant Moray Eel that lived under the table coral at 14m in the middle of the dive site. “Someone”, who will remain nameless, had been feeding a particular Giant Moray daily with sausages and also petting and stroking it. However, in April 2005, while doing the same thing again, showing off to customers, it seems like the Moray probably mistook the divers thumb to be a sausage. So, while he was hand feeding, it seems like the Moray lunged and bit the thumb clean off. And if you wondered, yes you can also scream underwater.
Because, of this and many other reasons, the author recommends you should therefore never feed marine life: most of all not a Giant Moray!
Regrettably this dive site was closed to divers and also snorkelers at the beginning of 2011. Due to an increase in water temperature the previous summer. And, although the water temperature has now returned to normal, because of this there was damage done to some of the hard corals. If you wish to dive Phuket before you head to the Similans please let us as know as we put you on one of our Phuket scuba diving Day Trips.
Consequently at the time of writing we do not know yet when East of Eden will finally re-open ...
East of Eden Dive Site is currently closed
We regret to say that as of mid 2017 East of Eden remains closed. Because, as mentioned, there was some damage sustained by the increase in water temperature. Finally, on a higher note, the Corals are recovering and we still hope that one day East of Eden will therefore be open to scuba divers once again.