Kata Beach House Reef
Kata Beach House Reef is a nice easy scuba diving Beach Dive. The Reef is just a short surface swim away from the beautiful white sand off the North end of Kata Beach.
Between October to May Kata Beach House Reef offers nice, easy diving conditions for divers of all levels & experience. As such the reef is shallow, but that leads to usually an hour or more dive time. Kata Beach House Reef is a great place for try-dive PADI Discover Scuba Diving for first timers. Additionally Kata Beach House Reef is also one of the best places for Night Dives on Phuket. Kata Beach House Reef is also a convenient option for experienced divers who just want an hour underwater looking at some small stuff. But without having to spend a whole day out on a boat. There are loads of Ghost pipefish, Cuttle Fish, Parrot Fish, Nudibranchs and several species of Sea Horse. We even had the odd turtle here so keep your eyes open.
Whether you are interested in trying scuba diving for the first time, completing a PADI course or just fun diving, Kata is a convenient and fun place to dive. Moreover given the easy accessibility of Kata Beach this Phuket dive site offers great flexibility. Consequently dives can usually be easily arranged to suit your holiday plans.
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Kata Beach House Reef: easy diving right off the beach
The dive starts by gearing up on the beach and then making a nice easy beach entry. At Kata Beach House Reef we usually swim out over the sand till we reach the buoys which mark the beginning of the reef. The reef itself is surprisingly large with a section which is only a few meters deep which is perfect for snorkeling as well as scuba diving. Having said that we generally follow the “wall” with the colourful reef on one side and clear flat sand on the other side. This makes for a very easy to navigate dive.
This bottom topography makes Kata Beach House Reef a popular dive site for dives with scuba diving skills practice and certain PADI Courses. Kata Beach House Reef can be a good choice for a PADI Rescue Diver course where you need some flat sandy bottom for skill practice. The layout also means lots of space to conduct things like Search Patterns. And of course, you still have the reef to dive when you are not actually doing any skills.
There is lots to see at Kata Beach House Reef so take your time. You can find Christmas Tree Worms (always a favorite with novice divers), Nudibranchs and Sand Striped Eel Catfish. Look carefully and you will find the well-camouflaged Scorpion Fish, and other favorites like Lionfish, Bent Stick Pipefish as well as Ghost Pipefish.
Heading out over the sand you can find Blue-Spotted Stingray and Razor Fish which are particularly fun on Night Dives. There is a good selection of Clown Shrimp, Mantis shrimp; in fact, you never know what you are going to find out on the sand!
Photography at Kata Beach House Reef:
Kata Beach House Reef makes a very good dive site for those who like simply shallow dives with long bottom times. In addition, with the marine life we have mentioned, Kata Beach House Reef is a GREAT place for your PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course. The dive site is very popular with Marco photographers especially those after Sea Horses as there are THREE different species regularly spotted here.
There is also “The Cubes” or artificial reefs scattered here, the same as you will find a number of Racha Yai Dive Sites. You can usually find a variety of Lionfish and Pufferfish lurking around here which are good to photograph as well.
Kata Beach House Reef Rebreather Diving:
Kata Beach House Reef is also a very good dive site for Closed Circuit or Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreather Divers. With the hugely extended dive time Rebreather provide, divers can usually make it right the way out to Ko Poo, where depths can reach 18-20m. They can also probably make it “around the corner” to the North and dive where very few people dive now-a-days. However please be careful of the currents which can catch you by surprise if the tide is dropping. Rebreather Divers can easily do a 3-hour dive here or longer if their scrubber allows.
It is a great Phuket Rebreather Beach Dive for practicing shallow water skills like buoyancy control, while having the wonders of Kata House Reef around you instead of swimming pool walls.
Kata Beach House Reef is a particularly good dive site for Night Diving. Divers can expect to see loads of crabs out hunting, lots of squid, octopus along with the occasional Cuttle Fish. Although for some reason Cuttle Fish don’t seem to come out here much at Night, there are usually loads of squid. For those interested in The PADI Night Diving Course, Kata House Reef is an excellent location due to it's accessibility and the variety of marine and macro life.
There is always something new to see at Kata Beach House Reef. And just when you think you've seen it all, Kata surprises you with something different ...