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Richelieu rock diving with whale shark

Richelieu rock diving spot

The Richelieu Rock diving spot is often listed as one of the best ten diving sites in the world. It’s one of the best places in Thailand to see the magnificent whale sharks and manta rays. But also for lovers of smaller marine life, there is plenty to see, like seahorses, colourful nudibranchs, ghost pipefish. The top of the Richelieu rock diving site is covered with pristine purple soft corals. These are home to small fishes like the anemonefish or also known as clownfish. Around Richelieu rock, there is only sand bottom for miles. This makes this attractive for huge schools of barracudas and trevallies.

Where it is?

The Richelieu rock dive site lays off the coast of the Phang Nga province. It’s about 80 kilometers northwest of the coastal resort town Khao Lak and about 18 kilometers east of the Surin Islands.
The exact coordinate is 09°21′46″N 98°01′19″E

How to get there?

To dive at this dive site, you can choose between a diving day trip with two dives departing Khao Lak or a liveaboard trip departing from Khao Lak, Ranong, or Phuket. The length of the liveaboard trip varies from 2 days / 1 night to 6 days / 5 nights.
On the longer liveaboard trips, you’re not only diving at Richelieu rock but also at the other great dive sites at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, and Koh Tachai.

When to go?

The Richelieu Rock dive site is part of the Surin islands national park and is open for diving from the 15th of October till the 15t of May. Where the liveaboard trips are visiting this dive site all the time, diving day trips are running mostly from beginning November till the end of April.

Richelieu rock diving day trips and liveaboards

Richelieu rock diving day trip boat Blue Marlin

Diving Day trips


Richelieu rock diving Liveaboard boat Manta Queen 3

Diving Liveaboards


Richelieu rock diving map