Anemone Reef is located about 600 metres north of Shark Point Marine Sanctuary. The Thai name this beautiful site ‘Hin Jom’ that means ‘submerged rock’. This huge limestone pinnacle rises 30 metres up from the seafloor with the tip around 5 metres beneath the surface. It is now 3 metres deeper than it was before the King Cruiser ferry struck it and sheared off the very top of the rock. In shallower areas, this submerged reef is fully covered in extensive fields of gorgeous blue and green sea anemones, hence its name. The soft coral clings to every conceivable surface and gently sway in the current creating the illusion that the giant rock is alive. As expected there are plenty of colourful anemone fish and clownfish living and hiding among the anemones that make great photo opportunities. The site is an absolute treasure trove of macro life.
The Shark Point Diving site lies 29 km from Chalong Bay, Phuket. It became part of a Marine Sanctuary in 1992; the sheer profusion of marine life is justification enough for protection. The exclusion area extends as a radius of 2.5km around the western limits of shark point and all commercial fishing, collection or marine organism or any other harmful activity is prohibited by law.
This little limestone island rises steeply out of the sea and stretches vertically down to 30 meters creating beneath the surface a wall all around. The west side is a gently sloping hard coral reef from 12 to 20 metres with an abundance of colorful sea life decorating its underwater cliffs. The east wall is more popular with scuba divers and goes as deep as 25 metres. This site is a virtual garden of yellow tube corals, harps, sea fans, anemones, and sponges. You can explore a few caves along the base of the wall here. With a torch, you would be able to see the spectacular limestone architecture. Most visited is the big cave at the southeast. The small cave however is narrow and long, so less experienced divers are not encouraged to penetrate the cave. Another small cavern has a ‘fresh air’ spot at the top of it, which is not recommended to breathe the air.