Shark Point : Dive Site Information
Dive sites often get their name from the topography above water – Shark Point’s Thai name is ‘Hin Musang’ – ‘Hin’ means ‘Stone’ and a ‘Musang’ is an ‘Asian Civet’, perhaps this rocky outcrop is similar to the pointed face of the civet or indeed a shark’s fin.
All three pinnacles of Shark Point are covered in vibrant soft-corals, anemones and hard-corals and are a host to a great variety and abundance of marine life, such as seahorses, zebra and other morays, and yes sometimes zebra sharks (leopard sharks) as well as bamboo sharks on the outer-reefs.
The sandy base around the pinnacles varies in depth from around just 10m at pinnacle #1 to 20m+ at pinnacle #3. This provides an alternative environment for marine life such as Kuhl’s (blue-spotted) stingrays, snake-eels, mantis-shrimp and on the odd occasion both eagle rays and spotted shovelnose rays have been seen.
Whichever parts of this large dive site you visit, for sure the best way to end the dive is hanging out at a long safety stop enjoying the many schools of small fish, dancing over the crimson red and pink soft corals, with a backdrop of trevally, forsters, chevron and great barracuda. When the season is right, also take a good hard look among the corals for ornate ghost pipefish and the even harder to find frogfish!
Although currents can vary from almost nothing to strong and turbulent Shark Point can be suitable and desirable for almost all levels of divers. If you are using Nitrox or Rebreathers to get off the reef, away from other divers and out to some of the more remote parts of the reef (very few ever visit pinnacle #3), you can then return to the hot-spots for seahorses and finish on the splendid shallows of the pinnacles for a totally awesome experience!
Shark point is normally dived in conjunction with King Cruiser Wreck and Koh Doc Mai or on the way back from Phi Phi.