A remote submerged reef outside Phi Phi Islands

Hin Bida – Dive Site Info

Rating by MV Giamani: ★★★★☆

Location: Phi Phi Islands
Type: submerged reef, mostly hard coral
Depth: 5-20 m
Visibility: 5-20+ m
Difficulty: beginner / intermediate
Current: mild / moderate
Cruise: 2D/2N & 2D/3N – summer schedule


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Hin Bida – Description

Hin Bida is a submerged coral reef/pinnacle situated about 20 minutes east of Koh Bida Nai, completely in the open sea. The shallowest rocks normally break the surface during low tide and disappear underwater at high tide. Hin Bida is an oddly shaped reef, since as you can see from the map above it has a rounded “main body” and three finger-like shape protrusions on the southern side. The rock is surrounded by a flat sandy bottom that doesn’t get any deeper than 20 meters / 65 feet, so it’s a perfect site for our 3rd or 4th dive of the day. Most of the reef is made by large hard corals of the porites type, providing a completely different landscape compared to the other Phi Phi Islands Dive Sites. Hin Bida is currently one of the Thailand Dive Sites with the highest chances to spot our beloved leopard sharks (AKA “zebra shark”), sometimes several in the same dive, usually resting on some of the sand patches on the shallower part of the reef. The coral reef at Hin Bida is in fairly healthy conditions and hosts a variety of marine life including schools of yellow snappers and two-spots snappers, cuttlefish (often seen mating), different species of moray eels, lionfish and scorpionfish. As it normally happens a few times throughout the year, with a bit of luck, at Hin Bida there is even a chance to encounter the most sought-after fish of the ocean, the whaleshark!

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