Viking Bay – Dive Site Info
Type: artificial reef + natural sloping reef
Depth: 0-30 m
Visibility: 5-20 m
Current: none / mild
Cruise: 2D/2N & 2D/3N – summer schedule
Viking Bay – Description
Viking Bay is a dive site located on the east side of Phi Phi Leh Island, right next to the popular Viking Cave, which gives it its name. The fact that it’s sheltered behind the tall limestone cliffs that characterize the area makes it a perfect dive site for the monsoon season when at times the sea on the outside can be too choppy to dive. Viking Bay dive site is a combination between an artificial reef on the south end of the bay and lively natural reef on the north end, making for a nicely diverse and interesting dive. The relatively shallow depth and mild/absent current make it an easy dive site perfect for sunset dives or training dives. The artificial reef is made by piles of cube-shaped concrete structures and during the several years it has been there a lot of different corals have grown on it. The structures also provide shelter to the small fish hiding from predators, therefore attracting a good variety of different species including batfish, snappers and even barracudas. Proceeding north past the artificial reef the sandy bottom transforms into a nice natural reef that hosts both hard and soft corals, lots of anemones and some fairly sized barrel sponges, as well as large schools of yellow snappers. Blacktip reef sharks are also often spotted around the shallow part of the reef towards the north side.