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North Point is the most northern dive site in the Similan Islands guaranteed for some wicked boulder dive.
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|North Point, Triple Arches, Golden Arches
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North Point is another Similan diving site that goes by several other names depending on which liveaboard boat you are diving from. Some operators call this site Triple Arches or Golden Arches. North Point is the most apt name though as the site is located about 50m out from the north side of Koh Bangu, Similan Island number 9, so it's the most northerly Similan dive site. This is a granite boulder dive site and currents can be strong here. The maximum depth is 35 meter and the boulders come up to 8 meter below the surface. Visibility is generally excellent between 20-40m. There is a mooring line here that can be used for descents and safety stops if necessary. This is definitely a dive site to put the wide angle lens on your camera so that you can capture the grandeur of the boulder formations and, if you are lucky, a passing pelagic.
The large boulders form swimthroughs and caverns. Soft corals and crinoids cling to the smooth rock surfaces. Sea cucumbers and black spiny sea urchins are everywhere. Blue sea stars as well as pincushion star fish also cling to the rocks. There are also some large and colorful crown of thorn starfishes but not enough to cause a problem. Leopard sharks can be seen in the sand at the bottom of the boulders. Green and hawksbill turtles are common. This dive site also gets its fair share of manta rays that come to use the cleaning stations here. Other interesting aquatic life includes large grouper and banded sea snakes. Giant barracuda can be seen circling in the blue.
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