Sunabe Seawall

Sunabe Seawall


Site Review by
 Seth Bareiss
Date: 08/08/2004


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Seth Bareiss Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Phuket Reef:    3.00
State:   Phuket Animal:    4.00
Country:   Thailand Plant:    3.00
Diving:   18 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   2000 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    4.01
This site is directly across the street from several dive shops, including at least one run by a lecherous but enthusiastic American. Youth hostel-like facilities next to this dive site make it even more ideal, and it's a short walk to pizza, fair grounds, shopping mall, and movie theater. Access to the dive site is by staircase over the concrete seawall, then a short walk over ankle-deep slippery flat slab like coral. There's a nice area next to a chain where you can don mask and put in your reg, in 4'-deep water. Then simply follow the chain and pipe outward to deeper water. Viz is a bit crap (30 to 40 ft.), and it's FULL of beginner divers. Soft corals are EVERYWHERE, and puffer fish rule this roost. it's utterly safe, and almost perfect because of its incredibly convenient location. No waves, no currents, ever. Expect animosity of you look like US military, but expect a warm welcome if you're any other sort of person. Prices are a bit high by American standards, but considerably less than boat diving in Okinawa. Stay at a hotel near this site, and do as many orientation/skills-practice/check-out dives as you care to here, before renting a car and exploring the many other shore dives on this island. (Do the Keramas boat dive at least once, though... it's almost as good as Palau.)    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    1.00
Night diving:    4.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2002
Visibility:    2.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    1.00

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