Richelieu Rock Liveaboard Diving

Diva Andaman

from US$ 334 / day
8.9 "Fabulous"

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The beautiful S/Y Diva Andaman Liveaboard is a stunning classic sailing yacht offering fantastic journeys diving the Similan Islands with 7 luxury AC, en-suite cabins she delivers personal attention

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    Thailand Aggressor

    from US$ 275 / day
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    Explore the Andaman Sea aboard the world class Thailand Aggressor liveaboard. With up to 5 dives a day you are sure to see the best of Thailand & Burma in comfort with exceptional Aggressor service

      Thailand Aggressor

      Deep Andaman Queen

      from US$ 171 / day
      8.4 "Very good"

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      The Deep Andaman Queen offers 9 en-suite, AC cabins, large dive platform with fresh water showers to rinse yourself after diving and camera rinse buckets. Explore the Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock

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      What to expect on a Richelieu Rock Liveaboard

      Liveaboard diving in Richelieu Rock ensures a trip to one of Thailand's best dive sites and a firm favourite amongst Thailand liveaboard itineraries. Approximately 45km off the Andaman coast, to the south east of the Surin Islands, this site somewhat resembles the form of a horse-shoe with a central limestone pinnacle and several smaller rock outcrops on either side. The topography of this site matched with its geographical remoteness attracts a great variety of marine life. Shifting tidal currents in this part of the Andaman Sea create upwellings of plankton, providing a feeding ground for small to large. Richelieu's remote location is not sheltered from the open water and recommended for the more advanced diver due to changing currents which can be mild to strong, but also mean that the best way to experience Richelieu Rock is via dive liveaboard.

      Aboard a Richelieu Rock liveaboard divers can expect around 3 dives per day, with a choice of liveaboards ranging from simple low budget to luxury liveaboard. Most Richelieu Rock itineraries depart from Khao Lak and include a trip to the Similan Islands.

      What You Can See

      Sailing in Richelieu Rock offers divers the best chance to experience this iconic dive area. Richelieu was named by Jacques Cousteau after Cardinal Richelieu, of the Three Musketeers whose scarlet cape reminded him of the purple soft corals adorning the limestone rocks. Rising from the sandy bottom, the pinnacles are decorated with shelves and ledges, cracks, crevices and caves. The shallows are covered in sea anenomes and not far below an abundance of soft coral fields adorn the edges, surrounded by thousands of shimmering glassfish. The black coral bushes and gorgonians are found slightly deeper all providing shelter to the diverse marine life. This continuum of colour can be seen throughout the excellent multi-level diving that goes down to a maximum depth of 35m.

      The biodiversity of the marine life and topography at Richelieu Rock is astounding. As you descend you can sometimes see the swirling blue masses of jacks, barracuda and fusiliers in a funnel like formation. Big schools of trevally, funneling barracuda and dogtooth tuna maraud the area in search of their next meal. The winter months of February to April bring with it more opportunity for whale shark sightings and other pelagics like the Manta Ray, feasting on plankton. Seeing these creatures gliding around you seemingly effortlessly is considered the ultimate experience for most divers and why most visit Richelieu. Although sightings can be rare, once they are spotted, they tend not to disappear quickly as it is their feeding ground. It is an exhilarating honour to share the waters with these gentle giants.

      Do not be detracted by the larger marine life alone, as Richelieu is also home to a plethora of critters such as porcelain crabs, tiger tail sea horses, pipefish, robust ghost pipefish, mantis shrimps, harlequin shrimp, frogfish, leaf fish, nudibranch…the list goes on! Seahorses and harlequin shrimps can be found in the small caverns at the bottom of the rock. The larger marine life such as the cuttlefish, octopi and groupers can also be spotted going about their mating business, unaware of the peering scuba divers. For the photography inclined, it is worth having an interchangeable lens here as there is so much to capture or simply dive it a multitude of times, we can assure you it will never get boring.

      Getting There

      The best way to get to Richelieu Rock is on a Thailand liveaboard trip which will depart from either Phuket or Khao Lak. Further from Phuket than from Khao Lak, (200 km north of Phuket and 80 km northwest of Khao Lak), it is worth checking what port you prefer to depart from. Please check your itinerary before purchasing flight tickets. There are international flights into Phuket and / or domestic flights from Bangkok to Phuket. Khao Lak is about 100km north of Phuket and can be reached overland.

      Dive cruises may vary but you can expect at least a 4 night cruise to the Surin Islands which will undoubtedly include Richelieu Rock on the itinerary. Please note that it is prohibited to dive in this area outside of the high season that runs from October to May due to rough seas.

      Richelieu Rock Diving Reviews

      8.9
      Fabulous (out of 10) 10
      Average score from 30 Verified Review(s) Only people who have booked through Liveaboard.com and joined the Liveaboard can write a review.
      China
      9.2
      Superb

      Awesome! One of my favourite dive sites on the trip

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the Diva Andaman
      United States
      8.4
      Very good

      Amazing! I'm very happy we got to do 3 dives there.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Hallelujah
      Germany
      7.6
      Good

      The best diving spot of the trip. Not so many divers and really many fishes.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the MV Pawara
      Singapore
      8.4
      Very good

      Good, no large fishes, but plenty of marine life

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the Similan Explorer
      United Kingdom
      8.4
      Very good

      Fish soup

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Manta Queen 3
      China
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Fantastic!!! Must go!!!!

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the Hallelujah Liveaboard
      United Kingdom
      10.0
      Exceptional

      One of the best places I've ever dive! Beats Maldives, Australia....

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the Similan Explorer
      Canada
      8.8
      Fabulous

      a pinnacle in the middle of nowhere was pretty amazing

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the MV Pawara
      United States
      9.2
      Superb

      The water was pretty muddy due to the recent storm. Nonetheless, the reefs were simply gorgeous. Did not get to see manta ray

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the Thai Sea
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      The highlight of our trip. Could have spent days there and every dive would have been great.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the MV DiveRACE Class E
      United States
      9.2
      Superb

      Best dive site of the trip with endless schools of fish in every direction.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the Diva Andaman
      South Korea
      9.2
      Superb

      My favorite in this tour

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the The Junk
      United Kingdom
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Of course, those white to lilac to purple soft corals are unforgettable. The family of six squids, with mammy and pappy in Valentine day mood.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the Thailand Aggressor
      United States
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Amazing, could see so many fish and awesome coral.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the Dolphin Queen
      Netherlands
      7.2
      Good

      nice places with nice coral and rock formation visibility was not as good

      Diving Richelieu Rock in November on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Australia
      8.4
      Very good

      Amazing! A lot of fish & diversity in both corals & marine life.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in November on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Germany
      8.0
      Very good

      This is really a wonderful dive-site.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in November on the MV Similan Explorer
      Brazil
      8.0
      Very good

      Sensacional

      Diving Richelieu Rock in October on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Norway
      8.0
      Very good

      Good diving. Strong current.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in November on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Sweden
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Nice dives with seahorses. Alot to see and nice taking pictures and filming. Got alot of nice pictures here.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in May on the MV Pawara
      United States
      9.6
      Exceptional

      This is where the fish were! Tons of schools of fish! Beautiful corals! Amazing

      Diving Richelieu Rock in April on the The Junk
      Germany
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Fantastic! Awesome! Incredible! Breathtaking! Marvellous! A Place full of Wonders, and the best Buddies You could ask for. Could have stayed there for Werks. ..

      Diving Richelieu Rock in April on the The Junk
      China
      8.8
      Fabulous

      It was amazing.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in April on the MV Similan Explorer
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      visibility wasn't great, but the diversity and quantity of fish and other wildlife was incredible

      Diving Richelieu Rock in April on the Deep Andaman Queen
      United Kingdom
      10.0
      Exceptional

      The visibility was not so good - bit like a good day a Weymouth. Having said that the fish life was amazing and I have never seen so many giant trevally and barracuda at one spot - definitely fish soup

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Estonia
      8.4
      Very good

      Visibility was poor, but still teeming with marine life.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in April on the MV Similan Explorer
      United Kingdom
      6.8
      Review score

      Great

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Germany
      8.0
      Very good

      No visibility at all - so we didn't see much from the highlight of the trip

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the The Junk
      United States
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Missed d/t weather

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Deep Andaman Queen
      South Africa
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Awesome! MANTA MANTA :)))

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the MV DiveRACE Class E
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