Richelieu Rock Liveaboard Diving

Giamani

Giamani

from US$ 172 / day
9.4 "Superb"

Thailand and MyanmarUS$690 from

Giamani caters to only 10 divers to assure personal service and maximum space on board. Explore the Andaman Sea and visit the Similans & Richelieu Rock, as well as the remote Mergui Archipelago

    Giamani
    The Junk

    The Junk

    from US$ 185 / day
    9.1 "Superb"

    ThailandUS$1,300 from

    The Junk underwent a renovation transform it into a 33m authentic sailing vessel to explore the best dive sites of the Thai Andaman Sea from November-April. She has 6 AC cabins with en-suite bathrooms

      The Junk
      Diva Andaman

      Diva Andaman

      from US$ 373 / day
      9.1 "Superb"

      Thailand and IndiaUS$2,618 from

      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

      Diva Andaman

      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

      9.1
      Superb (out of 10) 10
      Average score from 93 Verified Review(s) Only people who have booked through LiveAboard.com and joined the liveaboard can write a review.
      Filip S
      Switzerland
      8.4
      Very good

      Absolutely stunning. Recommended 10/10

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the Manta Queen 6
      Janine D
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Exciting, big current, but loads to look at. Fun. Good team work.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the Diva Andaman
      Bastien M
      France
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Amazing! The preservation of the area is exceptional, so many fishes and organisms. Nemo's world, but better.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the Similan Explorer
      Kurt L
      Switzerland
      8.8
      Fabulous

      Amazing, great experience

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the Hallelujah
      Hyeunjun P
      South Korea
      9.2
      Superb

      visuality was not good, but there are so many fishes.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the Hallelujah
      Matina P
      Greece
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Amazing

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the The Junk
      Wenceslao Marcos O
      Spain
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Fantastico,muchisima vida y coral. Corriente

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the Manta Queen 7
      Jamie N
      United Kingdom
      9.2
      Superb

      Excellent.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Martin R
      Germany
      9.2
      Superb

      Despite not seeing a whaleshark, Richelieu Rock is a great dive site

      Diving Richelieu Rock in October on the Pawara
      Kali K
      United States
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Excellent

      Diving Richelieu Rock in April on the The Junk
      Nicolas M
      France
      8.0
      Very good

      Really nice, incredible to see this amount of fish, with some really beautiful ones.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in May on the Manta Queen 2
      Daniel N
      Sweden
      9.2
      Superb

      Absolutely fantastic diving.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in May on the Manta Queen 1
      Ana M
      Portugal
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Amazing! So many fish and sea life! I felt I was inside a large aquarium! I would repeat divings there without ever getting tired.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in November on the Manta Queen 3
      Guillaume L
      France
      9.6
      Exceptional

      A spectacular underwater rock. Dived it 4 times and so much to see each time. From amazing pink and purple soft corals, great big fan corals, nudibranches, boxing mantis shrimp, giant moray eels, wide eyed moral eels, cuttlefish, a yellow seahorse, shoals of yellow snappers, blue fusiliers, trevalis, and some barracudas. Night dive is forbidden since a Barracuda attack a couple of years ago. Some current but generally gentle drifts.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in November on the Thailand Aggressor
      Lisa M
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      One of the best dives sites we have been to. Dove here three times on our trip and would have gladly done a few more!

      Diving Richelieu Rock in October on the Hallelujah
      Michael S
      United States
      8.4
      Very good

      Fantastic. More to see than you can look at.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in April on the Similan Explorer
      Norbert D
      Germany
      10.0
      Exceptional

      the dive site is really nice. the amount of fish is baffling and you are sure to see sea snakes and octopi. the current is an interesting challenge, but very manageable. go around the corners. there are forests down there!!

      Diving Richelieu Rock in April on the Manta Queen 2
      Evan R
      New Zealand
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Loved the diving at Richelieu rock and this was one of my favourites. Loved to see the big fans and the small nudibranches.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in April on the Sawasdee Fasai
      Sangwoo H
      South Korea
      8.8
      Fabulous

      Amazing - definitely one of the best dive sites I dove.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Giamani
      Christopher T
      United States
      8.8
      Fabulous

      The best! The number and variety of fish takes your breath away.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in April on the Similan Explorer
      Yalck E
      Netherlands
      9.6
      Exceptional

      So much to see! One of the best sites of the trip

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Manta Queen 3
      Eric W
      Singapore
      9.2
      Superb

      Richelieu Rock got fantastic marine life and coral garden. After going to Richelieu Rock, the other dive sites seems to pale in comparison!

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Manta Queen 6
      Thomas E
      Sweden
      10.0
      Exceptional

      this is how all reef dives should be, exceptional

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Thailand Aggressor
      Natalie R
      New Zealand
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Best dive site on the liveaboard. Thousands of fish. Beautiful purple coral. Sea anenames with blue bases. Minimal current

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Similan Explorer
      James C
      United Kingdom
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Fab dive site, loads of marine life

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Pawara
      Andreas F
      Germany
      10.0
      Exceptional

      the absolute highlight of the trip, Richilieu is fantastic

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Similan Explorer
      Mark L
      Canada
      9.2
      Superb

      This was the highlight of the 11 dives. A great location with a lot of marine life. Visibility was good for the first two dives, but unfortunately the seas were choppy the next morning so it was down to 8-10 meters. Mother nature.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Manta Queen 2
      Rebecca H
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Beautiful dive site with incredible diversity. The purple coral was awesome. We saw a Napolean wrasse, lion fish, scorpion fish. Others on our boat saw a leopard shark, but we were not in the right place at the right time for that.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Manta Queen 1
      Eugene S
      Canada
      9.2
      Superb

      Best dive I think I ever did was to this dive site.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Dolphin Queen
      conte G
      France
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Amazing

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Diva Andaman
      Dominik P
      Germany
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Just amazing

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Pawara
      Jeffrey T
      Canada
      6.8
      Review score

      excellent in March, but crowded

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Similan Explorer
      Pieter D
      Belgium
      9.2
      Superb

      Simply great

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Manta Queen 1
      Garry D
      United Kingdom
      8.0
      Very good

      One of the best Dive Sites I have been too

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Sawasdee Fasai Liveaboard
      Petra H
      Germany
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Lilafarbene Korallen und zum ersten Mal Seepferdchen, ghostpipefishs, unbeschreiblich schön!!! Ebenfalls der Nightdive hier, war sehr aufregend!

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Similan Explorer
      Robert O
      Canada
      8.0
      Very good

      Gorgeous. 4 Dives.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the The Junk
      Robert O
      Canada
      8.0
      Very good

      Wow... Juste Wow!

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the The Junk
      JAYEON C
      South Korea
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Fantastic! we can see various species with beautiful undersea-landscape.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the The Junk
      Yann B
      France
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Exceptional. Great to do 4 dives on one smallish site. And not too many people / boats.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the The Junk
      Pablo E
      Chile
      8.8
      Fabulous

      Best spot i ve dived so far incredibleamount of life and corals

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Similan Explorer
      THIERRY L
      France
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Excellent! 1 full day on this dive site with 4 dives incluning a sunset dive

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the The Junk
      Maria Tereza C
      Brazil
      8.0
      Very good

      Very good. Fantastic place for diving.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Hallelujah Liveaboard
      Maillard J
      France
      8.8
      Fabulous

      Excellent dives with wonderful submarine landscape

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Dolphin Queen
      Felipe C
      Brazil
      7.2
      Good

      Very good dive site but with strong current

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Peter C
      Denmark
      9.6
      Exceptional

      5 out of 5

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the MV Pawara
      Ben R
      Belgium
      7.2
      Good

      Wonderfull !

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Franco L
      Italy
      9.2
      Superb

      Really interesting, lot of life

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Manta Queen 6
      Jun C
      China
      9.2
      Superb

      Awesome! One of my favourite dive sites on the trip

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the Diva Andaman
      Noel H
      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
      Christian S
      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
      Chris G
      Singapore
      8.4
      Very good

      Good, no large fishes, but plenty of marine life

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

      Fish soup

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

      Fantastic!!! Must go!!!!

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the Hallelujah Liveaboard
      Ian T
      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
      SUZI D
      Canada
      8.8
      Fabulous

      a pinnacle in the middle of nowhere was pretty amazing

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the MV Pawara
      Shiou H
      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
      Todd H
      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
      Christopher B
      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
      minjung K
      South Korea
      9.2
      Superb

      My favorite in this tour

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the The Junk
      Elena L
      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
      David G
      United States
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Amazing, could see so many fish and awesome coral.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the Dolphin Queen
      Miranda M
      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
      Karen C
      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
      Marcel Fernando S
      Germany
      8.0
      Very good

      This is really a wonderful dive-site.

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

      Sensacional

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

      Good diving. Strong current.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in November on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Daniel L
      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
      Thomas R
      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
      Gabor M
      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
      YANG B
      China
      8.8
      Fabulous

      It was amazing.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in April on the MV Similan Explorer
      Sarah H
      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
      Raymond C
      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
      Martin A
      Estonia
      8.4
      Very good

      Visibility was poor, but still teeming with marine life.

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

      Great

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Ursula C
      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
      Janice B
      United States
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Missed d/t weather

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

      Awesome! MANTA MANTA :)))

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the MV DiveRACE Class E
      katrien D
      Belgium
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Fabulous, though too many other liveaboards were there also.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Diva Andaman
      Anthony J
      United Kingdom
      9.2
      Superb

      One dive; high swells and challenging entry and exit, but dive site great

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Diva Andaman
      Cristina C
      Spain
      10.0
      Exceptional

      very good

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the Miss Moon
      Philippe C
      France
      7.2
      Good

      not very special

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Diva Andaman
      Richard C
      United States
      9.2
      Superb

      Unfortunately it was poor visibility, but enjoyable.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Natalie P
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Low visability, I will have to come back here.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Farhan R
      Australia
      8.8
      Fabulous

      One of the best dives I've ever done

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Katherine D
      United Kingdom
      9.6
      Exceptional

      The Coral was amazing, the water was very clear, lots of different sea life

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the Thai Sea
      Daniela G
      Portugal
      7.2
      Good

      Good, but visibility could have been better. Unfortunately, no whale sharks..

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the MV DiveRACE Class E
      lars H
      Germany
      9.2
      Superb

      Strong current but the place looked good

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the MV DiveRACE Class E
      Tanja S
      Germany
      9.6
      Exceptional

      very beautiful

      Diving Richelieu Rock in January on the Thai Sea
      Kal G
      Israel
      10.0
      Exceptional

      excellent but very poor visibility

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the Diva Andaman
      Joseph F
      United Kingdom
      8.0
      Very good

      Stunning coral and fish life - very busy, but to be expected

      Diving Richelieu Rock in December on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Tommy P
      Norway
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Amazing no less.

      Diving Richelieu Rock in November on the Giamani
      John A
      United States
      9.2
      Superb

      Best site ever

      Diving Richelieu Rock in March on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Peter T
      Sweden
      8.4
      Very good

      Fantastic

      Diving Richelieu Rock in February on the Deep Andaman Queen
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