As the name suggests, it is more likely you will come across either: leopard sharks, black-tip reef sharks, nurse sharks and occasionally bamboo sharks. Because of the rich marine life that surrounds this site, all of these species of sharks tend to flock here.
The dive site is distinguishable by a large rock pinnacle jetting out of the water, one of three in the vicinity. Due to these rock pinnacles, a thriving underwater environment and terrific dive site has been naturally created. This site however is not only about sharks, but also the beautiful soft coral in their colorful pink and purple shades, which are in abundance, along with huge barrel sponges.
As for the aquatic animals (which there are numerous species) one will most likely observe during ones dive: Moorish Idols, lionfish, scorpion fish, trevalle, banner fish, different types of puffers, morays, sea snakes, yellow boxfish, angel fish, varieties of wrasse, various shrimp, fusiliers, and if you are lucky, the always hard to find frogfish. That is not to say you will not see more, for this area is teaming with life, so keep your eyes open.
Overall, this is a great site to dive in and you will not leave disappointed. Additionally, if you have not already completed your Advanced Open Water course, this site presents the opportunity to complete one of your five dives.
The King Cruiser
We have been blessed with this terrific dive site in thanks to the unfortunate and untimely sinking of the King Cruiser passenger ferry back in 1997, which ran into the submerged rocky pinnacles (see Anemone Reef and Shark Point) that are present in the area. The ferry remained in one piece and quickly sank to the bottom of the sea, at a depth of 32 meters / 105 feet, remaining upright. Luckily everyone on board survivedthe ordeal.
At 85 meters / 279 feet, in length, the King Cruiser is a large wreck as it was previously a car ferry, but now serves the purpose of being a wonderful artificial reef offering some of the best scuba diving in Krabi, of which it is the only wreck dive in the area. As the years went by, different and more varieties of marine life made the King Cruiser wreck their home. King Cruiser wreck caters for all levels of divers and allows an excellent opportunity for one to complete their Advanced Open Water multi-level requirement if they so wish. However, with the depth, together with the frequent strong currents and low season rough seas, beginner divers are advised to be extra cautious when diving.
Initially, the wreck was readily accessible to divers, but as time has passed the upper deck has collapsed and it is now inadvisable to explore the inside of the vessel for safety reasons.
Around the upper reaches of the vessel you will generally come across huge schools of barracudas and fusiliers, while countless lionfish and porcupine fish are always present. If by chance you are lucky, you may even get the opportunity to witness the awe inspiring whale sharks. But if you are not a lucky one, there are always huge schools of fish all over the wreck. In fact, the more the wrecks condition deteriorates, the more fish seem to be attracted to it. It seems odd that with beautiful homes like Anemone Reef and Shark Point so close by, these fish choose to take sanctuary in a rusting lump of metal, but they do and you'll find the biggest schools of trevally, mackerel and yellowtail barracuda here along with rabbit fish, surgeonfish, fusiliers and other schooling fish.
This wonderful dive-site lying near Shark Point consists of a huge lime-stone pinnacle that soars 30 meters / 98.43 feet up from the ocean floor to sit 4 meters / 13 feet beneath the surface where it abruptly ends and drops back to a sandy bottom. Hin Jom, the Thai name, meaning submerged rock, is famous for its vast fields of sea anemones (thus the English name) that cling to every conceivable surface and swing and sway with the current.
A dive at Anemone Reef generally begins with a descent to the bottom of the pinnacle. You can then slowly circle your way up the reef until you reach your safety stop level at the end of your dive. Due to the wealth of sea anemones and deep water, it acts as a magnet to a host of reef fish seeking food and shelter. In addition, bountiful schools of snappers and groupers, along with tuna and barracuda, are easily discernable and cannot help but leave one dazzled by their side.
Large schools of fish are everywhere, not only the big ones, at Anemone Reef you will most surely run into the likes of: fusiliers, soldier fish, Oriental sweet lips, harlequin sweet lips, trumpet fish, Moorish idols, butterflies, banners, and assorted species of morays, which include giant, undulated, white-eyed, spot honeycomb, yellow-edged and spot-faced. Hawksbill turtles are also commonly present and are always a pleasure to watch and enjoy.
As this site is teaming with life that is easily viewable, it is sometimes easy for one to forget the obscure sea life that is present, so always be on the lookout for the yellow tiger-tail seahorses and frog fish.
Anemone Reef is a great site for all levels of divers. It also makes a great spot for the final two dives of an Open Water course or as a specialty course like underwater naturalist or photography.