Elephant Head Rock
Elephant Head Rock is named after an atypically shaped rick that extends out of the water, southwest of Koh Similan. Here are large boulders that create challenging swim-throughs, caverns, tunnels, gullies and arches.
Swimming through the tunnels, you will be impressed of its richness in marine life. There are schools of cuttlefish, mantis shrimps, blue ringed angelfish, Andaman sweetlips, giant trevallys and bicolor parrot fish. On the fronds of the small yellow sea fan (situated at the top of the channel on the main boulder), you can see colonies of spider crabs and nearby are large black egg cowries. At the deepest levels, there are snappers, yellow goatfish, numerous species of lionfish, the rare hawksbill turtle and groupers as well. At the sandy bottom, you can search for purple fire gobies and the unusual McCosker’s dwarf wrasse. Just a few meters above is the endemic Similan jawfish.
The dive here is excellent due to the overwhelming introduction of the spectacular marine life. When currents are extremely strong, diving is really challenging and thrilling.
Location: South east of Similan Island
Currents: Mild to strong
Visibility: 20 m to 40 m
Depth: 5 m to 40 m
Best Time to Dive: November to April