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Snorkeling East of Eden, Koh Payu

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This is my second favourite snorkeling island of the Similan group, it’s fringed by a shallow reef of plate and staghorn corals highlighted by a couple of massive sea fans which starts almost straight off the beach. One of the most beautiful bommies I’ve seen lies just off this reef, it’s large and shaped like a mushroom cloud, but it’s surface is delicate and inhabited by so many fish that it gives the impression of constant swirling movement. The caves between the coral heads that make up the bommie are incredibly overpopulated by smaller fish and tiny shell fish hiding from the coral trout, lionfish, gobies, pufferfish, box fish, triggerfish, wrasse and eels. Larger fish lay their eggs here so there are lots of young from the larger varietals who also crowd in close to the coral walls. On the top nearer the surface live the nudibranch and flatworms, who hide amongst the coral fronds.

One of the nice things about diving and snorkeling in the Similans is that they’re now well protected so you hear that sites are improving rather than deteriorating.

Written by  Daniella May.

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