Breakfast Bend – Dive Sites of the Northern Similan Islands

Breakfast Bend Dive Site mapDive Breakfast Bend

One of the best reefs in the area, with lots of vibrant colors and fish. Typical of the Eastern side of the Similans, there is a nice shallow flat area from 0-8 meters (0-25 feet) that is rich in small coral bommies interspersed with sandy patches. Plenty of fish, making the shallows great for snorkeling and beginning dives.

At about 8 meters (25 feet) down to 30 meters (100 feet) runs a gentle sloping reef that is rich in hard corals and all the inhabitants.
At the bottom, frequent visitors are leopard sharks and Kuhl’s rays. A great place to find ghost pipefish!

 

As you head into the safety stop in the shallows, keep an eye out for hawksbill and green sea turtles. There are plenty of fish keep you entertained during the safety stop.

An excellent drift dive. Due to geography this is a dive best done early in the morning.

Diving is from 0-30 meters (0-100 feet) with average depth at 12 meters (40 feet).

Visibility is usually great – 25 meters (85 feet), unless cold water comes from the deep – thermoclines.

Currents are present but just climb onboard them and go for a ride! As the currents split in the middle of this site, it is best done with an experienced guide so you end up in the right place.

Experience level – this site is suitiable for all divers (and even snorklers!)

Coral Bleaching at Breakfast Bend

March and April 2010 the Similan Islands suffered from a naturally occurring event called the Reverse Indian Ocean Dipole. This is very similar the “La Nina” that changes water temperatures and currents in the Pacific ocean. In this case, the water temperatures in the entire Andaman Sea were raised between 2 or 3 degrees above median. This was enough to damage the living corals in shallower sites and those with limited tidal interchange. On the Western facing side of the Similan National Park, the affect on the sites was minimal. On the shallow sloping reefs of the Eastern side , there was a more noticeable impact on the corals. His has caused some bleaching, and on two of this sites a – a noticeable impact. The National Park system shut down several sites throughout the Andaman region to protect the reefs from potential human impact (diving, snorkeling and fishing). These sites are already showing regrowth and at least two of the sites have re-opened at this time. Breakfast bend does have some impact in the shallows, but below depths of 10 meters, this is not an issue.

Plus understand that the bleaching is not the result of direct human impact, or over use. It is the results of vast climactic changes that are happening on our globe. The reefs are accustomed to these temperature changes and can easily adapt and regrow. They can not regrow from the damage done to them physically or chemically by inconsiderate divers and snorkelers.

As with all dive sites in the Similan Isiands, it is strongly recommended that you go with only registered and reputable dive operations, carry suitable travel insurance that covers diving accidents and evacuations as well as trip cancellations insurance due to the potentially erratic weather conditions.