Donald Duck Bay – Dive Sites of the Northern Similan Islands

Donald Duck Bay dive site map from the Similan IslandsDive Donald Duck Bay

Donald Duck bay is not known as the most exciting of dives sites, but does feature some really great safe options for the diver and snorkeler alike. Frequent sightings of Turtles and Moray Eels make this a great site to learn more about the Similan Islands.

 

As the only West facing beach on the Similans and home to one of the only places to spend the night on the Islands, this is a popular place. Perfect for night dives and beginning dives. In addition it is also great for snorkeling.

Diving depths range from 1-20 meters (3-70 feet) and most of our time is spent at 5-15 meters (15-50 feet)

Visibility is usually 20 meters (70 feet).

Experience levels – everyone can dive this site. The perfect check dive for a liveaboard.

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.

 

In 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.

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.