Liveaboard diving in
Hin Bida is a reef located between Koh Bida Islands and Koh Maa. This reef is well-known for providing the best chance of seeing leopard sharks, like up to five or six at a time, which practically makes this reef their home. Generally, these stunning creatures can be found resting on small sand patches in the shallows of the reef, but even if they are not there you should not be desperate, as venturing around the fringes of the reef normally yields a successful sighting. Hin Bida is a round reef with several fingers leading off to the south-west and with a maximum depth of around 24m/78ft at some places. The uppermost peaks break the surface as the tide heads to its lowest point. This reef is definitely a favourite spot amongst photographers.
When To Go Diving
All year around but diving is better from the 15th of October until the 15th of May.
What to see
This site is full of marine life and perfect for every activities. Very popular for its Leopard and Black Tips Sharks. The reef is rich in hard and soft corals and for most kinds of marine creatures in the Andaman Sea this reef is a home. Sometimes large banded sea kraits, zebra morays can be seen. Mangrove rays have been seen hiding under huge rocks, and the glimpse of a black tip reef shark or eagle ray swimming fast over the reef has been known to occur from time to time. On occasion, two or three cuttlefish can be seen mating, and the diver with a keen eye may just spot an octopus. There are also many opportunities to spot lionfish and scorpion fish, sometimes four or five at a time, while many shrimps, nudibranchs and anemones crabs are waiting in hidden corners as well.