SIMILAN ISLANDS, THAILAND
The king of Thailand himself once closed Fantasy Reef to protect this treasured natural habitat, and it’s paid off. Diving this electrifying reef is like going to one of Thailand’s infamous full-moon parties, with all of the visual delights but without the music. You will be enticed by a huge diversity of marine life, with everything from bumphead parrotfish to huge manta rays to leopard sharks and schools of eagle rays to even exotic macro creatures. But the environment may be even more unforgettable. The huge asteroid-looking reef is covered in soft corals, and a white sandy beach greets you as you surface. The fun starts in about 50 feet of water as the slow, gentle current sweeps you away to the reef, taking you on a fantastic voyage. Welcome to the Andaman Sea.