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18, Jan, 2011

Leopard Shark at Ko Phi PhiSharks at Ko Phi Phi Video – A great day’s diving at the Bidas Islands – two of the best dive sites near Ko Phi Phi.

We were lucky enough to see Leopard Sharks and Black Tip Reef Sharks on both dives – the Liquid Lense team were loving all the shark action, and were a very happy bunch!

Ko Phi Phi is located about 22 km west of Ko Lanta and the rugged limestone cliffs plunging into aquamarine waters make Phi Phi an unforgettable destination. Underwater, the scenery only becomes more breathtaking.

With long caves, dramatic overhangs, walls that go down to 30 m and a fabulous display of hard and soft coral, the diving around Phi Phi is varied and spectacular.

 


 

From an underwater photography perspective, Ko Phi Phi dive sites – especially the Bidah Islands, are a photographer’s or videographer’s paradise! So much can be found in such a small area, from macro delights, such as tiny Juvenile Harliquin Sweetlips dancing in the corals, to Seahorses, Pipefish, Shrimp, White-Eyed Morays and Ribbon Eels.

The islands are also home to lots of resident Hawksbill Turtles who can be seen on all the dive sites around Phi Phi, especially on the north side of Phi Phi Lay.

The dive sites at Ko Phi Phi also provide an excellent chance to photograph larger fish such as Black-Tip Reef Sharks and Leopard Sharks.

These docile, nocturnal creatures are normally found lying on the sand facing into the current; they are one of only four species of shark that doesn’t need to keep swimming in order to breathe. They like to eat crustaceans, small fish and sea snakes.

Surprisingly little else is known about the species, although they are believed to be closely related to the Whale Shark. They can grow up to 3.5 meters and are completely harmless to humans.

The Leopard Sharks at Phi Phi will let you get quite close, so long as you dont rush in and spook them. Take your time, approach them slowly and come away with some fantastic pictures to make you proud!

Take a look at these great underwater photography and underwater videography tips and tricks and brush up on your Macro and Wide-Angle underwater photography techniques.

You may also be interested in viewing the Bumper Manta & Whaleshark Day video, or other underwater videos in our Video Galleries.

If you’re interested in Underwater Videography – take a look at our range of specially designed Underwater Videography Courses.
Sharks at Ko Phi Phi Video

 


 

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