As a Dive Site
The Artificial Reef (AR) is one of the most regularly dived sites at the Phi Phi Islands. It’s shallow location is perfect for divers of all levels, and has played a huge role in educating divers and the local community to the importance of protecting our coral reefs from destruction. In fact it was due to this program that developed the practice of creating safety areas around shallow coral reefs protected by a rope and buoy system to prevent boats from entering the shallow areas and throwing in anchors and discharging waste water in the shallows.
The Artificial Reef is now a healthy habitat to hundreds of species of reef fish and other organisms. Schools of snappers are abundant. Batfish are seldom found at other sites but there always a number of them around the AR. Scorpionfish, seasnakes, lionfish, damselfish, anemonefish, moray eels, hawksbill turtles are among the many species found here.
The Artificial Reef has also been used to as a a transplant site for corals harvested from the coral nursery, but many species of corals have settled naturally to the AR as is more evident on the 1st stage as it is older.