Sirinath National Park Phuket Province South Thailand
- Sirinath Marine National Park Phuket Province includes the north west corner of Phuket Island and takes in Mai Khao Beach and Nai Yang Beach, the forested hilly region south of theses beaches and the out-lying Andaman Sea.
- Sirinath Marine National Park is 22 square kilometers of which 8.5 square kilometers comprise land, and the balance is the Andaman Sea.
The Coral Reefs at Sirinath Marine National Park
- In excess of 200 coral species can be found at Sirinath National Park. The coral reefs start off shore from Nai Yang Beach at the southern end of the Park.
- The reef fringes out to sea initially with a gentle slope with coral that has been formed by the influences of the tides, reduced clean sea water and the accumulation of sediment. Algae growth is common here as are the fish species that live on algae, such as parrot fish. Here also are sea urchins, sea cucumbers and mushroom corals.
- This continues out to sea for approximately 1.5 kilometers to the reef crest where ocean waves oxygenate the sea water and flush sediment making for a better environment for live coral to grow.
Turtle Breeding Sands at Sirinath National Park
- Sirinath National Park is home to three species of turtles, Hawksbill, Green and Leatherback Turtles. The breeding beaches are located in the northern end of Mai Khao Beach and their protection is policed by local conservation programs.
The Southwest Monsoon at Sirinath National Park
- The Southwest Monsoon is the reverse of the Northeast Monsoon and comes to Thailand from the Indian Ocean from May to October and then impacts the Andaman Coast and Phuket region. Then the sea waters of the Andaman Coast and Sirinath National Park are disturbed whilst those of the Gulf of Thailand on the other side of the Peninsula are calm and clear for diving and boating.