KOH PHANGAN DIVE SITES
KOH PHANGAN DIVE SITES:
Koh Phangan is well-known for its legendary Full Moon party; What people usually don’t know is that Koh Phangan also offers very good quality of diving & snorkeling on the coral reefs of the north-west coast of the island.
Had Yao is a shallow dive site where you really get long dives, with an impressive diversity of marine life from the porcupine puffer fish to the flat worm, without forgetting the sting ray and anemone fish this beach dive can become a very interesting dive as you keep in encountering surprising stuff.
Ideal for local fluorescent night diving and snorkeling!
Sail Rock, between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao (travel time to dive site with the "sea diamond": 20 min) is on our opinion the best dive site in the area. Sail Rock which attracts thousands of divers every year, is a unique shaped granite pinnacle with amazing walls stretching down to 47 meters. Sail Rock has everything to offer from macro diving to whale sharks, the diversity and number of marine life found over here is more than impressive, some schools reach over 10000 in population!
It also has an amazing chimney, going from 18 meters and exits at 8 Meters.
It fits every kind of divers, from beginners to professionals.
MAE HAAD & KOH MAA
Mae Haad & Koh Maa constitute the biggest reef of Koh Phangan, you can easily do a second dive there, exploring the north or the south you always find something interesting to look at: big groupers, blue spotted sting rays, school of rabbit fishes and much more. Even on the sandy bottom you find all kind of stuff: family of clark’s anemone fish, goby fisf black common sea horse are ones of many found over there. This is a relaxing shallow dive that every body can enjoy.
One hundred meters offshore from Haad Salad beach, you will find a protected reef. Its a perfect area for snorkeling as it is very shallow. Depending of the tides, the maximum depth found is 7 meters. It is ideal as well for beginners who chosen to start learning diving in a perfectly safe environment. We can find there some sand patches where we are used to kneel to do some skills with the students.
Samran Pinnacle, between Sail Rock and Koh Tao, (travel time to dive site with the "sea diamond": 25 min) is a huge rock that starts at 9m depth and drops down to 28m, you can go slightly deeper if you follow the other rock pattern along the bottom.
Around the rock you can spot schools of barracudas, fusiliers and trevalli’s. On the main rock you’ll find hermit crabs, white eye moray eel, pink skunk anemone fish and much more! Encounters with a whale sharks are also possible.Samran Pinnacle offers a great opportunity for intermediate divers that would like to see something different.
Chumphon pinnacle, north west of Koh Tao (travel time to dive site with the "sea diamond": 30 min), is made up from one huge granite pinnacle and a series of smaller ones.
Chumphon pinnacle is a deep dive with the top of the pinnacle at 14m and a drop off over 36m. Covered with anemones, you’ll find schools of barracudas, trevallis and bat fish. Some of the most impressive groupers in the gulf of Thailand are found over there.
But what Chumphon is really known for is its sharks, there are grey reef sharks, black tip reef sharks and more and more often are seen bull sharks.
Southwest Pinnacle, south west of Koh tao (travel time to dive site with the "sea diamond": 30 min), is another deep dive site.
Reaching 30m, Southwest Pinnacle consists of a series of steep pinnacles rising from the sandy sea bed that offers a unique diving experience. Zigzagging between pinnacles give you the filling to be in a little maze.
With a huge diversity of marine life, Southwest Pinnacle has a little bit of everything to offer. Watch out sometime the current is quite strong over there.