Koh Phangan : Scuba Diving and Snorkelling : Dive Sites

Dive Sites
Koh Ma
Koh Ma is a small picturesque island connected to Koh Phangan by a sandbar at Haad Mae Haad on the north west coast. It is possible to beach dive from either Mae Haad or Koh Ma and several local scuba schools do trips by boat. That said, it is far from crowded and is an excellent place to see the local marine life, with schooling fish, bannerfish and big grouper, barracuda and a vast range of coral; maximum depth 24m.
Haad Salad, Haad Yao and Haad Chao Phao
These three beaches are all bordered by the long coral reef that thrives on the west coast of Phangan and runs up to Koh ma. Any one of these beaches offers great beach and boat dives with a range of hard corals and reef fish; maximum depth 19m.
Koh Tae Nok
Koh Tae Nok is located near Thongsala on the south coast of Koh Phangan and is a great local boat dive; with reef fish, hard corals and the odd small reef shark, maximum depth 19m.

Sail Rock
Sail Rock is undoubtedly the most famous dive site in the Gult of Thailand and is located in-between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. A spectacular rock formation that rises out of the sea, creating an excellent wall dive with a great range of marine life, spectacular underwater scenery, rock formations and the legendary "Chimney" swim-through!. A fantastic site that can be explored by all levels of drivers; maximum depth 40m.

Photo by Johnny Williams

Ang Thong Marine Park
The Marine Park of Ang Thong consists of a string of about 42 islands and offers some of the most beautiful, vibrant, undamaged coral in Thailand. The boat trip takes about two hours to get to the northernmost tip of the Marine Park and Koh Ang Thong has the best range of fish within the Gult of Siam. There is a good chance of seeing the rarer creatures such as turtles or seasnakes and the sites are also very scenic, featuring 2m giant hydroids and black corals; ideal not just for beginners but also for the more experienced diver; maximum depth 25m+.
Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan
Koh Tao has loads of beach dive sites and two major dive sites; Shark Island nearby and Southwest Pinnacle about 15kms away. Both are exceptional sites wirh a great variety of reef fish and alluring rocky formations; maximum depth 32m.
Issue 40
March - May 2015


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