Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Hin Luk Bat
||Around 3km southwest of Koh Chang
||Average 11m / Maximum 18m
This is one of the prime dive sites around Koh Chang. The dive is around a pinnacle that acts as refuge to plenty of schooling fish, making it enjoyable for snorkellers too. The steeply sloping walls feature numerous barrel sponges and shelves of relatively healthy soft corals, colour is added by large areas of Christmas tree worms.
The pinnacle itself is surrounded by huge boulders that offer great swim-throughs. In the deeper waters are crown of thorn starfish, bushy black corals, sea whips and small gorgonian sea fans. The plankton-enriched waters afford a good diversity of marine life, including angelfish, bannerfish, butterflyfish, fusiliers, groupers, parrotfish, snappers, morays, stingrays, and barracuda. This is also a good site for night diving.
Watching out for the Reef: Coral Conservation Guide for Divers
• Avoid touching live corals. You can kill them with your bare hands.
• Keep your gauge and octopus hoses close to yourself and prevent them damaging the reef.
• Secure your weight belt. Dropping of the weights can destroy the reef.
• Refrain from chasing or touching animals, especially manta rays and whale sharks.
•Maintain a comfortable distant and enjoy
Many divers unintentionally destroy corals whilst diving.
Here are a few guidelines on how to avoid doing so.
• Use the correct amount of weight to aid in your buoyancy.
• Control your fins; keep them away from the reefs and avoid kicking sand onto the corals.
• Do not pick up organic objects (dead or alive) from the sea. Likewise, please do not buy shells or other decorative products made from sea animals.
• Do not stand or rest on the stone-like corals. After all, they are living animals.
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