Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Koh Rang Pinnacles
||West of Koh Tien West
||Average 15m / Maximum 30m
A great multi-level site and a strong favourite with underwater photographers. Of the two main pinnacles, one is at 12m, the other at 5m; the seabed between them is at 21m.
There is a good shelf of coral on the deeper pinnacle, at about 15m. The site’s western side consists of coral drop-offs. Parrotfish are plentiful and reef sharks are often spotted. Smaller blue-spotted ribbontail rays are on view at about 12m. Pelagics often intrude into the surrounding waters, most of which are barracuda, but there are also cobias.
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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