Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Similans and Surins
||Off the south west corner of Koh Bon
||Average 21m / Maximum 40m
The island’s perimeter here takes the from of a series of small wall-like sections which drop to meet a fringing reef at 32m before sharply dropping to 40m to reach gently sloping sand. Huge sponges and sea fans can be found along the reef in depths of 30-40m. The wall sections are covered with a mixture of sea anemones encrusting sponges and sea whips. Concealed within the narrow rocky gorges and crevices are octopus, resting cuttlefish, and coral trout being attended to at one of the many cleaning stations around this site. On closer inspection a variety of cleaner shrimps can be witnessed as they tend to their willing hosts.
To the southwest a splendid reef tapers down to the site's maximum depth and is covered in corals teeming with marine life. This is also a great location for regular encounters with manta rays and leopard sharks.
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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