Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Koh Ma Tang
||Immediately north of Koh Podah Nai
||Average 6m / Maximum 14m
Although this is not one of the area’s better sites, it merits a mention as it has reasonable diversities of both marine life and hard corals, making it a rewarding introductary dive to the area.
||Close inspection of the submerged rocks is recommended, as numerous members of the scorpaenidae family-such as bearded scorpionfish and stonefish – are concealed on the rock ledges.
|Small yellow boxfish, rock basslets, Moorish idols and bannerfish add colour, as do trees of soft corals. Hard corals are represented by staghorn, brain and some small boulders of coral porites.
The best area for snorkellers is around the eastern side where, close to the rock, there are many sea whips, large plate corals and associated reef inhabitants.
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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