Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Koh Mae Urai
||1km southwest of Koh Podah Nai
||Average 9m / Maximum 16m
This rocky outcrop features two underwater tunnels. As you pass through the easternmost tunnel its exit acts as a natural frame for glorious soft corals in white and shades of pink, blue, orange and yellow.
|| Beyond this coral garden, the sea-bed tapers gradually down past shelves of rocks crowned with colourful featherstars and orange encrusting sponges. Magnificent sea anemones host a variety of anemonefish.
|Below these are many small boulders of lesser and greater star corals with the familiar punctuation of plume worms and sea whips. There is a narrow gorge in the northern apex of this site.
Along its floor parrotfish peck away at hard corals and black-banded sea kraits weave in and out of the nooks and crannies along its walls. Some sections of this site are relatively shallow, and are suitable for snorkellers to enjoy.
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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