Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Koh Ya Wa Bon
||to the west of Koh Podah Nok
||Average 12m / Maximum 20m
In the north of this site an impressive archway cuts through the face of the rock for about 10m; there are two entrances at 6m and 12m.
||This is a good swim-through, although only wide enough for one diver at time. The site’s northern area gradually slopes down over coral laminates interspersed with sea anemones (with a variety of tenants) and rocks. Turtles are a common sight here.
|Away from the reef are three large submerged boulders, whose southern faces are carpeted in anemones; their many crevices act as homes and lairs to a variety of invertebrates, including banded, boxing and hinge shrimps.
This is also a good location for spotting juvenile snowflake morays and black-banded sea kraits as they meander in and out of the rocks.
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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