Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
|| Koh Sa Rang
Koh Sa Rang is situated at the westerly point of the Marine Park. This rocky outcrop island has a starting depth of about 4 or 5m, which then slopes down to about 28 or 30m.
Hard coral gardens mixed with varieties of anemone, mollusks, and big colourful feather stars surround the island. As it gets deeper, large granite boulders form peaks to create pinnacles that are covered densely with large white soft tree corals. Depths here reach 30m, with large yellow margin trigger fish patrolling the sandy slopes that head further west to depths of over 70m.
Its not unusual to see large pelagics, schools of devil rays, large barracuda, huge jellyfish, and if we are lucky, perhaps even a manta or a whale shark. A large variety of reef fish can be seen amongst the coral gardens. Stone fish, scorpion fish, and lion fish can be observed under rocks and overhangs. Large morays and puffers are also common.
There are occasionally strong currents in this area, but we use these to make for exciting drift diving. Visibility is usually superb.
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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.