Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
|| Pattaya Beach Shore Dive
This is a great shore dive where it is possible to walk straight off the beach onto an attractive shallow reef. With Depths of only about 12m, and little current, this makes an ideal dive site for early training as well as for photography enthusiasts. Being so close to shore, this site is also ideal for night diving.
Huge coral bommies, elephant ear and stag horn corals create a reef that starts just offshore and ends about 100m out to sea.
The marine life is just as diverse and rich as some of the furthest dive sites, with hundreds of clownfish playing in the anemones, batfish, trumpet fish, angel fish and puffers. At night it is also common to see free swimming moray eels, cuttlefish, and blue spotted stingrays.
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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.