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Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory

 

Area Koh Lipe
Site Stonehenge
Depth Maximum 40m

 

Description

This is an awesome dive site with four different types of reef in one. 

First, on the east side, there is a slope with many boulders, where we often find giant moral eels and large groupers.  This area sweeps down to a depth of more than 40m, where there have been sightings of leopard sharks and eagle rays.

Second, is an area of sponges, including big barrel sponges, whole rocks covered in colourful sponges, all of which provide food for angel and butterfly fish.  Large scorpion fish blend in well here and some very colourful species can be found making for great photography.

 

 

Third, we approach a sandy area with many small coral bommies towards the southeast side.  Here we also may find large conch, pipefish, and many other odd species. 

 

 

 

The final area is in the centre, where we find giant granite pinnacles that rise up close to the surface at only 2m deep.  This is where the reef inherits its name, as it resembles Stonehenge in England, with the large upright boulders.  Unlike Stonehenge in England however, these boulders are home to many Damsel fish, basslets of many colours, and legion of other small reef fish.  There are also large healthy table corals, staghorn, and many other types of hard coral.  And with occasional strong currents in this region, we also find a dense growth of soft tree coral.

Some of the currents  can be utilized in order to drift dive this reef. 

 

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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
watching them!

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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