Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Koh Klung Baden – West Reef
||About 5km south of Koh Hu Chang
||Average 8m / Maximum 12m
Numerous mounds and heads of coral abound, notably staghorn, as well as coral laminates. This is a very good location for snorkelling. To the northwest the reef becomes a relatively shallow fringing reef whose flat and slope consist mainly of rocks and sponges. Compressed barrel sponges shelter small crustaceans and invertebrates.
The fish life at this site is reasonable with numbers and varieties of chromis, basslet, blenny, gobies and bannerfish, plus a few resident bicolour parrotfish and wrasse.
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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