Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Koh Tae Nok
||Outer of the two islands off the west coast
||Average 16m / Maximum 25m
When the visibility is good this rarely dived site can be very enjoyable. There is little coral damage around this site, and the specimens are reasonably healthy. The reef-flat consists of various table corals and small boulders of star corals pitted with bivalves. The waters provide interesting snorkelling, a rainbow of colours being added by wrasse, parrotfish and various chromis and damselfish. The steep, sometimes sheer reef here consists mainly of gorgonian sea fans and encrusting coraline.
On the wall-like reef-slope are many barrel sponges covered in tubeworms and these continue right down to the sea-bed, which they share with black sea cucumbers and patches of sea urchins. Fusiliers, rabbitfish and snappers hang in midwater and black-tip reef sharks occasionally sweep past.
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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