Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Koh Dok Mai
||10km west of Shark Point
||Average 19m / Maximum 31m
The east side of the island offers a wall rich in invertebrates and a good representation of tube corals. There are large moray eels, black-banded sea kraits, honeycomb groupers and angelfish, and you have a good chance of seeing leopard sharks out on the sand. Bivalves cling to sea whips along the deeper sections of the wall.
The eastern wall also features two caves. The walls and ceiling of the larger one are rich in soft corals, but it is best to remain outside, exploring the cave’s interior safely by torch light. The western side of the island features a steeply sloping reef rather than the sheer drops that dominate elsewhere. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks can be seen. There are healthy sea fans and barrel and encrusting sponges. Visiting pelagics often pass by.
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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