Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Koh Racha Noi – Southern Tip
||Just over two hours from Bay Chalong Bay
||Average 23m / Maximum 40m+
This is a great dive for experienced divers – in fact, good operators will bring only divers of advanced level and above!The underwater terrain is similar to that around the island’s northern tip, but much deeper – the shallowest part of any consequence is at 18m. Fine soft corals highlight the smooth-sided boulders. Crinoids and featherstars are well represented.
There are fairly plentiful, reasonably sized fish, including lionfish, parrotfish, wrasse and triggerfish, as well as large visiting pelagics such as barracuda, rainbow runners and trevally. Manta and marbled rays are frequently seen here as are whale sharks, although with slightly less regularity. All in all, this site can be compared with some sites found around Mu Koh Similan Marine National park.
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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