Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Koh Racha Yai – Eastern Coast
||90 minutes from Chalong Bay
||Average 12m / Maximum 22m
This is a very popular diving destination and is suitable for all levels of diver. There’s also enjoyable snorkelling around the rocks in the shallow waters off the islands coastline. The shallower sections of the reef feature tables and smaller examples of leaf corals; the deeper waters have similar species, but larger.
There are many featherstars, lionfish, puffers and a few parrotfish and wrasse. The site’s southern end has the bonus of encountering mating cuttlefish along with a greater display of reef creatures, including good-sized titan triggerfish, moray eels and octopus; plus on a smaller scale, a better selection of colourful fish and invertebrates. Leopard sharks and hawksbill turtles are occasionally seen around this coastline.
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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