Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Off Chaweng Beach’s northern apex
||Average 8m / Maximum 9m
The reef-flat is built up mainly of table staghorns, interspersed with gardens of sea anemones. The waters above these structures provide some enjoyable snorkelling.
The dive continues along a shallow, sloping reef consisting mainly of elkhorn, vase and foliaceous corals. Small rocks play both anchor and host to numerous gorgonian sea fans and whips. The marine life is sporadic but, at the eastern point of the reef, you can occasionally see black-tip reef sharks passing 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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