Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||8km east of the Samran Pinnacles
||Average 22m / Maximum 34m
This site is probably the finest in the Gulf of Thailand. It is a wall-dive surrounded by a number of smaller but still impressive pinnacles. On the northern wall; at a depth of 16m, is a great example of a Neptune barrel sponge. This impressive section of the wall is also heavily encrusted with orange sponges; many oysters and clams cling to the craggy surface.
At the eastern end of the wall you can often see great barracuda – occasionally 3m long – patrolling the depths. Schools of big-eye jacks, tuna and rainbow runners mingle with threadfin trevally in the shallower waters. Whale sharks are often spotted here.
The southeast face has a natural chimney eroded into the rock. You enter a wide orifice at 18m and ascend the chimney to come out at 10m. Poisonous bearded scorpionfish and sea urchins abound, so dive slowly and carefully, and pay special attention to your buoyancy!
Next to the chimney lies an elevated plateau busy with many forms of marine life. There are gardens of sea anemones tenanted by pink anemonefish. Winding yellow margined morays explore the holes and crevices, while cleaner and painted shrimp, along with medium-sized reef crabs, remain in their shelters.
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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