Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
|| Samran Pinnacles
||About 19km north of Koh Phangan
||Average 18m / Maximum 28m
Pelagic enthusiasts will find this site terrific, as you encounter school after school of great barracuda, threadfin trevally, big-eyed jacks, Spanish mackerel and dog-faced tuna. There are three main pinnacles – the top of the tallest is 12m below the surface – plus a mountainous terrain of scattered rocks large enough to swim around and explore. The larger of these rocks are obscured by healthy masses of soft corals, featuring shimmering whites, reds, oranges and yellows. Marine life around the pinnacles consists mainly of honeycomb groupers, juvenile morays and schooling bannerfish. Large red and white snappers and fusiliers wander in the deeper waters.
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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