Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
|| Ao Leuk
|| Koh Tao’s southeast coast
||Average 6m / Maximum 12m
This is really a diver-training site, and provides an excellent alternative to the two at Nang Yuan: if weather makes one inaccessible, the other will not be. The seascape is ideal for those taking their first breaths beneath the ocean’s surface.
The sand is broken by small mounds of staghorn corals and numerous patches of long-spined black sea urchins. Mushroom corals lie individually scattered, as do small sponge-encrusted rocks.
The dominating species among the many fish around these undulating rocks are parrotfish, wrasse, juvenile snappers, squirrelfish and soldierfish. Away from the rocks, numbers of yellowtail barracuda and schooling bannerfish pass 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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