Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||About 5km northwest of Nang Yuan
||Average 20m / Maximum 36m
This is Koh Tao's most impressive site, and without doubt one of the most popular. Divers revisiting the island always ask when the earliest scheduled trip to Chumphon Pinnacles is!
The site consists of four interconnected underwater pinnacles which tower up from around 34m; the highest peaks are 16m Below the surface. This is an ideal place to spot many pelagics. Large schools of great barracuda, big-eyed jacks, tuna, mackerel, goldbody and giant trevally are all frequent visitors. Whale sharks, with accompanying striped remoras and pilot fish are sighted here with more frequency than any other site in the Gulf. Bulky grey reef sharks are seen in the depths away from the base of the rocky structure.
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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