Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Nang Yuan – Japanese Gardens
||Nang Yuan’s southeastern bay
||Average 6m / Maximum 12m
Although the general conditions may be the same, this site is not a replica of the previous site. As you head south towards the rocks, the sand is slowly replaced by boulder corals rich in small bivalves and plume worms. Beyond the boulder corals is a shallow sloping reef formed of table staghorns and various leaf corals; black-banded sea kraits intertwine around the branches, while pufferfish and damselfish create their own blankets of colour.
Following the reef east, you approach a number of small caves and overhangs; these serve as shelters for many blue-spotted ribbontail rays. A good selection of Phyllidia nudibranchs feed on the rock-encrusting sponges. This is a good site for observing passing turtles.
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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