Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Nang Yuan – Northwest Bay
||Northwest bay off Nang Yuan
||Average 6m / Maximum 12m
Follow the rocks northwards to find large numbers of black sea cucumbers scattered around rocks and lesser star boulder corals, heavily pitted with multicoloured plume worms and bivalves. The larger rocks, rich in foliaceous and soft corals, provide small-scale wall-dives and swim-arounds. Neptune barrel sponges are covered in long white alabaster tubeworms. The rocks are interspersed with small elevated sections hosting gardens of sea anemones.
Around and beyond the rocks the fish life becomes more prolific. There are lots of bullethead parrotfish, checkerboard wrasse, red-tailed butterflyfish and emperor angelfish, and large white snappers, cuttlefish and jacks.
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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