Thailand Scuba Diving Dive Site Directory
||Red Rock (Shark Island)
||1km off the southern tip of Koh Tao
||Average 15m / Maximum 28m
The good thing about this site, provided access is possible, is that you can virtually always have a pleasant dive; it also offers very good night-diving. The site consists of a steeply sloping reef.
The shallower part, around the northeast section, varies from 4m to 2m and is an excellent place to snorkel. Lavish sea anemone gardens and table corals are interspersed with large flat-topped rocks, providing a playground for a multitude of reef-fish: titan triggerfish, pairs of blue-ringed angelfish, lunar and bicolour wrasse, large parrotfish and fusiliers. In the sand, blue-spotted stingrays can be seen. There have also been reliable sightings of hawksbill and green turtles, and as the name implies, reef sharks
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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