The Nangyuan Pinnacle is undoubtedly the most popular of all the sites in the region.
Its granite boulder formations have a diversity of swim-through's and tropical reef
fish such as groupers, long fin, banner fin and blue spotted stingrays.
Shark Island just off the south-west coast is another of the most popular areas to
dive with depths of almost 30 meters and hawksbill turtle, blue ridged angel, long
fin banner, leopard sharks and reef sharks. The area is perfect for any standard
The South-West Pinnacle offers diving ranges between 5 and 30 meters deep. The series
of steep pinnacles rise from the sandy seabed and offer an ample variety of colourful
marine life, such as butterfly fish, blue-ringed angelfish, jacks, barracudas and
occasional whale sharks.
Twins, which lies just to the west of Koh Nangyuan is made of rocks with depths of
6 to 18 meters. Among the hard corals are big grouper, white-eyed morak eels, pink
anemone, clown fish, blue spotted rays, wrasse and black and white sergeant major
White Rock near Twins offers decent depths for all levels of divers and is a good
place for night dives. Marine life there includes butterfly fish, parrot fish, angel
fish, large barracuda titan trigger fish and red breasted wrasse.
This ‘hippy’ hideout of an island famous for its full-moon parties is an excellent
departure point for the northern most part of the Ang Thong Marine National Park.
The visibility in the area is just 4 meters with a highest of 25.
Koh Samui is more renowned for its long sandy beaches and sizzling nightlife than
its diving, but there are some enjoyable sites nearby.
Sail Rock is by far and away the most well-known dive site in the Koh Samui area.
It is a rock pinnacle shaped like an iceberg which emerges from a sandy seabed at
40 m to tower 15 m above the surface. It is also a magnet for fish and there are
fascinating schools of anemones and pink anemones.
Koh Yippon consists of 50 different islands. The visibility is lower than that of
the other sites in the area but the scenery is still beautiful.
Chumphon province offers the visitor an astonishing array of natural attractions
and it is a good place to stop and enjoy the healthy diversity of marine life and
fringing reefs. One can also do some night diving.
Koh Lak Ngam located just 15 km north-east of Chumphon, is one of 40 islands which
belong to the Chumphon Marine National Park. There is plenty of hard and soft corals
and hosts home to a large amount of sea life such as bat fish, trevally, fusiliers,
turtle and seasonal whale sharks.
Great Diving places around the islands of Thailand