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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 of diving.

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 fish.

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.

 

Koh Phang-ngan

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

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

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.

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