KOH RANG NATIONAL MARINE PARK
KOH YAK YAI
MAX DEPTH: 16M
A dive on Koh Yak Yai will bring you full circle around the small island. It is an ideal site for beginners, although experienced divers will enjoy it too. Beautiful corals will be around you for most your dive. There are several Staghorn coral restoration projects. Expect to see schools of Yellow Fusiliers, Chevron Barracudas and Silver Batfish. Look for Sea Anemones and you might find Nemo aka Clownfish. Peek under corals to find a White Eye Moray Eel or some Blue Spotted Stingrays. Puffer fish can be found hiding and out on the sand you can find Gobi’s living together with their Helper Shrimp
KOH YAK LEK
Max depth : 18m
Bubble your way around this small island coral site and be amazed. Ideal for divers of all skill levels, including beginners. There is a lot to see in the relatively shallow water where you can dive safely protected from surge and currents. Navigate through the schools of Yellow Fusiliers and Chevron Barracuda. Look up and you will see Sergeant Major fish and some Trumpet fish swimming near the surface. Also expect to find Blue Spotted Rays, Puffer fish and Box fish, Moray Eels and Nudibranch. Experienced divers that can dive deeper will sometimes be fortunate and find larger Sand Rays and the occasional Lion Fish!
Max depth: 18m
Koh Tian is a much quieter site as it is not visited by many and snorkelers. Koh Tian offers better opportunities to see marine life that avoid the noise of the big snorkel boats. When you descend you will be happy to see a long shallow coral bed. Rabbit fish, Banner fish, Angel fish and even the occasional Yellow Spotted Box fish (Ostracion cubicus) can be found. As you continue your dive you will descend across rock bluffs that are home to large Groupers and Triggerfish, Crabs and Nudibranch. Be sure to spend some time on the sand admiring the Gobis and their Helper Shrimp. On lucky days we can find Turtles, Eagle rays, schools of Squid and sometimes Cuttlefish.
3 FINGER REEF
Max depth: 15m
Three Finger Reef is a shoal with a mooring buoy on the north east side of the National Marine Park. Schools of Spotted Snapper and lots of Groupers can be found living in and around the corals. This is also home to one of the Marine Park's Staghorn coral restoration projects, so please feel free to pick up a broken piece of Staghorn coral and plant it somewhere it can continue to grow on the reef.
Seal faced, Masked and Giant Puffer fish call this reef home. Bamboo sharks can also be found, and maybe even the occasional Cuttlefish. Also keep an eye out for the numerous Nudibranch and Scorpion fish making their home along the rock walls on this dive site or find some Stone fish on the sand.
Max depth: 28m
The Pinnacles is an amazing site for experienced divers. Hiding just below the waves out in the open water, two rock towers stand parallel and stretch towards to surface from a depth of 12 meters. At the Pinnacles' base you will find massive boulders precariously perched on top of each other, providing countless places for marine life to thrive.
From large adult Great Barracudas to the smallest Nudibranch, this site is one to not miss. Eagle Rays, Turtles and Reef sharks can occasionally be seen here. There are some fun swim-throughs and places to take beautiful photos but be careful and watch out for Crown of Thorns and Scorpion Fish.
LOCAL DIVE SITES
Max Depth 16m
Dive into Hin Raab and be prepared for anything. Ideal for divers of all skill levels and very good for snorkeling too. Follow the sand line and look out into the blue to spot large schools of adult Trevally coming in to feed on the schools of smaller fish. On lucky days adult Great Barracuda can be found swimming in the open waters around the reef. Also there is a large Sea Anemone bed that is always fun to watch move back and forward with the surge. Red Dancing Shrimp and Banded Cleaner Shrimp can all be found hiding in the cracks and be sure to keep look out for munitions that were fired by the Thai Navy and is scattered around this dive site.
Max Depth 16m
Plunge into Secret Reef and Follow the canyons around, perfect for divers of all skill levels. Slowly swim around this Shoal and be prepared to find a large diversity of sea creatures and corals. Puffer fish, Box fish, and Sweetlips can be found all over, hiding under and around the massive bed of Coral’s. Damsel fish will protect the Barrel sponge, and the Trigger fish will protect their nests. Look closely and find many Scorpion fish and Nudi’s on the rock bluffs around the site. Large groupers and the odd turtle are sure not to dissapoint!
Max Depth 18m
A Shoal just north west of Hin Raab typically a customer Favorite. Two canyons cut through the diameter of the site, which is a large coral bed sitting atop broken bedrock. As you navigate around you will find many nooks and crannies to peer into with a torch, and find many creatures hiding within. Large Sting Rays, massive Groupers, and many macro species can all be found in the cracks. Huge walls of Corals are home to Eels, Rays, Sweetlips and the like. Hermit crabs and Scorpion fish can be found in the shallower water, and a resident turtle can be seen roaming every now and again.
HIN LUK BATH
Max depth 20m
Directly west of Bang Bao you will find this small island, below the waves the site is currently a Nursery, baby Barracuda, fusiliers and silver bat fish schools all have come here for protection. The schools are large, and for most of your dive you will find yourself swimming right through the center of them. Pieces of an old wooden shipwreck can be found in and among the rocky outcrops, as well as turtles, eels and stingrays. The rocky landscape of this site provides many places for divers to take their time and find creatures hiding in and among the corals.
Max depth 30m
This dive site has to be a ‘must dive’ for anyone diving in Thailand. A US tank landing craft commissioned in 1944 and used in campaigns in South East Asia during the ’40s and ’50s before being sold to the Thai navy in 1962. It was decommissioned and sunk in November 2012 in order to create an artificial reef and is only 40 minutes by dive boat from Koh Chang. It is 100m long, on the seabed at 30m perfectly upright, with the main deck at 24m. It is teeming with marine life, most of which are seen on the local reefs, but sightings, albeit rarely so far, of reef sharks, whale sharks and angler fish to name a few have been seen. It is a dive for divers certified (or being certified) to 30m but it is also challenging for more experienced certified wreck divers to penetrate.