Dive sites

Koh Haa

Journey time: 35minutes, distance 30km

Suitable: All levels diving & snorkeling

Maximum depth: 30m allowed for recreational divers 

Koh Haa is formed by six beautiful limestone islands. With our speed boat the journey there takes only about half an hour, that enables us to reach the dive site before the bigger boats and enjoy diving with the fish rather than fellow diver groups. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Koh Haa offers more than 30 different possible dives and is suitable for all levels of diving and snorkeling. This stunning dive site has also special caverns and a chimney to swim through in one of its diving spots, for the more adventurous and experienced divers. With its crystal clear waters and an extremely varied underwater macro life and topography, Koh Haa is especially ideal for photography. 

The top diving spots of Ko Haa are the Lagoon, the Cathedral and the Chimney. The Lagoon offers a favourable environment for beginner divers with its shallow waters and ocean floor gradually sloping toward the reef. These conditions make the first diving experience effortless and safe to do the first bubbles underwater. What is more, practising your skills on the sandy Lagoon floor also protects the vulnerable coral reefs before you become more comfortable with your buoyancy. 

 

The Cathedral opens as a set of swim through caverns for the more adventurous divers to explore. The place offers excellent conditions for atmospheric photography and for this reason is one of the top sites of the area for the divers who are looking for those astonishing silhouette images. Along with the merged underwater chambers of the Cathedral, The Chimney presents another swim through dare. Divers can access the chimney in only 5 metres and the exit point lies down all the way in 18 metres. This dive spot provides a perfect challenge to practise your buoyancy skills, as you drop down 13 metres through the tunnel before you even realise it. 

 

 

 

 

The marine life of Koh Haa is extremely rich, from colourful corals to gorgeous sea stars and reef octopuses, as well as to all kind of different size and quirky looking fish. One of our favourite sea creatures, tiny yellow boxfish, can also be seen here. Although different reef sharks are more common to spot in Ko Haa, there have been sights of whale sharks and even manta rays every now and then. Nevertheless, before jumping to the water, you have a chance to browse through specific slides on the boat and get familiar with all the marine life Koh Haa has to offer. 

Hin Daeng & Hin Muang (Red Rock / Purple Rock)

Journey time: 1h 10min, distance 65km

Suitable: Advanced divers (AOWD required)

Maximum depth: 30m allowed for recreational divers 

Famous among the divers around the world and ranked as one of the most beautiful dive sites on Earth, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang offer spectacular scenery with underwater canyons, walls and steep drop-offs full of colourful soft corals and extremely unique macro life. The two reefs are located only 100 meters away from each other in the middle of the Andaman Sea. Due to the location, strong currents often occur so advanced level, controlled buoyancy skills and experience in diving are highly recommended for the divers to visit these sites. Home for many large pelagic, Hin Muang and Hin Daeng are especially known for whale sharks and curious manta rays often seen swimming close to the peaks of the reefs as the reefs also work as cleaning stations for manta rays. Additionally, looking into the blue gives a chance to spot huge schools of hunting barracudas and trevallies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hin Muang is completely underwater, its top lying about 10 meters below the surface. The reef is covered by purple soft corals, that also gives the dive site its unique name (Hin Muang = Purple Rock). This giant pinnacle is one of the deepest wall dive in Thailand, dropping all the way to 60 meters. While the shallower parts of Hin Muang are full of anemones, colourful sea fans of different shapes and sizes decorate its steep walls. 

 

Hin Daeng is three times bigger in size than its sister reef and can be spotted from the surface. The top of the pinnacle rises above the water as a small rock, while the deepest point of the reef reaches 50 meters. The name of the reef translates as ‘Red Rock’, because of the large amount of red soft corals covering its walls and slopes. This rocky reef is extremely rich in macro life and a home for many small creatures such as different nudibranchs and ghost pipefish. 

Koh Bida

Journey time: 35 minutes, distance 30km

Suitable: All levels of diving and snorkeling

Maximum depth: 30m allowed for recreational divers 

 

Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai are two of the most popular dive sites near the Phi Phi Islands. Also called as ‘The Bidas’, these limestone pinnacles are famous for their spectacular underwater topography with swim-throughs, walls and underwater caves. The rocky islands are especially known for reef sharks and leopard sharks often spotted around the areas. Both of the dive sites are suitable for all levels of diving and snorkeling. 

 

Koh Bida Nok is the biggest of the two islands. The south side of the island opens as a small bay that works as an ideal environment for the beginner divers to practise their skills. The bay is also perfect spot for snorkeling with its sheltered shallow waters. Black tip reef sharks can sometimes be seen swimming around the edges of the bay and it is also home for many different colourful sea creatures, such as crown sea stars, parrot fish and butterfly fish. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going to the west from the bay, divers can follow down a stunning finger reef. Octopuses and turtles can be seen swimming around here as well as sting rays resting in the sandy ocean floor. If you are looking for a small buoyancy challenge, there is a vertical swim through in the southwest of the island. The north side of Koh Bida Nok offers another kind of challenge with a narrow underwater cave but can only be accessed by certified Cavern divers. Additionally, the north presents beautiful wall dives, while the east side of the island gives great conditions to spot black tip reef sharks with its shallow reefs sometimes only 3 meters deep. 

 

Similarly to its larger sister island, Koh Bida Nai presents some swim throughs and canyons to explore as well as steep walls full of unique makro life. Covered with soft corals, the west side of the island offers a beautiful wall dive. This wall is a home for many different nudibranchs and shrimps, such as mantis peacock shrimp. Fantasy reef, located in the south-east side of Koh Bida Nai, offers a playground for the more experienced divers with steeper walls, underwater cracks and canyons. Following the island to the east, the reef gets more shallow. In these shallow waters the luckiest divers might spot leopard sharks swimming around in the sandy bottom. 

Koh Waen

Journey time: 45 minutes, distance 37km

Suitable: Advanced level (AOWD required)

Maximum depth: 30m allowed for recreational divers 

 

Koh Waen is located south from Koh Lanta. The dive site is most known for its exciting underwater train station, an artificial man-made reef, that was deliberately sank by the Thai Authority in April 2015. As a wreck dive, an advanced level and experience in diving is required to visit the site. The underwater station includes many railway tracks and railway cars as well as a locomotive covered in corals. Here you can find schools of snappers and barracudas swimming around the tracks as well as nudibranchs hiding in the small cracks. In addition to this, Koh Waen also offers wall diving, caves and swim-throughs to explore. 

Koh Phi Phi

Journey time: 35 minutes, distance 30km

Suitable: All levels of diving and snorkeling

Maximum depth: 30m allowed for recreational divers 

 

Phi Phi National Marine Park offers some of the most popular dive sites in Southeast Asia. The sites are suitable for all levels of diving and snorkeling and located around the two biggest islands of the National Park, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Ley. These stunning limestone monoliths rise over 100 meters above the sea level and offer wide range of dive milieus with underwater caves, overhangs, swim throughs and walls. As Phi Phi Don is inhabited and a busy tourist destination, the majority of the dive sites are situated around its smaller sister island Phi Phi Ley, where the marine life is booming. 

 

 

Mushroom Rock - Phi Phi Ley

Mushroom Rock is located in the northern tip of Phi Phi Ley and is suitable for all levels of diving. This dive site is formed by large pinnacles rising up to the surface. One of these pinnacles is shaped like a mushroom, which gives the site its unique name. Huge schools of barracudas, yellowback fusiliers and trevallies are often seen swimming around the rocky reef. In addition, its shallower parts open up great conditions to spot black tip reef sharks. 

 

Lo Samah - Phi Phi Ley

Lo Samah is is suitable for all levels of diving. The dive site is known for its narrow underwater canyon, big enough for the divers to swim through it, dropping down to 15 meters. In addition, Lo Samah offers a beautiful wall dive full of colourful sea fans, soft corals and barrel sponge corals. The small cracks of the wall are home for a rich variety of makro life, such as different nudibranchs. What is more, sting rays are often spotted laying in the sandy ocean floor and black tip reef sharks can also be seen in the narrow parts of the reef. 

 

King Cruiser Wreck

After been built in Japan over 30 years ago, the King Cruiser Wreck sank near the Phi Phi islands in May 1997. As a wreck dive, advanced level (AOWD) and experience in diving is required to visit this dive site. Due to its location in the middle of the Andaman sea, strong currents often occur that makes the site more challenging. The top of the wreck lies about 10 meters below the surface and the passenger decks between 10 meters and 20 meters deep. The deepest point of the wreck, its propellers, can be reached in 30 meters. 

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81150 Krabi

Thailand

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