|Chumphon diving offers about 50 Islands in the gulf of Thailand to dive which indeed gives excellent diving opportunities. Relatively unspoilt Chumphon has abundant marine life and swim throughs. There are dives suitable for both beginners and advanced divers. Divers can see fascinating seabed formations from coral gardens to rock piles and caves.
There are possibilities to go on liveaboard trips starting from 3 days.
Always dive according to your level of training. Check with your dive center for safety, additional information and level required for each dive site before entering the water.
Visibility varies depending on the tide and weather. This can vary from 20 metres (66 feet) on a good day to 8-10 metres (26-33 feet) at low tides.
The best months dive Chumphon are January to June. November to almost end of December the diving is weather dependant. Off season is July to October.
dive sites around the islands of Koh Ngam Noi, Koh Ngam Yai and the Hin Lak Ngam and Hin Pae outcrops of offer excellent diving opportunities.
Some dive sites of Chumphon are:
Koh Ngam Yai which is made up of many scattered rocks covered with fire and zebra corals.Bearded Scorpionfish, Juvenile Yellowtail, Barracuda, Blue-spotted Ribbontail Rays,
Humpback Snappers and three-spot Damselfish can be spotted on this site. With a maximum depth of 20 metres (66 feet) Koh Ngam Yai is suitable for novice divers.
Koh Ngam Noi is the sister island of Koh Ngam Yai. Composed of rocky formations there are soft coral garden below and above the water swifts nest. Scorpionfish, turtles and cowries have been spotted at Koh Ngam Noi.There are lots of anemones here accompanied by pink skunk anemonefishalong with sea urchins. Occasional currents are observed here.
Koh Lak Ngam is a wall encrusted with neptune barrel sponges and whip corals. There are lots of clams,
oysters and also large sea anemone, parrotfish damselfish and wrasse.
Koh Thalu is a very popular dive site with a lot of healthy coral gardens and home to a wide variety of marine fishes. The hard coral is in good condition and quite unspoilt.Large schools of snappers and fusiliers can be seen and sometimes even large rays are spotted. The currents are weak and the shallow bay here with a sandy bottom is littered
with coral outcrops which makes it ideal for snorkelers.
Koh Ran Gai and Koh Ran Bped offer larger marine life and a few caves where natural light penetrates. Off the Ran Gai coast there is a swimthrough with a large cavity and natural light. Regularly seen is the box fish, snappers and scorpion fish.