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Ao Nang dive guide


Ao Nang diving counts numerous and diversified beautiful dive spots owing to it's location in the Andaman Sea which is known for having some of the best diving in the world.
The diversity of dives makes it good for both beginners and the more advanced divers.

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.

The diving in Ao Nang is good all year with the temperatures averaging 27-31°c (81-88°F) but the best time to dive in Ao Nang is from November to April when the weather is hot and pleasant. From June to September the diving will depend on the weather conditions. The sea is generally calm with easy currents but from May to October the monsoon winds blow and the surface swells. Although the sea stays calm generally at this time the visibility may be reduced by 15-20% but trips are almost never cancelled owing to weather conditions. October brings heavy rains.

The marine life is varied and underwater you will see incredible coral life, a huge variety of fish,leopard sharks and morays. You may also meet mantas, turtles and even the whale shark just to name a few.

The Ao Nang Islands also boast a large variety of colourful nudibranches, sea snakes, seahorses, nurse sharks, and with some luck you will see blacktip reefsharks on sites that are accesible after a short boat ride. Ask your dive center.

Dive centers on Ao nang Beach regularly visit the following sites:

Hin Daeng (Red Rock) is situated west of Phi Phi Islands and is considered to be among the best dive sites of Thailand.

Hin Musang which was declared a marine sanctuary in 1992 is composed of three large rock pinnacles.
There is abundant and diverse coral and fish life around these rocks and lots of pink and purple soft corals and enormous barrel sponges.

On this very popular site divers are likely to see resident leopard sharks, from which the name Hin Musang is derived.
This is a great opportunity for photographers to get snaps of the leopard sharks.

Phi Phi Islands, a very popular site south of Ao Nang consists of two beautiful islands of Phi Phi Ley and Phi Phi Don. Divers of every experience will finds suitable dives. Drift dives are possible.

Hin Muang also known as the Purple Rock is completely submerged and is situated slightly north of Hin Daeng and has a very large population of marine life.
The abundant purple soft corals that seem to glow makes this site unique.

For wreck lovers, The King Cruiser wreck an 87 meter (285 feet) long ferry boat which sank on the 4th of May 1997, next to Anemonereef is a must.
Today the the wreck stands upright on the bottom at 33 meters (108 feet) and is a big attraction for divers. It's good to know also that all passengers survived when the ship went down.

Only a few are sites are mentioned but there are many more interesting sites to visit from Ao Nang.

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