|Koh Phangan diving offers a large range of dive sites and marine life. The Koh Phangan dive sites are much quieter than neighbouring Koh and offer rarer creatures such as turtles or sea snakes. There are a lot of corals and special features like shallow caves and caverns, oucroppings, swim throughs and abundant tropical and pelagic fish.
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 temperatures average 27°C (80.6°F). Rains are from September to November and the best recommended time to dive here is from December to June.
The local dives offer a good variety of hard corals and pelagic fish. There is abundant hump coral on the reefs which offer shelter to various staghorn and table corals, plate and reef corals, anemone and brain corals. Encounters with groupers, anemone fish, rabbit fish, damsel, butterfly fish and snappersare common. You may also see stingray, barracuda and hunting trevally.
Some of the dive sites in KOh Phangan are:
Koh Ma, an island off north west Phangan offering fantastic scenery. There is hard coral and soft and whip corals at deeper ends. This island has a variety of marine life which includes several species of nudibranches, schooling fish, bannerfish & large groupers and hunting barracuda when there's some current.
At Mae Haad, Haad Salat & Haad Yao Bays you will encounter a wide range of colourfuul hard corals and a large variety of reef fish. The dives are interesting here as you can start on a coral reef and drift to end up in the next bay.
Koh Tae Nok is one of the most popular sites in the area. There's both hard and soft corals and the chances to see large resident groupers are big.
Sail Rock also referred to as Hin Bai, is among the most famous dive sites of the Gulf of Thailand. The main rock sticks out of the water while the rest are sumberged. Colourful cup corals, giant black coral, scorpion fish and golden morays can be seen here. Keep an eye open for big schools of fish, especially jack, barracuda, rabbit & batfish, including hunting king & queenfish. Sail Rock is a deeper dive site and watch out for the occasional currents. Whale sharks are said to have been seen here.
Samran Pinnacle is close to Sail Rock and is similar but the reef top starts below the surface. Huge shoals of fusiliers, jacks as well as angel and triggerfish are to be seen here.
Composed of forty-two islands the Angthong National Marine Park boasts some of Thailands most beautiful undamaged coral. There is a very large range of marine life and some interesting swim throughs. This site offers good opportunities for the beginner and advanced diver and is also great for snorkelers. You may spot turtles or sea snakes on this site.