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The Gulf of Thailand is very rich in its bio-diversity and Koh Samui is no exception.

There are more than twenty great diving sites around the island, with its various reefs, fantastic vegetation and dozens of marine life species.

Don't miss the opportunity to experience these creatures in their own environment. Many of these sights can be reached by swimming from the shore, others by boat.

The diving spots around Koh Samui, such as Koh Tao, Koh Nang Yuan, Sailrock or Angthong Marine National Park are some of the best in the Gulf of Siam and South of the China Sea !!!



 KOH TAO

This small island counts not less than 20 breathtaking diving sites. Some of these spots like Chumpon & the South West Pinnacles are among the most amazing. Other sites like "Shark Island", "White Rock" and "Green Rock" host many colourful corals, fishes and turtles. Whether you are an experienced diver or just a beginner, Koh Tao is an excellent choice and you’ll soon find a programme suited to your needs.

You will see details from some of these spots below.
Blue Ringed Angelfish can be seen around Koh Tao.  Enjoy snorkeling or diving around Koh Tao.


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 KOH NANG YUAN

Just a few minutes from Koh Tao, this small island is made up with three tiny islands linked together with a white sand rope. There, you'll find 3 bays with reefs plunging as deep as 14 metres under the sea, which makes it the perfect place for beginners. You will enjoy the corals as well as the beautiful fish (parrot, butterfly, fusilier, clowns, barracudas and groupers).

Grouper fishes can be seen around Koh Nuang Yuan.  Enjoy long fin bannerfish around Koh Nuang Yuan.


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 ANGTHONG NATIONAL MARINE PARK

Made famous by the movie "The Beach", this group of island proudly displays some of the most beautiful landscapes in Thailand. These islands are well known for their huge variety of soft corals and for their caves, which are open to visitors.
And for those who simply fancy a bit of snorkelling, the place is just heavenly.

Angthong Marine Park is one of the jewellery of the gulf of Siam.  Java Rabbitfish can be observed around Angthong Marine Park.


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 SAIL ROCK

Located between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, this spectacular rock formation allows you to dive as far as 40 metres deep. The walls of the rock underwater are covered in natural sponge, oysters and other molluscs and if you look through the deep blue water. This spot is famous for the numerous whale sharks that come gliding through the surrounding waters and many a visitor goes there with the secret hope to get to swim alongside this fabulous selachian. In the event that they do not show up, the shoals of pelagian fish alone are enough to make your experience an unforgettable memory. Another of this site’s interesting features is the naturally formed chimney which you can enter 18 metres below water level and exit just below the surface.

Whaleshark can be seen around Sail Rock.  Whaleshark can be seen around Sail Rock.


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 KOH WAO

This shallow bay – only 8 to 14 metres deep is perfect for inexperienced divers as well as total novices.
The site presents a fantastic display of corals, hard and soft, together with fabulous acroporas and very impressive coral plates. You will marvel at the beauty of the sight of the huge range of coral fishes in their habitat: angel fish, butterfly fish, groupers, to name but a few... This spot is also recommended to snorkel lovers.

Clownfishes can be seen around Koh Wao.  butterflyfish can be seen around Koh Wao.  Morey Eel can be seen around Koh Wao.  Titan Triggerfish can be seen around Koh Wao.


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 HIN YIPPON

Located in the very North part of the marine park, this spot is well worth the trip. It consists of a sizeable rock formation which you can swim around and explore during your dive. Some enormous groupers like to lie about the many rubbles at the bottom of the sea. You can also stop to admire the spongy basins and the coral trees which will make impressive photos. The deepest point is 25 metres deep, with an average depth of 18 metres overall, which makes this place accessible to experienced divers and novices alike.

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 SHARK ISLAND

South of Koh Tao, this double boulder is formed in a reef that gradually slopes downwards between 4 and 20 metres below the surface. On the East side of the rock, the reef is covered in corals, pink anemones and amphora shaped sponges. Amidst this vegetation, you’ll encounter some pagres, angel fish and blue spotted skates. At the right season, whale sharks can be spotted there, as well as turtles and black pointed sharks. This place is accessible to all, whatever the level of training.

As expected, you might cross sharks around Shark island.  Turtles can be seen around Shark island.  Whalesharks can be spotted around  Shark island.


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 CHUMPORN PINNACLES

North West of Koh Tao, this group of rocks is totally submerged and is without a doubt one of the Gulf of Thailand’s most beautiful sites – not to be missed. This giant stone mass takes its roots 35 metres below sea level and rises up to 14 metres below the surface. Its top is covered in pink anemones and one might catch a glimpse of some of the enormous groupers flickering in the numerous cracks in the rock. This is the place where you are most likely to encounter the famous whale sharks that often come floating in these parts. You’ll be amazed by the enchanting vision of the tuna and barracuda shoals..

You might cross Barracuda Banks around Chumporn Pinnacles.  Pink Anemone fish are swimming around Chumporn Pinnacles.  Batfish, one of the numerous colourful trofical fishes around Chumporn Pinnacles.


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 SAMRAN PINNACLES

These three totally immersed boulders are in the vicinity of Sail Rock between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. It’s only possible to dive there between May and September. The bottom is 30 metres deep and the rock rises up to 13 metres below the surface. This site is easily accessible to all. The surface of the rock is almost completely covered with soft corals and spongy anemones. And if you gaze through the blue waters, you are likely to get a glimpse of some barracuda’s shoals patrolling around the area.

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 SOUTH WEST PINNACLES

North West of Koh Tao, this impressive rock formation takes its roots 28 metres deep and rises up to 10 metres below sea level. A wide variety of soft corals, giant amphora shaped sponges, massive acrophoras and anemones colonise the rock and many different fishes swim about – groupers, angel fish, and barracudas. One may even get a peak at some leopard sharks patrolling around behind the various shapes formed in the rock.

Curious and estonishing big eyes fish, amazing tropical fish found around Koh Phangan.  Blue anemone with pink fish, amazing tropical fish found around Koh Phangan.  Blue spotted sting ray fish, it is better not to annoy it.


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Well, you just have to go see all these fishes by yourself now !!
Find a boat or the right diving school, take your snorkel and fin or try the scuba diving and experiment the deep blue !



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