Koh Ma is a small picturesque island connected to Koh PhaNgan
by a sandbar at Haad Mae Haad on the north west coast. It is possible
to beach dive from either Mae Haad or Koh Ma and several local
scuba sholls do trips by boat. That said, it is far from crowded
and is an excellent place to see the local marine life, with schooling
fish, bannerfish & big grouper, barracuda and a vast range
of coral: maximum depth 24m.
Salad, Haad Yao & Haad Chaophao
three beaches are all bordered by the long coral reef that thrives
on the west coast of Phangan and runs up to Koh Ma. Any one of
these beaches offers great beach and boat dives with a range of
hard corals & reef fish; maximum depth 19m.
Tae Nok is located near Thongsala on the south coast of Koh PhaNgan
and is a great local boat dive; with reff fish, hard corals and
the odd small reef shark; maximum depth 19m.
Rock is undoubtedly the most famous dive site in the Gulf of Thailand
and is located in-between Koh PhaNgan and Koh Tao. A spectacular
rock formation that rises out of the sea, creating an excellent
wall dive with a great range of marine life, spectacula underwater
scenery, rock formations and the legendary "Chimney"
seim-through! A fantastic site that can be explored by all levels
of divers; maximum depth 40m.
Tao & Koh Nangyuan
Tao has loads of beach dive sites and two major dive sites; Shark
Island nearby and Southwest Pinnacle about 15kms away. Both are
exceptional sites with a great variety of reef fish and alluing
rocky formations; maximum depth 32m.
Marine Park of Angthong consists of a string of about 42 islands
and offers some of the most beautiful, vibrant, undamaged coral
in Thailand. The boat trip takes about two hours to get to the
northernmost tip of the Marine Park and Koh Angthong has the best
range of fish within the Gulf of Siam. There is a good chance
of seeing the rarer creatures such as turtles or seasnakes and
the sites are also very scenic, featuring 2m giant hydroids and
black corals; ideal not just for beginners but also for the more
experienced diver; maximum depth 25m+.
are several tour operators that run regular trips to Ang Thong