Pinnacle, Located 11Km North West of Koh Tao, is one of the premiere
dive sites in the gulf. This dive site has a main granite pinnacle
which starts around 14 meters beneath the surface. Covered in
Magnificent Pink Anemones, Sea Whips and Sponge Corals this is
an awesome sight as you descend down one of several buoy lines.
As you make your way round this spectacular dive site valleys
cut through the rock become visible taking the more experienced
scuba diver to depths of around 30 meters.
are several smaller pinnacles off the main dive site to navigate
around, the largest of these being Barracuda Rock. Making your
way across the sandy bottom scattered with sea urchins the main
attraction of this dive site make themselves known. Swimming gracefully
from the depths Bull Sharks and Grey Reef Sharks make an appearance.
The instant adrenalin rush is quickly followed by a strange calm
as these magnificent creatures circle and swim with little regard
to the on looking scuba divers. The apprehension that some scuba
divers have about swimming with sharks generally gets forgotten
when they see just how graceful these powerful animals are, and
how calm they swim around this dive site.
divers not wanting to visit the sharks, there are plenty of other
areas of interest on this dive site to explore. White Eyed Moray
Eels, Scorpion Fish, and Banded Harlequin Shrimp can be found
in the many crevices and cracks around the North East area of
Chumphon. The abundance of marine life is incredible with large
shoals of Yellow Striped Fusiliers, Spotted Snapper, Chevron Barracuda,
and Bat Fish. Then there's "The Big One" the fish every
scuba diver wants to see, the majestic Whale Shark. Not a very
common site in the gulf, but they do seem to make an appearance
when you least expect it, adding a touch of excitement and anticipation
to each entry into the water.
one thing all divers agree about after diving Chumphon Pinnacle,
whatever their experience and wherever they have dived in the
past, this dive site never fails to impress...
the names suggests this dive site is found about 13Km South West
of Koh Tao. One hour by speed boat from Koh Samui and you find
yourself seemingly in the middle of nowhere holding onto a buoy
line.Then, as you descend, you realise just why the boat stopped
here. A set of huge granite Pinnacles rising from the sandy seabed,
the tallest falling just 3 or 4 meters shy of the surface. With
depths to 34 meters this dive site is popular with the bigger
pelagic species such as Giant Grouper, Barracuda, and Big Eye
tranquillity of Southwest is also evident as this is not dived
as much as other dive sites in the Gulf. The topography of this
dive site is astonishing, and when the visibility is good it is
a magnificent sight as the different shaped rock formations blend
into the distance waiting to be discovered. A short swim just
off the Southern most point of this dive site it is possible to
find Leopard Sharks resting in the sand.
sharks do occasionally make an appearance and are a superb addition
to an already outstanding dive site. During the months of March
and April there is also a chance to see Minke Whales. Seen by
only a few scuba divers on this site, there has been many more
sighting on the speed boat ride back to Koh Samui breaking the
surface between Koh Tao and Koh Phangan.
the many fan corals and sea whips swaying gently in the mild currents
there is an abundance of colourful reef fish to be found here,
including Weavers Butterfly Fish, and Six Banded Angle Fish to
name but a few. Not dived as regularly as some of the sites around
Koh Tao, it is very possible for you to be the only boat moored
on the buoy line, thus having this wonderful site all to yourself.
the most famous dive site in the Koh Samui archipelago, this magnificent
granite pinnacle rises from the ocean floor to tower 15 meters
above sea level. With outer pinnacles adorning the main rock and
depths of up to 40 meters, this really is an outstanding dive
must for divers visiting this spectacular dive site is "The
Chimney". A vertical swim through with easily enough room
for 2 divers ascending inside, the entrance starts at 17 meters.
A vertical window presents itself at 12 meters giving you the
opportunity to look out into the blue to see the large shoals
of Barracuda and Bat Fish in the distance. In a small ledge inside
the chimney you are likely to find small cleaner shrimp and the
Japanese Blue Striped Pipe Fish one of the smallest species known.
The exit can be found at 6 meters, the Skunk Clown Fish, dart
about their anemone, protecting their home, watching as you exit
and make your way round to the mooring line to begin your safety
outstanding feature of this dive site is the "Secret Pinnacle"
(not so secret now!!) Which offers a second smaller dive site
of its own. With a maximum depth of 34 meters at the back of the
pinnacle the most impressive sight you will see at this dive site
is found at about 14 meters. A massive shoal of Big Eye Trevally
more than 2000 strong circles the top of the rock and if divers
are careful enough it is possible to be taken in by the shoal
and get completely encompassed giving an experience more likely
to be found on a National Geographic documentary.
marine life found at this spectacular dive site seems endless,
and the possibility of sighting a Whale Shark is ever present.
To say this dive site is unpredictable is an understatement, having
had the honour to dive this site over the last 10 years I can
honestly say this is one dive site that never fails to deliver
a new experience.
on the west side of Koh Tao next to the private islands of Koh
Nang Yuan, Twins, as the name suggests, consists of two main rock
formations, with depths ranging from 6 to 18 meters. Running from
East to West this is an easy dive site to navigate, and is full
of overhanging rocks and crevices to explore.
you travel from the shallower end of the dive site to the larger
pinnacle, Clarks Anemone Fish (Clown Fish) can be found playing
up to the divers cameras and fanning their eggs during the spawning
season. A swim through can be found on the larger rock, with Cleaner
Shrimp and Blue Spotted Sting Rays hiding under a large overhanging
ledge just at the entrance. Be wary of where you put your hands
here, as Bearded Scorpion Fish are well camouflaged against the
many small rocks lying in the sand.
is an excellent dive site for student divers and experienced divers
alike. You can often see students completing their dive skills
in the sandy shallows. Twins is one of the more interesting dive
sites around Koh Tao, and is suitable for any level of diver.
With an assortment of colourful marine life such as Christmas
Tree Worms, and Marbled Sea Cucumbers, Porcupine Puffer and Masked
Puffer Fish also make an appearance on this site.
of the best symbiotic relationships in Koh Tao can be found at
Twins. Numerous Pink Anemone Fish can be found constantly cleaning
and protecting their anemones and look close enough in the sand
and you'll find the Shrimp Gobies. Acting as lookout while their
blind companions continue the tireless work of burrowing and building
a safe hideaway, it's easy to get hypnotised by this fascinating
is one of the more popular dive sites situated on the west coast
of Koh Tao. White Rock is quite a narrow and extremely long dive
site which is perfect for beginner and experienced scuba divers
alike. With depths ranging from 2 to 26 meters this is a very
diverse dive site, and the marine life found here is no different.
you descend down one of three buoy lines you'll see large shoals
of Yellow Tail Barracuda, and for the lucky diver, small groups
of Squid can be seen at around 6 or 7 meters although good luck
getting close enough for a picture. Hawksbill Turtles can sometimes
be found at the southern most point of this site eating the soft
corals which are in plentiful supply. Not paying much attention
to the scuba divers, photo opportunities are excellent and a great
Fish, Parrot Fish, and the Blue Ringed Angel Fish are colourful
companions on this site as well as the Red Breasted Splendour
Wrasse. One fish to keep a particular eye out for is the Titan
Trigger Fish. Very beautiful, but also very territorial, these
are notorious for tenaciously defending their nest from any that
pass too closely. This dive site has many smaller rocks and overhangs
dotted in and around the main site giving natural protection to
Blue Spotted Sting Rays, and White Eyed Moray Eels. Sometimes
used as a second dive site, White Rock will put a fitting end
to a fabulous days diving.
tunnels, Swim throughs, and the Trigger Fish pit, makes this dive
site sound like it's from an Indiana Jones Movie. The small tunnels
vary in size and shape, and some can be a bit of a squeeze at
times, but there are many larger swim through easily big enough
for the faintest of hearts. Then there is the Trigger Fish pit...
like craters on the moons surface, the nests are clear to see,
and act as a very good keep out sign. Although this is only really
a problem during April, May, and June which is breeding time for
the Trigger Fish. The rest of the year they are normally pretty
tolerant of divers, and you may be lucky enough to see the not
so common Yellow Margin Trigger Fish. Admittedly a favourite for
the more adventurous diver, Green Rock does have its calm and
peaceful side too.
probably the biggest variety of nudibrach, and Flat worms (Spanish
Dancers) in Koh Tao, it's ideal for those underwater photographers
to get a bit of macro action. With brightly coloured Parrot Fish
feeding on the main pinnacle, White Eyed Moray is tucked away
in one of the many cracks, and Blue Spotted Rays hiding in the
deeper water, time almost disappears on this site.
at the north end of Koh Tao and only accessible by boat this picturesque
coral bay is normally the first dive site student divers are taken
to. With the entrance being done from the beach it is no wonder
this is the perfect site for PADI Discover Scuba Diving, PADI
Scuba Diver & Open Water Course and even some PADI Adventure
Dives or PADI Advanced Open Water dives can be completed here.
To start your diving experience the gentle sloping nature of this
dive site makes for easy equalisation and introductory skills.
experienced scuba divers find this an interesting site being one
of the few places in Koh Tao where you can find Sea Horses. Hiding
among the small pieces of drift wood, and bamboo in the sandy
shallows, looking like small leaves swaying on the bottom, these
delicate little creatures only seem to come to life when approached.
Also on the sandy bottom you can find some very big Hermit Crabs,
and the near impossible to see Peacock Sole.
Bay has beautiful coral running down both sides of the bay, and
a large patch of coral in the centre. This makes Mango Bay one
of the few dive sites which are perfect for non divers wishing
to accompany divers on a great day out. Snorkelling is fantastic
around here with Sergeant Majors, Parrot Fish and Thick Lipped
Mullet just a few inches from the surface, as well as the colourful
hard and soft corals to be found. As with most the dive sites
around Koh Tao Mango Bay has a vast array of fish species and
is a great addition to any log book.
the shelter of Koh Nang Yuan, Japanese Garden has a sloping nature
with large coral formations dotted around a sandy bottom. With
depths from 3 meters near the smallest beach of Koh Nang Yuan
to 23 meters by Nang Yuan Pinnacle this dive site also has a small
wreck in the form of an old dive boat that was sunk in a storm.
the line down to Nang Yuan Pinnacle you'll find a large cut out
going the whole way round the pinnacle giving a perfect hiding
place for Whip Rays and Blue Spotted Sting Rays. With Stag Horn
and Table Coral protruding from the side of the rock and Whip
Corals spiralling from the seabed, head west to the long swim
throughs and caves near the steep rocky shoreline of Koh Nang
Yuan. This is the perfect place to find the Banded Sea Crate (Sea
Snake). Although very poisonous these stunning creatures move
effortless in the water due to their very timid nature are quickly
in the safe confines of the submerged rocks far from harms way.
the south east side of the dive site there are also some small
caves, and swim throughs. Around the shallows there are magnificent
Pink Anemones, and large table corals. Red Breasted Wrasse and
Goat fish are very popular around this site. Along with shoals
of Yellow Tail Barracuda, and rarely found in the gulf, a family
of Lion Fish, this is a very beautiful dive site for novice and
experienced divers alike.
known as Red Rock, this shark finned shaped island is located
at the southern end of Koh Tao. This is one of the dive sites
that give a variety of dive options with some of the best submerged
rock formations in the area. With depths ranging from 5 meters
to around 30 meters again this is a very diverse dive site. For
novice and inexperienced scuba divers, be sure to find out the
conditions before you dive this site as the currents can sometimes
be physically challenging.
swim throughs, caves, and over hanging rock formations covered
in colourful Fan and Harp Corals, with Hermit Crabs, Nudibranch,
and sea urchins aplenty this is an exciting dive site. In and
around this island are some of the most colourful reef fish in
Koh Tao such as the Blue Ringed Angel Fish, Long Fin Banner Fish,
Harlequin Sweetlips, and Weavers Butterfly Fish. Great topography
and variety of marine life makes this a very popular and interesting
dive site. Whale Sharks have been spotted on several occasions
on the north side of this small island so there is always a buzz
of excitement before each entry.