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Scuba diving in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan offers the best access to the Gulf of Thailand’s premier dive site, Sail Rock. With some good local dive sites, access to Koh Tao’s diving and plenty of things to do on land Koh Phangan is a good choice.
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Diving in Koh Phangan

Quick facts

Similar to the neighbouring island of Koh Samui, many dive trips visit the sites around Koh Tao, with one big difference; Sail Rock. From Koh Phangan, Sail Rock can be reached in just 15 minutes by speed boat and around an hour on a normal dive boat. Probably the best dive site in the area, Sail Rock usually makes it into any Thailand dive site must see list.

Shore dives are possible in Koh Phangan but only around the small island called Koh Ma. This isle connects to the main island via a sandbank. Otherwise diving close to the island is on fringing reefs that offer mainly hard corals, some interesting topography and vibrant reef fish.

While Sail Rock can experience current, dive sites are mostly calm and suitable for entry level but still pleasing for more advanced divers too. It’s a good place to test the waters for the first time and for newer divers to get some experience too. It’s a quieter training area than neighbouring Koh Tao so groups will be smaller and courses more relaxed. Although the gulfs best dive site lies just off the coast, diving is not a headliner on the island. It does, however, make a great spot for those divers who travel with non-divers but still want to get a few great dives in without a problem.

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USD 66Per dive
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What to see

Whale sharks cruise into Sail Rock around soar around the pinnacle. The best time to see them is March, April time, but you can be lucky outside of this time too. A glorious school of batfish shimmer in the blue here too. The number of barracudas can be a little intimidating. Around the island, you’ll find colourful reef fishes and an array of macro delights too. Bluespotted ribbontailed rays are common reef dwellers to the area and some quite sizeable groupers too.


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