List of Dive Sites

Hin Bida is a reef located between Koh Bida Islands and Koh Maa. This reef is well-known for providing the best chance of seeing leopard sharks, like up to five or six at a time, which practically makes this reef their home. Amazing fish around Koh lantaGenerally, these stunning creatures can be found resting on small sand patches in the shallows of the reef, but even if they are not there you should not be desperate, as venturing around the fringes of the reef normally yields a successful sighting. Hin Bida is a round reef with several fingers leading off to the south-west and with a maximum depth of around 24 meters at some places. The uppermost peaks break the surface as the tide heads to its lowest point. The reef is rich in hard and soft corals and for most kinds of marine creatures in the Andaman Sea this reef is a home. Zebra morays are seen commonly (if you are lucky enough to spot them). Sometimes large banded sea kraits, larger than those we see on our other sites, can be seen there as well. Mangrove rays have beenAmazing fish around Koh lanta seen hiding under huge rocks, and the glimpse of a black tip reef shark or eagle ray swimming fast over the reef has been known to occur from time to time. On occasion, two or three cuttlefish can be seen mating, and the diver with a keen eye may just spot an octopus blending in with its surroundings. If you look more closely, there are many opportunities to spot lionfish and scorpion fish, sometimes four or five at a time, while many shrimps, nudibranchs and anemones crabs are waiting in hidden corners as well. This reef is definitely a favorite spot amongst photographers!

 

 

The variety of dive sites in the Phi Phi area means there is something for everyone. Some sites are suitable for beginners, others are more advanced. There are shallow bays, deep drop offs, undersea pinnacles and a wreck dive all within easy reach of Phi Phi and Phuket. Day trips and overnight trips from Phuket reach most of these sites, while a few are only dived on local trips from Phi Phi town.

Despite damage to the town, Phi Phi’s dive sites were undamaged by the 2004 tsunami and marine life is as bountiful as ever – from leopard sharks and turtles to nudibranchs and soft corals – this area has it all!

Dive Hin Deang - Hin Muang from Koh Lanta

Hin Deang and Hin Muang are the most famous dive sites that can be reached from Koh Lanta. These beautiful sites will give you the best chance of seeing large pelagic, like manta rays and whale sharks. Strong currents can occur from time to time, so a reasonable level of experience and good buoyancy control is recommended for divers wishing to visit these sites.

 

HIN MUANG (PURPLE ROCK)

This dive site got its name from the large amount of purple soft corals that completely cover the rocks and can beDive Hin Deang - Hin Muang from Koh Lanta seen throughout the dive. The site itself is a long narrow ridge which rise from the ocean floor at a depth of approximately 65 meters and goes to its highest point of approximately 8 meters. It can be accessed by a permanent buoy line near the shallowest point. The diver travels along the walls and steep reefs that the site consists of, including the peaks providing cleaner stations where manta rays and whale sharks swim very close to be groomed by the smaller reef fishes. With a plethora of marine life inhabiting the site, looking out into the blue also offers the chance of seeing trevallies, rainbow runners, barracudas, mackerel and tuna fish hunting in schools.

 

HIN DEANG (RED ROCK)

Dive Hin Deang - Hin Muang from Koh Lanta

The Hin Muang’s sister dive site, it got its name because of large amount of red soft corals topping this large rock that can be seen throughout the dive. Hin Daeng is a huge pinnacle that rises from the ocean floor at a depth of approximately 50 meters. Only a few hundred meters distant from Hin Muang, but three times bigger in size. Hin Daeng offers divers a large variety of dives in one site. With walls, canyons, gentle and steep sloping reefs, pinnacles, and thousands of tiny holes where many wonderful small and varied creatures reside, it has something for every diver to welcome. From small macro creatures to large hunting fish or even stunning manta rays and the occasional whale shark, it is a dive that should not be missed!

 

 

Koh Haa

This beautiful archipelago is located two hours away from every inhabited island, and actually consists of five separate islands (although a pinnacle joined to Koh Haa 5 has earned the rather confusing nickname of “Koh Haa 6” and represents a dive site of its own). Here you will find reefs, lagoons, swim troughs, huge caverns, and a wide variety of marine life, including the occasional pelagic, such as manta rays and whale sharks.

 

KOH HAA 1

Dive Koh Haa from Koh Lanta

Most popular for “the chimney”, this vertical swim-through begins at a depth of around 4 meters on the western corner of the island and descends to a small cavern at approximately 9-10 meters, from where divers continue diagonally down to exit at approximately 17-18 meters. This is a favorite spot to visit both for divers and freedivers. If this seems scary a bit, then as an alternative, spherical cavern nicknamed “the fish bowl” after the school of bronze sweepers that are found residing there can be accessed behind the chimney at approximately 8 meters. The site itself consists of walls, plateaus and sloping reefs and is an excellent place to spot nudibranchs, shrimps, pipefish and the occasional frogfish along with much more wonderful marine life.

 

KOH HAA LAGOON (ISLANDS 2, 3 AND 4)

Dive Koh Haa from Koh Lanta

These islands come together to form a magnificent lagoon which has a lot to offer both for beginners and more experienced divers. Nice sandy areas provide an excellent place for students to practice skills easily and without fear of damaging marine life, while experienced divers will be certainly amazed by the plethora of that very same life, including frogfish, mantis shrimps, octopuses, harlequin shrimps, pipefish, sea moths and turtles, and occasionally even whale sharks! The outer side of the Island 4 is a steep wall dropping from the surface down to around 22 meters, from where a sloping reef then continues down to around 35 meters. There is a sloping sandbank between Island 4 and Island 2 that makes an opportunity for a short “muck” dive on the spot where many interesting marine creatures have made their homes in the sand. The wall rises again from the depths at around approximately 20 meters to make up Island 2, but unlike her sister, the majority of this dive site is made up of sloping reefs.

For those who have not yet made the plunge beneath the water with diving, snorkeling in the shallow lagoon within the borders of these three islands is a must-to. There are substantial areas of hard corals just meters below the surface and a small beach on Koh Haa 3 can also be accessed for those who may wish to rest during their snorkeling activity.

 

KOH HAA YAI (OR 5)

Dive Koh Haa from Koh Lanta

Koh Haa Yai is the largest island in the archipelago and is most famous for the Cathedral, a series of three large caverns located to the south of the island. Two of these caverns begin at approximately 14 meters deep and rise up to the surface, while the last one continues to rise for approximately 10 meters more. In favorable conditions, divers can surface in this largest cavern that offers an amazing unique diving experience. It goes without saying that this is reserved for technically skilled cave divers only. The site itself consists of small walls and sloping reefs descending down to approximately 25 meters. On the other hand, sandy beach area is an excellent place for students undertaking diving courses and a great place for snorkelers seeking for shallow areas to enjoy in wonderful marine life of the island. The site is also notable for finding various forms of macro life, including nudibranchs, frogfish, and shrimps. Turtles and octopuses can also be regularly seen by keen diver’s eye.

 

KOH HAA 6

The rather confusingly named Island 6 is actually a small pinnacle at the north end of Koh Haa Yai, connected to the island by a short sandy ridge approximately 13 meters deep. Not visited so often like the other islands of the archipelago (maybe due to lack of sand areas for students to use), this beautiful site should not be in no way dismissed! Offering unlimited wealth of soft and hard corals it attracts a wide variety of marine life, both small, within the pinnacle confines, and large in the surrounding blue. It occasionally even gets visited by leopard and whale sharks.

 

Heading to Koh Phi Phi and then continuing in a north-west direction towards Phuket, there is a collection of dive sites located very close one to another. These sites are all very popular, but not so frequented by Koh Lanta dive boats, due to their position in the open sea where strong currents and low visibility can occur often. This should not discourage experienced divers though, as the sites offer a tremendous amount of varied marine life and are truly unique compared to other dive sites in the area.

 

SHARK POINT

A series of pinnacles make up the dive site known as Shark Point (or Hin Musang as it is known in Thai). Shark Point One is placed at the most northern point of these pinnacles and is the only one which reaches above the surface where it is topped by a warning beacon for ships. The maximum depth of this site is approximately 22 meters. Shark Point Two and Three are Dive Anemone Reef - Shark Point from Koh Lantalocated within a short swim to the south with maximum depths of 24 meters and 25+ meters respectively; although our dives will usually be limited to first two pinnacles. There is an abundance of beautiful soft corals at Shark point, creating home for a very wide and diverse collection of marine life; nudibranchs, shrimps, morays, sea horses, turtles, ghost pipefish and cuttlefish all inhabit this splendid site. Even some sharks, such as leopard and bamboo sharks can be seen resting on the sand or under large rocks. This is truly a magnificent site to spend time in exploring all of the little cracks and crevices. Comparing to other of our dive sites, Shark Point Two that lies towards the south, has one of the finest collections of huge Gorgonian to be seen, with many fans packed closely together and with diameters of more than 3 meters across. Shark Point is an awesome dive site that you should not miss out!

SHARK POINT AND ANEMONE REEF

Heading to Koh Phi Phi and then continuing in a north-west direction towards Phuket, there is a collection of dive sites located very close one to another. These sites are all very popular, but not so frequented by Koh Lanta dive boats, due to their position in the open sea where strong currents and low visibility can occur often. This should not discourage experienced divers though, as the sites offer a tremendous amount of varied marine life and are truly unique compared to other dive sites in the area.

ANEMONE REEF

Anemone Reef is a small underwater limestone pinnacle starting at a depth of approximately 26 meters and rising up to just a few meters below the surface. This is the reef that the MV King Cruiser hit before it sank a short distance away, while the evidence of a collision can still be observed at the top of the reef. This site is Dive Anemone Reef - Shark Point from Koh Lantacalled after the beautiful red anemones that overwhelmingly cover the area as if it was draped with a soft blanket. Despite the fact that this is a relatively small site, the abundance of its marine life is astonishing. All they compete for a very limited living space; different species of morays (especially the small white eyed moray eels) can be seen sharing the same crevice; predators such as trevallies swim in the blue hoping to pick off any fish that dare to stray too far from the protection of the reef. Numerous species of shrimps, nudibranchs and exotic macro marine life can be found from the depths up to the surface, like sea horses that make their homes within the Gorgonian fans. If you are fortunate enough, you may even find leopard sharks resting on the sand at the base of this most spectacular and more than magnificent pinnacle.

 

Speedboat

On the 4th of May 1997,The King Cruiser, a car ferry operating from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands in southern Thailand, ran aground on a reef and the impact tore a large hole in the vessel’s hull. The vessel took only 17 minutes to sink and now lies on the seabed in 30m of water. Thankfully all 561 passengers on board at the time were rescued.

 

 

Dive King Cruiser Wreck from Koh LantaThe wreck sits upright in thirty meters of water and remains in one piece although the foreword upper deck has collapsed. The simplest and safest point of entry is through the vessels stern where divers can explore the once active car decks. This can be reached via a descent line averaging only 10 meters. Machinery still sits on the deck. Inside the car deck are a couple of vehicle tires and an engine trolley. The interior darkens as you continue through and up one of the stairways on either side; the handrails are totally covered in barnacles. Both these stairways lead through open doors and out to walkways.

 

Dive King Cruiser Wreck from Koh Lanta

The collapsed foredeck is at 16 meters; where you can find some plastic chairs and tables being enjoyed by a vertical cloud of snappers using the unlikely structure to shelter from any ensuing currents. The upper deck is split from front to back and this has obviously caused it to collapse; two funnels act as boundaries for parrotfish and wrasse as they go about their daily business on this artificial reef. As for Anemone reef (the reef the King Cruiser hit) well, half remains where it always has been, the remainder is on the mend, not as the once rocky haven of marine life but as a steel one!

 

 

 

 

 

Kled Kaeo Wreck

DSC_5229 copyHTMS Kled Kaeo is an old Thai Navy ship built-in the year 1948 for the Norwegian Royal Navy. After eight years, it was sold to the Royal Thai Navy, renamed and used as a transport support vessel. A number of large holes were cut in the ship helping it to sink. These holes allow qualified divers to enter and explore the interior of the ship. It is a colossal wreck, 47 meters long and 382 tons heavy.

 

 

 

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HTMS Kled Kaeo was sunk on the 19th March 2014 near to the west coast of Phi Phi Ley. This is close to the infamous Maya Bay and the terrific dive sites of Turtle Rock and Palong Wall with their exciting marine life consisting of turtles, Leopard Sharks and Black tip sharks amongst many other types of fish. We are sure that this will be an exciting wreck dive and that it will be full of marine life in the near future. The best time for diving this wreck will be the “High season” from November to May, but should still be dive able on most days during the rest of the year.

 

Koh Bida consists of two small islands located close to the southern tip of Koh Phi Phi islands. These two beautiful islands provide a great chance of seeing turtles and sharks.

 

KOH BIDA NOK

Dive Koh Bida from Koh Lanta

Bida Nok, the larger of the two islands, offers fantastic walls and reefs descending down to 28 meters deep. On its west side, this island is a natural habitat for a vast range of corals and marine life. On the east side, there are shallow reefs and plateaus just three meters deep where black tips can be regularly seen. Going to the south, there is a large bay area located where students can practice their skills, while going to the west, beautiful finger reef guides people down to where sting rays can be found in the sand. Octopus, turtles, sharks and many other big predator fish can be easily seen swimming out in the blue, while diving around this site.

 

KOH BIDA NAI

Dive Koh Bida from Koh LantaKoh Bida Nai is a home to one of the most spectacular wall dives on all of our local dive sites. Starting from the west side of the island and following it to the north and north-east side, it is an ideal habitat for small reef fish, nudibranchs, shrimps and similar living things. Various schools of large predator fish can be seen hunting off the wall in the blue beyond as well. A fantasy reef is located on the south-east side of the island, starting at around 18 meters deep and ending at around 27 meters deep. This reef is home to an amazingly large quantity of lionfish. Large schools of fish such as barracudas, trevallies, and rainbow runners can be seen congregating here too. Also, there is a shallow sloping reef on the east side extending down to around 12 meters, which turned out to be a perfect place for students to undertake their skills training.

Gentle Leopard Shark around the island as well as some black tips swimming along the reef.

 

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