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Exploring dive sites

Koh Tao offers 25 dive sites all within close proximity to the Island. The average depth is 14-18m, with offshore sites reaching 30m+.  There are also a few ship wrecks and artificial reefs. Here a selection of popular sites.

RED ROCK [SHARK ISLAND]

max/av. depth: 28/15mvisibility: 5-30mOpenWater+

features:huge boulders & rock formations, stunning soft corals. Drift diving for the experienced.

marine life:resident turtle, barracuda, titan & triggerfish.

JAPANESE GARDENS

max/av depth: 14/10m visibility:10-15mBeginner+

features:hundreds of hard and soft coral formations creating the impression of an oriental garden.

marine life:abundance of small coral fish & nudibranchs

CHUMPHON PINNACLE

max/av. depth: 40/24mvisibility: 20-30mExperienced 

features:4 granite pinnacles carpeted with anemones.

marine life:whale sharks (seasonal), giant grouper, barracuda, bat fish and tuna.

NANGYUAN PINNACLE

max/av depth: 19/10m visibility: 10-30mOpen Water +

features: a large boulder with swim-through arches and to the West a large cave to explore.

marine life:giant whiptail rays, morays, pipefish, crabs, Titan triggerfish and reef sharks.

MANGO BAY

max/av. depth: 16/10mvisibility: 5-20mBeginner+

features: only accessible by boat and a perfect dive site for 1st timers with a sandy bottom and shallow reef.

marine life:small reef fish, puffers, moray eels

WHITE ROCK

max/av depth: 20/12m visibility:10-30mOpen Water+

features: a wide band of coral reef with an impressive diversity of hard and soft corals.

marine life: wrasse, butterfly fish, angel fish, morays, clown fish and triggerfish.

HIN WONG PINNACLE

max/av. depth: 40/17mvisibility: 15-20mOpenWater+

features: tabletop rock formation covered with a variety of hard and soft corals.

marine life:Hawksbill turtles, snappers, sweetlips, porcupine pufferfish, juvenile boxfish.

SAIL ROCK - amongst the Gulf’s premier dive sites

max/av. depth: 45/30mvisibility: 15-35m All levels

features: huge rock chimney with an amazing vertical swim-through that ascends from 18m to 8m.

marine life:large pelagics, king mackerel, kingfish, tuna likely for sightings of whale sharks & manta.

GREEN ROCK

max/av. depth: 28/16mvisibility: 10-30mOpen Water+

features: a maze of swim-throughs, canyons, caverns and caves created by giant boulders.

marine life:yellow-margin and titan triggerfish, giant trevalies, cobias and stingrays, occasional reef shark sightings.

SOUTH-WEST PINNACLE

max/av. depth: 33/20mvisibility: 10-30mAdvanced+

features: a collection of pinnacles with a unique topographical arrangement, giant fan corals.

marine life: whale sharks, giant grouper, barracuda, occasional leopard sharks.

TWINS

max/av depth: 22/12mvisibility: 10-25mOpen Water +

features: 2 groups of granite rocks covered in corals & sponges, divided by sandy patches & coral garden backdrop. 

marine life: blue spotted rays, juvenile blue-ringed & six-barred angelfish, clownfish, scorpionfish & pink anemones.