Phangan dive sites overview
Phangan Island Diving | Diving around Phangan Island
Koh Phangan is the perfect base for scuba divers to stay while in Thailand. It is surrounded by a number of idyllic dive sites which boast a wide selection of tropical fish, beautiful coral and exciting underwater caves. All levels of dives are available and it is even possible to gain your PADI qualification here. The best dive sites can be found to the north, west and southwest of the island.
Fish you are likely to see on most dives include: damselfish, angelfish, groupers, goatfish, parrotfish and snapper. Larger species you may see include: stingray, barracuda, cuttlefish, tuna and hunting mackerel.
Dive schools on the island offer daily trips to some of the premier sites around such as Angthong Marine National Park and Sail Rock, although wherever you choose to dive will provide a unique experience you will not forget.
See below for a detailed summary of all dive sites local to Koh Phangan:
Ang Thong National Marine Park
The inspiration behind the box office hit The Beach, this 42-island archipelago which makes up this marine park is one of the best dive sites in the whole of Thailand. A dive here will allow you to see a selection of beautiful and untouched coral as well as an exotic and wide range of marine life. The journey from Koh Phangan takes about two hours by ferry, but the long journey is well worth it. You will be able to swim among turtles and sea snakes as well as black coral and giant hydroids. There are a number of underwater caves with many hidden surprises and a wealth of tropical fish. The maximum dive depth is 30 metres and it is also possible to enjoy some fantastic snorkelling.
Haad Salad (Pirate Beach)
Haad Salad is a small site perfect for beginners. It boasts a long coral reef and shoals of tropical fish who call the reef home. The maximum dive depth is 14 metres and snorkelling is also popular here. It is a great place for all of the family.
Haad Yao (Long Beach)
Like Haad Salad, Haad Yao is a small site with a dive depth of just 14 metres. The long soft coral is home to many shoals of tropical fish, many of which are visible from the surface making it an ideal spot for snorkelling.
Koh Ma is a small island which is actually connected to Koh Phangan. It is just off the north coast of the island and boasts a wide range of colourful coral and schools of tropical fish. The maximum depth here is 24 metres and the further down you dive, the more you will see and the softer the coral will get. Hunting Barracuda and big grouper can be found deeper as the current decreases. It is a great place to learn to dive or to simply enjoy some snorkelling.
Koh Tae Nok
This is a very small island, just off the southern coast of Koh Phangan. Both hard and soft corals can be found here as well as a wealth of marine life. It is perfect for a day trip and is also popular with beginners who are diving for the first time.
Mae Had is an excellent choice of sites for beginners. It only has a maximum depth of 14 metres and offers a long coral reef with an impressive range of reef fish. While it may not be the most exciting dive for experienced divers, those who are nervous or just starting out will be able to take advantage of the quiet location while the try and spot the difference between shoals of tropical fish.
Without doubt, one of the most famous dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand is Sail Rock. It is located approximately half way between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao and boasts a plethora of marine life, coral and underwater rock formations. It is suitable for all levels of divers from beginners to advanced as there is a maximum depth of 40 metres. The impressive rock towers out of the water and is home to shoals of small tropical fish, larger barracudas and rays and stunning underwater scenery rarely seen anywhere else in the Gulf. The highlight for many is the famous underwater chimney swim-through.