Richelieu Rock, Similans:
Renowned for encounters with whale sharks, this site consists of a horse-shoe shaped rock pinnacle surrounded by smaller limestone rocks, that are covered
with anemones, sea fans, barrel sponges and soft corals. Look for tomato anemone fish, yellow boxfish, white-eyed moray eels, mantis shrimp, nurse sharks,
manta rays, metre/yard-long malabar groupers, chevron barracuda, frog fish, seahorses, cuttlefish, and octopus.
Elephant’s Head Rock, Similans:
Named for the shape of the submerged boulders here, this site in the Similan National Marine Park also features a group of pinnacles towering to the
surface. The boulders create arches, caverns, gullies, swim-throughs and tunnels, sheltering egg cowries, sea fans, black coral, blue-ringed angelfish,
Andaman sweetlips, bicolor parrotfish, yellow goatfish, snappers, lionfish, grouper, and turtles and reef sharks. The sandy bottom at 27 metres/90 feet
boasts purple fire gobies, blue-spot stingrays, nudibranchs, and the rare McCoskers dwarf wrasse. Also watch for manta rays and whale sharks.
Chumpon Pinnacle, Koh Tao:
Take a boat 40 minutes north of Koh Tao and you'll find one of the Gulf of Thailand's best dive sites. Here, huge anemone-studded granite pinnacles are ringed by a series of smaller ones – all of which is attended tended by throngs of batfish, trevally and giant schools of both barracuda and snapper. The occasional whale shark and manta ray also come by for a visit. The pinnacles run from north to south in 14-38 metres/46-125 feet. As a bonus, just south of the main pinnacle is Barracuda Rock, where – as the name implies – large schools of great barracuda congregate.
South West Pinnacles, Koh Tao:
Regarded as one of the premier Gulf of Thailand dive sites, the largest pinnacle towers from a depth of 27 metres/90 feet to within 5 metres/15 feet of the
surface, carpeted with magnificent anemones. Surrounding the main pinnacle are many smaller peripheral rock formations extending outwards. Enjoy abundant
corals and large sea fans, schools of giant barracudas and the occasional whale shark visit.
Sail Rock, Koh Phangan:
North of Koh Phangan is Hin Bai, otherwise known as Sail Rock, this is one of Thailand’s famous pinnacle dives known for the chimney carved through its center. Critters here include bearded scorpionfish, sea anemones and pink anemonefish while yellow margined morays, reef crabs and painted shrimp also abound. It isn’t unheard of for divers to spot schools of great barracuda, big-eye jacks, tuna or rainbow runners so thick they eclipse the sun
Ang Thong, Koh Samui:
Ang Thong National Marine Park consists of 42 islands, with its two most popular dive spots being Koh Wao and Hin Yippon. Divers can enter shallow caves
and wander through swim-throughs. Look for soft and black corals, banded sea snakes and turtles here. It is also one of the few places where a seasonal
dwarf minke whale may be sighted.
Ko Ha, Krabi:
A series of underwater caves, connected by swim-throughs offer the opportunity to surface inside air pockets to view stalactites hanging from the cavern
ceiling. Look for sea whips, porcupine fish, banded sea snakes, leopard sharks, lionfish, silver-lined barracuda, tuna, turtles, octopus, moray eels,
silversides, glassfish, crabs, harlequin shrimp, squid, and lobsters, as well as more than 60 different coral species.
Siam Bay Statues, Phuket:
This may be the only place in the world where you can dive with elephants. The artificial reef here is actually a group of underwater statues, including
two elephants, a large oyster shell, a temple gate guarded by a mythical giant sentry (known in Thai as Yak, and believed to protect the gate from
evil spirits), and a Thai sala (pavilion). Also look for white-eyed moray eel, blue-spotted stingrays, garden eels, bent-stick pipefish and reef
stonefish. The reef itself is comprised of staghorn and table corals, which harbor trumpet fish, lionfish, scorpionfish, titan triggerfish, butterflyfish,
angelfish, puffer fish, schooling fusiliers and yellow-tail barracuda.
Hin Luk Bat, Koh Chang:
This site is considered a top destination for its numerous marine species and healthy
soft corals. Massive boulders and a steep reef wall house sea whips, gorgonians, black coral, groupers, angelfish, clown fish, triggerfish and pelagic
HTMS Chang, Koh Chang:
This is a spectacular new wreck dive, sunk on the 22nd of November 2012, sits on the bottom at 30m, the topdeck on 21m, the captain’s cabin at 12m, and the mast almost breaches the surface. The ship is 100 m long, making it the biggest wreck in Thailand. Only a short time after the sinking it many fish have taken refuge there already; barracuda, grouper, squid and octopus, batfish, shrimpfish make up some of the interesting diversity of marine life.
Renowned for encounters with whale sharks and manta rays, this huge underwater rock formation lies within the Mu Koh Lanta National Marine Park. Enjoy red
soft coral, schools of jacks and trevally, crocodile long toms, barracuda and large schools of fusiliers. The shallow rocks shelter shrimp, crabs, cowries
and moray eels.