Koh Phangan. If you’ve heard of Koh Phangan, it is likely in conjunction with the Full Moon Party. Our island is known for this massive, monthly celebration, where thousands of visitors come to Haad Rin for a boisterous night-long party, surrounded by a week of celebrating and partying. The island is less well-known for its diving, but we have plenty of that too!
Nestled between the larger Koh Samui and smaller Koh Tao, Koh Phangan offers several “local” dive sites on the west side of the island. As well, the popular Sail Rock is most accessible from Koh Phangan, an easy 1 hour boat ride. And the Angthong National Marine Park is also easy to get to, just 35 km west of the island.
- Koh Ma – Mostly visited during afternoon boat trips (or even from the beach) is Koh Ma. With a variety of schooling fish, grouper and barracuda, this is an excellent place to see the local marine life. Maximum depth is 24 meters.
- Haad Salad and Haad Yao – These beaches are bordered by the long coral reef that runs along the west side of the island. Accessible by boat or from the beach, these sites offer a range of soft and hard coral, and an abundance of reef fish. Maximum depth is 19 meters.
- Sail Rock – Rising up out of the ocean between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, Sail Rock is a wall dive that boasts some very large trevally, groupers, barracuda, triggerfish and batfish. Attached to the rock itself you will find tons of clams, sponges, and lots of hiding spots for eels! Here you will also find “The Chimney” – a swimthrough with the entrance at around 17 meters, and two exits, one at about 10 meters and one at about 5 meters. Maximum depth is 40 meters.
- Angthong National Marine Park – This are is suitable for all levels of diver, and also a great for swimmers and snorkelers! Full of soft and hard corals, a variety of fish life, and numerous underwater caves and swimthroughs, there is something here for everyone. Maximum depth 25 meters.
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