Top 10 Dive Sites in Koh Tao
Now that you are set on going scuba diving in Koh Tao, here are the top 10 dive sites in Koh Tao that you should definitely not miss out.
About 11km northwest of the island, this diving spot offers a gigantic granite pinnacle along with many smaller ones. These range from 36m to 14m and are roofed with anemones, Pink Clown Fishes, etc. Enjoy shoals of the different Barracuda. You can also schools of Batfish, Trevally and big Groupers. Sometimes, Manta Rays, Spanish Mackerel, Scorpion Fish and Whale sharks can be seen here too.
Just 1km from Sairee is the white rock, which is a huge coral garden located between two diverse granite pinnacles. One is on the north and other south with many nocturnal inhabitants. It has a depth of about 26m to 5m and offers different experience levels. Enjoy seeing the White Eyed Moray, Trigger Fish and types of Barracuda along with Blue Spotted Sting Rays. This spot also has night diving to see Feather Stars, sleeping Parrot fish and Monocle Beam fish and feeding Sting Rays, hunting Cone Shell, Black Spotted Porcupine fish, etc. with rare chances of seeing a Hawksbill Turtle.
If you love marine life, then you must visit this island situated around 300m from Ao Leuk. Enjoy the small granite peaks with a depth of about 20-24m. Along with corals, view the sea whips, Starry Pufferfish, Scribbled Filefish, Gorgonian Sea Fans, Harlequin Sweetlips and Titan Triggerfish frequent the area. Strong currents during high tides may occur so novices should avoid the spot during those periods.
South West Pinnacle
13km southwest of Koh Tao with a depth of about 30m upward, are located seven pinnacles. Forming an undersea mountain range, these islands give you a view of coral gardens, large sea fans, black spotted Snappers, Manta Rays and Whale sharks, Emperors, Sweetlips and Batfish and Leopard Sharks.
Koh Nang Yuan Bay
These twins’ spots comprise of two main summits offering an ideal diving opportunity with depths ranging from 18m to 5m. View the unusual Yellow Racoon Butterfly fish, Goby fishes, Blue Ringed Angelfish, Parrots and Wrasses. You can also see the “Mork and Mindy”, which is a rare Saddleback Clownfish along with many Yellow Tail Barracudas.
Koh Tao’s East Side
With a depth of 26m, this diving spot is located close to the coastline. It offers marine life like turtles, blue soft corals, Hin Wong Pinnacle and Whip Corals. You can also see Unicorn Surgeon fish, Banded Sea Snakes, Parrot fish, Black Tip Reef Shark and many others. On clear days you can view the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.
This diving spot houses gigantic granite boulders, caverns and caves. It is the home to titan triggerfish and the yellow margin.
Nangyuan Pinnacle (Red Rock)
Also called the red rock, this is a one-way drop off dive close to Japanese Gardens site. It has a depth of about 10M.
Hin Wong Pinnacle
Located on the east coast, you can see hard and soft corals here along with porcupine puffer fish, Hawksbill turtles, snappers and juvenile boxfish. Average depth ranges from 18m to 40m.
Enjoy shallow diving of 5 meters to 15 meters in lovely aquamarine waters. Suitable for day trip this is a great spot for beginners.