1) The Hardeep Wreck
Advanced Divers Only, This WW2 shipwreck is best dived on a slack high tide, currents can be much stronger than you might expect... to say the least. Awesome wreck dive though with plenty of sea life.
Many Batfish, Travally, and tusk fish inhabit this wreck, if the tide allows you can multilevel dive through the engine room and come out on the top side of the ship, the upper part here is only 16m deep, perfect place to chill out and hunt for nudibranch and scorpion fish before descending back to the surface.
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2) Shark Fin Rock
Open water Diver or above can visit Shark Fin, although id say it better suited to more experienced openwater divers. Some parts of the site can and often do have current and walls an drop offs require keen buoyancy skills to maintain depth and air supply. Its nick name is Identified by its Shark fin shaped rocky protrusion breaching the surface. Beneath the waves however, Hin Lak Bat is vast and complex. Made up of shallow sandy and rocky plateaus that meet wall edges with drop offs and fringing coral lines that weaver between enormous sand bars created by the currents and water flows. No less than 3 species of clown fish live here along with many Blue spot sting rays, Bamboo sharks, Hawksbill Sea turtles and good sized Moray eels.
3) Hin Chalarm
Open water Diver or above can visit Hin Chalarm, Hin meaning Rock and Chalarm meaning Shark in Thai. Yes you guessed it, good chance to see Blacktips here and bamboo sharks but it also offers so much more! This small rocky island is found as you head south away from all the other Samae san islands towards the open gulf of Siam.
A good hour cruising towards the horizon see you step off onto one of the best dive sites in the area! This island is also used by the Royal Thai Navy for Weapons practice, much the local dive communities dismay. This beautiful dive site is rich in bio diversity and with that offers a good chance to see some larger pelagic animals like Whale shark and Mobula Rays around the right time in the season.
The chance of seeing these incredible majestic sea creatures aside, you will still be treated to a superb dive that includes a variety of colourful corals, turtles, rare nudibranch, and also some unique underwater Audients and rockets curiosity of the Navy weapons exercises. DO NOT under any circumstances touch, move or disturb them. Although these are stared as training rounds, said not to contain explosives, this still do however contain detonators, some of which may still be un detonated
4) Koh Ron Kon
Directly Adjacent to the Hardeep and Koh Chang, this small dive site perfect for novice to advanced divers alike. With shallow colorful coral gardens perfect for photography and deeper outcrops to be explored your bound to enjoy this dive site. Some many creatures hide hear it best to dive slowly and with a careful eye. Giant Starry puffers and blue stopped Sting Ray sneak around beneath the boulder corals, Cleaner shrimp and tiny nudi's are on and around most of the 'uninteresting' looking rocks and if you are good on air and have a little more experience, your guide may be able to take you around the northern tip of the site, where the depth drops off and hear, quite frequently you can meet up with one of the oldest Turtles in the area, and it is HUGE!
5) Japanese Gardens
Located in the most southern facing bay of the island, Japs is suitable for all levels of diver and snorkeller so long as the current is slack. Its truly has stunning rock formations to explore ranging from 5m to 10m deep where beginners and shallow divers can hang out and relax. Advanced and deep divers however have the option to follow the rocky outcrops and mounts covered in hard and soft corals from 12m down to 25m and beyond.
Its best to stay within the 18m line to be able to stay under long enough and explore this site to the max. If no current is present, you can navigate your way outside the bay around the west tip. In doing so you will find a wall descending to around 16m deep which is dotted with striking Gregorian sea fans, Nudibranch and other crustaceans and shrimps etc. Whilst in this area id recommend you keep keen eyes since rare Picasso Trigger fish can be found here.