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Scuba Diving Haad Yao Bay Koh Phangan

The western shores of Koh Phangan contain a number of healthy shallow coral reefs that create ideal destinations for snorkeling and learning how to scuba dive.

This segment contains information about Haad Yao dive site, and what kind of aquatic creatures you should see in the clear blue water close to the golden sand beach.

When's the Best Time to Dive Koh Phangan

There are 44 sun-drenched islands in the Chumphon Archipelago. But, the major hot spots for diving and snorkeling are:

You will find the idyllic island of Koh Phangan sandwiched between Koh Tao (45 km to the north) and Koh Samui (22 km to the south).

An abundance of pristine white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters have helped transform the sunny island of Koh Phangan into one of the top rated diving holidays in Thailand.

In other words:

Most scuba divers want to explore destinations that are sunny and have calm conditions underwater. Well, Koh Pha Ngan has over three hundred days of year-round sunshine and the temperature of the water stays a constant 29° Celsius (84° Fahrenheit).

As a consequence, it's fair to say scuba diving around Koh Phangan is an annual activity. Even so, divers should be mindful that the southwest monsoons usually arrive towards the end of October and may continue until the end of January.

At certain times of the year, the south western gulf can have thirty (30) metres of underwater visibility. Hence, the best months for divers to enjoy clear water dives are July, August, and September.

Pro Tip: Check out our sea life section for interesting facts about whale sharks that tend to make an appearance around the islands of Koh Phangan, Ko Samui, and Koh Tao during the months of April and May.

Tips for Scuba Diving at Haad Yao

No matter whether your passion is snorkeling, scuba diving, or free diving, this long sheltered bay off the western shoreline of Koh Phangan is an idyllic location.

The fringing coral reefs also have a sandy area in the south - ideal for new divers and safe snorkeling adventures.

Most of the hard coral formations are dotted around the seabed at ten to fourteen (14) metres below the surface. Hence, this shallow site gets a lot of protection against strong currents.

Pro Tip: Sheltered bays with areas of open sand and little water movement are ideal locations for local dive shops to conduct the Discover Scuba Diving program, and its related training dives. This kind of underwater topography also provides a superb backdrop to expand your scuba skills through the PADI Adventure Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB), and Fish Identification courses.

Aquatic Animals around Koh Phangan

The island of Koh Phangan is bigger than Koh Tao, and famous for the Full Moon parties. Even so, the underwater scenery is great for divers to swim around coral-encrusted rock pinnacles and go diving on shallow artificial wreck structures.

Koh Phangan dive sites also provide the opportunity to see big fishes (e.g. pelagics). Divers should expect to catch sightings of some amazing reef dwellers and macro marine life as well, such as:

Some of the islands in the lower Gulf of Thailand have become key breeding grounds for large marine reptiles (e.g. hawksbill and green turtles).

In fact, there are regular events to reintroduce juvenile turtles back into the vibrant ecosystems and help stimulate the growth of colourful coral reefs.

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Pro Tip: This short video clip [2:47 seconds] presented by "Marcel Steuermann" contains footage of the best places in Koh Phangan for scuba diving and snorkeling.

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