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Best Diving Spots in Koh Pha Ngan

A collection of popular diving destinations in the lower Gulf of Thailand is bursting at the seams with fringing corals and scuttled shipwrecks.

This section contains helpful information about the dive sites around Koh Pha-Ngan, including the depth limits and the marine life that lives in this inlet of the South China Sea.

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 best places to scuba dive 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.

Marine Life at Koh Phangan Island

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 macro marine life as well, including:

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.

List of Koh Phangan Diving Spots

Haad Salad

Divers will find this quiet sheltered bay off the north west coast of the island. The fringing coral reefs also have a sandy area in the south (ideal for snorkeling adventures).

Check out these useful tips and information about the Haad Salad dive site on the north west coast of the island, with extra details about the native marine life.

Haad Yao

The western shores of Koh Phangan contain a number of healthy shallow coral reefs that create incredible 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.

Koh Ma

The small island near the north western shoreline of Koh Phangan creates a lively reef of hard corals that slope down to the seabed around twenty four metres below the surface.

This help guide contains information about Koh Ma dive site and details about the local marine creatures to see in this part of the Gulf.

Mae Haad

You will find Mae Haad dive site sandwiched between Koh Ma and Haad Salad on the north western coast of Koh Phangan.

This location is popular for hard and soft corals (e.g. staghorn coral) and the diversity of reef-dwelling fish families.

Rock Point

When favourable conditions allow, the shallow coral reefs in the northeast of Chaloklum Bay create a good location for snorkeling and learning how to scuba dive.

This segment contains information about the dive site at Rock Point (Kong Yai), with expert insights about the underwater topography and aquatic life in the region.

Related Information and Help Guides

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.

Getting to Koh Phangan Island

Daily ferries depart from Chumphon, Surat Thani, Koh Samui, and Koh Phangan to the central hub of Mae Haad Pier on Koh Tao Island.

In addition, the Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran takes less than an hour to travel from Koh Samui to Koh Tao. There is also a six-hour sleeper crossing ferry available on the mainland at Chumphon Pier.

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