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Diving at Koh Ma Island, Koh Pha-Ngan

The small island close to 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, with extra details about the local marine creatures to see in this part of the Gulf of Thailand.

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.

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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 Koh Ma

If your passion is scuba diving, snorkeling, or free diving, the shelving reef at Koh Ma off the northwestern coast of Koh Phangan is an ideal location.

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

You'll find most of the robust coral formations scattered around the seabed around twenty (20) metres down. So, this diving destination offers some protection against the prevailing currents.

Pro Tip: This kind of underwater topography provides a superb backdrop to expand your scuba skills through the PADI Advanced Diver, Multilevel Diver, and DSMB Scuba certifications.

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.

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.

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