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Scuba Diving Hin Wong Pinnacles Dive Site

Divers with experience in deep and drift diving can enjoy an unconventional dive around tabletop pinnacles a little over one kilometre from Hin Wong.

This guide contains helpful information about scuba diving at the Hin Wong Pinnacle off the northeastern coastline of the island, with facts and figures on the depth levels and sea life.

What Months are Best for Diving in Koh Tao

In fact, the Chumphon Archipelago contains dozens of sun-kissed bays around the islands. But, the hotspots for scuba diving are:

Koh Tao is a compact kidney-shaped island that has about twenty one (21) square kilometres of total land mass.

Nevertheless, the pristine white sand beaches and azure blue water have transformed Koh Tao Island into one of the top places for diving holidays in Thailand.

Here's the deal:

Most scuba divers want to explore destinations that are sunny and have calm conditions underwater. Well, Koh Tao has over three hundred days of sunshine per year and the temperature of the water is fairly constant around 29° Celsius (84° Fahrenheit).

As a consequence of that, it's fair to say Koh Tao diving and snorkeling is an annual activity. But, divers need to 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 the sea life section for fun facts about whale sharks that often show up at Koh Tao Island in April and May.

Marine Life at Hin Wong Pinnacle

Koh Tao dive sites are good places to see big fishes (e.g. pelagics). Plus, divers should expect to catch sightings of common marine life native to the lower Gulf of Thailand, especially during the plankton blooms in March and April, such as:

Pro Tip: The site offers good opportunities to explore sea life that lives around hard and soft corals. For example, the hard varieties include brain, table, and staghorn corals.

Tips for Diving at Hin Wong

It's fair to describe Hin Wong Bay dive site as horseshoe or crescent shaped. As a consequence, going deeper than 20 metres around the rocky crested pinnacles means you'll be subject to water movements and strong winds.

Experienced divers will be able to choose between a number of different routes to explore, depending on the scuba certification levels.

This part is important:

The maximum depth is around forty metres (40), where it's not uncommon to experience thermoclines. But, there are some shallow spots at ten metres that novice snorkelers and free divers can explore too.

The northern side of this broad inlet is a good place to roam around rugged cracks and crevices. This area provides an ideal underwater environment for marine life animals that prefer sheltered habitats, such as sea snakes and the yellow boxfish (Ostracion cubicum).

Pro Tip: Most of the local dive shops will want to see some evidence of Advanced Open Water certification to dive below eighteen metres. The underwater visibility at Hin Wong Pinnacle can be unpredictable (usually around 10-25 metres).

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