Wreck of the 'Thonburi'.
was sunk by the French in 1941 in shallow waters close to
the southeastern tip of Koh Chang. The wreck now serves as
an artificial reef. A memorial at Hat Yuthanavy remembers
those who died during the battle which was eventually won by
the French navy.
2. Hin Luk Bat.
is the thai word for stone - Hin Luk Bat is a very large
rock pinnacle located 30 minutes boat journey south of
Bangbao pier on Koh Chang. Due to it's convenient location
it is also one of the more popular dive sites. The pinnacle
drops down to over 20 metres and an hour can easily be spent
underwater circumnavigating the pinnacle at differing depths.
You are almost certain to encounter large schools of fish,
these range from barracuda and grouper to butterfly and
This site is a
couple of kilometres further south of Hin Luk Bat. Another
rock pinnacle where staghorn corals and an abundance of
smaller reef fish are the main attractions. This isn't an
area for deep water diving as the southern side drops to a
maximum of 16 metres.
4. Koh Wai
main reason Koh Wai is included as a dive site is that this
area offers the best chance of seeing reef sharks basking on
the seabed. Leopard sharks have also been sighted here as
5. Koh Kra
of the north coast of Koh Rang provides a gently sloping
reef upon which gardens of staghorn coral and the usual wide
variety of lively reef fish are seen. The coral lies less
than five metres form the surface making this a fun, shallow
dive for anyone beginning their life as a scuba diver. Rays
are also often seen on the seafloor.
6. Koh Rang
islands and rock pinnacles surrounding Koh Rang offer the
best diving in the area. The depth of most dives in the Koh
Rang area is between 10 and 15 meters. Well known dive
sites in the Koh Rang area include:-
A small island off the north east coast of Koh Rang.
Although the coral reef isn't as good as it once was - due
to this locations popularity with snorkellers as well as
divers - you can still enjoy some great underwater scenery
and are guaranteed plenty of opportunities for underwater
photography in the shallow waters surrounding the island.
'Yak' means 'giant' in Thai, but giant is the one word that
doesn't come to mind when you first see this small rocky
outcrop of an island. However, size isn't everything and
this is a great shallow dive - the sea floor lies under less
than 10 metres of water around the island. A great variety
of corals are found here as are many colourful anemones, and
the clownfish that lurk within them. stingrays and moray
eels can be found hiding under rocks and in cavities.
These two rock pinnacles drop down to almost 30 metres
making this one of the deepest dives in the area.
Turtles are relatively common here and even reef sharks
are occasionally seen. However, rather than keeping an
eye out for rare creatures, divers should simply enjoy
the wide variety of both hard and soft corals and
profusion of marine life.