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Scuba Diving in Ko Lanta, Thailand

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Dive Site: Hin Daeng (Red Rock) & Hin Muang (Purple Rock)

Location: Ko Lanta, Thailand

Description: Pinnacle dive sites

Depth: Hin Daeng 3m - 70m (10 - 230 feet), Hin Muang 12m - 60m (40 - 200 feet)

Visibility: 10 - 30 metres (30 - 100 feet), (sometimes plankton rich!)

Rating: *****

World class diving - with plenty of big stuff! Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are the deepest drop-offs in Thailand. They are world-class dive sites and provide some of the most stunning diving in the area, with a high chance of seeing manta rays and even whale sharks. The greater depths and currents make these sites suitable for advanced divers or open water divers with 20+ dives.

Hin Daeng ('Red Rock') and Hin Muang ('Purple Rock') are named after the beautiful red and purple corals that cover the pinnacles. Located 70km south of Ko Lanta, they boast good visibility, unless the waters become extremely plankton-rich. It is this plankton that attracts the larger marine-life and there is a high chance of seeing manta rays and passing whale sharks.

Hin Daeng protrudes about 3 metres above the water, but below, it drops straight down to 70+ metres on the southern side. It gets its name from the beautiful red corals that populate most of the dive site. Hin Muang is completely submerged and derives its name from the vast number of purple corals covering the pinnacle. 200 metres long and less than 20 metres wide, there are three main points and several smaller ones. At these sites, the marine-life seems to be on a larger scale than elsewhere in the Andaman Sea. Many giant morays can be seen amongst the cracks and crevices and large leopard sharks are often found on the 40 metre ridges. It's fascinating to watch the huge schools of snappers and fusiliers swim around the pinnacles while rainbow runners, jacks and trevallies dart in, hoping for a quick snack. Large, round batfish swim in composed groups, while schools of barracuda cruise past. Due to the greater depths and currents, these dives are suitable for advanced open water divers or open water divers with twenty dives or more.

Saffron Kiddy, PADI OWSI

Had 2 dives here in January '08. We departed from Ao Nang early in the morning and had about 2½ hours with speedboat to the sites. The viz was stunning and we saw mantas on both dives. The drop-offs are really breathtaking and the amount of marine life remarkable. On the second dive, we hit some quite strong currents which emphasized the "experienced divers only" rule. If you are in the area, these two sites are "must dives".

Lars Hjørnholm

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