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Scuba Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand
Dive Site: Sail Rock
Location: North of Koh Pha-ngan, Koh Tao, Thailand
Description: Huge rock island
Depth: 32 metres max (105 feet)
Visibility: 10 - 30 metres (30 - 100 feet)
Sail Rock is a large granite pinnacle which is situated mid distance between the islands of Koh Tao and Koh Pha-ngan. The pinnacle emerges 12m above the water surface and goes down to around 28m in places. Great for all types of divers.
Ian Scrowther, PADI Advanced Open Water
A large granite rock that has no interest from the surface. That all changes as soon as you go under the surface, it's full of fish and various hard and soft corals. The dive site is suitable for all levels of diver going to a depth of around 32m, this is the site I did my deep dive for my Advanced Open Water. There is a nice training ledge at approx. 10m where the divers enter the water. Another feature is the "chimney"; you enter this at 18m and can exit through a window at about 10m or go to the top and come out at 5m. Two divers at a time can come up the chimney, take care when entering so you cause no damage and look out for small shrimps. If you are really lucky you can see whale sharks at this site, I saw my first and only one up to now in August of this year. Visibility is usually between 10m and 20m. Current is usually mild at worst, have had one dive there when I found it strong but I am not the strongest of swimmers.
Overall would recommend this site. Macro fans take your camera.
Brinley Meredith, PADI Advanced Open Water
Fantastic dive site. Try to dive in the afternoon as not as busy, I have seen 3 whale sharks there over the last 5 months. Watch out for the triggers.
Andy Ashton, PADI#488597
Fantastic dive site. Get there early (9am) to avoid the rush. Sometimes local fishing boats can be a problem. Current can be stronger on he north side as you circumnavigate. Look at the site map for the detached pinnacle off the north east side… Lots of v. large barracuda and shoals of bat fish. Triggers are well behaved unlike Chumphon.
Richard SSI Open Water | 2/6/2011
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