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Diving Locations - Hin Daeng & Hin Muang

Hin Daeng
About 100 km southeast of Phuket lie two of Thailand's best dive sites, Hin Daeng & Hin Muang (Red Rock and Purple Rock in Thai).

Hin Daeng is three rocks that are just awash. Underwater, the reef features a dramatic drop-off, almost straight down to a depth of over 60 metres. This makes it the deepest wall dive in Thailand.

Covered in a numerous hard & soft corals and sea fans, this dive is fabulous. The east slopes gently off along two long narrow ridges which disappear in the darkness, the western plateau has an expansive coral garden with many Star Corals and Compact Corals. The walls on the north and south descend to the sand. Even the deeper soft corals are usually visible from the shallows!

Descending along the wall to a depth of 30 metres you are likely to encounter large schools of Jacks and Tuna. Sometimes these schools are so thick they appear to be a solid wall of silver. Hin Daeng is home to a large variety of marine life including Reef Sharks, Giant Barracuda and from November to April there is a really good chance of spotting Manta rays and the odd Whale Shark. The sheer amount of marine life you find here makes this one of the best dive sites in the Kingdom.

Diving Depth 6 - 60 metres
Visibility 10 - 20 metres
Currents Moderate to strong
Surface Conditions Can be rough
Diver Level Experienced Divers only

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Other dive sites nearby:   Koh Ha Yai     Koh Phi Phi

Hin Muang
Along with Hin Daeng, this is one of the best dive sites in Thailand. Hin Muang (or Purple Rock), is a series of about a half dozen submerged pinnacles and is located just a few hundred metres north of Hin Daeng. This unique dive site is almost completely covered with the lush purple soft corals, that it actually seems to glow and attract the most incredible amount of marine life you will find anywhere. This limestone pinnacle stretches for more than 200 metres in length and in some places is less than 20 metres in width. The walls are covered with anemones, colourful sea fans, numerous little caves, ledges and rocky outcrops which provide shelter for virtually every underwater creature found here.

Hin Muang is an excellent site to view Manta Rays and several species of sharks including the Grey Reef Shark. Hin Muang like Richelieu Rock in the Surin Islands to the north is also a magnet for Whale Sharks and ranks among Thailand's best places for observing these gentle giants.

One other unique spectacle often seen at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are Manta Rays performing spectacular leaps out of the surface, truly impressive for non-divers and those already back on the surface.

Diving Depth 12 - 60 metres
Visibility 10 - 20 metres
Currents Moderate to strong
Surface Conditions Can be rough
Diver Level Experienced Divers only

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Other dive sites nearby:   Koh Ha Yai     Koh Phi Phi


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