DIVING SPOTS

The reefs around Koh Kood with an average depth of

10 - 12m are rich in marine life and partly unspoiled.

Besides soft corals and big barrel sponges, you’ll mostly

find hard corals and rock formations with, among a lot

of others, stingrays, barracudas, seahorses and even

turtles. The water temperature ranges between 28 and

30° Celsius all year long. The viz is very good almost

throughout december till february. The shallow reefs with

almost no currents are perfect for novice divers.

A bit further away in the north-east of Koh Kood you’ll

find the highlights of the region: The marine

park Koh Rang and the wreck of the HTMS Chang.

The latter is with a depth of 31m one of the

deepest dive sites in the Koh Chang Archipelago.

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Neverland Reef 4-10m
Here you can find big barrel sponges and mainly hard

coral formations with schools of yellowtail barracuda

and yellow grunt. There are also angelfish and butterflyfish

and if you’re lucky you can spot a turtle here.

Hin Loy 4-13m
Around the pinnacle which sticks out of the water you’ll

find canyons and small caves. There are soft corals,

gorgonians, sea whips and big barrel sponges and you can

also find anemones. Marine life is abundant here and

you’ll never know what you’ll find - you even have the chance

to spot some nudibranchs and unicorn fish. It’s one of

the few dive sites around Koh Kood with a moderate current.

Bang Bao Bay 3-8m
This dive site has a depth between 3 to 8m is perfect for

intro dives and beginners. In the hard coral formations

and sand you’ll find among other fishes flounder, stingrays

and boxfish. Above that there’s the

possibility to see a lionfish and even some seahorses.

Ao Toom 3-12m
This dive site with hard coral formations is full of fish,

such as snapper, triggerfish, pufferfish and

stingrays. With a good eye you can spot octopus and turtles.

Hin Chedi 4-10m
This dive site with it’s rock formations and hard corals is

our house reef. It’s an easy shore dive and perfect for

beginners and intro dives and you’ll find a lot of marine

life here. Among stingrays, flounder, giant pufferfish,

moray eels, box fish and butterflyfish you’ll also have the

chance to find seahorses, snake eels and cuttlefish.

Koh Raet 3-10m
You find here butterflyfish, stingrays and giant pufferfish

and there are lots of tiny fish hiding in the table

corals. Besides hard corals there are animal sculptures

with staghorn corals and anemones which are a

highlight for divers and snorkelers. Beside the hard

coral formations you’ll find underwater animal

sculptures made of cement with staghorn corals.

In addition to butterflyfish, stingrays and giant

pufferfish, there are lots of tiny fish hiding in the

table corals.This easy dive site is the

only one around Koh Kood there you’ll find

the vertically swimming razorfish.

Soneva Reef 3-9m
This place is perfect for intro dives and beginners. In

a depth between 3 and 9m you can find hard, and

soft coral formations as well as big barrel sponges

and giant clams. Besides yellow tail barracuda,

long fin batfish and indian ocean walkman, you can

find scorpionfish, oriental

sweetlips as well as cuttlefish and turtles.

Ao Lak Uan 9-13m
This dive spot offers rock formations as well as

formations of hard and soft corals. Next to big

barrel sponges and fields of anemones you can find

a lot of different fish species, such as: fusilier,

box fish, yellow tail barracuda, yellow grunt, porcupine

fish and stingrays. There’s also the possibility, to

spot frog fish, cobia, cuttlefish or a sleeping nurse shark.

Mike's Reef 13-21m
This dive site with hard coral formations and depths

between 13 to 21m belongs to the deeper dives

around Koh Kood. Besides Oriental Sweetlip and lionfish

you can find here, divers are enthusiastic about

the big schools of yellowtail fusilier and barracuda.

Ao Pak Weng 6-13m
In depths between 6 to 13m you’ll find rock formations

as well as formations of hard and soft corals

with anemones, stingrays, pufferfish and fusilier. There’s

the possibility for mild to moderate currents.

 

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 KOH RANG

The group of uninhabited islands around Koh Rang

belongs to the national park Mu Ko Chang, which

was established in 1982. Of the more than ten dive

sites around Koh Rang we visit among others:

Ko Mapring 6-16m
Here you’ll find in depths of 6 to 16m a lot

of hard corals with christmas tree

worms, bannerfish, butterflyfish and rabbitfish.

Whale Shark Rock 1-30m
This pinnacle isn’t called “Whale shark rock” for nothing,

if you’re lucky you can spot reef sharks and even

a whale shark here. If you’re not that lucky, this dive

spot has still a lot of different marine life to

offer. Besides soft and fan corals you can spot here

anemones, nudibranchs, cobia, stonefish,

triggerfish, batfish, great barracuda and also harlequin

sweetlips. There’s the possibility of moderate to strong currents.

3 Finger Reef 3-16m
The boulder formations which are covered in coral,

are shaped like three fingers, therefore the

name “3 Finger Reef”. The depth is 7m on the

west side of the reef and goes down to 16m

on the northeastern side. Here you’ll find a wall

which is great to dive along. In the valleys

and canyons of the reef you’ll find Giant Pufferfish,

moray eels, triggerfish,rays and even turtles.

Wreck HTMS Chang
In the Koh Chang archipelago lays the largest shipwreck

in Thailand: The HTMS Chang. The 110m long

and 15m broad former US landing ship was launched

under the name „USS Lincoln County – LST-898“

in Pennsylvania (USA) in october 1944. It was designed

to carry landing troops, tanks and trucks.

It had 14 artillery pieces, of which the last ones were

dismantled before it was sunk. The first operation

was the invasion of the japanese island Okinawa in april

1945. From 1950 to 1952 the ship served in the

Korean War. After that it was send on a peaceful mission

into the Antarctic, till it was decommissioned in 1961.

 

The USS Lincoln County was turned over to Thailand

under the terms of a military assistance program

in 1966. Till 2006 it served under its new name HTMS

Chang for the royal thai navy.


On 22nd November 2012 it was sunk in order to build

an artificial reef. The mast of the perfectly

upright wreck starts in a depth of 3m, the bridge

is on 15m and the main deck on 24m.

It’s surrounded by fish and schools of fish, amongst

them are yellow tail barracuda, lionfish, yellow

grunt and batfish. Besides that there are a lot of crabs,

stonefish and moray eels. Big groupers are hiding

inside the wreck and sometimes the wreck is being

visited by whale sharks. You can dive the wreck

of the HTMS Chang with an Open Water license, since

even in a depth of 18m there's a lot to discover.

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