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These local sites are all found to the West and South of Koh Chang with dive depths ranging from 5 to 25 metres. Visibility in high season can be in excess of 30 metres, especially those sites furthest away from the Koh Chang itself. Average visibility throughout the year is around 15 metres. Travel to them by dive boat takes between 25 and 45 minutes. During low season sea conditions often prevent us visiting these sites. Please check out our facebook page for up to date photographs around the dive sites we visit.
Hin Luk Bath
A rock in the shape of an upturned bowl marks the top of this site which is a collection of boulders surrounded by coral both hard and soft. A spectacular view in good visibility but also lots to see at shallow depths when visibility not so good. The boulders provide some simple swimthroughs and the site attracts any and all of the local marine life.
Hin Raab South and Secret Reef
A narrow flat rock, Hin Raab, some 80 metres long which was once used as target practice by the RoyalThai Navy, forms one ‘leg’ of a horseshoe shaped reef system, the other being the rock known as Secret reef. Both are covered in both hard and soft coral and create two dives that can be done from the same mooring. It is not unusual to see two or more Titan trigger fish on this site.
Blueberry Hill (Hin Tai Nam)
Some 250metres from Hin Raab and Secret Reef lies another rock/reef formation, Hin Tai Nam. There are a number of gullies and small cracks and caves in the rocks. Great hiding places for big groupers, shrimp, moray and stingrays. The reef is surrounded by smaller coral outcrops and coral gardens that are worth exploring too.
Banana Rock (Hin Rua Tek)
Best described as a wedge shaped rock formation with the thick end of the wedge forming a west facing wall whilst the thin edge tapers away to the east. There are a couple of small caves, usually home to stingrays on the wall and lots of fern coral amongst the rocks on the eastern side. The large rock formation provides a home to scorpion fish and nudibranch. The site is often affected by the currents and visibility can be a poor.
An uninhabited island south of Koh Chang, the beaches around the island offer some shallow water entries to water ideal for beginners when the conditions are calm. There are areas of sandy bottom on the south side of the island which are home to soft coral in which anemone fish can be found.
A motor torpedo boat used by the navy as a patrol boat was sunk in 2013 almost equidistant from Secret Reef (south) and Blueberry Hill (west). Lying in 16 metres of water, the wreck was broken up during the first low season probably due to a shallow depth, unstable seabed, current and swell. It now provides a useful start to a dive which ends by travelling over the coral gardens between the wreck and the two closest coral sites.
Hin Saam Sao & Hin Raab North
These two very similar dive sites are the closest of all the sites to Koh Chang Island and, whilst worth a visit when conditions are good, often suffer poor visibility.