Hin Daeng Dive Site

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Hin Daeng is one of the most famous dive sites in Thailand. This pinnacle dive site is about 60 km from the Phi Phi Islands.

As I drop in I am at a shear loss of words to describe the size of this dive site. What makes it such a good dive is because there is something for everyone here.

There are shallow depths and top reefs for Open Water divers as well as deep drops for the technical divers, and something for everybody else that is in between.

I follow the wall on the one the side we have been dropped, viewing many soft corals that are found here. The colours vary form pinks to peach. The drop here is quite severe so I keep an eye out on my depth because it is easy to drop into deep water here without realizing. I look up to see a school Batfish float by, and I can tell they are nervous. Now, most shoaling fish are nervous anyway but this school has reasons.

Just off the reef, there are two barracudas loitering in the blue water. Even I feel on edge in their presence. Once I move on, I notice that it has become darker, so I check my depth only to find that I am still where I should be. I look up to a gentle giant soring above me. Whale sharks are quite common in the area but it is still an awesome thing to experience.

The other side of this pinnacle has the best soft coral growth and small animals to accompany them. There are many species of fish like Rainbow runners and Jacks that patrol close to the rocks, but I often prefer to avoid these areas due to high diver traffic.

The Author: Talya Davidoff is a marine biologist, freediving champion and dive instructor.

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Josh November 28, 2017

Great wall dive! Mantas, mantas, whalesharks and octopuses make it very easy to overlook other features of this Disneyland site. Watch out for strong currents as there are few places to rest up. At the end of this dive don’t be surprised if you are suddenly surrounded by large batfish. Fish traps are also a common site so please ignore your immediate urge to free the incarcerated fish as the local fisherman take a dim view of you destroying their livelihood. Issues that surround this practice are complex and it is not for us to interfere, so leave it to the local authorities.


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