Koh Waeo, just off the coast of Hat Nai Yang Beach in Phuket, is an amazing dive site.
It consists of two small islands which you can dive either around each island or go through the small channel in between. We dive ‘Kow Waeo West’ today. When we go down I directly spot a huge black spotted porcupine fish and a variety of big schools of fish and other fish.
To name a few: boxfish, batfish, oriental sweetlips, angelfish, and different species of anemonefish, groupers, triggerfish, and sur-geon-fish. During the dive, we also spot 4 octopuses, a blue-spotted stingray, and trumpetfishes.
Knowing that this part of Thailand was hit by the tsunami in 2004, I was not disappointed about the state of the coral reefs. The reefs over here contain a high diversity of corals. Varying from soft and hard corals including sea fans, anemones, gorgonians, pinnacles, whip corals and barrel sponges, it gives a home to a lot of macro life.
The Author: Ellis Derkx is a PADI MSDT from the Netherlands.