Tarutao Divesites

July 27th 2010 | Posted by
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Divesites of Tarutao

The Tarutao Islands (Koh) National Marine Park is Thailand’s oldest national park in the Andaman Sea and was formed in 1974. Tarutao lies in Southern Thailand close to the Malaysian border about 32 nautical miles northwest of Langkawi.

Koh Tarutao consists of Koh Lipeh, Koh Dong, Koh Rawi, Koh Adang, Hin Ngam, Koh Yang and Koh Bitsi islands. These beautiful islands surrounded by crystal clear water are still rarely visited by tourists. The unexplored underwater world around these islands are one of the best snorkeling spots and diving sites in Thailand. Explore colorful coral reefs the home for plenty of tropical fish, including lion fish, angel fish, butterfly fish, groupers, trumpet fish, lobsters and many others. Dolphin sightings are common and the rare dugong can be seen from time to time.

Koh Lipeh is the smallest of a group of islands (Koh Butang, Koh Adang, Koh Rawi) which lies directly at the southern Thailand border. It builds a small archipelago with plenty of fantastic dive sites. You can visit dive sites of small boulders in a shallow channel with hard corals, plenty of fish schools and the blue spotted Kuhls sting ray. In the deeper diving areas at the island spots (Lighthouse South Tip) it’s possible to encounter pelagic fish. Current can be moderate to very strong during new or full moon and visibility can drop to 5 meters.

8 miles south of Koh Lipeh a dive site called Eight Miles Rock is completely submerged and starts at 12 m below the surface. The rock formation is covered with soft corals and drops down to more than 50 m of depth. Bigger pelagics such as mantas and whale sharks have been spotted frequently here because of strong currents in this area. Watch out for a massive potato grouper which comes up from deeper water. Avoid diving during full moon or new moon periode.

Koh Tarutao Marine Park: Soft and hard corals, dugongs, dolphins, mantas, whale sharks
Number of dive sites: 10 and more
Depth: 5 – 40m
Visibility: 5 – 20m
Currents: Moderate to very strong
Surface Conditions: Calm to rough
Experience Level: Intermediate – advanced
Diving Season: Best is best February to May
Location: Approx. 180 km south of Phuket (9 hours), 30 km west of Satun
Access: Phuket liveaboard Seaking Divers Thailand
Recommended length of stay: 4 days

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