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About Scuba Diving Koh Phangan

Those scuba diving Koh Phangan should know that the history and culture of the island above the water are as varied as the sea creatures and coral formations underneath it. Perhaps most evidenced by its many temples, islanders observe the Buddhist tradition.

Those seeking a vibrant nightlife from their holiday destination might want to check out the infamous Full Moon Party, a celebration held for one night each month on the island’s white-sand beaches.

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Koh Phangan Haad Salad Beach

When is the best time to go scuba diving Koh Phangan?

Like the two other islands near Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and Koh Tao, Koh Phangan cycles through three seasons each year. These seasons are:

  • Summer, that lasts from March through May
  • A rainy but sunny season, which lasts from June till September
  • A cool, rainy season that lasts from October through February

Although the water is comfortable year-round, divers usually avoid the wettest period, which lasts from October through mid-December, as rain can be almost constant. But don’t be scared by the “rainy but sunny” season from June till September.

Rain is intermittent (and sometimes isn’t seen for months on end), and the best diving can be done during this time. Near some sites, visibility reaches up to 20 meters and even in the less touristy off-season Whaleshark sighting are common.

Mut see scuba dive sites in Koh Phangan

  • Sail Rock – Sail Rock towers about 15m above the water and drops below to 40m in some places and houses a tunnel that divers can swim through.
  • Koh Ma – A shore dive site that reaches depths of about 24m, making this a favourite for beginning divers.
  • West Coast Reef – A highly popular scuba dive location, the West Coast Reef is the spot closest to the island where you can find soft and filtered coral and large schools of fish.
  • Koh Wao Yai – Situated in the Ang Thong National Marine Park, Koh Wao Yai is one of those spectacular 20m visibility sites.
  • Mae Haad Bay – The big attraction to this spot is its living coral, which sits just a few meters below the water’s surface.

Marine Life found in Koh Phangan

Divers around Koh Phangan see beautiful bouquets of fish and enjoy the occasional, but no doubt unforgettable, Whale Shark spotting. Some other types of fish that frequent the island are:

  • Groupers
  • Barracudas
  • Stingrays
  • Cuttlefish
  • Angelfish
  • Tuna
  • Mackerels
  • Clownfish
  • Whale Sharks
  • Various small sharks

Scuba diving in Koh Phangan is an unforgettable experience

The appeal of diving Koh Phangan is mainly its reef diving, but cave diving is also available. Beginners will enjoy the proximity of filter and soft corals and can access the water from the shore in many locations. More advanced divers are more likely to travel away from the island by boat to some of the deeper and more challenging sites.

How to Get to Koh Phangan?

Scuba Diving in Koh Phangan is certainly the brightest highlight of any trip to the island. But there is one problem – no mainland infrastructure connects Koh Phangan to the main body of Thailand.

How do you get to Koh Phangan, then? There is a ferry to Koh Phang An from the mainland as there is a ferry from the surrounding islands. The bottom line is that all Koh Phangan visitors must reach the island by ferry though there are several methods for reaching this final leg of the trip.

Most people who plan on visiting Koh Phangan leave from Bangkok, usually at its international airport. The lengths (and prices) of trips from Bangkok to Koh Phangan widely differ depending on the transportation method.

Bus/boat trips are longer (sometimes 18 hours of travel time) while plane/boat trips can be quite short (sometimes only around three hours of travel time). If you would travel from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan, you can take the ferry. This trip will take about 45 minutes.

About Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is a beautiful Thai island where the water is almost completely indistinguishable from the blue sky until about dusk, when the difference between the two finally makes itself visible as the horizon turns a peachy-golden brownish colour, sometimes accented with wisps of pink.

Known in particular for its world renowned full moon parties this is an incredibly popular place with tourists of all ages, and scuba diving Koh Phangan is, well, fantastic!

Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam, he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.

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