Dive site: Hin Daeng and Hin Muang
Location: 65 nautical miles from S.E. Chalong
Depth: 0 – 70m (max)
Visibility (according to the weather): 10 – 40m
Currents (according to the weather): Mild to moderate
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate – PADI Advanced Diver or equivalent
Hin Daeng and Hin Muang, both dive sites are located in the Marine National Park Mu Koh Lanta. Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are listed among the most beautiful in the world (certainly in the top 100). Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are 500 meters from each other and allow diving on both sites during a single day trip. Their exposures to the ocean currents are conducive to meet few pelagic species and explode with the fantastic and unforgettable underwater life. As the current and the underwater conditions could be, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are better suited to experienced divers.
Hin Muang or the Purple Rock
The density of pink and purple corals on the upper part of the reef is at the origin of the name given to Hin Muang. The reef has a length of 300 meters and dominates the deepest drop off of the scuba diving in Thailand.
First dive of the day, the descent is along a rope and then drift with the current from east to west (or vice versa) along one of the two faces of the reef. The walls are decorated with wide sea fans and sea whips while anemone fields and purple soft corals adorn the top of the reef. The good visibility and the currents facilitate the meeting with pelagic species that may happened any time like the blue whale shark, the manta rays and the schools of tuna. The leopard sharks, the reef sharks, the hawksbill turtles, the jackfishes, the rays , the tunas, the wahoos, the schools of fusiliers and barracudas, many varieties of reef fish are moving on and around the reef.
Hin Daeng or the Red Rock
As Hin Muang, Hin Daeng is covered with anemones and with red soft corals which gave it its name. Hin Daeng is a huge rock formation, submerged up to 40 meters and with three pinnacles emerging above the surface. The eastern and northern parts of the reef are shallower than those to the west and south which sink of advantage towards the bottom over the normal recreational diving limits.
Your diving begin generally with the southwest side of the reef and then move to the south in keeping your open to be lucky enough for an exceptional meeting with pelagic species. The western and northern sides are composed by a drop off, three emerging peaks and rocky outcrops covered with hard and soft coral gardens. The coral polyps component are naturally exposed to the ocean currents and different varieties of fish and shellfish have those addresses. Other transient tenants such as eagle rays, leopard sharks, reef sharks, schools of barracudas and jackfishes come to enjoy the abundance of the ecosystem. It’s more common to see whale sharks and manta rays between February and April.
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