Hin daeng & Hin Muang - Dive Sites Koh Lanta Reviews
Top dive site of Thailand Jul 25, 2011
Hin Daeng & Hin Muang are world famous dive sites and among the best in Thailand. The 2 pinnacles are located a good distance from land and are surrounded by deep water. Manta rays and whale sharks sightings at these sites are the highest in Thailand. I dived these sites with Ocean Divers who use a speedboat to get to this remote area. The speedboat is able to make the journey in just 1.5 hours compared to 4 hours for a big boat that many of the other dive centers use.
Hin Daeng (Thai for Red Rock) is a large underwater formation which just breaks the surface. The part of the pinnacle that is visible is just barren rock, and this is completely at odds with lush life and beauty that lies below. The eastern and northern sides offer shallower water, whereas the western and southern sides feature walls that drop off to 50+ meters.
Hin Daeng’s red soft coral is lush, and huge schools of jacks and trevally sweep past the ridge, surrounding you with a shimmering wall of fish. Aside from checking out the soft corals, always keep an eye on the blue. If a whale shark should appear, it’ll probably be here. Manta Ray's are also using this site as a cleaning station primarily from December to April and offer very close encounters.
Ascending to the shallows you’ll see crocodile needle fish and barracuda hunting their prey, and large schools of fusiliers darting this way and that. The shallower areas are also home to a myriad of macro life and critters.
Hin Muang (Thai for Purple Rock) is the deepest vertical wall dive site in Thailand. The southern side descends to over 60 metres. This ridge is completely submerged and is home to a huge amount of marine life, both in terms of numbers as well as in variety. The ridge is approximately 200 metres by 25 metres and is covered in purple soft coral, from where the site gets its name.
Hin Muang is my favorite site and has such an abundance of corals and marine life throughout. A top dive site but even better when the manta's are cruising by as well!
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