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Thailand :: Koh Lipe : Hin Chabang

This is one of the prettiest dive sites in Thailand. A set of underwater granite pinnacles set out in a rough triangle shape. Its an open water dive site with depths of 16m, where the sandy bottom and soft whip coral gardens play host to seahorses, nudibranches and lots of other strange little macro critters. On the pinnacles you can find all the usual suspects, big colourful scorpion fish, lots of lionfish and somtimes a turtle or two!

Probrably the nicest thing about the dive site is the amount and condition of the soft tree corals, the dive is usually finished in the coral gardens from 8m deep to the end of the pinnacles at 3m below the suface. The density of coral growth here is surprising, you cannot see the rock formation because the coral is fighting for space, truly a photographers dream. Visibility can range from 5m upto over 25m. As an open water site the current has to be slow to make it an easy dive, although shelter from current can usually be found. Hin Chabang has been known as a cleaning station for palegics in deep water close by.

[Thanks to Ocean Pro Divers for providing this Koh Lipe dive site description and dive site map]


Depth: 5 - 30m

Viz: 10 - 30m

Currents: Can be strong

Getting there : 10 mins boat from Koh Lipe

Best months: Nov / Apr