Wow, what a great way to kick off the high season here at Scubafish!
Yesterday, we made our first trip of the season out to world-famous dive sites Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. On the second dive at Hin Daeng, we descended slowly on the eastern side and had the pleasure of meeting a 4 meter long, juvenile, whale shark. He was very friendly and seemed happily intrigued to observe us diving in the water alongside him. He was fascinated by our bubbles and appeared to enjoy being curiously tickled by them!
This marks a great start to what we hope will be a fantastic season. The last two years have seen some of the best diving conditions of the decade in Ko Lanta’s National Marine Park and we at Scubafish and our customers have been lucky enough to witness more whale shark and manta rays sightings than ever before. Whale sharks have been regularly spotted at Ko Haa, Hin Daeng & Hin Muang and Hin Bida as well as daily sightings of Black Tip Reef sharks and Leopard sharks (otherwise known as zebra sharks) indicating a healthy and diverse marine environment in and around the Andaman Sea.
Here at Scubafish, we’re proud to support and contribute to the Project Aware and Sharktrust.org projects as well as the Manta Matcher Projects. Our team of professional underwater photographers have submitted hundreds photos that have been used to identify and help track the migratory movements of these gentle giants. The Whale Shark Project has had over 53,000 ID photos submitted with more than 25,000 reported sightings and their initiative has collaboratively tagged over 5200 individual whale sharks.
The Dive Sites Hin Daeng and Hin Muang
The dive sites Hin Daeng & Hin Muang are the deepest drop-offs in Thailand.
During green season from mid May till mid October these dive sites along with Koh Haa and Koh Rok which lie within Thailand’s Mu Koh Lanta National Marine Park are closed off to the public to allow regeneration of sea life and corals.
They are world-class dive sites and provide some of the most stunning diving in the area, with a high chance of seeing Whale Sharks and Manta Rays.
Hin Daeng, ‘Red Rock’, and Hin Muang, ‘Purple Rock’, are named after the beautiful red and purple corals that cover the pinnacles. Located 70km south of Ko Lanta, they boast good visibility, unless the waters become extremely plankton-rich. It is this plankton that attracts the larger marine-life meaning there is a high chance of seeing Manta Rays and passing Whale Sharks throughout the season.
Whale Shark Facts!
The Whale Shark is the largest non-cetacean animal in the world with the average size of an adult Whale Shark estimated at a whopping 9.7 meters and coming in at a massive 9 tonnes (or the combined weight of 9 elephants if you will!) though there have been sightings of Whale Sharks over 18 meters in length!
How Do I Get The Chance To Dive With Whale Sharks at Hin Daeng & Hin Muang with Scubafish?
Scubafish is the closet dive centre in the world to Hin Daeng & Hin Muang and we are specialists in diving these famous sites. Scubafish runs 3 trips per week throughout the season from our location in Kantiang Bay in the South of Ko Lanta. We can reach Koh Lanta’s top dive sites faster than dive boats that depart from Saladan in the North of the island. Our journey time to Hin Daeng & Hin Muang is 2.5 hours of luxury (compared to 4 hours by big boat from Saladan). We make trips to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.