Scuba diving in Chumpon Pinnacle
Chumpon Pinnacle is located around 11km/7mi to the northwest of Koh Tao and is one of Thailand's premier dive sites. It consists of one large main pinnacle with several smaller ones surrounding it, and is covered with hard and soft coral. The main pinnacle is covered with purple, pink, and red anemones, full of pink anemonefish. The abundant microscopic food in the corals attracts schools of fish: clownfish, surgeonfish, yellow box fish (at 8m/26ft deep and further down), bigger pelagic fish such as barracudas, mackerel, giant grouper, batfish, and occasionally manta rays, leopard sharks, and even whale sharks (from February to May and in September) can be seen. The main pinnacle starts at 12m/39ft (maximum depth of 35m/278ft), so this site is more suitable for advanced divers.
When to go
Diving is available all year round, though the best period is from February to September. The average water temperature is 28C/82F and can be full of plankton in March.
What to see
Pinnacle, corals, anemones, clownfish, surgeonfish, yellow box fish, manta rays, leopard sharks, and even whale sharks (from February to May and in September.
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