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Diving in Ko Chang

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When to go to Ko Chang

Ko Chang has 3 seasons: the cool season that runs from November to February, the hot season from March to the end of May, and the rainy season from the end of May to the end of October. The best dive season starts from October or November to April. The average air temperature is 30C/86F (day) and 20C/68F (night) almost all year round. The average sea temperature is around 29C/84F. The visibility is generally between 5-20m/16-66ft.


What to see

Divers can encounter moray eels, stingrays, parrotfish, snappers, fusiliers, big grouper, butterflyfish, bannerfish, barracudas, angelfish, and many more. Dolphins can also sometimes be seen there.


Most popular dive sites

Some of the most interesting dive sites are the Koh Rang Pinnacles, Hin Rap, Hin Luk Bath, Koh Wai Reef, and the HTMS Chang Shipwreck. Hin Luk Bath is located around 3km/mi southwest of Ko Chang, and is one of the prime dive sites around Ko Chang. Hin Luk Bath is a pinnacle that is surrounded by huge boulders that have some great swim-throughs and serve as refuge to plenty of shoaling fish. It is a great dive site for night diving. The average depth is 11m/36ft, and the maximum depth is 25m/82ft. Another great dive site is HTMS Koh Chang, an American-built ship that was used during WWII in the Pacific Ocean, and was intentionally sunk in September 2012 to create a new dive site and artificial reef. This shipwreck is the largest in Thailand, 100m/328ft long.

Scuba diving in Ko Chang

Ko Chang is one of Thailand's most beautiful islands, which is located in Trat Province in eastern Thailand. It is Thailand's second-largest island, and the biggest in eastern Thailand. The closest airport is Trat airport, from where you got to get to ferry (in 17 km) to Koh Chang island. The island is a home to a wide range of wildlife, including a good selection of birds, snakes, deer, and a number of elephants. The name means Elephant Island, named for the elephant shape of its headland, although elephants are not indigenous to the island. Most of the lodging is located on the western side of the island. Most of the island is rainforests, steep hills, cliffs, waterfalls, and wildlife, with fine beaches, coral reefs, and abundant marine life. The island also has tall mountains and rock cliffs. The island is a great place for snorkeling and diving. There are many dive and snorkeling sites around the area of Ko Chang. The island features beautiful, clear water with many different corals and marine animals. The best sites are situated on the west and south of Ko Chang. The Marine National Park in Ko Chang has excellent marine life, and this park is new and almost unknown to the outside world. Ko Chang itself is the largest of 52 islands that make up the Koh Chang Marine National Park. In addition to the abundant marine life and corals, there are also interesting wrecks for more experienced divers to explore.