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Hin Muang - Koh Haa Overview

Hin Muang – Hin Daeng – Koh Haa – Phi Phi – Shark Point – Anemone Reef: The Southern Archipelago. Still little known, the destination of the southern islands with the highlight dive sites of Hin Muang and Hin Daeng, surprises more than one diver during each diving cruise.

Few boats, few other recreational divers, almost Virgin Islands, and a very wide variety both in the diversity, quantity and the richness of the dive sites.

Those three rocks of Hin Daeng and the pinnacle of Hin Muang lie a the south of most of the Archipelago. Except for Racha Noi, all others are Limestone Islands with great scenery above and below the surface. Inhabited, Koh Haa islands group is one of the most contrasted with cliffs and hidden beaches.

Location

Most Famous Diving Sites in the Southern Archipelago

The amazing Hin Daeng referred to as the tropical iceberg! Three rocks break the surface and hide an incredible drop-off down to a depth of 50 meters. Some Reefs around the rocks provide an overwhelming variety of marine life with a quality and richness that is comparable to the Similan Archipelagos. Hard and soft, the corals along with the schools of fish, including giant barracuda, tuna and fusilier are engaging divers while swimming along with the magnificent whale shark and its fellow cobias. 100 meters from Hin Daeng, lies the world-class diving site of Hin Muang with one of the most amazing reefs in the Andaman Sea. Reaching the same depth as Hin Daeng, its reef is totally covered with hard and soft corals while a wide variety of oceanic species decides to appear: silvertip and whale shark, big stingrays…

The rock formation of Hin Daeng (Red Rock) breaks the surface and slopes gently down to a depth of around 70m. The walls and rocks are covered with red and purple soft corals and anemones. These corals are home to millions of small reef fish, boxer shrimps, octopus, and giant morays. Schools of jackfish, barracudas and rainbow runners circle around this reef to feed.
Between the months of November and May, Manta Rays are often found around here and you might even come eye-to-eye with the gentle giant, the Whale Shark, which is spotted several times a year at this site.

Together we will take in the magnificent Koh Haa, a group of five limestone islets, where taking in a night dive is a must, with its caves, drop-off, along with turtles, Jenkins stingray, and leopard sharks. Koh Haa Islands dive sites offer probably the highest concentration in rare endemic fauna on the west coast of Andaman Sea: ghost pipefishes – sea horses – harlequin shrimps … But also couples of Pegasus which are not generally seen at this latitude. Their dimorphism of genus makes them easy to recognize: the female with a dark hooked eagle nose, the male with a clear flat duck nose. And the male always closely following the female! At last but not least, Koh Haa Nua Island, the Northernmost of the group, has a magnificent forest of Octocorallia spanning hundreds of square meters.

Located at the North of the Southern Islands Archipelago, these dives sites are essential. It’s frequent to observe leopard and black reef type sharks. The King Cruiser wreck, a ferry that sank in 1997, is today covered by colored soft corals and during the past decades became the home of thousands of fishes. Amazing school’s density darkening the luminosity during their passages! Anemone Reef and Shark Point look like a small Richelieu Rock, flushing with the surface and covered with pink and blue-purple alcyonarians. Just below the life is abundant: fields of sea anemones, clown fishes, angelfishes, fusiliers, triggerfishes, rays, groupers… Knowing that the Hin Daeng – Hin Muang experience is a favorite with scuba divers, Andaman Scuba specifically arranges cruises for 3 nights / 3 days to these sites as often as possible.

Shark Point is part of a Marine Sanctuary and is justifiably the most popular of the local dive sites. Named after the docile Leopard Sharks that are often encountered resting on the sandy seafloor here. Approaching from the sea Shark Point appears as a tiny rock outcropping of no particular interest but beneath the surface lies a vast multicolored reef teeming with marine life.
The main attraction here, in addition to sharks and vast schools of tropical fish, is the colorful soft corals and sea fans that decorate this huge limestone pinnacle. The reef can be broken into three main sections and most divers could spend several days at least exploring the many interesting facets of the site which is arguably the most popular of all the local day-diving sites.

Anemone Reef is one of the best scuba diving dive sites in the Phuket area and can be done as a day trip dive. On its day Anemone Reef can be one of the most stunning dive sites in the area. A submerged pinnacle with the tip being around five meters from the surface. Anemones cover the top in carpet-like fashion provide one of the most beautiful and best underwater sights in the region.
This site has a prolific amount of marine life and is home to turtles, Leopard Sharks, Cuttlefish, Seahorses, sea snakes, a wide range of eels including the rare zebra moray. The fish life is exquisite with large numbers of Barracuda, snappers, groupers, butterflyfish, Scorpionfish, travelly, angelfish and of course plenty of Anemonefish.

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Hin Muang - Koa Haa Itinerary

2 Days / 2 Nights / 7 Dives

  • 20h30 – Dinner and Navigation
  • 08:00 – 1º Dive Hin Muang
  • 09:00 – Breakfast
  • 11:00 – 2º Dive Hin Daeng
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – 3º Dive Hin Muang
  • 17:30 – Beach Koh Haa
  • 19:00 – Night Dive
  • 20:30 – Dinner
  • 07:30 – 1º Dive Koh Haa Nua
  • 09:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:30 – 2º Dive Koh Haa Yai
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 13:30 – 3º Dive Koh Haa Lagoon
  • 15:00 – Navigation Back
  • 18:30 – Disembarking Phuket

3 Days / 3 Nights / 11 Dives

  • 20h30 – Dinner and Navigation
  • 08:00 – 1º Dive Koh Haa
  • 09.30 – Breakfast
  • 11:00 – 2º Dive Hin Muang
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – 3º Dive Hin Daeng
  • 17:00 – Beach Koh Rok
  • 19:00 – Night Dive
  • 20:30 – Dinner
  • 07:30 – 1º Dive Hin Muang
  • 09:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:30 – 2º Dive Hin Daeng
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – 3º Dive Koh Haa Yai
  • 16:00 – Beach Koh Haa
  • 19:00 – 4º Dive Koh Haa Lagoon
  • 20:30 – Dinner
  • 07:30 – 1º Dive Koh Haa Nua
  • 09:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:30 – 2º Dive Koh Bida Phi Phi
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – 3º Dive Shark Point
  • 18:00 – Disembarking Phuket