Hin Daeng & Hin Muang

Hin Daeng & Hin Muang dive sites are the deepest drop-offs in Thailand. They are world-class dive sites and provide some of the most stunning diving in Thailand, with a high chance of seeing rare Manta Rays and Whale Sharks. The sites are located 70km south of Ko Lanta. They boast good visibility, unless the waters become extremely plankton-rich. But it is this plankton that attracts the larger marine-life like Manta Rays and Whale Sharks.

Hin Daeng at a glanceHin Daeng, ‘Red Rock’, is named after the beautiful red corals that cover the pinnacle. Hin Daeng protrudes about 3 meters above the water, but below, it drops straight down to 70+ meters on the southern side.

The reef elates with a wide variety of marine life. Have a look in the countless cracks to discover many different kinds of shrimp. And the Giant Moray Eels are even bigger than at the other dive sites in this area. But don’t forget to look out into the blue, away from the reef, as this is where much of the action can be witnessed. There is a residential school of large Round Batfish that like to follow divers on their dives and there are often large schools of barracuda patrolling the outer reef.

Hin Muang at a glanceHin Muang, ‘Purple Rock’ is completely submerged and derives its name from the vast number of purple corals covering the pinnacle. The reef is 200 meters long and less than 20 meters wide, there are three main pinnacles and several smaller ones. The reef starts at 12m, and there is often some current, so we use a line for descent, safety stops and ascent.

It’s here at Hin Muang, that the Manta Ray’s come to be cleaned by cleaner fish, darting about in the currents that sweep over the tops of the pinnacles. Facing in to the current, these graceful animals appear to hover effortlessly while their obliging cleaners get to work on the parasites that inhabit their tough skin. If you are lucky enough you can spend whole dives with these gentle giants!

At these two sites, the marine-life seems to be on a larger scale than elsewhere in the Andaman Sea. Many Giant Morays can be seen amongst the cracks and crevices and large Leopard Sharks are often found in the 40-meter ridges. It’s fascinating to watch the huge schools of Snappers and Fusiliers swim around the pinnacles while Rainbow Runners, Jacks and Travellie dart in, hoping for a quick snack. Red-Tooth Trigger Fish flutter prettily amongst the the colourful soft corals, and many types of Anemone fish dance over the top of the highest pinnacles.

Due to the greater depths and currents (especially at Hin Muang), we recommend that these dives are suitable for Advanced Open Water divers or Open Water divers with twenty dives or more.

Dive Site Map Hin Daeng

Dive Site Map Hin Muang

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