Ko Lanta Dive Sites
However even though Koh Lanta would really like to keep their dive sites under lock and key, unfortunately for them and great news for us is we do not have to be on Koh Lanta to be able to dive them.
All these sites are accessible from Koh Phi Phi and Phuket, although from Phuket it may be wise to take a two day trip on a liveaboard down to these magnificent sites.
Hin Muang and in particular Hin Daeng this past year alone have seen records smashed with the amount of Manta Rays and Whale Sharks seen there.
Koh Haa is a small group of limestone islands, half way between Hin Daeng in the south and Phi Phi in the north. These five islands house some of the clearest visibility anywhere in the Andaman Sea region of Phuket. There are also several caves and caverns to explore.
Hin Daeng is a large seamount approximately 200m away from Hin Muang and just breaks the surface by a metre or so at low tide. Hin Daeng is a mecca for Manta Rays and Whalesharks attracting them like bees to a honey pot, due to its rapid drop offs to 60m or more. These depths are what attract these large pelagics year after year, which is all due to the large amount of plankton which gathers here.
Hin Muang this dive site is 8m below the surface, so can prove to be a little trickier than its sister dive spot, especially if there are some currents. Hin Muang is a feeding station for Mantas Rays too. This year alone we witnessed two very large males competing for the right to dine here for free ... Spectacular!
Ko Haa Neua/Nua or as it usually called 'The Chimmney,' another spectacular dive site that will excite and invigorate the divers to the point of terminal thrills. The Chimney has its entrance at about 5m from the surface and is littered with fish all the way down to the bottom, which sits at about 18m. You will have to fight your way through the fish on this dive, its insane.
Ko Haa Lagoon the lagoon here is beautiful, there are no other words to describe it. It is a relatively shallow dive site, but the viz and marine life make up any short fall in depth. It is best to keep your eye out for the huge school of Yellow Tail Barracudas patrolling the area.
Ko Haa Yai The Cathedral, so named because of the two huge caverns located half way along the site, the caverns are not deep but they are quite dark once inside, so please take care and a torch and always take an experienced dive guide when exploring any of these sites.