Introducing one of Thailand’s best dive sites, Chumphon Pinnacle
The gulf of Thailand is filled with amazing dive sites and Chumphon Pinnacle on Koh Tao definitely fits into this category. This dive site is more for the advanced diver due its maximum depth of 35 meters. The pinnacle is made up of one main granite pinnacle with a few smaller rock formations including ‘Barracuda Rock’ famed for the regularly visiting schools of chevron barracuda and lone giant barracuda.
As well as barracuda Chumphon Pinnacle is home to a huge diversity or marine life and corals. At the shallower depths around the top of the pinnacle you can normally see big schools of bat fish, anemone fish, yellow box fish and as you go down deeper big schools of fusiliers & trevally as well as giant groupers, razor fish & more.
Why we love Chumphon Pinnacle
The marine life seen at this popular dive site can often change almost every day, because of this the 40 minute boat journey out is always full of anticipation and divers getting excited about what they might see. The visibility can reach 30 meters + at some times of the year and there is very rarely current or big waves despite it’s distance from the island and lack of shelter.
Taking our Open Water Divers
Although Chumphon is normally for the more advanced diver it is possible to dive here as an Open Water Diver. Here at Phoenix Divers we often try and take our divers who are doing their Open Water Diving License here for their final two dives to give them the best chance possible to see some big fish.
Whale Sharks on Koh Tao
The Whale Shark is the biggest fish in the world. This slow-moving filter-feeder can grow up to 12m and is on every Scuba Divers ‘to-see’ list. These giants prefer warm waters and they populate all tropical seas including Australia, Indonesia and of course Thailand & Koh Tao. The Whale Shark is a docile fish and we tend to get smaller ones here on Koh Tao, normally between 2 & 5 meters.
Whale Sharks visit Koh Tao all year round and Chumphon Pinnacle is one of the best places to see one. They tend to visit more in March & April and also in November when the water has more algae for them to eat – so book your diving course and cross your fingers!