Koh Lipe lies at the heart of the National Marine Park of Tarutao, which consists of about fifty islands offering numerous diving opportunities for all tastes and levels.
To give you an idea :
2. Koh Taru
3. Far Islands
5. 8 mile rock
6. Express Way
Jabang is a shallow submerged reef, maximum 16 m, and one of our most colourful dive sites. Seahorses, pipefish and nudibranches can be found while diving here as well as many cleaning stations inhabited by shrimps. Lion fish and box fish are abundantly present, but the thing we like most about this site are the colourful soft corals in shallow water.
Koh Taru is no more than a 15 minutes boat ride from Koh Lipe. This small rocky island is home to a superb hard coral reef. Harlequin shrimps, seahorses, nudibranches, stone fish, marbled rays, and large schools of snappers live here. The shallow reefs on this site are perfect for beginner divers and diving courses, while the more advanced divers will appreciate the deeper reefs all the way down to 25 m.
Far Islands is a group of islands thus called because they are a 25 minutes boat ride away. They offer many particularly beautiful dive sites. To name but a few Hin Son, Sarang, Koh Pung, Bulo and many others sporting superb hard and soft coral reefs inhabited by many coral fish and lots of macro life. Here we find dive sites for all levels with depths between 5 and 40 m.
Stonehenge is our favourite dive site because of its diversity of species as well as its topography. Its name is due to the large monoliths positioned like menhirs on the bottom. There's a large hard coral reef and an incredible soft coral garden. While diving here, if you're lucky, you may see mackerel, tuna, devil rays and even the occasional manta ray.
Depth: 5 - 25 m.
8 mile rock This is Lipe's most famous dive site and also the furthest - 8 nautical miles south.
It consists of a pinnacle in the middle of the sea. Its summit isat 16 m and from there it slopes down to a depth of over 50 m. It's here that we have the best chance of seeing a whale shark or some large rays. Because this is a deep site we onlytake experienced divers wearing dive computers on this dive.
Express Way, full moon causes very strong currents around some dive sites. During that time we organize drift dives along Adang island. It's always a pleasure to let oneself be carried along the reef without having to fin: there's nothing to do, just relax and watch the fish drift past.
This site offers shallow dives for beginners as well as deep dives up to 30 m for experienced divers.
The under-water reefs of the Tarutao national park offer a great variety of hard corals, but it's the soft coral gardens which make diving in Koh Lipe really special. The nutrient rich water is particularly well suited to their needs.
The reefs are not only inhabited by a large number of angel fish, surgeon fish, butterfly fish, parrot fish, trigger fish and batfish….but also by numerous anemones featuring the star of the under-water world: the clown fish alias NEMO.
Large schools of barracudas, trevallies and fusiliers are often encountered.
A great variety of moray eels can be seen here while lion fish and scorpion fish are also frequently spotted.
But our favourites are the less celebrated reef dwellers: cuttlefish, seahorses, nudibranches, pipefish, shrimps and crabs. They are legion around Lipe….to the under-water photographer's delight.
During our dives we occasionally encounter sea snakes, black-tip reef sharks, leopard sharks, nurse sharks, devil rays, mangrove rays, hawksbill turtles, sailfish and even whale sharks.
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We thank Kristelle Goël and Yves en Erika Antoniazzo for the photos on this website.
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