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Scuba Diving in Ko Lanta, Thailand
Dive Site: Ko Haa
Location: Ko Lanta, Thailand
Description: Group of five islands offering 5 or 6 different sites
Depth: 3 - 50 metres (10 - 150 feet)
Visibility: 20 - 30 metres (60 - 100 feet)
A photographer's paradise! Ko Haa offers beautiful diving with spectacular visibility and is suitable for divers of all levels. Ko Haa, meaning 'Five Islands' has a central lagoon area that is ideal for beginners. It offers a safe and relaxed starting point for you to take your first underwater breaths and there are some extremely friendly little porcupine pufferfish ready to make your acquaintance in the large, sandy bay area. The bay slopes gently onto the reef allowing you to progress into your first dive effortlessly.
The marine life that can be found at Ko Haa varies from rare ghost pipefish measuring only a few centimetres, to an abundance of octopus hiding amongst the rocks and crevices. A hawksbill turtle is often seen swimming amongst the pristine coral. Manta rays, eagle rays and even whale sharks are spotted here occasionally. You can't predict exactly what you'll see, but it's always a pleasant and rewarding surprise!
One of Ko Haa's highlights is the series of caverns and swim-throughs. The largest cavern has three chambers. The first two chambers are connected by a shallow swim-through at about 9 metres. There are also various chimneys and other systems to explore. You can find banded sea snakes, lionfish, crustaceans and beautiful cowries. Huge schools of silverside fish, glassfish, barracudas abound. The clear waters and consistent visibility of 25m+ make Ko Haa an un-forgettable diving destination.
Saffron Kiddy, PADI OWSI
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