One of the most spectacular dive sites near Koh Tao is Sail Rock. It is located further away than most of Koh Taos’ dive sites which means that is difficult to travel to during a regualr days diving. This really makes these trips a special occasion as they don’t occur so often. Davy Jones Locker instructor Patricia has written an article for the blog and describes what an amazing place this is to dive.
Sail Rock (aka “Hin Bai”) is one of the top diving destinations in the Gulf of Thailand. It has great visibility with large groups of schooling fish, as well as some of the most spectacular underwater scenery.
After a leisurely 1 hour and half cruise from Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, the Davy Jones Locker boat arrives at this truly exciting and extensive dive site. The main structure actually sticks out of the water and the rest of the features are below. Sail Rocks’ exposed position makes it an important focal point for all the marine life around. Sometimes they stop here to take a break or to visit a cleaning station.
Sail Rock is a deeper dive site and because of this there can be some currents. However diving in small groups with personal care and attention usually makes it safe for all.
Colourful cup corals, giant black coral, white eyed morays and raggy scorpionfish. These are just some of the highlights of the non-pelagic life on the pinnacle. Outside look out for big schools of fish. Particularly jack, barracuda, snapper and batfish plus hunting king and queenfish and more.
The awesome scenery as the visibility increases is something to experience and there’s even a small vertical chimney for adventurous divers to swim through. Furthermore if you’re lucky you may also get to see a whale shark as they occasionally visit the site, but they are not guaranteed!