Diving Koh Haa

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Koh Haa, Thailand

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Country: Thailand  Area: Thailand

Water Temp: 28 - 31°C (82 - 88°F)

Visibility: 5 - 40m (16 - 131 ft)

Depth Range: 3 - 45m (10 - 148 ft)

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Koh Haa, more of a large dive site than a 'destination' is often dived from Koh Lanta. Koh Haa is also dived from Koh Phi Phi and Phuket (Phuket is significantly further away so these tend to be livaboards).

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Typically the best visibility of all dive sites in the area, six islands offering 10+ dives with a varied underwater topography, many swim through, caverns and a chimney. The diving in Koh Haa is great for macro life and photographers.

 

Climate

Monsoon from May to October, the best diving at Koh Haa is between November and April.

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Other Year Round Marine life

Leopard Shark, Harlequin Shrimp, Frogfish, Blue Spot Stingray, Barracuda, Sea Moths, Black Tip Reef Sharks, Dolphins, more rare are Eagle Rays, Guitar Sharks and Whale Sharks.

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Koh Haa is has also been the location for the annual Clown Fish Release Project.

 
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Diving

Koh Haa is accessed from Koh Lanta (30 minutes by speed boat, 2 hours by larger, slow boat) and is suitable for all levels of diving.

Conditions are usually good and the geography of the islands means that even if the wind is blowing and the seas are rough, there is always a sheltered area to be found.

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Yellow Boxfish, Credit

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he Lagoon
Koh Haa’s central lagoon area is a must-see for anyone visiting Ko Lanta. The crystal-clear waters make for an underwater photographer’s paradise and the wealth of macro and juvenile marine life is sure to captivate even the most experienced divers. For beginners, the Lagoon offers a safe and relaxed starting point to take your first underwater breaths. Friendly Porcupine Pufferfish are ready to make your acquaintance and the gently sloping reef allows you to progress effortlessly into your first dives.
The Cathedral
The caverns are one of Ko Haa’s highlights and consist of a series of large interconnected chambers and swim-throughs. The largest cavern has three chambers and is known as The Cathedral. The first two chambers are connected by a shallow swim through at about 9 meters, which offer stunning silhouette photo opportunities. At low-mid tide, it’s possible to surface inside the Cathedral and see the limestone stalactites looming from the high ceilings as the light cascades upwards from the wide entrance below.
The Chimney
Ko Haa Neung is home to the famous Chimney system, as well as the site for the annual Clownfish Release Project. The lower entrance can be found at 16m – a narrow crevice carved into the southern face that widens into a chamber large enough for 3-4 divers to gaze upwards, almost to the surface. A side-tunnel accesses a large, shallow chamber with huge windows facing north and south. You can find sea snakes, lionfish, nudibranches, glass shrimps and many other small crustaceans and cowries on this site.

The three main Dive Sites at Koh Haa include the Cathedral, the Lagoon and the Chimney.

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The Cathedral

The Catherdral is essentially a set of caverns that are connected via swim throughs. The diving provides some fantastic photo opportunities and atmospheric diving espeically with the light diffusing from the enterence into the cavern.

The Lagoon

The central Lagoon for Koh Haa provides a great site for beginner divers and has a large variety of marco marine life. The water, as with most of Koh Haa tends to be crystal clear creating good conditions for photography.

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The Chimney

The northern most island (Ko Haa Neung) has a fantastic chimney system that provides an exciting dive. Divers enter the chimney at around 15m and enter a narrow slot that wides in to a larger chamber.

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How to Get there

Fly from Bangkok, Singapore or KL to Krabi Airport and then transfer to Koh Lant via minivan and car ferry or passenger ferry from Krabi Town. Can also access from Phuket vie the Phi Phi ferry.

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Where to Eat & Drink

Koh Lanta has literally hundreds of bars and restaurants.

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Other Activities

Koh Lanta also offers many snorkeling opportunities - great for junior divers and family snorkeling trips, though less suitable for infants and older people as there is generally no direct access to the shore.

You can also experience Thai cooking lessons, Yoga, Sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking - and of course exploring Koh Lanta.

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Elephant Trekking & Abuse

Please do not support Elephant torture and abuse by riding Elephants (or supporting Elephant performance) in Asia;

In Thai culture, the Phajaan or ‘the crush', is the torture method elephants undergo to become a part of the tourism industry. Essentially this involves cruel physical and mental abuse over long periods of time to make the Elephants submissive to humans.
Asian Elephant spines cannot support the weight of people. Carrying people on their backs all day often leads to permanent spinal injuries.
There is responsible Elephant tourism in Thailand - a good rule to remember is that if a tourist outfit offers anything other than getting to spend time with elephants, it is not friendly to them. 
Any outfit that offers riding, circuses or paintings means they have undergone horrific abuse in order to get them to where they are
Please do not support Elephant torture and make your travel companions aware of what lies behind this industry.
  • In Thai culture, the Phajaan or ‘the crush', is the torture method elephants undergo to become a part of the tourism industry. Essentially this involves cruel physical and mental abuse over long periods of time to make the Elephants submissive - starting as a calf
  • Asian Elephant's spines cannot support the weight of people. Carrying people on their backs all day often leads to permanent spinal injuries.
  • There is responsible Elephant tourism in Thailand - a good rule to remember is that if a tourist outfit offers anything other than getting to spend time with elephants, it is not friendly to them.
  • Remember; any outfit that offers riding, circuses or paintings means they have undergone horrific abuse in order to train the Elephants

You can help these magnificent animals by making your travel companions aware of what lies behind this industry. The main problem is a lack of awareness - most people have no idea! 

Dive Report is committed to raising awareness to the abuse suffered by Elephants used in the tourist industry. If you want to know more you can find out more hereherehere and here. Also see a PETA documentary video here.

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Tips

It can be beneficial to dive on smaller boats to avoid the crowds – these have more flexibility and often dive parts of the islands less frequented by the larger dive boats.

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