At the end of April we decided to make a special one day trip to the Sail Rock dive site.
Sail Rock is one of the best dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand situated mid way between Koh Tao and Koh Pang Ngan . Once used for target practice by the Royal Thai Navy in a by-gone era, Sail Rock is a small vertically walled island, which is most famous for a unique ‘chimney’ swim-through which extends down through the rock .
With no-one wanting to miss out on some great diving all our staff, the dive internships gang and certified divers joined the trip. Although 14km from Koh Tao, with salty sea-dog Captain Nam-Chai at the helm it’s only one and a half hours on Simple Life‘s speedy dive boat.
Image: Large schools of Trevally at the Sail Rock dive site
Visibility on the east side of the site was 20m+ with large schools of Barracuda, Big Eyed Trevally and Fusilier in abundance. Giant Groupers and queen fish were also spotted and we made our usual trip up and down the chimney, (just like Santa).
Diving with me, Divemaster Andrew from Australia, having completed his PADI Enriched Air course a couple of days earlier decided to try the gas out on our Sail Rock trip. We enjoyed two dives at Sail Rock, then during our voyage back to Koh Tao stopped off at the South West Pinnacle dive site where we got to make another deep dive with excellent visibility.
Then we capped a great day out with a couple of cold tiger beer to celebrate one of the best trips this year.
Image: Scuba diving Sail Rock in the Gulf of Thailand