Hin Daeng, the Thai word for “Red Rock” is one of the more pleasant dive sites, offering divers a chance to see all types of marine life around a boulder pinnacle formation. It has become the favorite dive site of many diving pros in the region.
Hin Daeng is a mostly submerged boulder pinnacle with bare rocks on top that have just managed to reach the surface. However, they offer only a hint of the real beauty that lies below the waves. There is soft coral growing everywhere in many different shades of red with marine life that swims, plays and hunts in the area. The northern and eastern sides of the formation are somewhat shallow, but the southern and western sides are considerably deeper with coral patches that line the surface of the formation.
The best times to visit this dive site are from November to April as the visibility is the best and it is outside the tropical storm season. Hin Daeng is located about five hours south of Phuket and there are day trips available from Phi Phi which is about 2 to 2 ½ hours away.
The Marine Life of Hin Daeng :
Arguably the most notable sight is the silver walls of trevally that swim past the divers as they descend into Hin Daeng. You will also see manta rays lurking about as they glide through the ocean looping about. However the most impressive single fish are arguably the whale sharks which can be seen in the area.
You will also see large schools of jacks as well that swim around the pinnacle. When you approach the shallow portions of the dive site, you will see barracuda and crocodile long toms in the area along with many fusiliers that dart about. In the shallow rocks are many shrimp, cowries, moray eels, and crabs that enjoy this area as well.
Diving Requirements & Experience Level :
The dive itself usually starts on the west side of the pinnacle where you will descend down a steep wall. You will need to be careful when approaching the southern side as the wall drops away and it can get really deep before you know it.
The area itself has good visibility, but strong currents which make it unsuitable for novice or beginning divers. This means that only intermediate to advanced divers are recommended for Hin Daeng as even the conditions on the surface of the water can be rough.
It generally takes two dives to get a more complete view of the site, but many divers call this one their favorite and have dived repeated times in this beautiful area near Phi Phi in Thailand.
This text is for information purposes only. It has been written by members of the website and can be inaccurate. Always contact local professional divers before diving.