Given that the conditions have been so great lately, coupled with the fact we’ve been having such an epic season for Whale sharks in the last month or so, we have been running more regular trips out to Sail Rock in recent weeks. What’s so great about Sail Rock you ask? Well….
Sail Rock is widely renowned as one of the best- if not the best – dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand. This is the furthest dive site from Koh Tao and is usually visited as part of a special full day trip. It’s logistically it’s harder for us to get to as Sail Rock itself is a couple of hours journey time each way, so it means taking one of our boats out of circulation for a full day, which depending on other courses and bookings, is not always feasible. However when we do go, it is totally worth the wait!
Sail Rock is one huge circular pinnacle that rises from the sea bed and juts out of the water. The waters around Sail Rock are overflowing with colour and diversity. In season Whale sharks feed here regularly, but even outside of that there is lots to see…An inquisitive Batfish school and pose for photographs. Giant Moray Eels loom out from under large coral heads. Everywhere you look there are huge Groupers, some hidden under overhangs, others on the move around the dive site. Schools of Chevron and Great Barracuda hang just off the pinnacle in the blue. Don’t forget to look up when you come up shallower to see large groups of Crocodile Needlefish. For macro lovers, there are shrimps, crabs, Wart Slugs, Nudibranch and baby White-Eyed Moray Eels.
A chimney-like swim-through makes for an interesting buoyancy challenge. The opening, at around 8m, is surrounded by Lobed Pore Coral and as you drop down (in single file!) through the Chimney, you will see Groupers and Soldierfish hiding in the darkness. At 18m you have the opening at the bottom of the Chimney, below which a Giant Moray Eel can sometimes be found.
So…wanna go?!?! Sail Rock trips are just 2500THB per person for 2 dives, and the price includes breakfast and lunch from the amazing Coconut Monkey cafe, as well as the usual light refreshments (fruit, cookies, tea, coffee, water and electrolyte water). Just pop in, give us a call, or shoot us an Contact Us if you’d like more details on our next trip, or if you’re interested in scheduling a trip 🙂