Locally known as Hin Daeng, ‘Red Rock’ was originally named for its red soft corals, though in recent years, the colour range has become more varied. Unlike its neighbour, Hin Muang, Hin Daeng’s is a more circular dive site, whose rocky pinnacles just about break the surface. Once underwater, the sheer diversity and beauty of this site becomes apparent.
Hin Daeng Information
- Time to dive site: 3.0+ hours by dive boat
- Diver level: Beginner to advanced
- Currents: Moderate to strong
- Depth: 8 - 45m
Diving in Hin Daeng
The south, west and northern areas offer spectacular wall diving scattered with elegant sea fans, and drop-offs to the sandy sea floor at 40 - 45m. Running north-west to north-east you’ll find a large channel reaching a depth of 24m, and the eastern side of the site slopes away more gently, with many rocky outcrops to be explored. Currents here run in a north-east / south-west direction, and can be moderate to strong, so it is recommended that divers have a sufficient level of experience.
A single dive here will quickly fly by due to the variety of sea life which makes its home here. Schools of longfin batfish, rainbow runner, barracuda, fusiliers and many more can be seen here, and for macro lovers there are critters, nudibranchs, delicate ghost pipefish and longnose hawkfish. Leopard sharks and grey reef sharks have been spotted here, and if you’re visiting during peak season, keep a look-out for groups of manta rays (February to April), and whale sharks (March/April) in the blue.