Meaning ‘Purple Rock’ in Thai, Hin Muang is takes its name from the delicate blanket of soft corals which cover the walls of this long and thin, submerged rocky ridge. Just a few hundred metres from Hin Daeng, the rocky outcrops of this exceptional dive site start at 8m, and drop down to a sandy sea bed at 45 - 60m, making it one of the deepest and most spectacular drop-offs in Thailand.
Hin Muang Information
- Time to dive site: 3.0+ hours by dive boat
- Diver level: Intermediate to advanced
- Currents: Moderate to strong
- Depth: 8 - 60m
Diving in Hin Muang
With mooring buoys located at both the east and west ends, cover the deeper, eastern part of the site first, and head west for your safety stop at the end of your dive. Dive planning should also take into account the moderate to strong currents which run in a north-east / south-west direction, so this dive site is better suited to more experienced divers.
The wide array of marine life which can be seen at Hin Muang is just phenomenal. Whilst this is site is famous for its pelagic visitors - graceful manta rays, leopard sharks, grey reef sharks and immense whale sharks during March/April - there is so much more to offer here than just the big stuff. Huge schools of tropical fish surround the reef, as well as batfish, trevally, tuna, rainbow runners, barracuda, and giant morays. If you enjoy macro marine life, you won’t be disappointed, ghost pipefish and different nudibranchs can be spotted here, and search the cracks to find a whole range of shrimps and crabs.