A real open water site. Sail Rock situated between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, is considered to be one of the best dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand. Comprising one large granite rock pinnacle, which stands 15m above sea level and drops off to a max depth of 40 m and outer lying smaller pinnacles, it thoroughly deserves the 2 dives we make at the site.
The famous feature of Sail Rock is ‘The Chimney’ – a large vertical swim through which can be accessed at 5m, 12m and 18m. Inside you will find wonderful clam and coral formations, dancing shrimp and much more.
A full circuit of the whole rock takes approx 35 – 40 minutes and en route you will encounter mountain ranges, cascading coral gardens, vertical walls and delightful gullies. The marine life at Sail Rock abounds, with the smaller coral fish – Blue Ringed Angel Fish, Banner Fish and Butterfly Fish to name a few, found closer to the rock. The larger pelagic – Chevron Barracuda, Whale Shark and a Giant Moray Eel – can be found cruising the deep blue, just out from the rock.
When conditions permit a whole dive can be made at East Pinnacle which lies east of the main rock and delights with Giant Grouper, huge schools of Spanish Mackerel and Big Eyed Trevally. The favorite site of all our dive team, Sail Rock deservedly maintains its position as the No 1 dive site from Koh Phangan. If you are lucky enough to be diving with us – check out our night diving schedule – Sail Rock is a must!