Explore Koh Maithon: Pristine Diving Haven with Rich Marine Life
Koh Maithon, also known as Koh Mai Thon, presents a captivating diving experience located 9 nautical miles East of Chalong Bay, just south of Koh Doc Mai. This often-overlooked gem preserves its underwater wonders due to its lesser-known status among divers. The island’s reefs remain in immaculate condition, promising an unforgettable aquatic adventure.
Dive into Pristine Waters and Vibrant Marine Biodiversity
The eastern coast of Koh Maithon boasts the largest coral plantation and artificial reef in the Phuket region. Calm waters and a powdery sand beach create an idyllic setting, enhanced by the regular presence of resident wild dolphins. On the western side, a rocky outcrop complements the island’s natural beauty, with the rocky terrain extending to around 18 meters.
Dive Sites and Marine Diversity
Koh Maithon offers a total of 6 distinctive dive sites, each revealing the island’s diverse marine ecosystem spanning depths of 2 to 25 meters. The underwater landscape showcases thriving hard corals, elegant barrel sponges, and graceful sea fans. Among the marine inhabitants, various Puffer fish species, Moray Eels, and enchanting Lionfish grace the depths. The underwater scene is further adorned by an array of Nudibranchs and vibrant tropical reef fish native to the area.
Enchanting Dive Sites
Eastern Promise Dive Site
: A haven for coral enthusiasts, Eastern Promise captivates with a range of hard corals, Whip corals, Sea Fans, and Barrel Sponges. The coral spectacle starts as shallow as 2 meters, extending down to around 8-10 meters, offering sheltered sandy pockets. Macro enthusiasts will delight in the array of shrimps and Nudibranchs. Lucky divers may even spot a captivating Honeycomb Moray Eel.
Koh Maithon – South Tip
: For a more challenging dive, venture to the South Tip. The coral begins at a shallow 2 meters, descending to the sandy bottom at approximately 25 meters. This site commands respect due to its strong currents and limited island shelter. The steep drop-off to moderate depths to the South offers a thrilling experience.
South Tip Reef
: Explore the vibrant world of Angel Fish, Butterfly Fish, Puffer Fish, Moray Eels, Lion Fish, Scorpions Fish, Surgeon Fish, and Wrasse. The reef’s surprises also include occasional sightings of Eagle Rays and the elusive Leopard Shark.
Western Dive Sites
: Windmill Bay, Hideaway Bay, No Name Bay, and Radio Bay, all nestled on the western side of Koh Maithon, beckon with unique charm. Look closely, as some hard corals flourish just a meter beneath the surface. These shallower waters near the island reveal fascinating squid sightings. Further into the reef, keep an eye out for the exquisite Tomato Anemone fish and perhaps the stunning Honeycomb Moray Eel.
Tailored Dive Adventures
Dive sites are thoughtfully chosen based on prevailing weather conditions, currents, safety considerations, and the suitability for divers on board. While specific dive sites can’t be guaranteed prior to departure, the magic of Koh Maithon’s underwater world is sure to leave divers enchanted and eager for more.