Ko or Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand.

Diving Hin Daeng & Hin Mueng

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Hin Daeng & Hin Mueng

The main reason that diving has become world class in Ko Lanta, and the Krabi district overall, are the two pinnacles that lie approximately 25 kilometres southwest of Ko Rok. Hin Daeng (meaning Red Rock in Thai) and Hin Muang (meaning Purple Rock) offer everything a diver dreams of, from dramatic walls, sheer drops and big fish action, to lush tropical underwater gardens.

 

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Diving Hin Muang

Hin Muang is located just a few hundred metres from Hin Daeng and lies completely submerged. What surprises the first time diver exploring the rock here is the incredible amount of marine life surrounding and living upon it. It's almost as if the rock were located in another ocean entirely, not just a short distance away from the relatively barren Hin Daeng.

The name Hin Muang is derived from the thick purple growth of soft corals that are everywhere you look. The rock itself is approximately 200 metres long and less than 20 metres wide, and is shaped like a loaf of bread with steep, vertical sides and a rounded top.

The walls are decorated with large sea fans in colours of red, white and orange. Clouds of glass fish, or silver sides, school around the fans and rocky outcroppings, and carpets of anemones cover the shallower sections of the pinnacle.

Diving Hin Daeng

Hin Daeng is easy to find since it protrudes up out of the water by about three metres. Although not very impressive to look at topside, underneath the water the rock is huge. The southern side descends straight down for more than 60 metres, forming the most radical vertical drop within Thailand's seas. The wall itself is dotted with light growths of soft corals and a few sea fans, but is otherwise devoid of life.

On the eastern side where the slope is gentler, two long ridges descend into the deep blue water, and when the currents are favorable it is possible to swim along these ridges down to a depth of 40 meters plus.

Here the soft coral is taller and particularly lush with huge schools of jacks sweep past the ridge, surrounding divers with a shimmering wall of silver. Ascending to the shallows you can see needle fish (long toms) skipping along the surface, and barracudas stalking their prey through the underwater world.

Swimming is possible between the three large rocks that form the surface view of Hin Daeng, where large schools of fusiliers dart to and fro as if they are afraid of the water surging through the channels.

 

Hin Muang Gallery

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