Friday, 9 December 2016

Manta Rays at Hin Daeng & Hin Muang!

Nick had some time off on Wednesday and decided to take his first trip to Hin Daeng & Hin Muang (Red Rock & Purple Rock). These dive sites are not for novices, so Nick, who qualified over 2 years ago (but doesn't have time to dive very often) decided to join one of our guests on the Scubafish boat, now he that has a few dives under his belt.

Nick, Jon and a Manta!
Hin Daeng and Hin Muang and the furthest dive sites, that the dive centres, here on Koh Lanta, go to. The dives are deep and can have strong currents, but are named after the beautiful hard and soft coral on them and popular with experienced divers. If you get a good day, Manta Rays and/or Whalesharks are here.
Nick, Jon and our guest with a Manta Ray
As a dive instructor for many years, I had to wait till I had completed over 200 dives to see my first Manta Ray in Australia. I only saw it briefly, but it was a beautiful moment I will never forget. I have seen many since that time, mainly in the Andaman Sea and have always been entranced as they glide past me.
Manta Rays are identified by their under markings
So it came as quite a shock that Nick called me from the boat, clearly delighted, reporting that he has not just seen one but 2 many times, on both dives he did at Hin Daeng/Muang. I have to admit to being a little jealous.

I hope the Manta Rays stay long enough for me to take a visit, meanwhile Nick is already looking forward to his first Whaleshark!

If you would like to learn to dive, or are already qualified, talk to us about which dives would be ideal for you.

High Season is here, the sun is shining and the diving is greaaattttt!


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