A friend recently did a few dives with H20 Scuba School in Thong Nai Pan Noi. One of the dives was at Koh Ma.
The picture above is one that he took while diving at Koh Ma. The picture above unfortunately doesn’t show any fish but does show the beauty of the corals at Koh Ma. The pinks and the greens are beautiful, as is the clear blue sea.
Koh Ma although the best dive spot around the coastal waters of Koh Phangan is often overlooked by dive shops who prefer to take customers to Sail Rock where there is a better chance of seeing marine life including the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. More often than not people snorkel Koh Ma rather than dive the site.
Anyway, enjoy the picture.
I have my PADI Open Water Certificate. I got it when I visited Koh Tao many years ago. I enjoyed the diving but not the conveyor belt nature of the dive operator my wife and I chose. They also charged her more because she was Japanese! I had heard about the dual pricing system in Thailand but to discover that there was another even higher price band for Japanese nationals left an unpleasant taste in my mouth.
I wish I had decided to learn how to dive in Koh Phangan instead. I might have chosen to do one of my practice dives at Koh Ma. The travel time is minimal to get to the dive site and it is fairly shallow so there is no danger of getting too deep.
I stumbled upon http://www.goholidaygo.com/diving/samui/koh_ma.php. This page holds some useful information about Koh Ma:
The average depth is 8 to12 meters
Maximum depth is 20 meters
Visibility is 8 to 12 meters
Current is mild to none
Level of experience – good for all levels
PADI Rating – 3½ stars
The dive map above provides a good idea of the dive site. The larger corals are to the east of Koh Ma Island. The deepest spots are on to the west and north of the island.
The corals are hard and soft. There are also whip corals at the deeper sections.
The map also reveals the heart shape of Koh Ma Island. It also shows a tiny beach on the southern coast. The information about a restaurant, cottages and dive centre are out-of-date as the business closed down several years ago. If you like a high risk investment you can probably lease the land and re-open the Dive Resort.
For more about Koh Ma check out our list of marine life you can see at Koh Ma when diving or snorkelling.
Since the main attraction for Mae Haad is the Marine Park it is worth compiling a list of fish and other marine life you can see at Koh Ma. If you are like me, then you enjoy putting names to things you take pleasure in.
Ko Ma is the best place to snorkel in Koh Phangan because it contains the biggest variety of fish, and because it is very close to the shore and therefore easily accessible. When you stay in accommodation at Mae Haad it would be a shame if you were simply too lazy to go snorkelling. The equipment is cheap to buy or hire. You also don’t have to be a strong swimmer. There are few excuses for not going snorkelling at least once.
The list below is not comprehensive. It is a combination of fish I have seen and information from dive shop websites. It is hoped that it will be a good starting place for someone trying to figure out what they have seen while exploring the corals at Koh Ma.
Fish and Marine Life at Koh Ma
Copperband butterfly fish
Blue spotted stingray