Mae Haad

Mae Haad beach is one of the most beautiful beach in Koh Phangan. It is also, underwater, the most beautiful and diversified coral reef around the island. Accessible by boat or from the beach, it is ideal for snorkelers but there is no better way to appreciate the beauty than scuba diving on the reef.

One thing that makes Mae Haad special is the shallow reef which allow for some long dives looking for the small creatures such as nudibranchs, snails and slugs. It is also home to many blue spotted stingrays. Just like the more remote sites, we can see schools of barracudas. Some divers even got lucky enough through the years to spot a whale shark, although it is the dive site recommended for such sighting. 

Although Mae Haad suffered from the development of the island, efforts by the government have been put into place. Boat exclusion zones, no anchoring near sensible reef, more control over the impact of local resorts, coral restoration and propagation programs.

Details of Mae Haad dive site

Topography

Depth:0 - 20 meters / 0 - 44 feet
Bottom type:Sandy
Extra:Huge coral boulders.

Conditions

Visibility:Varies between 3 to 20 meters / 10 to 40 feet depending on day and depth
Current:None to average
Surface:Half protected, can be flat to big waves and surge
Temperature:Between 27C / 79 F and 31C / 94F

Marine species

Common fishes:Chevron Barracuda, Yellowback Fusilier, Saddleback Clownfish, Blue Spotted Stingray, Big-eyed Pufferfish
Rare fish species:Indian Lionfish
Corals:Labyrinth Coral, Maze Coral, Brain Coral, Whip corals
Others:Barrel sponges,