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Diving and boats

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Snorkeling & Diving
The diving is best between October/November and April. The best dive sites are on the west and southern tip of the island, between Koh Chang and Koh Kood. There you can see soft corals, anemones, myriad reef fish, and sometimes eel. Hin Luk Bat and Hin Lap both have coral seamounts.

There are two
wrecks that can be dived closed to Koh Chang

The Koh Chang Wreck. This wreck of a Thai warship sunk in 1941 is only 15 metres deep in the Salakphet Bay on the southern tip of the island.
The Pak One Wreck is a sunken Tanker that sunk in 1996. The cargo of liquefied petroleum gas has been drained by the Thai Navy and is safe to dive. The wreak lies in 35 metre water.

Koh Chang Diving Centres

Ploy Scuba Diving in Bang Bao. Following the standards of the sister centre in Koh Samet, this is the premier diving operator in Eastern Thailand.
The Dolphin Divers at the Amari Emerald Cove Resort offers free trial in the resort's swimming pool. For those who prefer fun dives without a long boat trip Dolphin Divers operate speed boats from the resort's beach to the nearest dive sites in only 15 minutes. Others include
the Koh Chang Dive Centre on Kai Bae Beach,
Paradise Scuba Divers at the Klong Prao Resort and
Koh Chang Divers on Had Sai Khao (White Sand Beach), which offers PADI certification for beginners.
The Dive Adventure Koh Chang, the only PADI 5 Star IDC centre in Koh Chang. located at Bang Bao fishing village with its own resort, and their everyday trips range from snorkelling to professional dive trips. They can also arrange other activities such as elephant trekking, jungle trekking, quad driving, kayaking and fishing.

Speedboats and boating
Speedboats have become a popular way to get around either the island itself or to visit other surrounding Islands.
You can also hire speedboats to go and do a spot of fishing. Fishing equipment can be hired locally at around 200baht for everything you need except weights and hooks. Speedboats carry up to 15 people. Chartering a speedboat can cost up to 15,000 Baht and for fishing a chartered boat can cost up to 8,000baht. A lot depends on the time of year. All charters need to be booked in advance. and more leisurely boat trips can take you to various sites for snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing. As with most tours on or near to Koh Chang, the chartering or hiring of boats/speedboats can be arranged through one of the many tour agents in the tourist areas of Koh Chang, especially along the road at White Sands beach.

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