Phi Phi Dive Sites Hin Dot
Phi Phi Island Diving | Phi Phi diving at the Hin Dot dive site
Hin Dot is a submerged pinnacle off Koh Phi Phi Don's south western headlands just outside Tonsai Bay and as Garang Heng it’s another site only visited by Phi Phi diving boats and liveaboards. Hin Dot (also known by some dive centres as ‘Chimney Rock’) is a great multi level dive when the conditions are right.
Hin Dot is descending 30 meters to the sand where you’ll often find leopard sharks, from there you’ll begin a slow ascent, spiralling the pinnacles with three main levels of interest at 15m, 12m and 3m to focus your attention on.
With an amazing amount of sea life concentrated in such a small area, purple and orange soft corals, tube corals and hard corals, Christmas tree and tube worms cover all three of Hin Dot’s pinnacles providing shelter to a myriad life. Huge schools of yellow fusiliers circle Hin Dot with larger fish like Trevally and Barracudas to feed on the smaller baitfish. Inside the rocky crags are all kinds of shrimps, small lobsters and crabs plus nubibranchs are surprisingly easy to spot here.
Conditions like strong currents can make this a particularly challenging dive, therefore this site is subject to conditions on the day. It’s also recommended to carry a SMB (safety balloon) as the entry and exit point is in the middle of Tonsai Bay and is exposed to boat traffic.
Hin Dot Reef Basics: Pinnacles and ledges
Depth: 5 - 28m
Visibility: 10 - 15m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface Conditions: Can be choppy
Water Temperature: 27 - 30°C
Experience Level: Intermediate
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving Season: All year round
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Last Updated: 04 Mar 2010