Hin Muang

Hot spot for Manta Rays in Thailand!

Hin Muang – Dive Site Info

Rating by MV Giamani: ★★★★

Location: Hin Daeng & Hin Muang
Type: submerged pinnacle, wall, reef
Depth: 8-60+ m
Visibility: 15-30 m
Difficulty: intermediate / advanced
Current: moderate / strong
Cruises: 2D/2N – 6D/6N


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Hin Muang – Description

Hin Muang is situated just a couple of hundred meters away from Hin Daeng and it’s one of the hots spots for oceanic mantas in Thailand, especially between November and late January. Hin Muang, which literally means “purple rock” in the Thai language, takes its name from that fact that the predominant color of the soft coral here is actually purple, and there is tens of thousands of them! With the shallowest starting at just 10 meters of depth, the top of Hin Muang is a series of rocky outcrops, each deeper than the previous as they stretch in a straight line from west to east. The deepest of the outcrops has its summit at approximately 22 meters of depth.  Hin Muang is the deepest wall dive in Thailand, with some of its walls dropping down to over 60 meters of depth. Due to its location in the open ocean, Him Muang is often subject to fairly strong currents, so there are a few permanent moring lines to help the divers during their descent. Divers must also beware of possible up currents and down currents affecting certain parts of the dive sites on the days when the current is very strong. This makes it a dive site suitable for experienced divers only, at least on most days. The marine life is abundant on Hin Muang and even though the corals and marine life around this reef are breathtaking, divers should always keep an eye towards the blue, because there can always be a surprise there. Be it a school of Dogtooth Tunas, Barracudas and Jack Fish. Manta rays are often seen here (sometimes several together) thanks to the cleaning station at the east end of the reef, and on a lucky day you may even encounter a Whale Shark!. 

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