Chumphon Pinnacle

The site is almost one long complete pinnacle with a huge fissure towards the South end, large enough to pass through and a swim-through lies at the bottom of the central buoy line. The entire top of the pinnacle is carpeted in Magnificent Anemones, full of prancing Pink Anemonefish. Crabs, Shrimps, Scorpionfish and White-Eyed Moray Eels hide in the many fissures. The far South is home to a solitary Pacific Lionfish. Large Marbled Groupers skulk around the deeper regions. As you descend over the side of the pinnacle, you will feel like you are on a wall dive – lots of holes and cracks to peer into; Tube and Whip Corals aplenty; Blue-Green Damsels, Weibel Butterflyfish, Bannerfish and Blue-Ringed Angelfish dancing before your eyes, until you reach the sand at 30m.

The Location:

Off to the Southwest of the main pinnacle is another large collection of rocks known locally as Barracuda Rock. Dropping down to 40m, you will be diving amongst swirling schools of Rabbitfish, Snapper, Juvenile Yellow-Tailed Barracuda and Fusiliers, watching as the hunting Trevallies dart in and out of this veritable feast!

The Dive Leader:

Martin was the dive leader on this tive. Martin and I have not done many dives together, but coordination was good nevertheless. We experienced a few swim-throughs and came across some unique marine life.

The Descent:

Standard back-flip entry. No drama.

The Dive:

The encounter with a Moray Eel was the most thrilling part of the dive.

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Moray Eel. this fellow didn’t go anywhere, just sat there and looked at us as we photographed this beauty.

There were also a host of other cool and interesting corals and marine life:

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Huge school of fusilier.
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Beautiful granite pinnacles.
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Table coral
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Tube coral
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Martin
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Sleeping fish

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Sleeping fish
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Zero gravity

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Soft coral
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Bunch of christmas tree worms.

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Whip coral

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