Discover our Artificial Reef on Koh Tao

Junkyard Reef dive site started life as a patch of sand. In 2009 work started on construction of what was at the time, Koh Tao’s first artificial reef.

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Junkyard Reef Artificial Dive Site

Great Training

Junkyard is a ideal dive site for divers of all levels. A shallow site, with a depth range from 6 metres -12 metres depending on tides and visibility is good most of the year.

With lots of large sandy patches, Junkyard reef offers great conditions for discover scuba diving and open water diver training as well as buoyancy training.

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Coral Nurseries Junkyard Reef Koh Tao

Explore an Artificial Dive Site

As you can imagine with a name like Junkyard the site has been made up of all sorts of environmentally friendly junk including old gym equipment, toilets, an old speedboat and even and old car.

There have also been various structures deployed using concrete and steel as well as lots of creativity.

Many of the steel structures have coral that has been transplanted onto it and over the years the dive site has flourished.

Coral Nursery Maintenance
Coral Nursery Maintenance

Reef Restoration Project on Koh Tao

This has led to Junkyard being a major success as a coral nursery with over 1000 coral transplants and other settlements demonstrating the benefits of reef restoration to Koh Tao.

There is a lot of marine life that inhabits the site and it has become home to many reef fish including Masked Porcupine Pufferfish, Juvenile Batfish, Juvenile Harlequin Sweetlips and Scribbled Filefish.

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Artificial Dive Sites Triangles Junkyard Reef

Diverse Marine Life

You will also find multiple Saddleback Anemone fish families living at Junkyard, a yellow box fish and 100’s of marine creatures, all contributing to making this site an interesting dive site for enthusiastic scuba divers.

The site continues to expand and has become an increasingly popular choice for diver training and marine research.

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Dive Site Koh Tao Giant Puffer Fish

Shallow Dive Site Perfect for Beginner Divers

Junkyard Reef dive site is located approximately 500 metres off the western shoreline of Koh Tao and can be reached within 15 minutes of the main boat pier.

The site is very popular for night dives and night lights reveal that there is an abundance of critters that come to life as daylight fades.

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Dive Site Koh Tao Batfish

Highly Recommended

If you are visiting Koh Tao and are short on time and have booked multiple dives with a fun dive package, we recommend a visit to Junkyard Reef to witness reef restoration at its best.