Diving at White Rock on Koh Tao
‘Hin Kaow’ in Thai
White Rock is one of the most popular dive sites in Koh Tao and is located off the west coast of the island and only a short boat ride away.
The dive site itself is made up of two large rock formations located on a North to South axis.
While moving from one formation to the other, you will be delighted to see a gorgeous coral garden in between.
Due to size of the dive site there is so much to explore and you may want to do multiple dives to get the full experience.
White Rock Dive Site Depth
The northern side of the dive site is slightly shallower and great for new divers. The base of the rocks, range from 12 – 16 metres and they have pinnacles reaching up to 2 metres below the surface.
This point is referred to as “White Rock” and is where the dive site gets its name.
As you head south, you will see the dive site slopes down to about 22 metres, however there is a possibility of diving deeper for advanced diver training purposes.
Marine life at White Rock dive site
Relax and enjoy your dive as you move south, as you will want to soak in the vast amount of corals and Marine life.
Take a look to see what is hiding within the table coral, and if you are lucky you may come across a feeding turtle.
Once you find yourself in the southern part of the dive site, you will notice some mountainous rock formations made up of different sized boulders.
Here you can find plenty of crevices filled with Durban Dancing and Cleaner Shrimps. You may even notice a White Eyed Moray Eel poking its head out.
Be aware, as you may come into contact with the infamous Titan Trigger fish, better known as “Trever.” He is known for being a little bit of a trouble maker.
Ideal for beginners
Due it it’s variety in depth and bottom composition, White Rock is a suitable dive site for all levels of diver training, although visibility can change depending on the time of year and weather conditions.
However, White Rock generally has good weather conditions for majority of the year. It is very popular for night dives and always delivers a fantastic diving experience.
If you take your time, you will come across Great Barracuda hunting for prey. Usually hidden under rock ledges, Blue spotted Stingrays love to come out and play during the night, and if you are really lucky you may find an octopus or cuttlefish hidden in the sand.
What fish you can see at White Rock
White Rock provides a superb diving experience with a myriad of marine life. You can expect to see Titan Triggerfish, White eyed moray eels, Butterfly Fish, Angel Fish, long fin banner fish, puffer fish, Blue Spotted Sting Ray, a variety of nudibranchs, Great Barracuda and much more.
There have been many opportunities to see the famous Whaleshark at this dive site.
White Rock Dive Site Rating
This dive site is suitable for all levels of training. It is also great for new divers who are in training or wish to fun dive.
It is definitely one of the top picks for fun divers, especially for adventure or specialty night dives.