Discovering Koh Lipe: a new side of the Andaman Sea
First, the island is beautiful! Surrounded by emerald water and the rows of long-tail boats it is a beautiful Thai postcard worthy sight from the sea.
But we didn’t go there to check the island itself but the underwater world around it…. and we were not disappointed! Koh Lipe delivered some great dives over the week we spent there.
The underwater landscape is very diverse with Pinnacles, flat coral gardens, walls and muck dives there is a bit for everyone!
We started with a famous dive site in Tarutao National Park called “Stonehenge”. A simple coral garden shaped like a dome with stunning granite blocks standing here and there covered in bright colourful soft corals.
The second day, we visited another famous dive site called “8 Miles rock” because it is 8 miles south of Koh Lipe. The top of this pinnacle sit at 15 M and goes down all the way to 40m plus…
The reefs are very colourful and it is definitely worth going over the sand for a little tour.
We found Koh Lipe to be quite similar to the diving in the Mergui Archipelago with a lot of macro life and current to keep the colourful soft-coral reefs healthy. The difference is that it is a lot smaller and no Giant Oceanic mantas around.