Explore a coral garden between two pinnacles at White Rock dive site
White Rock is probably the largest dive site in Koh Tao. Even experienced divers are sure to find something new and exciting at this spot. The dive site gets its name from the main pinnacle’s white peak (Thai = Hin Kao), which reaches two meters under the surface.
White Rock dive site, just South of Koh Nang Yuan, is an absolute paradise for beginner divers in Koh Tao. Its two Large rock boulders are encircled by a spectacular coral garden reaching 33 feet (10 meters) deep and teeming with juvenile reef fishes! From Barracudas to Blue Spotted Rays, its aquatic life will mesmerize you as much during the day as it will on one of its peaceful night dives.
The dive plan at White Rock in Koh Tao
This dive site is easy to navigate, as it runs north and south. A gorgeous little coral garden lies in the middle, with a sandy patch at 30 feet (9 meters) deep. The southern pinnacle – – which usually makes for an ideal starting point – descends down to about 72 feet (22 meters) below sea level.
As you descend the southern buoyline, keep an eye out for the abundance of yellow tail barracuda that congregate in this area. You may even catch a glimpse of exotic species like Blue Ringed and angelfish, bannerfish, beaked coralfish, or butterflyfish. White Rock is further notable as it usually features titan triggerfish during mating season. Additionally, hungry banded sea kraits (striped water snakes) hunt in these waters while sea turtles are munching on soft corals here.
When you investigate the smaller of the two formations that make up this dive spot, pay attention to its darker corners. You might find Blue Spotted Ribbon Tail Rays skulking beneath ledges or White-Eyed Moral Eels peeking out from their snug hiding places in the rock.
Finishing up the dive, at the northern end of the dive site is a shallow strip, with rock formations ranging from 52 to 39 feet (16 – 12 meters) in depth.
White Rock dive site brief
- Access: From boat
- Maximum depth: 72 feet/ 22 meters
- Visibility: 33 – 66 feet (10 – 20 meters)
- Dive time: 45 – 60 minutes
- Certification level: Open Water
- Type: pinnacles, reef
Night diving at White Rock
White Rock is a breathtaking night dive spot since it’s near Koh Tao and the conditions are ideal. When you experience this site during an evening excursion, you will appreciate its splendor.
Peek into the crevices of the rocks, and you may find a triggerfish snoozing, or perhaps even an unsuspecting Sea turtle nestled within. Meanwhile, prowl through the dive site edges to witness giant barracuda hunting for their next meal, while cuttlefish and pufferfish play in your flashlight’s beam.
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Are there whale sharks at White Rock in Koh Tao?
Though Koh Tao is a short distance away, White Rock experiences an occasional visit of whale sharks. Even though they are more often seen in open ocean areas, White Rock whale shark sightings are possible during the migration season (November – May).
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What certification is required to dive at White Rock?
White Rock is an ideal dive site for divers of all skill levels, due to its variety in depth and bottom composition. The minimum required certification level is Open Water.
The visibility can vary based on the weather conditions and season; however, favorable diving conditions are usually prevalent throughout the year. Furthermore, it’s a popular place for night dives.
How much does a dive at White Rock cost?
Koh Tao has some of the most affordable scuba diving prices. A single dive usually starts at around 1,000 Thai Baht (approx. 30 USD). As a rule of thumb, the price decreases to 800 TBH (approx. 25 USD) per dive for more than one and up to 10 dives. Therefore, a two-tank fun dive costs about 50 USD only.
Related dive sites
Other dive sites suited for beginners as well as more experienced divers are Hin Ngam, Aow Leuk, or Twins. If you like the pinnacles in Koh Tao and are deep dive experienced, check out the Hin Pee Wee or Chumphon Pinnacle – here you have the highest chance to find a whale shark. And don’t forget a night dive at the Junkyard and a wreck dive at the HTMS Sattakut.