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Name Staghorn Reef Racha Yai
Depth 5-28m
Vis 5-40m
Water Temp 26-30c
Level Beginner +
Our Rating 2.8 Stars
Best Time to Visit All Year
GPS 07-36-07N 98-22-39E
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Staghorn Reef Racha Yai

Dive south from Bay Number Two and you'll be on Staghorn Reef. Unfortunately, damaged years ago by dynamite fisherman, this reef still has a lot to offer. The current usually runs from north to south making for a nice relaxing drift dive. The reef slopes from about 5 metres down to 28 metres.  Staghorn Reef is comprised mostly of hard corals, especially Staghorn (hence the name) and small clusters of rock formations and more bommies. There are also many sea fans that can make great hiding places for Ghost Pipefish.

Trumpet Fish cloak themselves by swimming within dense shoals of Snappers, or even cling covertly next to Porcupine Fish as they hunt smaller prey to feed their ravenous appetites. Protective Titan Triggerfish regularly nip divers fins and chase them away from their territories, especially true when nesting. Triggerfish nesting season isn't a yearly occurrence, as many believe. Titan Triggerfish nest every month about a week after the full moon and they shouldn't be approached at these times, especially if you see their trigger standing erect in a position to signal aggression.

This site is suitable for all levels of scuba diver. It should be reminded that surface marker buoys should always be used here, as there can be a lot of traffic passing overhead.