Pattaya Far Islands Dive Site Name: Koh Phai
Location: The northernmost of the Far Island chain.
Conditions : Between 5m (16ft) to 10m (33ft).
Average depth: 10m (33ft)
Maximum depth: 18m (60ft)
The lower reef-slope is highlighted by many soft coral; these are neither as radiant nor as large as they could be but still very nice, having been restricted by excessive siltation in the water , although much of the silt is redistributed by the currents present during northerly winds and spring tides. The reef is fairly typical of the area. It is frequently punctuated by sponge-encrusted rocks and large mounds of lesser and greater star corals, occasionally split by clusters of smaller, less hardy corals. The hard corals tend to dominate the shallower water: coral laminates form terraces that descend to deeper-water areas where long, spiraling sea whips are embedded among larger rocks.The marine life is fair and varied. Familiar reef inhabitants parrot fish, wrasse and puffer fish, sea horse, damsels and giant clams are always present. Away from the reef, juvenile snappers, jacks and fusiliers and mullets repeatedly pass by.