Located off the coast of Chumphon province, the marine park covers 320 square kilometres. It was formed in 1989 in an effort to preserve the marine environment, and the more than 40 Islands that sit in its waters. It has clearly worked as the entire area is rarely dived! Big Blue is the only dive school on Koh Tao that is able to take divers to this pristine place, because it is quite far away from Koh Tao, but one of our boats is pretty damn fast so we can make it there and back in one day.
Big Blue Tech has it's own boat, and we run occasional overnight trips to the park so that our customers will get as much diving as possible out of the trips. Customers stay in a hotel in Chumphon town on the mainland for one or two nights. The trips themselves are aimed at recreational divers, to dive the incredible dive sites that have been found so far. All the dive sites are very shallow, so there is no opportunity for technical diving.
However, there is a wreck called the HTMS Prab that was sunk at the same time as the HTMS Sattakut was on Koh Tao. The Prab has a phenomenal amount of marine life growing on it, and it sits in shallower water than the Sattakut. So technical penetration dives are available.
If you want to find out more about our trips to the park, join the Big Blue Dive Club on facebook for regular updates.