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Shark Point Hin-Mu-Sang
Shark Point was named for the frequent sightings of Leopard shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) in the area. Known as Hin Mu-sang by locals, this dive site lies nearby the Anemone Reef and King Cruiser Wreck and is made up of 3 main pinnacles that lie in an almost north-to-south formation, with the axis slightly tilted to the east. These pinnacles are usually referred to by their numbers – the north-most pinnacle is “Number 1”, and so forth. They are located around 25-27 km to the east of Chalong Bay, or a one-and-a-half hour’s boat ride from there. Shark Point is about 5-10 mins by boat from Anemone Reef and King Cruiser Wreck.
This site has the most diversity of fish and corals among the 3 dive sites in the area. Each pinnacle is about 10-15 mt away from the other and has areas covered with striking purple and pink soft corals, sea fans ranging from 50 cm to as big as a person, as well as beds of table coral, staghorn coral and coral head. Pinnacle No.1 is the only one visible from the surface and has a small lighthouse, with a surprisingly large submerged portion. No.2’s peak is 5-7m below surface and No.3’s peak is at 15m underwater. The sand bottom is about 12m down on the north side, and the pinnacle stretches out a little to the northwest to a depth of around 24m and shallower, to depths of around 15-22m on the south and east side, with scattered rock all around.
The dive usually starts from one pinnacle and finishes at the next pinnacle, with the direction dependant on the current. As there is a great diversity of marine life here, it is almost impossible to cover all three pinnacles in one dive and do justice to it. The third pinnacle is rarely visited because the average depth is quite deep. For a more enjoyable one-hour dive, most people dive from No.1 to No.2 or vice versa.