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APAC Insider Magazine Announces the South East Asia Business Awards 2020 Winners

United Kingdom, 2020 APAC Insider Magazine has announced winners of the 2020 South East Asia Business Awards.

South East Asia has swiftly become a dominant force on the business landscape across a number of significant industries. Whilst other markets have stagnated in light of difficulties over the last couple of years, South East Asia has ploughed on, stronger than it was the year before. Even today, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we can see the shining starts of the region evolve and adapt to the unique challenges the virus has bought about. There can be no doubt, then, that the businesses in South East Asia are defined by an entrepreneurial spirit and a need to be greater. Better. More innovative.

Awards Co-ordinator Katherine Benton commented on the success of the deserving winners: “I offer a sincere congratulations to all of those recognised in the South East Asia Business Awards programme. It has been a pleasure and a delight to run this year’s edition and recognize those businesses that truly deserve to be elevated above their peers.”

To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated professionals selected for them, please visit where you can view our full winners list.


SEA Business Award 2020



How to cross the border from Ranong/Thailand to Kawthaung/ Myanmar

To cross the border in Ranong / Thailand to Kawthaung in Myanmar is quite easy and a great start into your Mergui Archipelago adventure. You must cross the border river which separating the two countries. For those who try to make this way by themselves we did a step by step guideline how to do and what you need 😊

Kawthaung in Myanmar

There are a few things you need to bring along with you on the journey. Bring your passport, a copy of your passport and the little white departure card, you received when you entered Thailand (TM6). For the Myanmar side, you need the printout E-Visa form or the visa which is already stamped in your passport from a Myanmar Embassy, as well as some new, nice, and crisp US$ Notes. The officers do not accept any other currency or old US$ notes. The amount payable depends on the length of stay in Myanmar. The Myanmar Authorities do not accept any other currency than US$.

Start point is the Saphan Pla Pier and Immigration Checkpoint in Ranong.

The Saphan Pla Pier in Ranong is a small pier hidden behind the PTT petrol station and the 7/11 convenience store.

Ranong Immigration Checkpoint   Immigration Ranong








Google map: 9.948098, 98.594781

Here are the directions in Thai, in case you want to show them to your driver:

กรุณาไปส่งที่   ท่าเทียบเรือ
ถนน เฉลิมพระเกียรติ

As soon you arrive many of tout will offer you a boat to cross over to Kawthaung, the gateway to the Mergui Archipelago. The prices are different and most of the time these guys are trying to fill up their long tail boat with more people, so maybe it can a little bit time to departure.  But you can also negotiate for a private boat.  The usual price is around 300-500 THB per longtail or if you join in the prices per person is between 50 – 100 THB.

Visit Immigration Office

But before you jump into one of the longtails, do not forget to visit the officer at the Thai Immigration Checkpoint as you must check out of Thailand.  The Immigration office are 2 small windows on your right side when you come in. Please make sure you have your passport ready.

The Officer will ask you where you are going and how long you are going to be away for, because they are looking for people who try to do multiply visa runs by crossing the border. By Thai Immigration Law, every foreigner can cross the Thai Border per land only two times per calendar year.  If you needed a visa to visit Thailand, please make sure to get a re-entry visa before leaving Thailand, if you are planning to return to Thailand after your trip to Myanmar and your adventure within the Mergui Archipelago.

After you got your passport with an exit stamp in it back, just walk to the Longtail boat pier. The small and somewhat adventurous looking boats there, are the only available transport option to Kawthaung.

A tip: Bring a copy of your passport as the little boats need a copy for the passing checkpoints.  Otherwise you can make a copy at the little shop next to the Pier in the little kind of supermarket, the longtail guys are also happy to make a copy for you the prices are usually between 5-10 THB.

Crossing the river

The Longtail boats have a cover, so you are protected from the sun. Please put one of the life Jackets before the boat departs.

On the way to Kawthaung, you will stop an Immigration points, where Thai passports were taken up to be stamped. There was a Customs checkpoint next to it. Sometimes they will ask you to show your passport, sometimes not. The process is always different, but you do not have to leave the boat as your captain and crew will take of this whole process, just hand them over your passport which you will get returned as soon as they back.

30 – 40 minutes later you will arrive in Kawthaung, the entry point to the Mergui Archipelago.

On the Way






After this quick stop at the Thai Immigration Checkpoint you will pass the Thai Customs before you get out to Ranong area to cross the river between Thailand and Myanmar. Enjoy the cruise along stilt houses on your way.


On the way you will pass on a tiny island the Thai Army station.

Before you reach the mainland of Myanmar you will stop or slow down at another tiny island with Myanmar Army present, also here you must show the passport by just holding it up, you do not have to get of the boat.


Sometimes the driver just must show the passport to the officers by collecting your passport, but you will get them back immediately as before.

Arriving in Kawthaung, Myanmar

In Kawthaung you will be welcome from many touts and men on motorbikes.  Just ignore them and make your way to Immigration.

After disembarkation, turn left along and walk along the road until you get to the. Walk along this road to get to the Immigration Office. It is located at the Myo Ma Jetty also called the Myanmar Immigration Pier, on your left-hand side.  Just have a look for the sight that says, “Warmly Welcome and Take Care of Tourist”.

Enter the pier area and turn behind the little building left to the small Immigration Building.

Get in and give the officer your passport, a copy of your passport and visa. They will stamp your passport and take a picture from you, same as they do in Thailand. If the camera is not working, what can be happen sometimes, have a passport picture ready.  After the Check in process you are ready to enjoy your time in Kawthaung.

Outside the Mya Ma Jetty English-speaking touts will await you to give directions and be waiting for you to exit the office to offer a taxi ride, hotel, guide or suggestions on things to do in Kawthaung.

Welcome to Kawthaung and the Mergui Archipelago!


Kawthaung Border Crossing Wrap-Up

Paperwork to bring:  Passport, 2 copies of your passport and proper. Myanmar and Thailand Visa, one Passport picture (just in case)

Price of boat: 300-500 THB for a boat or 50-100 THB to join in

Time on boat: 30-40 minutes including all the Immigration stops around 60-75 minutes

Time Zone:  Myanmar is a half hour behind Thailand time : 7:00 pm Myanmar is 07:30 in Thailand

The Myanmar Immigration Office is open from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm local time

 Explore the amazing Mergui Archipelago on one of our amazing Cruises or unique Resort. Combinations between them is also possible

How to cross the border from Kawthaung / Myanmar to Ranong / Thailand

Kind of the other way around.

  • Check out at the Myanmar Immigration office (Check your exit stamp)
  • Make your way back to the Myanmar Longtail pier and find a boat to bring you to Ranong
  • Arriving at the Longtail pier in Thailand, go to the immigration office and collect your TM 6 arrival form
  • Fill out the form and see the officer again to check you into Thailand (Check your entry stamp and expiration date)

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Major Events, Festivals, and Holiday within Thailand

Find below a little summary of the major events and festivals during Thailand’s calendar year. These events are often spectacular occasions and can be great fun to visit.

Hundreds of festivals and temple fairs are toast throughout Thailand. Thais are fun-loving, sentimental people, and annual festivals, both commemorative and celebrate, play important roles in Thai life.

Many Thai festivals are colorful and joyful events that invite visitors’ to join and participate. Others feature solemn, eminently photogenic ceremonial. Whatever their character, whether Buddhist devotion, dazzling processions, exotic ritual or uninhibited merriment, each affords the visitor pleasant memories and gives you an insight into the cultural heritage that makes Thailand  Asia’s most exotic and amazing country.

Most festivals are attached either with Buddhism, the annual rice-farming cycle or commemorations honoring Thai kings. Some occur on exact dates, others, particularly that related to Buddhism, are set on by the lunar calendar. And if one of these holidays falls onto a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday, will also a holiday and government offices and many commercial offices will be closed.


New Year’s Day – 2 January   (Public Holiday)
The beginning of the western New Year is a national holiday in Thailand, one of three “new year” holidays celebrated every year. more…


Makha Bucha – February  (Public Holiday)
Makha Bucha celebrates the Buddha’s first sermon (around 2.500 years ago) in to his disciple and is one of the hoist Buddhist holy days, it Day marks the occasion when saint-disciples of the Buddha spontaneously gathered to hear his preaching.
The holiday may also known as Magha Puja or Lord Buddha Day and is mark Day of Love in Buddhism. Most Thai Buddhists will go on Makha Pucha Day to a temple to pay their respects to the Lord Buddha. Magha is a Pali and Sanskrit word meaning the third lunar month, and Puja is a word in the same language that means to venerate or honor and pronounced in Thai as Makha Bucha. The exact day of this second important Buddhist festival day depending on the Lunar cycle. more…


Chakri Day – 6 April  (Public Holiday)

The Chakri Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty which has been ruling Thailand since 1782. This dynasty build by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (King Rama I) in 1782 who came to throne on that day. On this day people of Thailand recognize the contributions of all the kings in the dynasty and to pay respect and reverence to their former kings as well as the present King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradeba­yavarangkun (King Rama X). More …

Songkran Festival Day – 13-16 April (Public Holidays)
Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year, joyfully celebrated throughout the country with rituals of merit-making, honoring the elders, and parades of dancers, music troupes and water splashing.  The throwing or pouring of water during the annual Songkran Festival originally dates back to the spring cleaning of Thai houses and welcoming the rainy season. Devout Buddhists will particularly pour scented, blessed water over images of the Lord Buddha to pay respect, asking for a blessing, and washing away of bad omens. A fun festival for everybody to join in.

The country will be at an almost complete standstill during these days, joining fellow Thais and visitors in a refreshing escape from the humidity and heat.  More detail about Thailand’s most fun festival and its culture background


National Labor Day – 1 May (Public Holiday)
International Labor Day is also toast as a national holiday, even though there isn’t much ado about it. Some businesses may be off. more …

Coronation Day – 4 May  (Public Holiday)
The day when the reigning Maha Vajiralongkorn was crowed as the 10th king of the Chakri Dynaaty in 2019 over a three-day coronation. On the 4th of May he was to be anointed and crowed, on the 5th of May a royal procession took place and on the 6th of May the king grant an audience. more…

Wisakha (Visakha) Bucha Day – Full Moon Day in May (Public Holiday)
The holiest Buddhist holiday celebrates the three events of Budhda – the birth, enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana.

Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists and is toast with great enthusiasm.

The exact date of Vesakha is toast on the full moon of the sixth lunar month or the first full moon in the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The date varies from year to year in the Gregorian calendar but is typically in May. More detail and background…..

Phuetcha Mongkhon or the Royal Ploughing Ceremony (May) – goverment holiday
This ceremony marks official commencement of the annual rice-planting cycle and takes place  in Bangkok’s Sanam Luang, an open field and public square in front of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace to usher in the new planting season with good luck and hopes. As Royal Ploughing Day is a holiday for state employees, government offices will be closed.  more…



H.M. The Queen Suthida’s Birthday – 3 June   (Public Holidays)
His Majesty the King named General Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya the new queen on May 1st 2019 and conferred upon Queen Suthida the formal title of Her Majesty the Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana on May 4th 2019.

The Queen Suthida’s Birthday is a national holiday in Thailand.


Asarnha Bucha Day (Substitution for Asarnha Bucha Day) – July   (Public Holidays)
Celebrating the Buddha’s first sermon in which he set out to his five former associates the doctrine that had come to him following his enlightenment.

Asahna Bucha is a national Holiday in Thailand. It replaced Buddhist Lent as a gazetted holiday in 2007.

The date in the western calendar depends on the Lunar cycle. Another name is Asalha Puja or Dhamma Day.


H.M. The Queen’s Birthday – 14 August 2017 (Public Holiday)
Mother’s Day was first introduced to Thailand on 15th April, 1950. In 1976, Mother’s Day was changed to 12th August to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit ,the Mother of all Thai people. 

The birthday of her Majesty Queen Dowager Sirikit  remains a holiday as National Mother’s Day


  Festival in Thailand | Major Events in Thailand | The Passing of King Bhumibol – 13 October   (Public Holiday)
For decades, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the only king the people of Thailand knew, and became a symbol of stability and was much beloved by the people of his realm.

Born on 5 December, 1927, Bhumibol Adulyadej died on 13 October, 2016. He took the throne in 1946, reigned for 70 years, and came to be called “Father of the Nation”.  After a long struggle with illness, he finally passed away, at the age of 88. One year later, the king was cremated and transported on a restored, golden royal chariot in an elaborate procession to Phra Merumat, to be interred with many of his ancestors of the Chakri Dynasty. Shrines were erected in the king’s honor all over the nation, and the mourning over his death lasted a full year. more…

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day – 23 October   (Public Holiday)
The day commemorates King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) who passed away on October 23rd 1910. He was the fifth monarch of Siam from the House of Chakri and is considered one of the greatest kings of Siam (now Thailand). He is the one who introduced many social and political reforms that helped to modernize Siam including the abolishment of slavery. more…


Festival in Thailand | Major Events in Thailand |
H.M. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday – 5 December  (Public Holiday)

The 5th of December commemorates the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It is also Thailand’s National Day and is the day when Father’s Day is tosat in Thailand.

Constitution Day (Substitution for Constitution Day) – 10 December  (Public Holiday)
Celebrates the date in 1932 when the country given its first constitution. more…

New Years’ Eve – 31 December  (Public Holiday)
The day before the Western New Year day is always a national holiday

Festival in Thailand | Major Events in Thailand | Festival in Thailand | Major Events in Thailand |







When are the exact dates for holidays in Thailand?  Just click here to get the update calendar


Komodo Park – Indonesia is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of the Komodo National Park. It lies between the substantially larger neighboring islands Sumbawa to the west and Flores to the east. The island’s surface area covers 390 square kilometers. Komodo Island is home to the Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard on earth.


Find large schools of Fusiliers along the reef slope, which is also covered in an interesting variety of soft corals. Encounter Sharks and the odd Turtle here.  Pillaarsteen is a rock pinnacle located on the shore of a small island east of Padar Besar. Enter just off the point below the rock, where there is a nice wall. Continue swimming to the west towards interesting caves and swim-throughs at different depths. Diving is particularly good at around 30-40m depth. This site is a good choice when other sites have too much current. This area may also be affected by surge, when there are swells from the southwest. 


Nusa Kode 

The south western tip of Kode island is characterized by large, coral-encrusted boulders and huge Groupers. Amongst the boulders are some of the largest reef fishes residing in the Park, such as gigantic Potato Cod and Malabar Grouper. Schools of large Red Snapper are normally prevalent. Diving entry is west of a small island at this site in Komodo Park – Indonesia. Swim down to a depth of about 10m and follow the ridge, which juts out in a southerly direction. Swim along the crest of the ridge and continue down to a max of 50m depth. 

Dive Site Nusa Kode 

Crinoid Canyon 

You can see many kinds of small invertebrate life on very colorful walls, carpeted in Feather Stars. This site is located in a small cove, just outside the southern entrance of Loh Dasami, on the island of Nusa Kode, almost directly opposite Yellow Wall. Enter the dive site just south of the cove, then continue along the wall in a counter-clockwise direction. Best to start the dive at 25m depth and then continue swimming back and forth up along the wall to the surface. This is an easy dive location with no current and is also good in the early morning as it catches the morning sun here in Komodo Park – Indonesia. 

Crinoid Canyon 


The dive begins with forests of soft coral at 30-35m depth. Along the way to the boulders is the best place to find Fire Urchins with Coleman Shrimp. The boulders themselves have good coral, invertebrate and fish life. You can see quite often Manta Rays in this area as well. This site is located on Nusa Kode where the bay widens just northwest of Crinoid Canyon. Directly below this point there are several big boulders laying on the bottom. The best point of entry is 100m south of the point where the reef slopes down to soft coral forests. Continue the dive to the boulders by ascending to 20m with the reef to the left. 

Boulders  Komodo Dive Sites

Yellow Wall 

A very good place to see invertebrate diversity, especially during a night dive. Walls are packed with a mind-boggling array of marine life and colors including colorful Sea Urchins, bright red Sea Apples, beautiful soft corals, Spanish Dancer Nudibranchs and a great variety of Tunicates. Crevices in the wall reveal sleeping fishes, Spiny and Slipper Lobsters, Cleaner Shrimps, and Decorator Crabs. Yellow Wall is an excellent day or night dive spot just inside the southeastern corner of Loh Dasami Bay. The current is usually flowing south to north, so the best entry point is just around the western-most tip of the headland. The dive should then continue into the bay along with the current. 

Yellow Wall 

Cannibal Rock/ Batu Buas 

This site is famous for its varied and colorful invertebrate life. Rich soft corals abound as well as Sea Apples and other Sea Cucumber species. Amongst many surprises are flamboyantly colored Nudibranch, and Fire Urchins with Coleman Shrimp. The fish life can also be quite good at times with an array of Scorpion Fish, schools of Red Snappers and Surgeon Fish. Unusual fish such as Pygmy Seahorse and Frogfish may also be seen. Cannibal Rock is a small seamount in well protected Loh Dasami Bay, between Rinca and Nusa Kode, which allows for easy diving with little current. Night dives are excellent, especially on the sandy slope of the northern side of the island starting at about 25m depth. 

Sunset at Cannibal Rock/ Batu Buas 

Torpedo Point 

An excellent place to find unusual critters such as Torpedo Rays and Bobbit Worms, Flying Gurnards, Frogfish, and Ghost Pipefish. Located north of Cannibal Rock, critters can also be found on a patchy rocky reef at a depth of 15m. A great low environmental-impact dive for photographers, because most of the rocky habitats are surrounded by sand. 

Toro Sie 

On the south west coast of Rinca you will find a point marked Toro Sie. Adjacent to the point is a rock awash. This rock has a ridge that extends to the west that is covered in Crynoids and soft corals. You can find lots of interesting critters on the seabed around the rock. If you swim out over the sand southwest of the rock there is a patch reef that usually has excellent fish life on it and quite often also a few big Grouper. This dive is usually has better visibility during the NW monsoon along with most of the Parks other southern sites. 

Torpedo Point and Toro Sie

Sebayor Kecil 

Large boulders shelter groups of giant TrevallyWhitetip Reef Sharks, Coral Trout, Snappers and Emperors.  The northwestern corner of Sebayor Kecil is one of the better dive sites near Labuanbajo. A small reef extends northwest from the island, where it drops off to greater depths along the northern coast of the island. A few hundred meters from the shore are some large boulders with notable fish life. Currents can be quite strong at this site in Komodo Park – Indonesia. 

Mini Wall 

The whole north face of this island is good diving. You’ll find Garden Eels on the sandy slopes, and Shrimp Gobies and Sweetlips are also common. Occasionally, Mandarin Fish have been spotted in shallow water. This site also features beautiful coral gardens, with a high abundance of both hard and soft corals. Enter just on the eastern side of the point and swim counter-clockwise around the point at 20-25m depth. Once around the point the reef slope will turn into a wall that drops to about 35m depth. The wall continues to a sandy slope in front of the beach, which marks the end of the dive. 

Sabolan Kecil 

This is another good site and also within easy reach of Labuanbajo. On the west side of the island there is a small white sandy beach. You best enter at the northern most point of the beach, where the sand meets the rocks. The reef slopes down to sand and there is a patch reef a little apart from the islands fringing reef. The Water clarity is usually good and so is the dive. Once you have seen the patch reef, you can return to the fringing reef slope to finish your dive.    

Divesites Sebayor Kecil, Mini Wall  and Sabolan Kecil 


Komodo National Park is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. The waters around Komodo island contain a rich marine biodiversity. In 1980, Komodo National Park was created, with the main purpose to conserve the unique Komodo dragon and its habitat. However, over the years, the goals for the Park have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine.

Crystal Rock 

A very colorful dive with excellent soft coral coverage. Encounter clouds of Anthias and schools of Yellow-ribbon Sweetlips, while Frog Fish and Moray Eels and Scorpion Fish are commonly seen. There is a small mound northwest of the rock, where different species of fish school seasonally, including Tuna and Mackerel. An excellent dive usually worth doing twice here in Komodo National Park. The name of this site comes from the very clear water surrounding it. This site is prone to currents, which usually flow eastwards. You best dive here during slack tide. 


Castle Rock 

Curious Batfish school here as well as Barracuda, Trevally and Mackerel that swim at 30- 40m depth. At approximately 20m depth there is excellent soft coral growth and numerous Sea Fans that host Pygmy Seahorses. The top of the rock is a good, calm place to explore during safety stops. This site usually has excellent visibility, but is prone to strong currents. The current usually flows eastwards and is much stronger at the surface than in the deeper water. However, the top of the rock also offers shelter from the current, hence the name “Castle Rock. Recommended dive entry point is in blue water, approximately 50m up-current from the shallowest point of the reef. 

Castle Rock 

Gililawa Laut 

A great dive site to see fish, but it does not have much to show in terms of hard corals. Behind a very large rock is a drop-off with many holes and hidden animals. Excellent Grouper sightings, especially in October and November during spawning gatherings. There are usually many Golden TrevalliesSnappers and sometimes huge Napoleon Wrasse. The site is located on the northeastern tip of Gililawa Laut. The diving here at this site is best, when there is a slight current just before or after slack-tide. 

Gililawa Laut Dive sites Komodo

Tatawa Besar 

Good reef fish life and an endless field of orange soft corals. You’ll often see Mantas in this area in the Komodo Island Park – Indonesia. Start the drift dive at the northwest tip of the island and runs along the western side in about 15- 20 m of water. A similar drift dive is also possible along the north coast of the Tatawa Besar from the same entry point. This site is a good dive option if the current is too strong at Tatawa Kecil or Batu Bolong. 

Tatawa Besar 

Tatawa Kecil 

Rocks, caves and beautiful coral gardens grace the reef on the western side of the island. You can see many coral reef fish, including large Groupers, Snappers, SweetlipsTrevally and Sharks. Amazing numbers of Anthias swim amongst colorful fields of branching corals. Dugongs have been spotted here and Manta Rays are often seen on the southern side of the island. This small rocky islet southwest of Tatawa Besar Island is an egret nesting site and a fantastic snorkel and dive site when the current is not too fast. Large or inexperienced groups should only attempt this site around slack tide. 

Tatawa Kecil 

Karang Makasar 

This site is for snorkeling only, please don’t dive here as it will disturb the Manta Rays. The reef at this island does not have much in the way of coral or fish life, however this location is the Manta Ray gathering site. The best way to find the Mantas is to cruise along the eastern face of the reef until you see them on the surface. The best time is during rising tide and there can be between 40 to 50 mantas.    

Batu Bolong 

Covering the top of the reef are colorful corals, invertebrate life and thousands of brilliant reef fish. Along the steep walls in deeper water are many large fishes, including Sharks and Napoleon Wrasse and also Giant Trevally and Dogtooth Tuna. Large schools of Rainbow Runners can also be observed on almost every occasion here in Komodo. Batu Bolong is a tiny rocky outcropping in the strait between Tatawa Kecil and Komodo Island. This site is one of the top diving locations in the Park, but it can only be dived around slack tide when the current is not too strong. 

Divesite Karang Makasar and Batu Bolong 

Batu Tiga 

An excellent “big fish” dive in Komodo Island Park – Indonesia. Large boulders in deeper water to the west offer excellent habitats for Groupers. Mantas, Giant Trevally and other pelagic fishes are frequently seen here. Batu Tiga is without a doubt one of the most current-effected sites in Komodo and is tricky to dive. A rocky reef is situated southeast of Tanjung Kuning in Linta Strait and extends below the surface up towards Komodo Island. You best enter at the northeastern side of the three rocks. Swim counter-clockwise until reaching some big boulders at 33m depth. After exploring the area around these boulders turn around and swim back, keeping the reef to your right. 

Batu Tiga 

Payung Island 

There are many canyons and crevices to explore at this spot in the Komodo Island Park – Indonesia. Fish and invertebrate life is diverse and abundant. There are big schools of Surgeons and smaller Yellow Snappers. Rocky reefs are covered with Soft Coral, Gorgonians and Feather Stars. Visibility is relatively low (5-10 m) and the water is cooler (low to mid 20°C range). Dive this site at slack-tide, preferably during slack of low tide. Two dives are possible: The first dive descends at the northwest tip of the island and continues south at 15-30m depth, then turns at the southern-most end of the island and ascends to 10m depth. The second dive starts at the southeastern side of the island and proceeds around the southern tip of the island at 20-35m depth, then ascends to 5-15m depth. 

Payung Island 

Three Sisters/ Tiga Dara 

A pristine reef with excellent coral coverage and also rich fish life. Located north of Pillaarsteen, there are three very large submerged rocks about 10m apart and within easy swimming distance of each other. The rocks run in a line about 100m east of a small reef that juts out on the eastern side of the island. The rocks sit on a sandy bottom in about 20-25m of water and rise to 3-5m from the surface of the water. For the adventurous there is actually a fourth sister located further to the west that starts in about 20m of water and then drops down to 40m with some impressive Sea Fans and good marine life around it. 

Three Sisters/ Tiga Dara 

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