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Japanese Garden

A large bay, situated in Koh Tao with a variety of corals and sea life.

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Set in a small sheltered bay of Nang Yuan island, just off Koh Tao, the Japanese Garden is popular with both scuba divers and snorkelers. So named, because of the very distinctive corals and with a maximum depth of only 14 meters, it's an easy dive location, often used for first training dives. The spot gets its name from the many flower-shaped corals that live on the bottom. The shallower parts can easily be seen by snorkelers. If you follow the shore line north, you'll come to the Nang Yuan Pinnacle, with a few swim-throughs to make things interesting. The garden itself is less densely populated with fish, but Moorish idols and the occasional butterfly fish can be seen. There's also the small wreck of an old dive boat, which is interesting to explore.

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