- Racha Yai Island snorkeling day trip
From just 2,000 baht. Beautiful snorkeling close to Phuket.
- Phuket to Phi Phi Snorkeling
Selected best tours to Phi Phi and nearby islands. Chosen to avoid the crowds.
- Surin Islands day trip
Less visited than the Similan’s and better for snorkeling. Start from Phuket or Khao Lak
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Snorkeling Thailand FAQ’s:
Q. Where is the best place for snorkeling Thailand?
The Surin Islands is our favourite snorkeling location with shallow reefs in clear water full of fish. They are less visited than the very popular Similan Islands . The Similan Islands have the clearest water, the biggest fish and the largest schools of fish. This is the closest you can get to being inside an aquarium.
Phi Phi Islands has a huge diversity of marine life. Leopard sharks and black tip reef sharks can be seen, we have even snorkeled with whale sharks here. Turtles are also common. There is a nice variety of hard and soft corals, anemones and sea fans. There are many islands in the Phi Phi Islands chain and most snorkeling tours visit a few of them including Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Ley and the beautiful Bamboo Island.
Snorkeling trips to Phi Phi are often combined with other side activities and sightseeing such as seeing monkeys at Monkey beach or swimming at the famous Maya bay on Phi Phi Ley. a speedboat from Phuket to Phi Phi takes about 45 minutes and often stops along the way to swim at Koh Yao of Koh Khai Islands.
Racha Yai Island (Koh Raya) has mainly hard corals in the small sheltered bays that are ideal for snorkelers to get close to schools of fish. Eagle eyed snorkelers may see moray eels, garden eels, stingrays, pufferfish, parrotfish and trigger fish among others. Corals include staghorn, brain, mushroom, cabbage and leave coral. The Baan Raya resort on Racha Island is a great place to relax while not snorkeling.
Surin Islands are a good place to snorkel with turtles although the coral isn’t what it once was.
Koh Bon is a good place to snorkel with manta rays which are attrached to the cleaning stations and the strong currents.
Koh Tachai is another great island to snorkel with big pelagics like manta rays and whale sharks plus leopard sharks and reef sharks.
Q. When is the best time of year to snorkel in Thailand?
On the Andaman Sea side of Thailand’s west coast the best season for snorkeling is Nov – May. From June – October you can still do excellent snorkeling at Racha Yai, Phi Phi and Koh Kai but the Similan and Surin National Marine Parks are closed to tour boats.
Q. Which type of snorkeling boat?
We mainly offer snorkeling tours by speedboat because the speedboats get snorkelers out to the best snorkeling places quickly and in small groups. The boats have covered shaded areas and toilets. They have life jackets on board. They also carry all the snorkeling equipment that you need, mask (goggles), snorkel and fins (flippers). The boat crew act as guides for your safety and enjoyment. Drinking water is also on the boats.
We also offer snorkeling tours on dive boats. These are slower boats that allow snorkelers to snorkel while the divers dive. Although slower that a speedboat they offer more comfort on boat and are often cheaper. It is sometimes possible to do an intro or try dive on board these boats. Longer trips to the Similan Islands include accommodation on board the boat so you can wake up at the beautiful islands and snorkel all day.
Environmentally aware snorkeling. Download the Green Fins snorkeling guidelines here