Snorkeling Thailand

Best Thailand snorkeling tours

Similan Islands

similan islands

Crystal clear water, white sand beaches, sail rock view point.

Available November to April from Phuket or Khao Lak.

Selected best day tours and liveaboards.

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Koh Tachai

koh tachai beach

Beautiful beaches and marine life. Manta rays and reef sharks.

Available November to April from Phuket or Khao Lak.

Go for a day trip or join a 3 day liveaboard

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Surin Islands

moken kids

Less visited than the Similan Islands. Turtles and Moken sea nomads.

Available November to April from Phuket or Khao Lak

Day trip, 3 day liveaboard or stay overnight in a tent

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Phi Phi Islands

maya bay

Maya bay, Piley cove, Monkey beach, Bamboo Island and Koh Yao.

Available all year round from Phuket, Krabi or Lanta.

Selected best tours chosen to avoid the crowds.

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Racha Islands

racha islands

Easy snorkeling close to Phuket. Popular and cheap.

Available all year round from Phuket.

Join in day trips for just 2,100 baht or private tours for groups.

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Liveaboards

manta ray

Cruise the islands, avoid the crowds, see more. Best way to see mantas and whale sharks.

2 to 6 nights. Similan and Surin Islands, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, Phi Phi Islands.

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Krabi / Ao Nang

krabi

Day tours to Phi Phi, Bamboo Island, Koh Hong and the 4 islands

Tours available all year round from Ao Nang or Krabi town.

Great value tours from just 1,300 baht per person

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Phang Nga Bay

James Bond Island tours in Phang Nga bay

Sightseeing day trips to one of Thailand’s most beautiful locations.

Kayaking, monkey temple, James Bond, Koh Panyee.

Available all year round. Join in or private tours.

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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 Similan Islands which have become too popular for their own good in recent years. The Similan and Surin 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.

Thailand snorkelingSurin Islands are a good place to snorkel with turtles. Koh Bon is a good place to snorkel with manta rays which are attracted 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.

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, sting rays, puffer fish, parrot fish and trigger fish, among others. Corals include staghorn, brain, mushroom, cabbage and leaf coral. There are a few nice resorts on Racha Yai that are great for a couple of nights. Racha Noi island is further out than Racha Yai and is uninhabited. If you can find a boat going there it’s an unspoiled paradise.


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 November to late April. From May to October you can still do excellent snorkeling at Racha Yai, Phi Phi Islands and Koh Kai but the Similan and Surin National Marine Parks are closed to tour boats.


Q. Which type of snorkeling boat?
Snorkeling Thailand guidesWe 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.