Khao Lak Snorkeling

Khao Lak snorkeling recommendations

Similan Islands

Turtle at Similan Islands

Crystal clear water surrounding nine uninhabited granite islands. Popular with scuba divers and snorkelers. Biggest schools of fish, turtles, eels, hard and soft corals.

Beautiful beaches with viewpoints to climb to get some amazing photos.

Speedboat day trip
Take a speedboat day trip that tries harder than the rest. The boats are not crowded and the guides are excellent.

Liveaboard
Take a liveaboard to get a better experience and see more. 2 days 2 nights to the Similan Islands or longer trips that also include Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. The best way to avoid the crowds and see the big stuff.

Camping
Camp on the islands for a cheap and cheerful overnight tour.

Surin Islands

snorkelers at Surin Islands

The Surin Islands are great for beautiful beaches, healthy soft corals, baby reef sharks and turtles. Plus the chance to see the native Moken sea gypsies.

The Surin Islands are a less visited destination than the increasingly busy Similan Islands.

Speedboat day trip
Day trip by speedboat to the Surin Islands.

Liveaboard
3 day 3 night liveaboard to the Surin Islands plus Koh Bon and Koh Tachai. The best itinerary to beat the crowds and to see bigger stuff like mantas and whale sharks. Also visits the Moken village.

Surin Islands camping
Camp on the beach for one or two nights. The cheapest way to stay at the Surin Islands. Tents and all meals provided.

 


Khao Lak snorkeling tours are done by day trip boat (speedboat or slower dive boat) or on a longer liveaboard trip. Tour options include the Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon and Richelieu Rock. These are the best reefs in Thailand with the most fish and the biggest fish.

The Khao Lak snorkeling season is November to April. That’s when the north east monsoon brings good weather, there are virtually no boats running from May to October, Khao Lak is very quiet during the summer.

 

Similan island number 4 (Koh Miang)

Koh Miang (Similan island #4)

Surin Islands snorkeling day trip

Baby black tip reef sharks at Surin

More options from Khao Lak

  • Koh Bon
    Koh Bon is a tiny island within the Similan Islands Marine Park. It is a manta ray feeding station. It is possible to snorkel at Koh Bon by joining a diving day trip but we usually recommend a snorkeling liveaboard that also includes the Similan Islands, Surin and Koh Tachai.
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  • Try SCUBA diving at the Similan Islands
    If you’ve ever fancied trying diving the Similan Islands is a great place to do it for the first time. No experience is required, a PADI dive instructor will guide you over the reef. The program is called Discover Scuba Diving.
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  • Snorkeling liveaboards
    Have we mentioned that we like the liveaboards already? To really see the best, we recommend staying overnight on a boat at the islands. You can stay just one night or longer.
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  • Other Khao Lak tours
    An ever expanding list of things to do in Khao Lak and near by. Phang Nga bay, Khao Sok and Phuket are not far. You can trek and raft and kayak and camp.
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  • Phi Phi Islands
    A Khao Lak low season tour.
    If you are staying in Khao Lak from November to April you are closer to the Similan and Surin Island national parks than to Phi Phi. Phi Phi is reached by driving to Phuket (1.5 hours) and then getting a boat to Phi Phi.
    This is an option for you if you are in Khao Lak during the summer months of May to October when the Similan and Surin Islands are off limits.
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