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    Listed below are specific details of all of the snorkeling sites / islands that are visited during our snorkeling schedule.
    Please click the island / reef name for further details.
    About Local Snorkeling in the Andaman Sea

    Local Snorkeling

    Further a Field



    Koh See

    Bamboo Island
    Koh Door
    Phi Phi Islands
    Koh Haa
    TOUR TO PARADISE
    Koh Taloo
    (includes Koh Lanta & Phi Phi)
    Koh Yawasam

    Please note, local snorkeling sites are decided on the day and could be any one of the islands mentioned above or another.

    Local Snorkeling in the Andaman Sea


    Krabi is a southern province on Thailand's pristine Andaman, with wonderful neighbouring islands such as the famous islands Phi Phi Islands, Koh Lanta and Bamboo Island.

    The Krabi Archipelago is undoubtedly one of the most stunning landscapes in Thailand and forms part of the Had Noppart Marine National Park.

    In Ao Nang Bay many large outcrops tower high from the water to form a series of monoliths. The amazing rock formations are home to a multitude of tropical fish of all sizes, shapes and colours, with frequent sightings of parrotfish, butterfly fish, seastars, giant sea clams, turtles, leopard sharks and even black tip reef sharks. The Andaman Sea is plankton rich, attracting a multitude of reef fish.

    We visit the best local snorkeling sites in the area including, the rich coral formations of Bamboo Island, to the west lies the inhabitated island of Koh Lanta boasting picture perfect white sandy beaches. To the south of Krabi experience the coloured reefs of the well know Phi Phi Islands. Here you can find peaceful and romantic beaches with exotic rock formations making up the two islands.

    The visibility averages around 20m to a maximum of 30m+ in the high season (November - April). However the sea temperature is a very warm 29/30°C all year round.

    Snorkeling in the green season, (May - October) is also great. The islands are relatively quite making this a truly relaxing experience.

    We can offer you a great variation of specialised snorkeling tours that will add another dimension to your holiday spent in the wonderful Krabi Archipelago all available right on the "doorstep" just a short boat ride away.






    Location:South of Krabi Site Visibility:5 - 30 meters Situated behind Chicken Island , about 40 minutes out with our boat Ingmarie. Maximum depth around 16 meters. Koh See consists of three outcrops in a step formation rising from north to south. There is a tremendous diversity of marine life and corals to be found here, brain and leaf hard coral to name a few. The marine life consists of anenmone fish, parrot fish, with a good variety of invertebrates hiding in between the corals. Often seen at this site are Leopard Sharks!


    Location:South of Krabi Site Visibility:5 - 20 meters Lying very close to Ao Nang beach is Koh Door. To the north you will find an abudance of anemones, along with parrot fish, banner fish and snappers. This is Ao Nangs famous coral garden with a maximum depth of around 14 meters.



    Location:South of Krabi Site Visibility:5 - 20 meters This rocky outcrop lies about 500m south of Koh See. Beneath the surface you will find to large rocks at a depth of about 9 meters. These rocks are completly covered in soft corals and sea whips, making a magnificant colourful array ideal for snorkeling and diving. The maximum depth here is also around 16 meters look out for the moray eels, lionfishes and clown fishes. The sharks find their way here to!


    Location:South of Krabi Site Visibility:5 - 30 meters This is a fantastic site, well worth a visit. Above water, this site reseambles a large "cobra" like shape as it peaks through the water. At this site you have the opportunity to try swim thru, once through you will find clusters of soft coral, gorgonian sea fans, bannerfish, morrish idols, and plenty of feather stars. There are three caves very simular on the Island with a great variety of marine life. Sometimes here we also encounter turtles, and blacktip reef sharks.




    Location:South of Krabi Site Visibility:5 - 20 meters This is two smaller Islands that we dive around and in-between. The slopping rocky reef here is home to some hard coral but the main attraction of this site is the blacktip reef sharks and leopard sharks that are often found here dwelling on the sand. check out in between the rocks for moray eels, lionfish, and bamboo sharks. There are also a good number of small caves at this site well worth exploring at the entrance.

    Bamboo Island, (Koh Mai Phai) - Go to Snorkeling Schedule

    Location:South of Krabi Site Visibility:5 - 30 meters To the North of Phi Phi Don lies Mai Phai, (Bamboo) Island. The reefs that surround this island are thought to be some of the most remarkable in Thailand. Any in water activities are a must here. Here you will find fringing coral reefs rich in colour and teeming with marine life. Larger animals and fish such as Turtles, Spanish mackerel, jack fish and barracuda are often found in these waters.


    The Phi Phi Islands - Phi Phi Don & Phi Phi Ley- Go to Snorkeling Schedule

    Maya Bay

    Location:West from Krabi - Located on Phi Phi Don Site Visibility:5 - 30 meters Koh Phi Phi consists of two islands, Phi Phi Don (the larger) and Phi Phi Ley. Phi Phi Don boasts, scenic hills, a spectacular view point, awesome cliffs, long beaches, emerald waters, colourful coral and remarkable bird and sea life. The island is dumbbell-shaped with long white sandy beaches on either side only a few hundred meters apart.
    Phi Phi Ley is different uninhabited with rugged limestone sheers cliffs which are home to the edible swiftlet nests. A few caves are also found here with a sea lake formed by a cleft between two cliffs that allows water to enter into a bowl-shaped canyon. Both islands are magnificent and make for a very exciting day out.
    Maya Bay is located on the west side of Phi Phi Ley. This is one of Phi Phi Islands “Jewel” beaches predominately made famous as he filming location of one of Hollywood's top movies, “The Beach”. This bay is absolutely spectacular with a hidden pure white sandy beach, and amazing coral. It is enclosed by sheer limestone cliffs and crystal clear waters. A beach certainly not to be missed!
    This tropical paradise bay is home to the enclosed shelved reef with the occasional sections of wall. Here you can see an array of hard and soft corals with many various species of anemones. Check out form the schools of Moorish idols, butterfly fish, angle fish, seahorses, trumpet fish, turtle and rock painted lobster.


    Tour to Paradise - Go to Snorkeling Schedule

    Bamboo Island, (Koh Mai Phai) - Go to Snorkeling Schedule


    Location:Krabi ArchipelagoSite Visibility:10 - 30 meters To the North of Phi Phi Don lies Mai Phai, (Bamboo) Island. The reefs that surround this island are thought to be some of the most remarkable in Thailand. The coral plateau is as big as several football fields. and is regarded as one of the best snorkeling sites in the area! Any in water activities are a must here. Here you will find fringing coral reefs rich in colour and teeming with marine life. Larger animals and fish such as Turtles, Spanish mackerel, jack fish, parrotfish, clown fish lionfish, stinrays and barracuda are often found in these waters.
    Location:East of Krabi ArchipelagoSite Visibility:10 - 30 meters To the south of Phi Phi lies Koh Lanta, which consists of twin islands, Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai. They are fourteen miles from north to south and our separated by a very narrow channel. Koh Lanta Yai is where most of the inhabitants can be found. This island is made up of forested hills down the middle and pure white sandy beaches on the west coast. A view point can be found to the south of the island which is excellent for relaxing and watching the sun set. The Thai’s settled here some time ago making their livelihood from the cultivation of rubber, cashew nuts, bananas along with a little fishing. The islands is extraordinarily peaceful and relaxing .This makes this island an ideal place for snorkeling, sunbathing and relaxing with it’s fantastic scenery to be seen all around.

    The Phi Phi Islands - Phi Phi Don & Phi Phi Ley- Go to Snorkeling Schedule

    Location:South East from Phuket - Located on Phi Phi Don Site Visibility:5 - 30 meters Koh Phi Phi consists of two islands, Phi Phi Don (the larger) and Phi Phi Ley. Phi Phi Don boasts, scenic hills, a spectacular view point, awesome cliffs, long beaches, emerald waters, colourful coral and remarkable bird and sea life. The island is dumbbell-shaped with long white sandy beaches on either side only a few hundred meters apart.
    Phi Phi Ley is different uninhabited with rugged limestone sheers cliffs which are home to the edible swiftlet nests. A few caves are also found here with a sea lake formed by a cleft between two cliffs that allows water to enter into a bowl-shaped canyon. Both islands are magnificent and make for a very exciting day out.
    Maya Bay is located on the west side of Phi Phi Ley. This is one of Phi Phi Islands “Jewel” beaches predominately made famous as he filming location of one of Hollywood's top movies, “The Beach”. This bay is absolutely spectacular with a hidden pure white sandy beach, and amazing coral. It is enclosed by sheer limestone cliffs and crystal clear waters. A beach certainly not to be missed!
    This tropical paradise bay is home to the enclosed shelved reef with the occasional sections of wall. Here you can see an array of hard and soft corals with many various species of anemones. Check out form the schools of Moorish idols, butterfly fish, angle fish, seahorses, trumpet fish, turtle and rock painted lobster.









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    I went on a trip with Kontiki and it was very good.

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    Hi dirtydog.
    Some (or all) of the links are non-functional.
    I went to your website kontiki-thailand.com and it works fine, it is just the other links that dont seem to work ? Just FYI :-)

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    I've been on snorkling tours around Krabi; there are some excellent places to visit. Very enjoyable.

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    Yep, I've also done the snorkeling tour out of Krabi and had a fabulous day for a very reasonable price.

    The thing that makes the day is the weather, if you crack a really nice day like we did its brilliant but if the weather is shite the day is shite.

    In the lap of the weather gods really.
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    Just talking with the wife about Krabi. Snorkeling would certainly be a priority.

    Great information and good thread.

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    Recently spent a long weekend in Krabi/Ao Nang and took the wife on a day snorkeling trip. There are many places along the beach road in Ao Nang promoting snorkel trips and their prices all vary, even though it's the same basic itinerary. I found the cheapest place was the lady at the booth at the entrance to the Best Western on beach road. I think it was 350 baht/person.

    Unfortunately, it wasn't like the last time I was there, but that was about 10-11 years ago. Back then, you just talk to the guys with their long tail boats and agree on a price. I think it was 1,000 baht for the whole day and the guy would take us anywhere we wanted to go.

    Nowadays, it's all organized. A driver picks you up at your hotel and drops you off near a state park / beach. All the different boats are there and you are directed onto your respective boat. Ours held a good 30-40 people. There are lifejackets for everyone.

    You then get underway and head out to your first destination, just like all the other boats. So that means it's going to be busy and crowded with long tail boats and speed boats. At that destination, you play in the water a little.

    40-50 minutes later, you get underway to your nest destination. The crew hands out snorkel gear and you drop anchor. The water is 5 meters deep. This was a problem for me and my wife. I thought we were going to be on a beach and be able to walk out from the beach to snorkel. I busted my left shoulder, in a motorcycle accident 5 years ago, so I have limited range of motion. So I would have trouble trying to pull myself back up out of the water. And my wife can't swim, so I wouldn't be able to help her stay afloat. So we ended up just sitting in the boat. I was really po'd as that was what I really wanted to do while in Krabi.

    You then depart for another island where the "buffet" lunch is served. This island is very close to the infamous "James Bond Island". The buffet lunch was just boxes of rice with a fried egg and some kind of vegetables. I didn't care for it. There was a some time for swimming on that island. They also have a small bar selling ice cold drinks, including beer. We were there for about an hour.

    We then went to another beach that has some hotel sharing the beach. At the end of the beach there are two temples in shallow caves. One of them has all these wooden penises, which was...interesting (especially when the ladies pose with them). We were there for about an hour.

    For the price, it wasn't bad. I just wish I could have gone snorkeling, but I need a beach to wade out from. The weather was good. We left at about 8 AM and were back around 4 pm.

    If we go back, I think we would do it again.

    Steve

    PS: Maybe I'll add some pics to this later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevefarang View Post
    Recently spent a long weekend in Krabi/Ao Nang and took the wife on a day snorkeling trip. There are many places along the beach road in Ao Nang promoting snorkel trips and their prices all vary, even though it's the same basic itinerary. I found the cheapest place was the lady at the booth at the entrance to the Best Western on beach road. I think it was 350 baht/person.

    Unfortunately, it wasn't like the last time I was there, but that was about 10-11 years ago. Back then, you just talk to the guys with their long tail boats and agree on a price. I think it was 1,000 baht for the whole day and the guy would take us anywhere we wanted to go.

    Nowadays, it's all organized. A driver picks you up at your hotel and drops you off near a state park / beach. All the different boats are there and you are directed onto your respective boat. Ours held a good 30-40 people. There are lifejackets for everyone.

    You then get underway and head out to your first destination, just like all the other boats. So that means it's going to be busy and crowded with long tail boats and speed boats. At that destination, you play in the water a little.

    40-50 minutes later, you get underway to your nest destination. The crew hands out snorkel gear and you drop anchor. The water is 5 meters deep. This was a problem for me and my wife. I thought we were going to be on a beach and be able to walk out from the beach to snorkel. I busted my left shoulder, in a motorcycle accident 5 years ago, so I have limited range of motion. So I would have trouble trying to pull myself back up out of the water. And my wife can't swim, so I wouldn't be able to help her stay afloat. So we ended up just sitting in the boat. I was really po'd as that was what I really wanted to do while in Krabi.

    You then depart for another island where the "buffet" lunch is served. This island is very close to the infamous "James Bond Island". The buffet lunch was just boxes of rice with a fried egg and some kind of vegetables. I didn't care for it. There was a some time for swimming on that island. They also have a small bar selling ice cold drinks, including beer. We were there for about an hour.

    We then went to another beach that has some hotel sharing the beach. At the end of the beach there are two temples in shallow caves. One of them has all these wooden penises, which was...interesting (especially when the ladies pose with them). We were there for about an hour.

    For the price, it wasn't bad. I just wish I could have gone snorkeling, but I need a beach to wade out from. The weather was good. We left at about 8 AM and were back around 4 pm.

    If we go back, I think we would do it again.

    Steve

    PS: Maybe I'll add some pics to this later.
    Yeah that was pretty much how it was in January when the wife and I did the National Marine Park from Koh Samui. All those great islands and reefs and everyone winds up in one tiny area. The Thai Tourism Authority really needs to rethink how they setup these types of operations.

    Good info Steve.

    Thanks.

    RickThai

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    Ive got a picture thread some where about the day snorkeling trip out of Ao-Nang.

    Granted one must bunk in with all the other punters but its just the way it is. Other option is to hire your own private tour.

    If there's 4 of you it could work out OK.

    Anyway, if the weather is good its a brilliant day, if the weather is shit its foked.

    End off. We cracked brilliant weather and had a real nice day out.

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    yes, we found a small boat and fisherman and four of us went off with him to various spots

    cost was 1200B for the boat and we shared our food/drinks with the boatman and his floozy

    nice day out for everyone, and some good snorkelling

    I suppose we were out about 6 hours in all
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    yes, we found a small boat and fisherman and four of us went off with him to various spots

    cost was 1200B for the boat and we shared our food/drinks with the boatman and his floozy

    nice day out for everyone, and some good snorkelling

    I suppose we were out about 6 hours in all
    Seems like the way to go.

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