For those who love to snorkel, the water and islands surrounding Koh Samui feature some of the most beautiful underground worlds in all of Thailand. This tour will take you to the islands of Koh Tao and its smaller neighbour, Koh Nagyuan.
With most tours choosing to visit Koh Nagyuan in the afternoon, we prefer to avoid the crowds and instead, visit in the morning when the waters are still quiet. A truly relaxing experience, you can snorkel here, safe in the knowledge that the best snorkelling areas have been clearly marked and designated ‘boat free’ zones. Koh Nangyuan is actually made up of three smaller islands that are connected by a sand bank, making some lovely, protected little bays that are perfect for the novice snorkeler. Soft, white, sandy beaches await you on the shore should you wish to just sit and soak up the tropical sun after exploring the beauty of the underwater world.
Known as the ‘Turtle Island’, mostly due to its shape, Koh Tao is our next stop and the home to some of the most well-known dive locations in Thailand. At around 21 square kilometres, this is a small island with limited infrastructure, but is somewhere that is geared towards those who love to dive and snorkel. When tourism developments started to negatively impact the area, the Royal Thai Navy organised a breeding programme to assist in building the numbers of the Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles that breed in the surrounding waters. Local scuba diving centres have also assisted in this and between the groups have re-introduced hundreds of young turtles back into the water. Needless to say, the community that lives on the island have become increasingly aware of the need to protect the very delicate environment around them.
One of the highlights of this trip is a visit to the not so well known Hin Wong Bay. Without the large numbers of visitors, the well preserved area hosts a truly startling array of colourful tropical fish and other marine life. A combination of soft and hard corals can be found beneath the sparkling surface of this small bay.
Should you get to the point where you are feeling a little water-logged, you may wish to visit the local Thai Market of Mae Haad Walking Street and delight in the colours and smells that typify such a place. Experience some of the local snacks before re-boarding the boat and heading back to Koh Samui where our tour concludes.