Top Spots for Snorkeling and Diving in Thailand

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1. Swimming in luminescent Plankton on Koh Chang

Koh Chang, Thailand

Koh Chang, Thailand

We loved Koh Chang. It feels much more authentic and less touristic than many other islands in Thailand. At least, if you look for an accommodation outside of the tourist areas. We visited Koh Chang during the rainy season and therefore, we were not precisely lucky with the weather. One evening, the rain suddenly stopped, and we decided to have a quick swim in the sea before the sun sets and we were even able to enjoy a bit of the sunset. When it got dark, we still didn’t feel like leaving the water yet. And this is how we discovered the luminescent Plankton.

At first, I thought it was just the reflection of the lights from the beach. But the darker it got around us, the more the plankton started to glow. It was like standing between a thousand little stars that would glow with every move we did. It was simply magical. Especially, because we absolutely didn’t expect to find that luminescent plankton there on Koh Chang.

To see this gorgeous act of nature, you must choose a beach with as little light as possible (We stayed at a beach in the South of the islands a little bit off the beaten path). The darker it is, the more luminescence you can see. The glowing of the plankton is caused by a chemical reaction and you are only able to see it if the plankton moves.

For us, just for this experience, a visit to Koh Chang is absolutely worth it!

By: Vicki from vickiviaja.com

 

2. Snorkeling in Koh Rok

Koh Rok, Thailand

Koh Rok, Thailand

Thailand has some pretty spectacular beaches many like the Koh Phi Phi has made it to Hollywood movies, The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio. However, some of these beaches have become overrun and finding one that isn’t is a bit of a challenge. Fret no more, I found a pristine, uninhabited island as beautiful as the ones we’ve come to know and love.

Koh Rok, consists of 2 islands located about 30kms from Koh Lanta, an uninhabited island tourists are able to camp a night a two but must leave only footprints, meaning that all waste must be taken with them. The island is most used for day trippers that visit for the amazing snorkelling spots around the island. Part of the snorkelling tour takes you to Koh Rok for lunch. The snorkeling tours take you to two spots before lunch and another spot that has an abundance of Nemo fish which is a highlight of any snorkelling tour. We took our 3 kids and they enjoyed all 3 snorkelling spot and they were suitable for all the family.

You will get to spend 2 hours on Koh Rok over lunch time, allowing enough time for a saddle in the pristine white sand beach. The water is a beautiful turquoise colour, just like you see in the Thailand travel brochures. The kids took the snorkelling gear in to the water and paddled around looking for fish. I Koh Rok is definitely worth visiting, I think it was one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen.

By: Sally from our3kidsvtheworld.com

3. Koh Dok Mai

Koh Dok Mai, ThailandKoh Dok Mai, Thailand

Located equal distance from Phuket and Koh Phi Phi is the dive site of Koh Dok Mai. Koh Dok Mai can be easily reached from Phuket by express boat in around 90 minutes. Once under the water watch out for baby sharks, hidden caves in the limestone rock faces, and colorful coral. The place is ideal for night dives in Thailand. Some of the highlights of the marine life at Koh Dok Mai include: moray eels and leopard sharks.

4. Hin Daeng and Hin Mouang

Hin Daeng And Hin Mouang, Thailand

Hin Daeng And Hin Mouang, Thailand

Situated at a distance of around 50 km from Ko Lanta is the dive site of Hin Daeng and Hin Mouang; also known as red and purple rock. Highlight of the dive include gray sharks, pelagic fish and manta rays. However the dive here requires one to be an experienced diver than a novice one.

There are underwater caves in the area, which can also be explored as part of the dive. As the name suggests the corals here various shades of red and purple, making it visual bonanza for the divers. The best time to dive in here is from November to March when the water is stable. The monsoon May-October should be strictly avoided.


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