Snorkelling is a great introduction to the fascinating underwater world around Ko Lanta. There are a number of dive boats and dedicated snorkel boats making daily trips to the islands around Ko Lanta where you can dive into the warm turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea and discover coral reefs teaming with colourful marine life.
You’ll find the best snorkelling from Ko Lanta around the surrounding islands in the Ko Lanta National Marine Park. These islands are located towards the south of Ko Lanta so you’d do well to book a tour leaving from Kantiang Bay as you will be much closer to the sites – saving you on valuable travel time! Both dive centers and snorkel tour operators will offer full day trips and you’ll have 3 trips to choose from:
Southern Islands/Four Islands
To the south of Ko Lanta you have the “Southern Islands” which most tour operators call the “Four Islands.” While there are many islands to the south of Ko Lanta, these tours generally stop at four of these islands. Daily itineraries may change depending on weather and conditions but will often stop at Ko Ngai, Ko Muk (Emerald Cave), Ko Kradan, Ko Cheuk or Ko Wen. Most of these tours are offered on long tail boats but speed boats are also available.
This trip will be sure to impress both underwater and above. Your boat journey will take you through stunning and dramatic karst landscapes, stopping along the way for you to enjoy the scenic underwater world. This is normally a full day trip and if leaving by long tail from Kantiang Bay takes about 45mins.
Ko Rok’s rich emerald green jungle, powdery white sand beaches, clear and calm turquoise waters and stunning coral reef make it a must-see and is sure to impress. The shallow reef that extends around these two islands – Ko Rok Nok and Ko Rok Nai – are perfect for people new to snorkelling. Discover beautiful coral formations, plenty of colourful reef fish and be sure to keep a look out for turtles which are often found in the area.
Several tour operators will offer either long tail or speed boat service to Ko Rok. The journey time will be much shorter if leaving from Kantiang Bay – 1hr30min by long tail 45min by speed boat. You can also choose to visit Ko Rok on one of the dive boats. Leaving from Kantiang Bay, Scubafish 5-Star Dive Centre, offers guided trips to Ko Rok once a week for both divers and snorkelers.
Ko Haa is perhaps the best kept secret about the Lanta National Marine Park. This collection of 5 limestone karsts – in Thai Ko Haa literally translates to 5 islands – offers some of the best snorkelling in the Andaman Sea. Here you will discover clear water with unlimited visibility, huge diversity of colourful marine life and beautiful healthy coral reefs all set in a spectacular karst landscape. In fact, above water is just as stunning as underwater. The rocky karst formations jet majestically out of the water and offer beautiful overhangs and small caves for which to explore.
Ko Haa really is a kept secrete and most tour operators will not offer it as a daily snorkel trips. To get to Ko Haa you will have to join a dive boat that offers both diving and snorkelling. Leaving everyday from Kantiang Beach, Scubafish welcomes snorkelers aboard its boat.