The sun is shining, the sea is calm and crystal clear – and the Ko Lanta National Marine Park is open again!
For the last 2 years, the National Marine Park has been shut from mid-May to mid-October. The Ko Lanta National Marine park includes: Ko Haa, Ko Rok, Hin Daeng & Hin Muang, and the Southern Islands. These islands are some of the most stunning places you’ll ever see but underwater is where lies the real beauty.
To truly discover the area’s extensive marine life and gorgeous underwater landscape you will need at least 5-6 days diving – maybe more if you like to go slow.
Ko Haa is perhaps the most varied with about 12 different dives sites. This collection of of five islands is just ten miles west of Kantiang Bay and offers some of the best diving in Thailand. Swim through an 10 meter long swim-through at the Chimney or explore a system of underwater caverns at the Cathedral. Discover the bizarre macro life living in the lagoon or let yourself be mesmerized by the crystal clear blue water teaming with fish.
The world famous Hin Daeng/Hin Muang have the deepest drop-offs in Thailand – down to 70m – and have some of the most spectacular corals in all of Thailand. The sites are filled with massive schools of fish and offer the best chance to see big fish!
Ko Rok has beautiful, powder white-sandy, twin beaches, which are home to some inquisitive Giant Monitor Lizards (1-1.5m). Below the surface it is all about the coral. You can see enormous barrel sponges, sea fans, maze, mushroom and table coral formations up to 15m high. The blue-tipped staghorn coral beds are home to giant moray eels, all kinds of nudibranches and pipefish.
Local divers are still discovering the underwater life in the Souhern Islands. One of the best stops is at Ko Kradan where you can see beautiful pink and white soft corals and many different nudibranches and other macro life. Usually, this trip can be combined with a stop at the famous Emerald Cave at Ko Mook where you can snorkel through an 80 meter long tunnel into a fabulous tropical lagoon.
The Ko Lanta National Marine Park is home to such much beauty and is a must-see on a visit to Ko Lanta. If your not a diver already, there are options to learn or to do a one day diving experience. From Kantiang Bay, Scubafish offer daily trips to Ko Haa and to the other sites in the Marine Park. Their boats leave directly from Kantiang Bay and their friendly, professional staff know the sites very well and can offer a wealth of local knowledge.