The Four Island Tour is one of the best ways to take in the gorgeous islands surrounding Ko Lanta.
Spend the day on a traditional Thai longtail boat – hopping on and off at the various stops, swimming in the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea and discovering new beaches. Kantiang Bay is a great place to base yourself for this trip as the local operators leave directly from the beach in Kantiang Bay. Since the islands are to the south of Ko Lanta, leaving from Kantiang Bay directly, means shorted travel times.
The Four Islands are actually a group of more then four islands which are also called the southern islands as they are located south-south east from Ko Lanta. Some of the islands, Ko Muk, Ko Kradan and Ko Ngai are a bit larger and have beaches while many like Ko Maa, Ko, Waen and Ko Cheuk are just big limestone karst jutting out of the sea. Most trips make four stops – hence four islands. Ko Ngai is normally one stop which has a lovely and very quiet beach. Make sure you have a few baht with you to get an ice cream or fresh fruit juice from the resort restaurant. Other stops are often Ko Waen and Ko Cheuk for some great snorkelling. Finally, the highlight of the trip – Ko Muk and the Emerald Cave. Here you can swim through an 80m long tunnel which opens to a spectacular lagoon and beach. It sounds amazing and in reality, it doesn’t disappoint!
From Kantiang Bay you can book the Four Island Trip with local operators – Simply Life Tour, Kantiang Tour or with Freedom Adventures. Both Simply Life and Kantiang Tour have their own longtail boats and leave directly from the beach at Kantiang Bay. Freedom adventures runs a comfy converted fishing boat which leaves from the pier in Old Town. The trips themselves are mostly the same and will include, lunch, fruit, drinking water and some snorkelling equipment. You will need to bring a towel, sunscreen, and maybe a waterproof bag for your camera.