west coast of the island is host to a rich and vibrant coral reef
that stretches from Sri Thanu up to Koh Ma; and from any beach
along this stretch an amazing underwater worl of mesmerising corals
and luminescent tropical fish is right at your fingertips. Good
beaches are Haad Chao Phao, Haad Yao, Haad Salad and Mae Haad;
although almost any beach will have something of interest, especially
if you head to the rocky areas.
is very little to be warned about as the Gulf does not harbour
many seanasties, though look before you put your feet down and
NEVER stand on coral as it kills thousands of years of
growth instantly. Beware of strong currents, wear a t-shirt to
stop your back burning...and enjoy.
you are not on Koh
PhaNgan too long or don't want arrange your own transport,
an excellent way to visit the best snorkelling spots is by booking
on an around-the-island boat trip. These organised boat trips
run every day depending on the weather of course - if you have
booked ahead only to find that it is wet and windy you will receive
a full refund. Most depart from Haad Rin at around 12:00 noon
and arrive back at 6.00pm and include lunch, snorkel and mask.
Magic Boat Trip, Haad Rin
Tel: 081 606 8159
original longtail boat trip on Koh PhaNgan, Magic Reggae leaves
Haad Rin pier at 12.00pm for a fun packed day visiting the best
parts of the island, including a free dinner at the Magic Reggae
Bar upon returning at around 6.00pm.
Dogg Boat Trip, Haad Rin
Tel: 089 529 3828 or 077 375 364
Dogg goes around the island daily visiting all the most popular
sights. You'll fell well and truly looked after with free lunch
and cold beer provided.