Surin and Similan Islands Snorkeling

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4 Days
Availability : October to May
Min Age : 5
Max People : 18

On a snorkeling safari with Andaman Snorkel Discovery you will cruise the fairly undiscovered Surin Islands and two famous islands within the Similan Islands National Park: the stunning Koh Tachai and the Manta hot spot that is Koh Bon. You will get the chance to snorkel away from crowds and visit pristine white sandy beaches with only a few people in sight. On our boat, the eye catching Reggae Queen, you can sit back and enjoy fantastic fresh Thai food and adventure out on our dinghy to unexplored places.

An aerial view of the Surin Islands

You will get the chance to learn about what sea life the Andaman holds within and meet like-minded people who are also there to relax and enjoy. The absolute highlight of our snorkeling tour is a visit to the Surin Islands. Here we see the Moken (Sea Gypsy) community and how they live and we also visit some unique snorkel spots here too.

Price Includes

Round trip transfers from and to your Khao Lak Resort

3 night stay in a twin bunk air-conditioned cabin

All meals on board

Fruit, drinking water, tea and coffee

English and German speaking guide

Professional Snorkel equipment


Price Excludes

National Park entry fee (this is 1,200 THB per adult, 600 THB per child)

Alcoholic drinks

Transfers outside of the Khao Lak area (for example Phuket)

Soft drinks

What To Bring

Good sun protection; at least 30SPF and up. This should be waterproof

T-shirt to wear in the water, bathing suit, towel and extra clothes

Money for alcoholic & soft drinks and any souvenirs you might want to buy on the Surin Islands.

Waterproof camera if you have one with extra batteries and plenty of storage on your SD card (you will be snapping all over the place!)

A long sleeved jumper/cardigan/jacket for the evenings – even in the tropics it can get a bit chilly at night sometimes!

Any personal items you might require. If needed, we advise bringing sea sickness prevention pills, but these are available on board

Don’t worry about all your holiday luggage, you can leave this in the safety of the Andaman Snorkel Discovery office while you are on the boat. You will only need a few things, so it is better to leave your big bags behind and just pack the essentials in a small backpack. We will store it for free and even have a safety box if you have valuables you would like storing safely.

A typical Moken house at Surin

Surin and Similan Snorkeling Itinerary

The Reggae Queen sets out to sea every Thursday evening. Our meeting point is at our office close to the departure pier in Tap Lamu, near Khao Lak. We recommend joining us from Khao Lak, it’s easy for you to arrange a taxi from there to our meeting point. Transfers from Phuket, Krabi, Khao Sok or any other destination can be arranged for you but are not included in the trip price.

Once on board we make our way out to Similan National Park where we will moor for the night. On our journey out, dinner will be served and you will get the chance to meet your fellow snorkeling companions.

The boat will arrive at the Koh Bon at around midnight. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep so you are ready for the next day!

Koh Bon and Koh Tachai

Wake up for a delicious breakfast served on board the boat at 7.30am; this will set you up for your day of snorkeling at the Similan National Park. We start our Andaman Snorkel Tour at Koh Bon, a 65 million year old island formed by sedimented limestone. Koh Bon belongs to the Similan National Park (as does Koh Tachai) and is very popular among divers. The fish diversity is likely to be unique in Thailand. The first snorkel spot we explore at Koh Bon is called ‘Koh Bon Ridge’ or ‘Manta Point’.

Snorkeling stops are usually for an hour at a time, we find that this is enough to explore a site and gives us plenty of time to travel between the snorkel sites. Koh Bon is famous for being a hot spot for Mantas, so if it’s the right time of the year you might just get to encounter one!

More Koh Bon

Even without Mantas, Koh Bon has its own unique and special charm and we are proud that we are the only snorkel tour operator which offers Koh Bon as an integral part of the tour program.

After a short break we will jump for the  second time into the water and snorkel inside the bay at Koh Bon and on the backside of the island. While you are in the water exploring, our crew will do their magic on board and prepare a well needed lunch for when you get back on the boat.

Onto Koh Tachai

After lunch the Reggae Queen takes us to Koh Tachai, one of the most beautiful islands in the Similan Marine National Park. Andaman Snorkel Discovery is the only snorkel tour operator that stops at Koh Tachai. The southern tip of Koh Tachai is called “Koh Tachai Pinnacle” and with a bit of luck we might be able to snorkel with a Manta Ray, Whale Shark or hundreds of Barracuda. On the way to Koh Tachai you have time to relax on the sundeck, read or to take a nap.

It takes around two and a half hours to get here, so we should arrive in the afternoon. This is the optimum time as most dive boats have left the area, heading north, leaving an empty island for us.

See Koh Tachai at it’s Best

You will be amazed at your first encounter with Koh Tachai, in all its stunning glory. As we arrive in the afternoon it is highly likely we will be the only ones here, making it that much more special. We make the most of this beautiful destination while it is empty, snorkeling at sites abundant in underwater life with high chances of encountering whale sharks and manta rays.

We return back to the Reggae Queen well before sunset back, weigh anchor and make our way out to Surin National Park. We will reach the Surin Islands shortly before sunset and find a suitable mooring for the rest of the evening and night. Dinner will then be served. Sleep well because the next day is full of even better snorkeling adventures!

Wake up once again to another hearty breakfast served on board the Reggae Queen at 7.30. We are now at Surin Islands – the highlight of the Andaman Snorkel Discovery Liveaboard. The archipelago of the Surin Islands is a mecca for snorkeling fans and offers a variety of snorkel spots – colourful corals in shallow water, countless fish and pristine beaches.

We start at ‘Chong Kad Bay. Here you will find a perfect underwater world with intact hard and soft corals and a variety of marine life that leaves no room for boredom. Here we will snorkel for an hour before heading onto one of the islands and visiting the Moken village (Sea Gypsies).

Visiting the Moken

This trip is what makes our Andaman snorkel tour the most outstanding, as we are the only one to visit here and include this cultural aspect into our itinerary. We take a look around the village and see what island life is like for these sea faring folk. Of course we are always respectful and do not intrude on their culture or beliefs – with this in mind please dress appropriately when visiting.

Take the chance to purchase some unique souvenirs here, as the Moken make beautiful little trinkets and are grateful for the income.

Socially and Environmentally Responsible

Andaman Snorkel Discovery try to be as socially and environmentally responsible as we can. Afterwards our traditional Moken taxi will take us to ‘Kra Thing Bay’. From here we will follow a short trail across the island to ‘Mai Ngam Bay’ for some relaxing time on the beach and swimming off the shore. And if it is the right time of the year we might be lucky and can play with baby sharks in the mangroves.

After lunch and a short break our next stop is ‘Mae Yai Bay’. Here you can enjoy your adventures in the crystal clear waters and marvel at the beautiful corals and interesting tropical fish.

One more Snorkel Stop

Around 16.30 we arrive at our last snorkeling stop for the day, ‘Turtle Bay’. There is also the chance to catch the dingy over to the main island.

Next we’ll have another scrumptious dinner on board the Reggae Queen and will moor up for the night ready for the last day on our Andaman snorkel tour.

Today we will wake up at 7.30 for an 8.00 breakfast on board the boat; this will set you up for your final day of Andaman snorkel tour adventures. At about 9.00 we will arrive at Phak Kat Bay where we will spend an hour snorkeling in the beautiful waters looking for more fascinating sea creatures and corals.

Our last dip into the sea will be at 10.30 at a snorkel site called Lobster Bay. This is possibly the best snorkel spot out in this area of the Andaman Sea, possibly in the world. At 12.00 we will serve lunch on the boat as we cruise back to the mainland.

And then back to Khao Lak

We will arrive in Kura Buri at approximately 16.00 after an unforgettable Andaman snorkeling experience full of stunning beaches, breathtaking vistas and colourful sea life. The transfer back to Khao Lak will take about an hour and a half, so you should be back to your resort by 17.30.

Safety factor: Itinerary is guide and may change due to conditions, this for your safety.