Why Snorkeling is an Essential Part of Experiencing Krabi – What to Know

September 17, 2019
Nakamanda Resort & Spa

Nestled within the heart of Southern Thailand’s west coast, Krabi is described by tourists and locals alike as the “prime spot for an unforgettable Thai aquatic experience”. Easily recognizable by its jagged terrain, rocky and sheer limestone cliffs, and rich greenery, the province is the perfect place to go to if you want an unparalleled experience with nature.

Besides trekking through the dense mangrove forests and hopping from island to island, there’s one more activity that you can’t miss out on when you visit Krabi: snorkeling.

The rich marine biodiversity, clear blue water, and unrivaled island experience makes Krabi’s seas the perfect place for a snorkeling experience unlike any other. Typically, the best time to enjoy the island’s surrounding seas is during the monsoon season (which takes place from November to March) because of the friendly temperatures and controlled humidity.


Reaching the island
Before we talk about where you should go to enjoy Krabi snorkeling at its finest, there’s one particular question you might need answered: “how do I get to Krabi in the first place?”

Fortunately for you, Krabi can easily be reached through every mode of transportation as long as you have proper transportation arrangements in place. When you start from Bangkok, Krabi can be reached through the island’s different roadways, airways, and waterways. Whether you’re a boat, plane, or car type of person, there will be a way for you to reach the beautiful island. Aside from the snorkeling experience itself, another great activity you can enjoy during your trip to Krabi is the sightseeing that can be enjoyed en-route to the destination.


Places for snorkeling
As you snorkel in Krabi’s clear waters, you’ll be able to see the different natural coral formations and colorful shoals of different schools of fish. However, the overall quality of your snorkeling experience will depend on where you go to swim. In order to make the most out of a day of snorkeling, here are two different locations that you can’t miss:


1. Phi Phi Island
Located in between Phuket and the West Strait of Malacca, Phi Phi island is perfect for those seeking picturesque underwater landscapes and an unforgettable snorkeling experience. Although it may only be 30 miles away from mainland Thailand, Phi Phi Island’s underwater scenery looks like something that’s hundreds of miles from the shoreline, making it perfect for anyone who wants to get away without having to go too far.

When snorkeling in Phi Phi Island, you’ll be greeted by colorful schools of fish, breathtaking coral formations, and mesmerizing coral gardens. Aside from a stellar marine biodiversity and crystal-clear waters, Phi Phi is also known for its wide range of snorkeling spots such as Lohsmaha Bay, Ao Lo Sama, Ao Maya, and Hin Kiang. If you’re looking to hop around as much as possible during your Krabi snorkeling experience in Phi Phi island, make sure that you ask your guide to bring you over to Bamboo Island so that you can enjoy its awe-inspiring 500 meters of reef and coral.


2. Hong Island
Hong Island never fails to be the star of every Krabi snorkeling experience, even when surrounded by three other islands in the same group (namely the Koh Hong Group). Located off the coast of the wonderful island of Krabi, Hong Island can easily be accessed through long-tail boats that can help you circumnavigate the entire area. With shallow coral reefs, sandy beaches, and blue water, the island is perfect for beginner snorkelers. Once you grow tired of snorkeling, consider paddling around in a kayak during low tide and exploring the Hong Lagoon.

Snorkeling is one of the most breathtaking and unforgettable ways to explore Krabi and its magnificent surroundings. Although Phi Phi and Hong Island are two amazing places to go to for Krabi snorkeling, striking up a conversation with one of the local dive experts can help with finding more spots to explore with a pair of goggles and a snorkel.

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