Koh Tachai snorkeling day trips
Update May 2016: Koh Tachai is closed indefinitely in order to preserve the islands natural beauty. Where to go instead? We recommend the Surin Islands.
Earlier this week we posted about Koh Tachai diving day trips but snorkeling Koh Tachai is also very popular and Koh Tachai has one of the best beaches in Thailand.
If you are with your diving partner you can join the dive boat to Koh Tachai on Monday or Wednesday (3,100 baht per person including the national park entrance fee). But bear in mind that these trips are geared primarily to divers and the snorkeling can be challenging at the dive sites which have strong currents. Also, beach visits may not be possible.
A better option could be to join a dedicated beach and snorkeling day trip to Koh Tachai by speedboat. In this case we recommend an early bird day trip to beat the crowds. Koh Tachai is now really popular with holiday makers, including local Thai tourists on weekends and public holidays. In peak season there can be upwards of three hundred people on the beach which kinda spoils the deserted paradise feel. The early bird day trip gets you on the island first, so you can get your pictures of an undisturbed beach then head off snorkeling as the other day trip boats arrive.
Snorkeling Koh Tachai
Snorkeling is done on the coral reef that runs parallel to the eastern side of the island. Baby reef sharks can often be spotted in the mangroves. There is also a small nature trail and a view point on the island.
Koh Tachai snorkeling day trips depart every day in season (November to April) from Ban Nam Kem pier (30 minutes drive north of Khao Lak). Transfers are provided from Khao Lak hotels and can also be arranged from Phuket hotels, as long as you don’t mind a very early start.
More details here: http://www.snorkelingthailand.com/koh-tachai-snorkeling-day-trip/