We waited and watched the weather before we decided to book a snorkel trip. It wasn’t that the weather was bad, most days were slightly overcast but still stinking hot with the occasional downpour in the evenings as Thailand comes to the end of their rainy season. There was one day that caught my eye of 30 degrees with nothing but sunshine, so we had to wait a good week before we would go snorkeling. That morning i was so glad we waited. It was a gorgeous day, clear blue skies with the beating sun shining so bright. This is my second time in Koh Lanta, so i made sure we booked our snorkel for Koh Rok, an unbelievable island with some of the best underwater life I have seen in my time traveling around Thailand. We got a great deal through our resort for our snorkel day and paid 1250 THB per person, compared to most at about 1500 THB or more. The tour was hosted by Pirate Kings who had some decent reviews online.
We were picked up directly from our resort at around 830am and taken to the pier to catch our speedboat. The boat was full with about 25 people all together but still a comfortable ride not feeling like you were packed in like sardines like some other excursions I’ve experienced in Thailand. Sit at the front of the boat to enjoy the amazing views over to the island but make sure to wear a hat and sunblock as it get really hot.
It was only a 40 minute drive to the first snorkel spot at Koh Rok. You jump right off the boat directly beside the coral. There is so much life here to see, it can be a bit overwhelming. With only 40 minutes to explore, you try to soak up as much as possible. The company provides water, towels, fins and snorkel but we had brought our own gear with us which i suggest if you can cause their equipment is very basic. We saw alot of beautiful life here including angelfish, nemos, pufferfish as well as an array of rainbow fish, sea slugs and beautiful coral.
We headed to the next spot, Koh Rok Haa not to far from the first spot. Another beautiful spot with the same type of fish. Although it doesnt get old especially with the great visibility we had on this day.
You then head to the National Park for a delicious lunch with about an hour and a half to eat and relax on the island. Beautiful stretches of white sand beach and water so clear its like looking through a glass table. The lunch buffet was really good and being a pescatarian, i always worry about the options available. Although two of the dishes included chicken, the flavors of the vegetable stir fry made up for it. There is no shortage of fresh pineapple and watermelon, juice and pop and delicious banana muffins. There’s a nature walk you can take on the island but expect a lot of stairs with a hike up to a view point. We weren’t prepared for the hike in our bathing suits and bare feet so we ended up giving up and turning around and just swimming in the turquoise water instead.
Its about a 20 minute boat ride to the final snorkel spot at yet another beautiful location. This spot was so great for us and all of us saw so much more here than at the first two spots despite being told the other two were the best ones. We probably lucked out being able to witness plenty of tuna, giant puffer fish (about 2-3 feet in length and about a foot wide), sea snakes and a probably the biggest Moray eel i have ever seen! We followed along the rock cliff side in the shade and came across a totally different world from the busier parts of the reef. This is set right next to the drop off so expect to see a variety of bigger and colorful fish. After another 40 minutes of snorkeling we headed out. Only a 20 minute boat ride from the last spot we arrived back on the island. All of us were blown away by how wonderful of a day it was, how perfect the weather had been and how amazing the experience was for us. It was just the most perfect way to finish off our time in Koh Lanta.
I am really glad i picked this place to show to my parents and if given the chance i would definitely return. Although i have been back to Thaialnd 3 times, i can still see myself coming back at some point again whether it be for snorkeling, scuba diving or just to enjoy the relaxation of the lifestyle here.
Our last nights meal was enjoyed at Thai Cat not too far from our resort. If you’re looking for the perfect view of the beach and sunset with delicious food, this is the place to go! I was blown away by the setting and flavors of this restaurant and a little sad we didn’t find it sooner. After saying a sad goodbye to my parents the next day, Mark and i picked Thai Cat for our final last nights dinner in Koh Lanta.
We have one more new country to visit, Malaysia, and we are feeling so many emotions as our trip comes to an end. We depart from the Saladan Pier on our ferry to Koh Lipe and our final destination in Langkawi. I’m looking forward to a proper bed and a bigger city to do some phone shopping as mine stopped working and have been without one for about 4 days now. So far no bad withdrawals! Im saddened that i am close to writing my last blog posts for this trip and incredibly grateful for those who have followed this far. ❤