Snorkeling is one activity that is certainly suitable for everyone. If you don’t fancy the idea of scuba diving then snorkeling off Koh Samui can provide you with the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the exotic marine life that inhabits the islands surrounding waters.
On days when visibility is good, you could be surprised just how many different types of fish and other marine life you can see, even when you are fairly close to the shore.
The necessary equipment you need to be able snorkel on Koh Samui is readily available from any of the islands diving shops. The snorkeling equipment that can be found at a specialist dive shop will probably be more expensive than what you can purchase elsewhere.
However, the quality is likely to be greater and the equipment safer to use. For example, a mask that is made from reinforced silicon is likely to be more expensive but will last much longer than one made from flimsy plastic.
If you are looking for something a little cheaper, most of the islands supermarkets and many independent stores will also sell basic snorkeling equipment. Some snorkeling gear can even be rented for around 100 Baht on any of the islands busiest beaches.
Once you have your snorkeling equipment, you are good to go and if you plan to head out on your own then some of the best sites for snorkeling, which are within close proximity of the shore, can be found around the rocks and coastal areas between Lamai Beach and Chaweng Noi. The rocks around Hin Ta and Hin Yai in Lamai are also good spots for snorkeling.
Samui Snorkeling Trip
If you want to take your snorkeling experience on Koh Samui to the next level then it is highly recommended to book a snorkeling trip at one of the islands dive schools or through a specialist tour operator.
Many of the islands diving schools take snorkeling tours to the same sites as their scuba divers, which for many, are amongst some of the best locations in Asia to see exotic marine wildlife. A snorkeling trip around the Ang Thong National Marine Park, for example, is highly recommended, especially if scuba diving is a little out of your budget.
A number of specialist tour operators on Samui also organise their own snorkeling tours and day trips, which can be a better option for people who might not want to travel a long distance by boat, as can sometimes be the case when travelling to scuba diving specific site.
A tour organised by a private operator can also include hotel transfers, lunch and refreshments. Some of the popular, smaller snorkeling trips on the island involve travelling by long tail boat to different sites located close to Koh Samui.
Koh Tan is one such location and this largely unspoilt small island is well known for the abundance of coral and exotic marine life that live in its waters.
Koh Matsum, which is located to the south of Koh Tan, is another popular site for snorkeling. Here you will find a beautiful long sandy beach, as well as plenty more options for snorkeling.
For those who wish to venture a little a further from Samui then there are also a number of snorkeling tours available travelling by speed boat to Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan. These offer the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse at some of Thailand’s most beautiful coral reefs, in warm, crystal clear waters.
Snorkeling Tour Operators
Here are details of some of the tour operators that can organise snorkeling trips from Koh Samui: