Kayaking is one of the most popular water sports on Koh Samui and gives people the perfect opportunity to explore the surrounding waters, islands and coves. With incredible over hanging coves, secluded beaches and pristine waters, hiring a kayak can be a great way of finding some of Samui’s natural hidden treasures.
You can hire kayaks on many of the islands major beaches or in the popular destinations of Chaweng and Lamai. Some resorts even offer free kayak hire to guests.
Once you have rented your kayak, you are all set to go and explore the waters around Koh Samui. However, whilst this can be great fun, one of the best ways to see some of the most beautiful spots around the island is to book an organised kayaking tour that visits some of the most picturesque islands and reefs around Koh Samui.
Kayaking trips to the nearby islands of Koh Tan and Koh Mudsum are very popular and highly recommended. Kayaking trips to these islands normally includes an opportunity to do some snorkelling, for those that are interested and both of these sites are crammed with exotic marine life and offer some of the best conditions for snorkelling off Samui.
If, after all that kayaking, you haven’t got the energy for snorkelling then don’t worry as you can always find a quite spot on one of the islands white sandy beaches in order to relax and make sure that your energy levels are well and truly recharged!
Also included in many kayaking tours to Koh Tan and Koh Mudsum are transfers to and from your hotel, snorkelling equipment and lunch, snacks and refreshments. The price of a sea kayaking tour to Koh Tan and Koh Mudsom costs approximately 1300 Baht for adults and around 750 Baht for children. The majority of these types of tours are full day trips, although there are some half day trips and even overnight kayaking tours available off Koh Samui.
Sea Kayaking Around the Ang Thong National Marine Park
As well as exploring Koh Tan and Koh Mudsom by kayak, it is also highly recommended to take a kayaking tour to the incredible Ang Thong National Marine Park, which is located to the north west of Koh Samui.
Ang Thong Marine Park contains approximately 40 unusually shaped, yet stunningly beautiful islands which form a mini-archipelago and are amongst some of the most amazing sights to be found in the Gulf of Thailand.
The park itself encompasses some 250 square kilometres, with each of the green luscious islands seeming to almost appear from nowhere above the surface of the beautiful turquoise sea.
The best way to explore these incredible rock formations is to tour the area by sea kayak, which will certainly make for a breathtaking and memorable experience that will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your stay on Koh Samui.
It is said that the Ang Thong Marine Park was the inspiration behind Alex Garland’s international bestselling novel, The Beach and after visiting the area, you will see why!
Particular highlights of the park include Koh Mae Ko, which is renowned for its amazing golden beach and stunning saltwater lagoon, which is called Thale Noi. As well as golden beaches and lagoons, Sam Sai boasts a thriving coral reef, teeming with wildlife and snorkelling around this area is nothing short of exceptional. The island of Phai Luak contains several spectacular caves and caverns that have an array of unusual stalactites and limestone formations.
Travel to the Ang Thong Marine Park from Koh Samui is normally provided by speed boat or larger boat, depending on what type of tour you are booked on.
During the journey from Samui to the marine park the boat will cruise between overhanging rocks, whilst taking in some of the Thailand’s most magnificent beaches. A light breakfast will also be included in the journey.
Once you arrive at the marine park, you will be free to go in your kayak and explore the area, before paddling back to the boat for a well earned and delicious Thai style lunch. After lunch the tour will move onto another area of the park, with Tai Plao a popular afternoon destination for many of the tour operators. Here you will be able to board your kayak once more, navigating your way into mysterious tunnels and caves and around unusual rock formations.
It is likely that you will then visit the island’s beach where you will able to relax or go for a spot of snorkelling, which is definitely recommended.
Another popular stop for many tour operators is Talay Nai, which is an amazing saltwater lagoon, situated in a huge cave. Talay Nai’s waters have an amazing array of wildlife, which offers another great opportunity for snorkelling. If you are lucky, you might even see dolphins or sea turtles.
Ang Thong Kayaking Tour
The majority of kayaking tours and packages from Koh Samui to the Ang Thong Marine Park will include hotel/accommodation transfers, breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, fruit, snorkelling equipment, kayaks, life jackets, admission fee to the Marine Park and an English speaking tour guide.
It is normally the case that tours of this kind will leave Samui at approximately 8am, with you returning to your accommodation no later than 5.30pm. The price of tours vary between operators but you should expect to pay somewhere in the region of 2000 Baht for adults and 1300 Baht for children.
Here are details of some of the kayaking tour operators on Koh Samui:
Blue Star Divers
Address: 82/83 Moo2 Chaweng Lake Road, Chaweng, 84320
Tel: 077 413 231