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As is the case with diving, there are some tremendous snorkeling sites in the vicinity of KhaoLak. Snorkeling can obviously be enjoyed by the whole family, young and old. Observe at close quarters a huge array of reef fish such as damsels, triggerfish, parrotfish, surgeonfish, banner fish, and lionfish. Equipment and a local guide will be provided on all arranged trips.

The nearest site is Khao Na Yak Reef, just off the coast of KhaoLak. There are a colourful variation of fish here, and interesting coral gardens. Trips by long-tail boat are readily available.

Mu Ko Surin National Marine Park is a superb marine park which protects five jungle cropped granite islands and their fringing coral reefs. It is famous for it's gorgeous, diverse and prolific shallow-water corals. These islands lie in the Andaman Sea, north west of KhaoLak. There are excellent snorkeling vistas. The islands are also popular for hiking.
Please view our guide for further details.

The Similan Islands are probably the most popular destination. They are renowned the world over for their natural beauty and incredible underwater sightseeing at depths from two to thirty five meters.

The departure point is Thap Lamu just a few kilometers south of Khao Lak. Local operators or your hotel can arrange various tours to these spectacular islands. For example single day or three days/two night trips are available.

Charter a boat or join an island tour. Many liveaboards cater for family snorkeling trips, while others are geared towards the experienced divers. In the case of limited mooring access for the liveaboard, snorkelers are subsequently taken by dinghy to the best shallow areas close to the beach for some fantastic snorkeling.

The best months for visiting the Similan islands (and the Surin islands) are from November to April, when the sea is very calm.

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