The Best Places to Snorkel on Koh Phangan

23 May 2023

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 Snorkelling is a great way to get a little closer to the ocean wildlife without being intrusive. Unlike scuba-diving, snorkelling does not require any teaching, classes or practice. As long as you can swim, you can snorkel and enjoy peering beneath the gentle waves at what lies underneath!

You might need to walk out for a distance at some beaches to get deep enough to swim. Koh Phangan's corals can be found on the west and northwest coasts.

Remember to snorkel responsibly. Never touch or step on the coral!

There are lots of small fish, crabs and underwater flora to admire - the experience of seeing underwater is always fun!


Haad Salad

One of Koh Phangan's most beautiful beaches is the Northwest of Phangan. Haad Salad beach offers 600 metres of soft white sand and a lovely remote charm. The coral is to be found around 80 metres offshore. You may need to walk out at low tide before you can swim or snorkel. But you will find beautiful small fish in the clear turquoise water.

Haad Chao Pao

This is another large beach in the northwest which offers a relaxing atmosphere. Be prepared to walk to get to deeper water from where a coral reef lies stretches up to Koh Ma. You may spot a spotted stingray amongst other beautiful wildlife if you're lucky.


Koh Ma and Mae Haad

Possibly the best place to snorkel is Koh Ma, a small island joined to Mae Haad beach by a sandbank. Here you can spend a couple of hours in the sea on clear days admiring the colourful coral, fish and other sea creatures.

You’ll have to pass a shallow stretch of water, but once it gets deeper, you can see more enormous shoals of fish, including parrotfish, blue spotted rays and barracuda.

Haad Khom
Haad Khom is in the north, to the east of Chaloklum Village. This area is a popular spot for snorkelling thanks to its coral reef, which surrounds the bay. This beach is quiet and peaceful, with just a few huts and a restaurant, which is ideal if you visit with your family.


Haad Yao

Haad Yao, an area known for its dive schools, is a clean beach with fine sand lined by coconut trees. A long coral reef lies about 400 metres offshore.

The shallow water is easy to snorkel, but you might need to walk out a little. Porcupines, squirrel fish, parrot fish, fusiliers and blue spotted rays have been spotted here.


Snorkel tours on Koh Phangan


Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan Snorkel Tour By Speedboat with Lunch

This tour offers a hassle-free day trip from Koh Samui to the beautiful snorkelling spots of Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan. A speedboat and a guide are provided, along with hotel pickup and drop-off, a Thai buffet lunch, and admission fees. Visitors can choose to snorkel, hike, or relax on the beaches. Beach chairs and umbrellas are also provided.



Snorkel Tour to Koh Nangyuan and the hidden bays of Koh Tao

This boat tour offers a unique experience to explore secluded bays, caves, and beaches in Koa Tao, away from crowds. The tour includes climbing to a viewpoint and snorkelling at a coral reef, increasing the chances of spotting exotic marine life. Hotel pickup and drop-off, drinking water, lunch, and a professional English-speaking guide are included, but the National Park entrance fee of 250 THB per adult and 120 THB per child is not. The tour offers morning and afternoon departure options and basic accident insurance. However, hotel round-trip transfer is not included for Mango Bay and Lighthouse Beach.



Snorkel Tour to Koh Nangyuan and Koh Tao by Speed Boat

Embark on a full-day speedboat trip to explore the stunning coral reefs and pristine beaches of Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan, departing from Koh Phangan. The tour offers convenient hotel pickup and drop-off on Koh Phangan, and all necessary equipment and transportation are provided. Moreover, you can relish an authentic Thai lunch on the private island of Koh Nang Yuan. The tour allows you to snorkel, swim, and sunbathe on the islands, and a professional English-speaking guide is available to assist you. Basic accident insurance, entrance fees to Koh Nangyuan, and gratuities are included.



Important notes

  • It is better to book the tour in advance, especially during the Full Moon party week,  as the available seats per boat are limited by law. 
  • Please snorkel with responsibility. Protect what you love and be mindful of Koh Phangan's beautiful wildlife.


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