Snorkeling with manta rays


Snorkeling with manta rays Where to snorkel with manta rays in Thailand It seems like every one is seeing manta rays at the moment. They are being seen by guests on the Reggae Queen liveaboard and the Oktavia liveaboard. The most common place for sightings is Koh Bon which has always been the best place, it’s where the mantas come to be cleaned. They are also being seen at Koh Read More …

You can still snorkel at Koh Tachai

whale shark

Snorkeling at Koh Tachai even though the island is closed to tourists We are getting lots of enquiries about Koh Tachai. Many of you have read that the island is closed. That’s true. The national parks authority made the beaches of Koh Tachai off limits to boats at the end of last season (May 2016) to help protect the environment. But you can still snorkel there. Koh Tachai was a Read More …

Koh Tachai whale shark


Whale sharks and more on a snorkeling liveaboard The guests on board the Sawan snorkeling liveaboard (aka Reggae Queen) in December were lucky enough to snorkel with this whale shark: December is normally a bit early for whale sharks but these days it’s getting harder to predict and the last two years have been very good for sightings throughout the season. This one was seen at Koh Tachai. There were Read More …

What will I see?

What will I see snorkeling in Thailand? Here are some photos taken on the Sawan snorkeling liveaboard (aka Reggae Queen) during two trips in mid December. The guides on this 3 day 3 night trip know where all the cool stuff is as these photos of manta rays, dolphins, barracuda, turtles and much more show. This is typical of the feedback that we get:  “Boat was great, food delicious, staff Read More …

Snorkeling with whale sharks and manta rays

Whale shark

Snorkeling with whale sharks and mantas! Update July 2015. The MV Sunshine liveaboard is no longer in operation. The best alternative liveaboard for snorkeling at Koh Bon and Koh Tachai (and the Surin Islands) is the Sawan (aka Reggae Queen). 3 day 3 night trips are 15,900 baht per person. It’s the best itinerary for snorkelers. Check out these snorkeling with whale sharks and mantas photos taken last Friday at Read More …

Oktavia snorkeling liveaboard photos

Oktavia guests

Oktavia snorkeling liveaboard photos Here are a few photos from the popular Oktavia snorkeling liveaboard. This is probably the friendliest boat in Thailand, everyone comes back raving about the crew. You can either do a 2 day 2 night trip to the Similan Islands, a 3 day 2 night trip to Koh Tachai, Koh Bon and Richelieu Rock or a 5 night trip to all the islands.              

MV Sawan Snorkeling Liveaboard Review

Sawan snorkeling liveaboard

Sawan snorkeling liveaboard review This feedback from Lydia who went snorkeling with Sawan (aka Reggae Queen) to Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Surin this February. We had a fabulous time. Lovely itinerary with lots of snorkelling, trips to the islands, visits to the Monken.  Great boat with lovely staff and fantastic food. Will go again when in Thailand. For more info on these excellent 3 day 3 night trips out Read More …

MV Sawan snorkeling liveaboard photos


Snorkeling liveaboard photos Everyone has a great time aboard MV Sawan, a dedicated snorkeling liveaboard boat running 3 day 3 night trips from Khao Lak every Wed and Sun from Nov to April. Here are some photos from recent trips in Nov and Dec 2012. Thanks to the guys on Sawan for letting me use the photos.

Thailand Snorkeling FAQ part 2

Q. When is the best time of year to snorkel in Thailand? On the Andaman Sea side of Thailand’s west coast the best season for snorkeling is Nov – May. From June – October you can still do excellent snorkeling at Racha Yai, Phi Phi and Koh Kai but the Similan and Surin National Marine Parks are closed to tour boats. Q. Which type of snorkeling boat? We mainly offer Read More …