Manta rays under threat

Snorkeling with a manta

Manta rays need protection In the past fishing fleets have not hunted manta rays as aggressively as they are today, the meat is not that tasty and spoils quickly. Plus manta rays damaged expensive fishing nets. But as world fish and shark stocks decline fisherman are turning to rays as the latest species to exploit. Manta ray flesh is being sold for food to commercial fisheries, mainly for dried fish or Read More …

Where to snorkel with….

Snorkeling with a whale shark

Where to snorkel with… Do you have a particular marine creature that you want to see while snorkeling in Thailand? This where to guide is focused on the Andaman sea side of Thailand. Where to snorkel with Reef sharks Usually seen at the Surin Islands and Koh Tachai. You have a good chance to snorkel with reef sharks (and Leopard sharks) on the liveaboards. They are also seen on the day Read More …

Record your shark and manta sightings

Become a citizen scientist snorkeler Collaborate with the global scientific community and aid them in learning more about reef sharks, whale sharks and manta rays. If you see a whale shark, manta ray or shark while snorkeling in Thailand take a photo and submit your sighting information to one of these databases: Wildbook is a visual identification database for global whale shark sightings. It uses pattern recognition software to record encounters with Read More …

Oktavia snorkeling liveaboard photos

Oktavia guests

Oktavia snorkeling liveaboard photos UPDATE 2021: This liveaboard has ceased operations 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 Read More …

Thailand Snorkeling FAQ Part 1

whale shark

Q. Where is the best place to snorkel in Thailand? The Similan Islands has the clearest water, the biggest fish and the largest schools of fish. This is the closest you can get to being inside an aquarium. Turtles are common here. The Surin Islands are less visited than the Similan Islands and the hard corals are better. Reefs are shallower too so it’s ideal for snorkeling. Phi Phi Islands has a huge Read More …