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 snorkeling day trip tours by speedboat because the speedboats get snorkelers out to the best snorkeling places quickly and in smaller groups. The boats have covered shaded areas and toilets. They have life jackets on board. They also carry all the snorkeling equipment that you need, mask (goggles), snorkel and fins (flippers). The boat crew act as guides for your safety and enjoyment. Drinking water is also on the boats. The speedboats that we offer typically carry 25-50 passengers, not over 100 as others do.
We also offer snorkeling on larger cruisers which offer more comfort and weather protection than speedboats. They are a better option when the sea is not flat, they allow passengers to move around, sun bathe on deck and chat with each other.
We also offer snorkeling tours on dive boats. These are slower boats that allow snorkelers to snorkel while the divers dive. Although slower that a speedboat they offer more comfort on boat and are often cheaper. It is sometimes possible to do an intro or try dive on board these boats.
Longer trips to the Similan and Surin Islands include accommodation on board (they are known as liveaboard boats) so you can wake up at the beautiful islands and snorkel all day. These are our favourite tours, they offer the very best snorkeling. We have liveaboard safari tours from one to five nights in length.
Q. Join in tour or charter?
If you are a group of family, friends or work colleagues it often works out better to charter your own boat. We have speedboats and liveaboards of all sizes available for charter. Charters offer the convenience to set your own itinerary. Charters are often no more expensive than join in trips, sometimes they are even cheaper.