Cheaper option for a Surin Islands day trip
- Save money by departing from Kuraburi
Surin Islands tours are available daily from 16 October to 30 April
0700 hrs: Pick up from your Khao Lak hotel
0830 hrs: Check in and have time for coffee at the pier.
0900 hrs: Depart from Kuraburi pier to the Surin Islands by speedboat, which will take approximately 1 hour.
1000 hrs: Enjoy snorkeling time at Pakkard bay and Pae Rock.
1200 hrs: Thai lunch. Set menu served at the national park restaurant.
1330 hrs: Snorkeling at Sapparot bay and Bon bay. Then visit Moken village.
1530-1630 hrs: Transfer back to pier by Speedboat.
1630-1800 hrs: Transfer by minibus to your Khao Lak hotel.
Price: 3,100 baht per adult / 1,900 baht per child (4-11 years)
Price includes: National park fees, snorkeling equipment, snorkeling guide, lunch, round trip hotel transfers*, accident insurance.
Hotel pick up and transfers: *Free two way transfers by shared minivan service are provided from hotels in Khao Lak main beaches. Extra fees may be charged for other areas. Transfers cannot be provided from private addresses / airbnb’s.
Transfer from Phuket hotels – 400 baht per person
Transfer from Khao Sok NP – 2,000 baht one way (for 2 people)
Age restrictions: These speedboat tours are not suitable for infants 3 years old and under, or for pregnant women and the elderly over 70 years of age.
In the event of cancellation, the following cancellation charges will be payable:
– 7 days or more prior to the package or tour date: full refund less bank fees.
– 3-6 days prior to the package or tour date: 30% of total price
– Within 72 hours of the package or tour date, or no show: 100% of total price.
Weather Policy: This is an all weather tour and still runs if it is raining in the morning. The tour will be cancelled if the forecast is for rough sea unsafe for small boats. The decision to cancel is made on the morning of the tour by the boat captain and the harbour master. If a trip is cancelled because of bad weather you can reschedule to the next available day. If you cannot reschedule you will be refunded in full.
What to expect
We have tested several day trips by speedboat to the Surin Islands and the tours that we recommend are not cheap. It’s a long way to go and the fuel costs money. The easiest way to make tours cheaper is to put more people on the boat. Another way is to reduce the distance that the boat travels.
The tour that we recommend uses a boat that is registered for 42 passengers and takes 35 maximum (but often fewer). The departure point is at Ban Nam Ken pier (30 minutes drive north of Khao Lak) and the speedboat ride takes 90 minutes.
This cheaper alternative takes a few more passengers and departs from Kuraburi pier. Kuraburi pier 90 minutes drive north of Khao Lak.
The speedboat ride from Kuraburi to the the Surin Islands is 60 minutes.
We think that it’s worth paying a bit more to be on a boat with fewer passengers. It’s easier to move around on board, to don fins and to enter and exit the water. It’s also easier for the staff to supervise in water activities. Plus if the weather turns it can be wet and bumpy sitting in the front of the boat. On the uncrowded boats there is space for all guests to move to the back where the ride is smoother and it’s undercover.
We also think that it’s preferable to spent 30 minutes in a minibus and 90 minutes on a boat rather than 90 minutes on a minibus and 60 minutes on a boat.