Koh Samui to Koh Tao snorkeling day trip
by fast catamaran
- More comfortable than a speedboat. A comfortable way to go snorkeling from Samui to Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan.
- We recommend this tour to everyone but especially inexperienced snorkelers, families with kids and anyone who hates sitting in a cramped and bumpy speedboat.
- Friendly guides will help beginners and kids. Life jackets and flotation aids are provided.
This tour is available all year round, it runs every day.
0630-0800 hrs: Pick up from your Samui hotel and transfer to Maenam pier.
A light breakfast of coffee and croissants is provided at the pier while all the passengers are collected.
0800-0830 hrs: Koh Samui-Koh Phangan
0845-1000 hrs: Koh Phangan to Koh Nang Yuan
1000-1200 hrs: Transfer to the snorkeling boat at Koh Nang Yuan and move around the coast of Koh Tao for snorkeling. Normally at Mango Bay or Lighthouse reef.
1200-1300 hrs: Buffet lunch at the restaurant on Koh Nang Yuan.
1300-1430 hrs: Snorkeling from shore, swimming, viewpoint climb at Koh Nangyuan. Or just free and easy time on the beach.
1430-1640 hrs: Return trip to Koh Samui. Refreshments are available on board.
1640-1730 hrs: Transfer back to your hotel.
Price: 2,400 baht adult, 1,200 baht child (2-11 years), infant (<2 years) free
Price includes: Round trip hotel transfers*, buffet lunch, life jackets, snorkeling equipment, tour guide, Nangyuan Island entrance fee.
*Land transfers are provided by shared minivan service from any Koh Samui hotel. Transfers cannot be provided from private addresses/air bnb’s.
– 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, not the passengers. 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
Sometimes it is preferable to go from Koh Samui to Koh Tao with the big and comfortable Lomprayah fast catamaran, rather than the speedboat. This is the case from October to January or any other time when the sea may be a little bumpy.
If you are concerned about sea sickness or have young kids this is the better option. It’s also ideal for inexperienced snorkelers or non swimmers because the snorkel guides are excellent and they have all sorts of flotation devises for you to hang on to.
The fast catamaran is a bit slower than a speedboat so you’ll have to start your day earlier (6.30-7.00 am hotel pick up) but it is a more comfortable vessel to travel on.
There are three decks, one air conditioned lower deck with toilets and a refreshments counter, one shaded main deck (which also has a VIP room available for an extra 100 baht) and an upper sundeck. Passengers can move around at leisure and chat together while watching enjoying the cruise.
This boat is the same boat that ferries passengers to Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao so when it reaches Koh Tao passengers are transferred onto another boat for the snorkeling tour. The snorkeling boat then heads around Koh Tao to one of the good reefs like Mango Bay or Lighthouse reef. After about 90 minutes of snorkeling the boat heads back to Nangyaun island where a big buffet lunch is provided on the island.
After lunch you have free and easy time at Koh Nang Yuan until 2.30pm. The beach is beautiful. Most people climb up to the viewpoint which is a fairly easy 10 minute hike except for the last 5 metres at the top which requires some clambering up the granite boulders. The views are worth the effort. To cool off after the climb go for some more snorkeling in the beautiful Japanese Garden reef just off from the beach.