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Scuba diving and snorkeling in Krabi

A leopard shark in the Andaman Sea

Get up close and personal with leopard sharks

With around 160 kilometres of coastline meeting the emerald Andaman Sea, as well as its myriad islands, Krabi boasts more than 32 dive sites and countless more snorkeling spots. If you are fascinated by life underwater, Krabi offers a rich marine environment, with superb corals, pinnacles, underwater caves and rock formations. Leopard sharks, turtles, and even dolphins are regularly spotted.

The majority of dive locations are shallow and thus suitable for all levels of divers, from beginner to pro. Any number of PADI-certified dive schools exist to teach newbies, either on a day-long ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ trip, or a more serious Open Water course, upon completion of which you will receive an internationally valid diving licence. Courses are taught in most major European languages, plus Japanese and Thai. We have a separate article with advice about choosing a dive school in Krabi, plus the range of courses on offer.

Those who are already qualified can go on ‘fun dives’ with knowledgeable, locally-based guides, or further their existing skills with the full range of PADI courses and specialities, right up to Instructor level. Krabi provides a more laid back and less intense environment than the “dive factories” over in Koh Tao on the Gulf coast – not to mention much better diving.

Another plus for Krabi as a place to base a diving holiday is that it offers a wide variety of other activities for non-diving companions. Friends and family can even join the dive excursions as a snorkeler or passenger, and these trips can offer a good opportunity to visit islands and reefs not on the usual “island cruise” itineraries. Though there are no beach stops on these trips, the boat is a comfortable cruise vessel with open and covered decks on which to relax throughout the day.

We’ve also listed a few dedicated snorkeling cruises below, that also go out on larger cruise boats. If you are really serious about snorkeling and would like to see more than the same old, often badly damaged, reefs on the mainstream island-hopping trips, we highly recommend these outings – the premium price tag is worth it.

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Fun diving starts from 3900 THB for 2 dives, including full set of equipment rental. Courses, including PADI Discover Scuba Diving, are also available from 4900 THB per person. Please contact us with your dates and requirements to book dive trips, as the schedule varies.

If you want to do a “real”, dedicated snorkeling excursion, with lots of tropical marine life guaranteed, we list your options below.
Make your booking instantly, by following these easy steps:
1. Select the program and date you prefer and click “Add to itinerary”
2. You can pay immediately, or continue browsing the site and adding more excursions to your itinerary in the same way.
3. When you are ready, proceed through the checkout. We will then email you to confirm your hotel pick-up and issue your voucher(s).

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**you can use the “shopping cart” as a “shortlist” or itinerary planner as well!**

#PPAOCH - Phi Phi Islands Tour by Speed Boat (full day)

Availability: Daily, year round
Approximate timing: 08.30 - 16.00
Departure point: Ao Nang
Hotel pick-up available from: Ao Nang - Ao Nam Mao - Railay Beach - Klong Muang - Tubkaek - Krabi Town

Trip details (click to view)
Description: Visit the world famous Phi Phi Islands, stopping on the beaches of Bamboo Island, Maya Bay and Tonsai Beach / Lohdalum Bay. Experience Andaman Sea marine life with two open water snorkeling stops over coral reefs (at Monkey Bay and Hin Klang). Cruise around Phi Phi Leh Island to see caves, a lagoon and striking karst scenery with some of the clearest water in Thailand. Itinerary order varies daily according to tides and sea conditions.

The only fixed point in the day is a buffet lunch, served in the day tour canteen on Koh Phi Phi Don, after which you have an hour or two for shopping and exploration of the island.

Included in tour price: Buffet lunch in canteen, drinking water, soft drinks, fruit snack.
National Park entry fees; mask and snorkel set; English-speaking guide; life jackets; accident insurance.

Remarks: All food served is Halal. Vegetarian and other diets on request.
We will contact you following payment to arrange pick up, session time (if applicable) etc. Please read the full Terms & Conditions before making your booking

#KTSNHA - Snorkeling Safari to Koh Haa Yai (full day)

Availability: Saturdays, Nov - Apr only.
Approximate timing: 07.30 - 18.30
Departure point: Ao Nang
Hotel pick-up available from: Ao Nang - Klong Muang - Krabi Town

Trip details (click to view)
Description: This is a very long day, but possibly worth it for the "once in a lifetime" experience. The Koh Haa archipelago is located to the south of Krabi, near Koh Lanta and is home to some of the most diverse coral reefs in Thailand, all contained within its beautiful lagoon.

You'll be allowed two full 1 hr+ sessions to explore, with expert assistance from snorkel guides in the water, and also detailed marine life briefings on board.

Comfort levels on board the cruise boat are high, with a toilet, shower, and dining area and two decks to relax and take in the scenery. Lunch, early morning and afternoon snacks, soft drinks, electrolytes, tea and coffee are included in the trip price.

Included in tour price: Lunch, early morning and afternoon snack, soft drinks, tea, coffee, drinking water, fruit.
Snorkeling equipment (including fins), National Park entry fees, professional snorkel guide, life jackets, accident insurance.

Remarks: Halal or vegetarian food available on request.
We will contact you following payment to arrange pick up, session time (if applicable) etc. Please read the full Terms & Conditions before making your booking

#KTSNPP - Snorkeling Safari to Phi Phi Islands (full day)

Availability: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun, Nov - Apr only.
Approximate timing: 07.30 - 16.30
Departure point: Ao Nang
Hotel pick-up available from: Ao Nang - Klong Muang - Tubkaek -Krabi Town

Trip details (click to view)
Description: For serious snorkelers, this trip will take you to some of the best reefs in the area, usually frequented by scuba divers. You'll be allowed two full hour-long sessions to explore, with expert assistance from snorkel guides in the water, and also detailed marine life briefings on board.

Comfort levels on board the cruise boat are high, with a toilet, shower, and dining area and two decks to relax and take in the scenery. Lunch, early morning and afternoon snacks, soft drinks, electrolytes, tea and coffee are included in the trip price.

Itinerary varies throughout the week, as below, so please note this when booking (all islands are part of the Phi Phi group):
Monday: Bamboo Island, Ao Ling and Yung Island (clear, shallow water, good for children)
Wed and Sun: Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh (allows some time onshore on Phi Phi Don, and also cruises past Maya Bay)
Friday: Bida Islands (also known as Shark Point), excellent for spotting larger pelagic creatures.

Included in tour price: Lunch, early morning and afternoon snack, soft drinks, tea, coffee, drinking water, fruit.
Snorkeling equipment (including fins), National Park entry fees, professional snorkel guide, life jackets, accident insurance.

Remarks: Halal or vegetarian food available on request.
We will contact you following payment to arrange pick up, session time (if applicable) etc. Please read the full Terms & Conditions before making your booking

#KTSSSN - Sunset Cruise with BBQ + Night Snorkeling

Availability: Thursdays and Sundays, Nov - Apr only.
Approximate timing: 12.30 - 21.00
Departure point: Ao Nang
Hotel pick-up available from: Ao Nang - Klong Muang - Tubkaek -Krabi Town

Trip details (click to view)
Description: A must for keen snorkelers, this trip will allow you hours of time to float over the reefs around the Ao Nang islands (2 - 10m depth), and enrich your experience with a dedicated snorkel guide to point out good areas and help identify fish.

As the sun sets, cruise around and enjoy a BBQ buffet on board the boat. After this, the brave can try night snorkeling (torch provided) to explore the nocturnal life of the reef.

Comfort levels on board the cruise boat are high, with a toilet, shower, and dining area and two decks to relax and take in the scenery.

Included in tour price: BBQ buffet dinner, soft drinks, tea, coffee, drinking water, fruit.
Snorkeling equipment (including fins and torch), National Park entry fees, professional snorkel guide, life jackets, accident insurance.

Remarks: Halal or vegetarian food available on request.
We will contact you following payment to arrange pick up, session time (if applicable) etc. Please read the full Terms & Conditions before making your booking

#PISSP - Island Lover Package (speed boat)

Availability: Daily, year round
Approximate timing: 2 full days (8.30 - 16.00 approx.)
Departure point: Ao Nang
Hotel pick-up available from: Ao Nang - Ao Nam Mao - Krabi Town - Klong Muang - Tubkaek.

Trip details (click to view)
Description: This package offers a combo price for 2 x full day island tours by speed boat - a great way to go further afield and maximise your beach time. The two trips, done on separate days, will take you first to the Hong islands; and then the Phi Phi islands, to see the world famous Maya Bay (among other beaches).

The tours on offer are exactly the same as the full price versions: the itinerary details for each day can be found by following these links:
Hong Islands by Speed Boat
Phi Phi Islands by Speed Boat Boat

Included in tour price: Buffet picnic lunch; drinking water; soft drinks; fruit
National Park entry fees; mask and snorkel set; English-speaking guide; life jackets; insurance.

Remarks: All food served is Halal. Vegetarian and other diets on request.
We will contact you following payment to arrange pick up, session time (if applicable) etc. Please read the full Terms & Conditions before making your booking


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Last updated: October 23, 2013

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