Welcome to a mini paradise of Koh Haa – small, rugged, remote and unspoiled, home to impressive coral reefs and immaculate white beaches. Koh Haa islands are tucked away, in between Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi, making it a perfectly secluded and pristine tropical getaway experience. Whether you are a diver or a beach-hopping connoisseur, Koh Haa islands will leave an everlasting impression.
The variety of marine life around Koh Haa islands is staggering. Its multicolored underwater topography with soft and hard corals attracts phantom fishes, barracuda banks, and groupers. For macro lovers, you find beautiful nudibranchs, prawns, and seahorses. With a little luck, you can also dive and snorkel with whale sharks. The visibility is excellent, while the depth is multilevel. You can dive from 5 meters along the walls of the islands up to more than 40 meters.
Koh Haa means “5 islands” in Thai, and although they are called the ‘5 Islands’, Koh Haa is made up of 6 rocky outcrops. The dives are made around these six small islands with numerous itineraries for their reefs and rocky bottoms. The largest island is called Koh Haa Yai and has four dive sites around it, where the Lagoon is the most popular and one of our favorites.
Why visit Koh Haa islands
- Koh Haa Yai welcomes with Instagram-perfect, silica, low-tide-only beach, nestled between rocks
- Superb snorkeling around shallow sandbanks of Koh Haa Yai
- A unique “floating island” just north of Koh Haa Yai can be swum directly under certain times of the day
- Koh Haa Noi welcomes forty-meter visibility to its spectacular marine life, where swimming with manta rays and whale sharks is a much sought-after experience
- For astute divers, there are underwater caves and caverns to explore around the Koh Haa islands as well.
Koh Haa Yai
Perhaps the most spectacular of the five Koh Haa islands – the largest Koh Haa Yai – features silica, low-tide-only beach, nestled between scenic rocks. It has superb snorkeling off a shallow sandbank littered with coral heads, and a unique “floating island” just north of Koh Haa Yai can be swum directly under at certain times of the day. Beautiful coral reefs surround Koh Haa Yai, hiding two underwater caves on the southeast side of the island. The marine life here is remarkably vibrant, from schools of squid and barracuda to resident hawksbill turtles and occasional sightings of whale sharks.
For advanced divers, Koh Haa Yai offers a range of immersion points. The most popular one is The Cathedral, which is among the top-rated dive sites in Thailand. The name of this site is due to a massive cave in which you can ascend a few meters and emerge in an airbag to observe formations of dripping stalactites. The sunlight penetrating from above casts an illuminating glow of blue light all over the insides of the cave. Every diving enthusiast is sure to be mesmerized by the beauty of the Cathedral.
Koh Haa Noi
Koh Haa Noi is another gem among Koh Haa islands that stands for an excellent site for snorkeling and scuba diving while taking in the beauty of exquisite nature. Swimming with manta rays and whale sharks is a much sought-after experience in Koh Haa Noi, where waters promise thirty-meter visibility. For advanced divers, there are underwater caves and caverns to explore as well, where the main highlight is The Chimney. In this sensational dive site where we find a tunnel with the entrance at 5 meters, descending to 16 meters of mystifying eerie. As you dive to the bottom, an astounding view of beautiful soft corals awaits full of life. From a gentle tiger tail seahorse to a blue ribbon eel, you wouldn’t know where to look.
Koh Haa from Koh Lanta
Koh Haa islands is a popular day trip destination from Koh Lanta, au par with Koh Rok islands. Better known as a diving destination, Koh Haa from Koh Lanta can be tailored for snorkelers and freedivers, as well as photographers and drone operators looking for an epic aerial shot. Koh Haa islands are incredibly picturesque. Book a private boat with Islander to make the most of your Koh Haa adventure!