Koh Rok snorkeling tour is a top-rated day trip from Koh Lanta. This small and pristine archipelago is only 40 minutes by boat from Koh Lanta, attracting snorkelers and divers alike. Koh Rok tour usually covers the best of two main islands – Koh Rok Yai and Koh Rok Noi. Although further exploration of the remote Koh Haa archipelago is also possible when visiting Koh Rok from Koh Lanta.
The five Koh Haa islands, often included in Koh Rok tour, are known as mini paradise, which offers a rugged and untouched atmosphere. Few islands as pristine remain in Thailand, where you can enjoy the secluded beaches, unspoiled coral reefs, and iconic diving. Both archipelagos of Koh Rok and Koh Haa are part of the Mu Koh Lanta Marine National Park, which is best to visit between November and May.
Marine life is an unbeatable highlight of the Koh Rok tour from Koh Lanta, which surrounding waters are not as pristine. But around Koh Rok, you can snorkel in crystal clear waters, painted with soft and hard corals where you can see life everywhere around, from seahorses to whale sharks. Diving enthusiasts are often delighted by the excellent visibility of the water surrounding the Rok and Haa islands.
Koh Rok tour from Phuket used to be a doable option for a day trip. However, getting to Koh Rok from Phuket will take at least 2 hours, depending on the boat you use. So at the end of the day, travelers were choosing island-hopping destinations that are closer. That said, for those who can afford an extra day aboard private yacht or catamaran, we highly recommend visiting Koh Haa and Koh Rok Islands from Phuket.
Koh Rok Yai
Beaches in Koh Rok Yai island are among the top beaches in Southeast Asia, which could be the only reason Koh Rok tour is so popular. Discover an iconic stretch of white powder-soft sands at Ao Man Sai and Ao Tha Lu beach. Encounter the monitor lizards in the jungle, or laze around in the crystal clear shallow waters, a stop at this island during your Koh Rok tour will leave an everlasting impression.
Koh Rok Noi
Koh Rok Noi is the sister island of Koh Rok Yai and often included in the list of those going on a Koh Rok snorkeling tour. The crescent-shaped bay of Koh Rok Noi is the main attraction of the island. Snorkeling in the water surrounding Koh Rok Noi makes for a beautiful experience with the sightings of various species of fish such as the barracudas and tunas.
Koh Haa Yai
Koh Haa Yai has a reputation for being one of the most beautiful places among the five Haa islands. The island offers a beach in between rocks with low tides. Those going on a Koh Rok snorkeling tour are sure to be left amazed by the snorkeling experience at the shallow sandbank among coral heads. A thrilling spot on Koh Haa Yai includes a peculiar floating island situated on the northern part of Koh Haa Yai, which can be reached by swimming at certain periods of the day.
Koh Haa Noi
Those going on a Koh Rok tour from Koh Lanta should not give Koh Haa Noi a miss as a widely recognized site for diving and snorkeling. Most tourists attribute the incredible experience to the accompaniment of manta rays and whale sharks while enjoying the water activities on Koh Haa Noi.
Hin Daeng is the perfect dive site when going on a Koh Rok tour from Phuket. Known as Red Rock, this destination is famous for its steep walls and magnificent corals of different red and purple hues. Often regarded as an extension of Koh Rok snorkeling tour into diving, one can encounter many fascinating marine creatures such as leopard sharks, giant morays, manta rays, and even the whale shark.