Pattaya may be a famous tourist destination for many reasons but its beaches. And while Pattaya might feature an assortment of beaches, they are not all well suited to snorkeling. Luckily, you can join a thrilling Pattaya Islands tour to snorkel and explore many unique islands around Pattaya. This collection of islands, easily accessible on a day trip, promises a perfect beach escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is hard to disagree that Pattaya snorkeling tours are an essential part of the Pattaya holiday. The weather is the most stable between October and May, when the waters are calm and clear, making diving and snorkeling more enjoyable. Below are our best destination picks for the Pattaya Islands Tour.
Khram Yai & Khram Noi
Khram islands promise exciting snorkeling near Pattaya. The surrounding ocean around Khram Noi is brimming with coral reefs for superior snorkeling among yellow-tailed rabbitfish. Nearby in Khram Yai, the abundance of coral reef and rocky bottom make the waters a lovely breeding ground for underwater species such as moray eels, reef sharks, and barracudas. Khram Yai is the best place for snorkeling with turtles near Pattaya.
Koh Phai (Bamboo Island)
Another famous snorkeling spot in Pattaya is on Koh Phai (Bamboo Island), which is surrounded by a vibrant coral reef on the eastern side. Even snorkeling off the beach is a pleasurable experience at Koh Phai. All sorts of small tropical fish can be seen here, including the rare sight of seahorses. Also, nearby is Koh Sak that attracts Pattaya snorkeling tours with its artificial coral reef, serving as a natural habitat for turtles, eels, and octopus.
Koh Larn (Coral Island)
The closest option for better snorkeling in Pattaya is on nearby Koh Larn (Coral Island). Koh Larn might be a small location by many standards, but it still makes up for that by cramming some amazing snorkeling beaches into that modest landmass. Here, snorkelers will automatically get pulled in by the clear waters among its several bays, promising great snorkeling off the beach that is not possible in Pattaya city.
If you sail out to the west of Pattaya, about 21 km, you will find a tiny Koh Rin. This island features a diverse and healthy coral reef attractive for coral snorkeling and also suitable for diving. If you are a first-timer or have not dived at advanced levels before, you can take to one of the certified divers around this area to show you the ropes. Otherwise, Koh Rin will be a perfect alternative to snorkeling in Pattaya. The calm waters at Koh Rin are awash with unusual friendly fish species you can make acquaintances with on your Pattaya snorkeling tour.