Surin islands day trip
Meet sea gypsies in Moken Village on Koh Surin Tai
Appreciate a natural way of living in a pristine environment
Go fishing with Moken Sea Gypsies
Drop anchor at Ao Mai Ngam beach with emerald waters and diverse marine life
Visit Mae Yai beach with white sands, remarkably tranquil emerald water, and stirring scenery
Discover best panoplies of the coral reef in Koh Surin Nuea, making a perfect spot for heavenly snorkeling
Dive in Bon Bay boasting a multitude of coral life, where turtles and harmless blacktip sharks are just ordinary residents
Encounter fascinating whale sharks off the north coast of Koh Surin Nuea during February-March
Discover Richelieu Rock – one of the most famous diving spots in Thailand, reaching up to 40 meters of depth with a plethora of life
Compared with Similan Islands, Surin Islands are genuinely unspoiled, offering a secret slice of remote paradise not to be missed.
How to reach Surin Islands
Surin Islands consist of five unspoiled islands in the northern part of the Andaman Sea in Thailand. Surin Islands are about 100 km north of Khao Lak, and 60 km off the west coast of Phang Nga province, just off the Myanmar border. There are snorkeling day trips by speed boat running from Khao Lak to Surin Islands during November-May. At the same time, Islander offers premium snorkeling tours from Khao Lak to Surin Islands by private boat.
If you’re planning a trip to Surin Islands from Phuket, there are a few time-consuming options. The first option is to drive to Khao Lak from Phuket (2 hours), from where you can take a day trip by speedboat. Alternatively, you can drive further to Khura Buri Pier, which is the closest to reaching the Surin Islands. The speedboat from here takes about 60 minutes. With Islander, you can take a private boat tour to Koh Surin from Phuket, and discover more fascinating islands while cruising there.
Surin Islands open season
Like Similan Islands, the Surin Islands opens its doors to visitors from October 15 to May 15. If you’re worried about the weather during that time, don’t be. December to April is a high season, featuring turquoise waters, calm seas, and sunny weather. Tourists visiting Surin islands from Khao Lak often encounter giant manta rays during March-April. You can join an open day trip by speedboat, or take a private boat tour with Islander to enjoy a tailored experience around this paradise.
Surin Islands closed
Surin Islands are closed from 15 May until 15 October because of the monsoon season that brings the rough sea, regular heavy rains, and poor underwater visibility to this part of the Andaman Sea.
Surin Islands overnight
The Thai government is putting much effort into preserving the ecosystem of Surin Islands National Park, making overnight stays of lesser priority. Tourism infrastructure on the Surin Islands is scarce, offering few accommodation options such as simple bungalows and staying in an equipped campsite. With limited amenities, camping on Surin Islands is possible in Chong Kat, where official headquarters are located. The lack of accommodation and its remoteness make Surin Islands an ideal destination for yacht holidays and private boat tours. Nothing matches to living onboard while enjoying the most preserved nature in Thailand.
Surin Islands or Similan Islands
Despite being more remote, Surin Islands are au par with Similan Islands in terms of terrific snorkeling spots, clarity of the sea, and abundance of marine life. Yet still, travelers visiting Surin Islands from Phuket are amazed by the authenticity of the local Surin community of sea gypsies. Compared to uninhabited Similan Islands, this is an excellent advantage of the Surin Islands tour. For those staying in Khao Lak, Surin Islands are much closer, so we recommend visiting both Similan Islands and Surin Islands during their vacation.
Surin Islands or Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi Islands and Surin Islands are very different. Surin Islands tour is mostly exclusive for those seeking to explore raw and wild nature, on islands with minimal facilities. Surin Islands are remote and harder to access from Phuket when compared to Phi Phi Islands. You are guaranteed secluded beaches surrounded by calm and shallow waters promising excellent diving and snorkeling during the Surin Islands tour. At the same time, the local Moken community allows tourists to learn more about the culture and practices of the sea gypsies. Such authentic experiences simply do not exist on the busy Phi Phi Islands.