Multiple Island Destinations are Easily Reached from Krabi
If your primary reason for visiting the Krabi area of Thailand is to see some of the aquatic beauty and not just lie on a beach working on your tan, then read about 3 of our favorite places for swimming and snorkeling.
These areas are close to some of the major attractions of the region, but also offer alternatives to the noisy beaches and crowds that flock to the major attractions, while offering unsurpassed beauty of their own.
Koh Phi Phi Leh is about an hour to an hour and a half from Krabi’s Ao Nang Beach by speedboat, with Koh Pak Bia and Koh Lao Lading easily reachable with an hour by speedboat or long-tail boat from Ao Nang Beach.
For your day’s exploration, you should arrange to bring your own lunch and beverages, as well as remember to bring towels and plenty of water-proof sunscreen along.
Pileh Lagoon on Koh Phi Phi Leh
This lagoon is just around the corner from the more famous Maya bay, the place that was immortalized in the film ‘The Beach’ with Leonardo Dicaprio. The lagoon is certainly worth a look however as it offers such a stunning expanse of water that people back home would swear that you had your pictures of it photo-shopped.
Being protected from the elements by the soaring limestone cliffs surrounding it, the water is also crystal-clear and offers fine swimming and snorkeling experiences.
Koh Pak Bia near Koh Hong
Koh Pak Bia is an island within the Thailand National Maritime System. As such, it has been allowed to remain relatively un-touched by human development. The island features limestone cliffs that create overhangs above the shallow water around the island.
These overhangs are fascinating to snorkel and swim underneath, as they offer some hard and soft coral formations and fish that tend to shun the bright light of other snorkeling locations.
You will likely encounter other tourists on the beach and in the waters here, but they will be in much smaller numbers than you’ll find at the nearby, and more famous, Koh Hong.
Koh Lao Lading – Paradise Island
Koh Lao lading is also called Paradise Island and nobody who has visited it is arguing with that description of this beautiful gem of an island. With its tranquil inlets and small bays fringed by lush, foliage-draped cliffs rising out of the azure seas, Koh Lao Lading is the epitome of the stunningly primeval beauty that the Krabi region of Thailand offers to visitors.
The crystal-clear waters around the island are teeming with coral and a countless varieties of brightly-colored fish and the sheltered nature of its bays and inlets make both swimming and snorkeling a once in a lifetime experience.