Surin islands – Snorkeling day trip

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Surin islands, Khao Lak, Phang-nga
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Daily Tour

Group Size

35 people


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About this tour

Highlights from our Surin Islands Sunrise Tour

Escape the crowds and embark on an adventure to the breathtaking Surin Islands, home to the fascinating Moken people! The Mu Ko Surin National Marine Park boasts some of the most stunning snorkelling spots in all of Southeast Asia! Unlike other tourist hotspots in Thailand, the Surin Archipelago remains an unspoiled paradise, unscathed by mass tourism. Experience the unique culture of the Moken people, then immerse yourself in tranquil waters and discover the thrill of exploring enchanting coral reefs.

Known as a SCUBA diving and snorkelling mecca, home to one of the top ten diving sites in the world, the Surin National Park is a haven for those who wish to explore what lies beneath the surface. The islands are located in the North Andaman Sea near the border to Myanmar, just far enough away for the Moken people to remain isolated for centuries, yet close enough that we can explore the archipelago by speedboat today. Ready to escape and tour an island paradise? Plan your boat trip to the Surin Islands with us and discover a hidden gem where unparalleled beauty, vibrant coral reefs, and a unique
cultural experience await!


<span><i class="las la-shuttle-van"></i> 5:00 </span> Pick-up from your hotel in the Khao Lak area.

  • Avoid the crowds with a 5:00 am to 5:30 am pick-up time. The exact time is dependent on the location of your hotel. Enjoy a light breakfast, sip a coffee or tea, then receive a short tour and safety briefing before departure.
  • Embark on the 1 hour and 40-minute cruise to the Surin Islands aboard one of our speedboats.
  • <span><i class="las la-binoculars"></i></span> Visit the Moken Sea Gypsy Village

  • Explore the unique sea-faring culture of the Moken people. The Moken people, being traditionally nomadic, settled at the Surin Islands, which they have called home for centuries.
  • Visit their traditional village, interact with their fascinating way of life, and witness their incredible skills of navigating the turquoise waters in handcrafted boats.
  • The Moken people make traditional hand-made jewelry and crafts to share their culture with visitors. If you wish to take home one of these authentic souvenirs, remember to bring your pocket money when you arrive at the village.
  • <span><i class="las la-swimmer"></i></span> First snorkel stop

  • Based on the sea conditions, our experienced tour guides will choose the best spot for snorkelling with the fewest tourists possible. Please remember to look at, but not touch, the marine flora and fauna. As the SCUBA divers say, take only pictures and leave only bubbles.
  • The water temperature is around 30˚C. The visibility is usually above 20m. Look out for sea turtles while exploring colourful coral reefs, teaming with vibrantly coloured fishes and invertebrates. Thailand is home to five sea turtle species, from the ornate-shelled Hawksbill to the largest species in the world, the Leatherback.
  • <span><i class="las la-utensils"></i></span> Lunch and Beach time.

  • For your lunch break, we will take you to the Mu Ko Surin National Park restaurant, where you will enjoy a delicious Thai buffet. The lunch buffet is some of the best food available on any tour! 
  • After lunch, free time is available to swim at the nearby beach or relax and work on your tan.
  • Remember to look up! Flying lemurs call this ecosystem home. You may be lucky enough to see one in flight!
  • <span><i class="las la-utensils"></i></span> Second snorkel stop

  • As with the first stop, the second location will selected based on sea conditions and the number of tourists at each location.
  • The North Andaman Sea around the Surin Islands is home to numerous colourful fish species and multitudes of interesting invertebrate species. Keep your eye out for giant Tridacna clams, Christmas Tree worms, Nudibranchs, moray eels, anemone fish, parrot fish, butterfly fish, angel fish, puffer fish, and many more. Turtles and sea snakes are often spotted as well. 
  • <span><i class="las la-anchor"></i></span>Departure from the islands

  • It is time to say goodbye to the Surin National Park. After everyone is back onboard, the speedboat begins the trip back to our private pier, where refreshments await your arrival. 
  • Transit time back to the pier is around 1 hour and 40 minutes, depending on sea conditions.
  • <span><i class="las la-shuttle-van"></i> 17:00 </span> Return back to your hotel

  • Our minibus drivers will await your arrival, ready to take you back to your hotel in the Khao Lak area. You will be back in time to watch the magnificent Andaman Sea sunset at the end of the day.
  • What to bring

    • • Reef-friendly sunscreen (Available for purchase at the pier) • Mosquito repellent • Swimwear • Towel • Camera (with waterproof case/bag) • Flip Flops • Pocket money • Rash Guard or an extra T-shirt for snorkeling


    • Round-trip transfer from your hotel in the Khao Lak area
    • National park fees
    • Mask, snorkel, fins, life vests (Adult and Child sizes)
    • Lunch, fruit, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks
    • Professional licensed tour guide
    • Accident Insurance
    • Tips
    • Transfer from Phuket area.


    Fullday (+7hours)



    Frequently asked questions

    From Khao Lak:

  • The Khao Lak area is the nearest and most convenient departure point for trips to the Surin Islands. It offers the shortest travel time by boat, making it an ideal choice for those who want to spend more time exploring the islands and less time in transit. The 55km speedboat ride from our pier typically takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. Transit times are dependent on sea conditions. 
  • From Phuket:

  • Phuket is considered too far for a Surin Islands day trip departure point by boat alone. The transit time by sea is too costly in both time and fuel. It is possible, but we advise those staying in Phuket to join our Surin Islands Tour departing from Khao Lak, drastically shortening the transit time on the boat for a more environmentally friendly and comfortable option. Please note there is an additional taxi fee of 400 THB per person. 
  • From Krabi and beyond:

  • Krabi is generally considered too far for a Surin Islands day trip. The distance and travel time make it unsuitable. We advise you to stay a night or two in the Khao Lak or Phuket areas, whichever is more convenient for your travel itinerary. We offer private car and minibus.
  • Transfer: Phuket Airport to Khao Lak

    transfer services to help make your Surin Islands wishes a reality. We suggest taking a flight to Phuket International Airport (HKT) if you will be staying further away. HKT airport is just a one-hour transfer away from Khao Lak. Our transfer department can assist you in booking your direct transfer to Khao Lak from Phuket Airport.

    Yes, staying overnight on the Surin Islands is permitted within the national park in the national park accommodation. Accommodation ranges from tents to air-conditioned bungalows. If you wish to book accommodation on the island, you must do so directly through the Mu Koh Surin National Park. Visit their webpage for more details. Once you book your accommodation, you still need to get to the islands and back. The Surin National Park Authority does not offer transportation to and from the island. You will be required to organize transportation to and from the national park through one of the speedboat operators who visit the islands on day trips. 

    The Surin Islands are an underwater explorer's paradise! The waters in the marine park boast some of the richest marine diversity in Thailand, if not the world. Visibility underwater is usually above 20 meters and can reach as high as 40 meters. The underwater landscapes near the islands include vibrant coral reef slopes and plateaus that provide a haven for a wide diversity of reef fishes and invertebrates. Sea-faring reptiles, such as sea turtles and sea snakes, are also found near the islands. Large pelagics, like manta rays and whale sharks, also visit the park waters.

  • Foreigners: Adult 500THB Child 250THB
  • Thai Nationals: Adult 100THB Child 50THB
  • We include the National Park Fees in our prices.

  • Surin Island National Park rules dictate that sunscreen must be reef-safe to protect the coral reefs from harmful chemicals and heavy metals. If you do not have reef-safe sunscreen, we have reef-safe sunscreen available for purchase at the pier 
  • We provide motion-sickness tablets at the pier before departure, free of charge, to those passengers who are susceptible to sea sickness. 
  • Please be aware that it is against park regulations to bring single-use plastics and foam boxes within the park boundaries. 
  • Smoking is not permitted on the speedboat at any time. Smoking on the Surin Islands is restricted to designated areas. 
  • Permits are required for flying drones​. Please ensure you have obtained the proper permit before operating a drone within the park boundary.
  • Please note that the Surin Islands National Park is officially closed between May 15th and October 15th to ensure visitor safety and for park rehabilitation during the monsoon season. Unpredictable weather, tropical storms, and a significant increase in wave height pose a risk to boat travel and water sports activities.

    This period coincides with the sea turtle nesting season as well. Closing the park allows these endangered creatures to nest and hatch their eggs undisturbed, protecting future generations of these graceful reptiles.

    Please be aware that cancellations made less than 72 hours before the tour date are non- refundable. 

  • We accept Surin Islands tour bookings up to the eve of the tour departure date. 
  • Advanced booking is strongly advised due to the limited availability of spaces on the speedboats. 
  • The Surin Islands Archipelago is comprised of five islands that are world famous for their rich underwater environment, no doubt the best in Thailand. Richelieu Rock, the most famous diving site, is in the top ten sites in the world! The Surin Islands are about 55km from the mainland, north of the Similan Islands, and 18km from the oceanic border with Myanmar. The only buildings on the islands are those found at the national park public area and those at the Moken Village. About 100 species of birds reside within the park, including some of the rarest species in Thailand. Reptile species on the islands include king cobras, reticulated pythons, mangrove pit vipers, and clouded and water monitors. Sea turtle species within the park include the Green, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, Leatherback, and Loggerheads. Leopard, white-tip, black-tip reef sharks, and large pelagic species such as whale sharks and manta rays inhabit the coastal and open waters around the islands. Flying lemurs can be found at the national park grounds and around islands. Most of the land area is off-limits to visitors, except the Moken Village and the National Park public area. Visitors found within protected areas will be fined and removed from the park.

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    Surin islands, Khao Lak, Phang-nga


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