Situated around 60 Km west off the coast of Khao Lak, and oiginally a part of the Mu Ko Surin National Park, the Surin Islands comprises of a group of Five Islands. These islands are namely Ko Surin Nuea, Ko Surin Tai, Ko Ri, Ko Kai and Ko Klang. Known for dense forests with beaches surrounded by corals, Surin Islands is most visited by snorkelers, nature lovers, and wildlife photographers hoping to indulge in diving, snorkelling game fishing, and hiking. Lacking development, it is also a haven for people looking for a quiet refuge.
All the five islands of Surin Islands are situated so close to each other, and the water level so shallow at some spots that you can reach these islands on foot. The fun and frolic is something which you get complimentary to the picturesque view of the islands combined with the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.
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Snorkelling at Surin Islands
The Surin Islands Marine National Park holds some of the most captivating underwater treasures of the gorgeus Andaman Sea. The local authorities have made arrangements for tourists in a manner such that people can snorkel in the sea regardless of whether they know about it or not. Snorkelling Day Trips are organised to where you can swim with the turtles and admire the coral reefs.
Snorkelling Day Trip – Ko Surin Dive into the turquoise waters of Andaman Sea twice after having a light breakfast at Khuraburi Pier. Don’t skip on the delicious meals served during lunchtime at National Park HQ prior to going for your third snorkelling experience on the Ko Surin Islands!
Starting Time (From Mainland): 6:50 AM Returning Time (To Mainland): 5:00 PM
Cost: Adults (12+ Years): Baht 3,400 + Baht 100 (Booking Fee) Children (4 Years – 11 Years Age): Baht 2,400 + Baht 100 (Booking Fee) Infants (3 Years Age and less): No charges.
Surin Island Tours
Surin Islands Day Trip + Overnight Stay Camp yourselves in the laps of nature after a fun filled day of snorkelling and delicious meals being served at the National Park HQ. Rest in vibrant accommodations present on the islands for the night prior to returning back via speedboat.
Starting Time (From Mainland): 5:00 AM (Day 1) Returning Time (To Mainland): 5:00 PM (Day 2) Cost: Adults (12+ Years): Baht 3,700 + Baht 500 (National Park Fee) Children (4 Years – 11 Years Age): Baht 2,900 + Baht 300 (National Park Fee) Infants (3 Years Age and less): No charges
Surin Islands 2 Days 1 Night Trip Interact with the Moken community people after two sessions of snorkelling and a delicious meal at the National Park HQ. Camp in the laps of nature after a third snorkelling session, and cuddle into your cosy accommodations post a delicious dinner at the National Park restaurant. Go for another round of snorkelling the Second day prior to sunbathing on the beach and visiting the Exhibition Centre of the National Park. Return back to the mainland with loads of fun and memories.
Starting Time (From Mainland): 5:00 AM (Day 1) Returning Time (To Mainland): 5:00 PM (Day 2) Cost: Adults (12+ Years): Baht 5,300 + Baht 500 (National Park Fee) Children (4 Years – 11 Years Age): Baht 3,500 + Baht 300 (National Park Fee) Infants (3 Years Age and less): No charges.
Surin Islands 3 Days 2 Nights Trip Snorkel thrice in the emerald green waters of Andaman Sea along with a visit to the Moken Village. Camp at the National Park prior to resting in your bungalows the First Day. Dive into deeper waters via longtail boat the Second Day before going for hiking in the forests all by yourselves! Enjoy the cool sea breeze while relaxing in your beach tents. Depart for the Mainland in the afternoon of Third Day.
Starting Time (From Mainland): 5:00 AM (Day 1) Returning Time (To Mainland): 5:00 PM (Day 3) Cost: Adults (12+ Years): Baht 6,700 + Baht 500 (National Park Fee) Children (4 Years – 11 Years Age): Baht 4,300 + Baht 300 (National Park Fee) Infants (3 Years Age and less): No charges.
Surin Islands Weather & Best Time to Visit
If you are planning to opt for either of the overnight Tour plans, you must book yourselves an appropriate accommodation at the Islands. Depending upon your budget, you may either book one of the lavish bungalows present on the island or book a tent on the beaches and camp with the rest of the people just a few meters away from the sea! However, it should Pigtailed that the charges for accommodation may vary from one stay option to another, and which shall be applicable in addition to the Touring charges of your plan.
Moken Village and Moken People
During your trip to the Surin Islands, you may spot the residential areas of the Moken community, which are also known as Chao Lay or “Sea Gypsies”. Presently, there are three different tribes living on the islands. While interacting with them, you will realize that the Moken people spend most of their time floating away in their boats, called Kabang, from one bay to another, and reside on the beaches only during the monsoon season.
You can also buy souvenirs prepared by them at the island as a memento of your visit to Surin Islands. In case you are a history lover, you may find it fascinating to know that the Moken people do not have a written language of their own, and their history is passed on to the future generations in the form of folklore. You can get some good stories from the Moken people while visiting their villages and interacting with them.
Flora and Fauna
Being part of the Mu Ko Surin National Park, you are sure to get ample opportunities to capture the flora and fauna of the Surin Islands in your cameras. While you can consider yourselves lucky having spotted animals such as the Pigtailed Macaque and the Monitor Lizards, playing with the sea turtles while snorkelling is bound to be an amazing experience. In addition to this, you can also witness a large range of corals present close to the island beaches, smoothly fondled by the water and the fishes now and then.
How to Reach Surin Islands
The Surin Islands are situated around 60 Km Westwards off the shore of Khao Lak. It usually takes around 40 to 45 minutes to reach via speedboat. To reach the Surin Islands, you need to hop on to a speedboat being run by the National Park authorities. Since the islands are located 60 Km west of the Khao Lak’s shore, there is no other option to reach the place than by going through waters.
1. Avoid interacting with Moken People without any local officials 2. Avoid exploring the restricted parts of the National Park 3. Do not indulge in fishing or poaching while at the Surin Islands 4. Carry Sunglasses along with sunscreen lotion and hat/cap to protect yourselves from getting a tan