The first thing that might strike you when sailing in the Surin Islands archipelago is that it feels so different from other tourist landmarks: no great crowds, or townships and luxurious resorts. Visitors lucky enough to visit one of Surin’s five tranquil locations will walk through paths that wind through woodlands to golden beaches, and swim in aquamarine waters filled with brilliant fish. Chartering a yacht from Phuket to the Surin Islands will allow you to relish in a relaxing deep sea vacation.
The remoteness has enabled it to present its pristine and natural surroundings as its star offering, rather than swanky resorts and fine dining. The two main islands, Koh Surin Nuea and Koh Surin Tai are home to an astonishing diversity of luscious flora and fauna, including corals. You can spend a morning in a lush rain forest observing flying foxes and monitor lizards, or be dazzled by birds you’ve never seen before or might see again. The three other surrounding islands are smaller and great for snorkelling.
The relatively shallow coral reefs bordering Surin Islands are sheer magic and home to around 200 species of fish, making it ideal for spotting unique sub-sea structures like fire and staghorn corals.
Surin Nuea has several beach and snorkelling options, from brilliant coral at Ao Luek or Ao Chak, or just lazing at Ao Mae Yai, Surin Nuea’s roomiest beach. Visitors can lay down their towels and relax to the sound of the waves while birds tweet in the background. Surin Nuea is also home to the National Marine Park office, and several pleasant strolls.
On Koh Surin Tai the majestic snorkelling adventures continues. Even the three smaller islands contain prime snorkelling locations. The relatively shallow coral reefs bordering the Surin Islands are sheer magic, and home to around 200 species of fish, making it an ideal location for spotting unique sub-sea structures like fire and staghorn corals. Snorkelers are able to clearly see the true magic of the underwater world as the water is relatively shallow.
The waters between Koh Surin Nuea and Koh Surin Tai are great for diving. The entire Mu Ko Surin National Park is home to some 800 species of fish, like the butterfly fish, rock lobsters and even turtles. Lucky divers may spot manta rays, whale sharks or the Napoleon wrasse with its puffy lips. However, the most popular place to put on the flippers, tank and goggles is at Richelieu Rock where whale sharks are likely to be seen. Of course, those interested in diving with the sharks have got a good chance of spotting them here.
Visitors who steer their yacht to the Surin Islands will thrill to a maritime wonderland of fish you can almost reach out and touch, and rain forests filled with a variety of birds and animal species.