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Surin Island

Surin IslandSituated in Tambon Ko Phra Thong and covering an area of 84,375 rais (33,750 acres), Mu Ko Surin is an archipelago of 5 islands: Ko Surin Nuea, Ko Surin Tai, Ko Ri, Ko Khai, and Ko Klang. It was declared a national park on July 9, 1981. The archipelago is located in the Andaman Sea, near the Thai-Burmese sea border, to the west coast of Thailand. There are beautiful and unspoilt coral reefs; the area is suitable for snorkelling. The best time to visit is from November to April.

Ko Surin Nuea has several bays. The most well-known bay is Ao Mae Yai, the largest bay that offers calm waters. To the southeast of Ko Surin Nuea lies Ao Luek, which is so deep that the sea appears dark green, offering splendid shallow corals as well as sea weeds, sea flowers, coral lines, and various species of fish. Sea Gypsy Village, a Singha, or Morgan.

Diving at Surin IslandSea Gypsy tribe resides on the shore of Hat Sai En, Ko Surin Nuea. There are 130-150 sea gypsies who still hold on to their traditional ways of life and still live in their boats. On shore, there is a wooden sculpture resembling the Indian Totem Pole and is considered a sacred area. Every year, on the 15th day of the waxing moon in April, the sea gypsies in this village would worship their respected spirits. The event lasts for 3 days. Ao Mai Ngam, situated to the west of Ko Surin Nuea with the National Parks office nearby. There is a 2-kilometre walking path that you can take to enjoy the natural features of Hat Mai Ngam or you can take a longboat ride. The lovely bay provides fresh water and a long beach that is best for snorkelling and swimming. Ao Chak, situated to the north of Ko Surin Nuea. The bay possesses unspoilt coral reefs.

Interesting attractions on Ko Surin Tai include Ao Tao, situated to the east of the island. The bay is home to numerous sea turtles and magnificent coral reefs. Ao Phakkat, situated to the south of Ko Surin Tai. It is where unspoilt coral reefs can be seen.

Ko Klang or Ko Pachumba has a scenic bay called Ao Mangkon. The bay is teeming with splendid coral reefs and many schools of various kinds of fish.

Ko Khai or Ko Torilla, situated to the south of Ko Surin Tai. On the eastern side of the island there is a long stretch of unspoilt and picturesque coral reef. Snorkelling is the most recommended activity here.

Surin Island AttractionsAttractions

The Surin Islands have a broad selection of animal life - including the Nicobar Pigeon and Mangrove Monitor Lizards.

Below the water can be found a very rich and pristine coral reef ecosystem. While small portions of the islands were affected by the 2004 Tsunami, most reefs are still quite healthy.

There is a small "Sea Gypsy" village made up of the small ethnic Moken minority.

Dive Sites at Surin IslandDive Sites

Richelieu Rock is commonly referred to one as one of the ten best dive spots in the world. Named after the first (and only foreign) Commander-in-Chief of the Thai Navy, the remote rock is home to some of the largest marine life species in Thailand. Sightings of Whale Shark, Manta Ray and sharks are common.
Other Popular dive sites include Hin Kong, Koh Torinla and Koh Chi.

Access

Surin Islands Marine National ParkAccess to the Surin Islands Marine National Park is easiest from either Khao Lak or kura buri in Phang Nga Province. Travel to the Surin Islands is only safe from November to May. The park is closed in the other months. The mainland office of the park is in Ngan Yong, just north of Khuraburi. Dive operators in Khao Lak offer live-aboard diving trips and day trips via speedboat.

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