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Surin Islands

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Surin Islands

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The Surin Islands are beautiful protected islands 60 km west of the Northern Andaman Coast.


Mu Ko Surin National Park is situated in the Andaman sea approximately 60 km from the coast of Phang-Nga province in the southern peninsula region. The park covers an area of approximately 135 km of the protected area 102 km or 76% is sea. The park comprises 5 main islands; Koh Surin Nua, Ko Surin Tai, Ko Ree (Ko Stok),Ko Pachumba and Ko Kai (Ko Torinla). A few kilometers to the north of the park is the Myanmar border and about 100 km to the south are the Similan Islands.

These stunningly beautiful islands are open to visitors from 16th November to 15th of May each year, the picture postcard beaches and excellent snorkeling are a big draw. The main activity enjoyed by visitors is snorkeling, closely followed by scuba diving. Accommodation is the form of bungalows and tents, there are two campsites on Koh Surin Nua.

The islands were declared a national park on the 9th July 1981 in recognition of the islands unique beauty and to protect the fragile marine habitat. Green and Hawksbill turtles are frequent visitors to the islands, they come to nest on the islands beaches, in the 1990s some rare Olive Ridley turtles were also laying their eggs here. Diving is not allowed in certain areas of the park where conservation initiatives are taking place.

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Diving and Snorkelling

From Takua Pa near Khao Lak

  • Blue Guru Diving, Koh Phra Thong, Phang Nga 82150 Thailand, +66 80 144 0551 (). Day trips & multi day adventures to Surin Islands from Khuraburi or Koh Phra Thong. Scuba diving at Richelieu Rock with overnight stays on Surin. Only dive centre in area with PADI Green Star Award for environmental awareness.
  • Wicked Diving, 4/14 Moo 7, Khuk Khak, Takuapa, Phang Nga 82190 Thailand, +66 76 485 868 (, fax: +66 76 485 878). Overnight snorkelling expeditions to the Surin Islands and 5 day liveaboard adventures through the Similan and Surin Islands aboard the only liveaboard operated to environmentally aware standards.
  • Geo Expedition Similan Dive Center, 13/61 Moo 7 Khao Lak, Khuk Kak, Takuapa, Phang Nga (Opposite Bangkok Bank in the center of Khao Lak), +66 76 485 792 (). Daily snorkelling trips to the Surin Islands departing from Khao Lak.

From Ranong Province at Ranong, Ko Chang (Southern Thailand) and Ko Phayam

  • Aladdin Dive Safari, Offices at Ranong, Koh Chang and Koh Payam, (+66) 87 2786908 and (+66) 8 72 74 76 01 (), [1]. Fully inclusive dive tours featuring Koh Surin, Koh Similan, Koh Lanta, Krabi, Phang-Nga and the Mergui Archipelago In Burma (Myanmar). Prices starting at 14,000 baht.






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