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    Koh Lanta

    TAKE A BREATH IN KOH LANTA

    Welcome to a beautiful and friendly island situated on the Andaman Sea, in the South West of Thailand. Koh Lanta is easy to reach, being only a few hours from Phuket, Phi Phi, Trang and Krabi and accessible by both passenger ferry and car (via car ferries).

     

    Koh Lanta are the largest islands within the National Park of Trang, an archipelago consisting of more than 50 islands, many of which being uninhabited. It comprises of 2 islands, Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai. These islands were initially settled by sea Gypsies, while many of their descendants still live in the south of the larger island. Most tourists head towards Koh Lanta Yai, largest of these two islands situated furthest in the West. It is a location of various resorts and the best beaches along the west coast. These beaches offer beautiful sand, clear warm waters and stunning sunsets.

    Koh Lanta has managed to retain much of its original charm being much less commercial than many other Thai destinations. There is definitely a much more relaxed approach to life on Koh Lanta and many tourists find it difficult to leave. With over 26km of beaches on its west coast, Koh Lanta is in a position to offer accommodation that will suit everyone, which includes romantic getaways, family holidays and backpacker huts on the beach (Hotels & Resorts). Cool drinks are available from beach bars during the day and at night there are plenty of bars and restaurants, both Thai and European, to suit every pocket (Bars and Restaurants).

    There are over 10 beaches on Koh Lanta Yai, starting from Long Beach (Phrae Ae), a 3km stretch that offers a beautiful coastline and plenty of beach bars, to Kantiang Beach, a stunning secluded beach in the south of the island. Koh Lanta is ideal for both novice and experienced SCUBA divers as the Andaman Sea is warm, clear and overall diving conditions are excellent. Koh Haa situated to the west of Koh Lanta offers a beautiful lagoon for freediving beginners and snorkelling whilst there are caverns and swim-troughs for the more experienced divers. Hin Daeng and Hin Muang located on the far South of the island are World Class destination sites providing an opportunity to see large pelagics.

    There is plenty for everyone on Koh Lanta, including canoeing in the mangroves, elephant trekking, cave walking, and jungle treks (Activities). Our favourite end of day activity is sitting at one of the many beach bars and watching the sun go down.

    WHY KOH LANTA

    – Less touristy than other Thailand destinations

    – Easy to get to and easy to get around

    – Amazing flora and fauna

    – Something for everyone, in terms of activities, resorts, food and entertainment

    – Beautiful beaches and stunning aquatic life

    – Very affordable, stay on Koh Lanta is cheaper than on many other Thai islands

    – It is hot all year round

    – Great people, stunning smiles.

    A BIT OF STORY

    Old Town and Sea Gypsies

    Not more than a 20 minute drives from the main tourist areas, the “Old Town” and the “Sea Gypsy Village” offer a more traditionally Thai and certainly less touristy destination! Life here is much more about fishing as you can see from the number of Longtail boats secured alongside traditional beautiful wooden homes.

    Sea Gypsies are the original inhabitants of Koh Lanta and their traditions and cultures are thousands of years old. Traditional handicrafts are available here and there are some great Thai restaurants that extend out into the Mangroves where you can enjoy lunch and fresh drinks.

    How to get here

    Activity & Family

    Blue Planet Divers is a family orientated Dive Centre and we are the ideal choice for families as our spacious boats provide plenty of room for Divers and Snorkelers and our staff are all great with kids. We are making special daytrips deal with families! We want every member to fully enjoy our local excursions. We can offer different activities for each person and we will make sure that they spend a fantastic day with us.

    One day snorkelling on local siteSnorkeling

    Do not fancy scuba diving but love snorkelling or just chilling on our boat whilst we visit some beautiful islands? Many of the dive sites we go to are great snorkelling sites and offer some amazing photo opportunities. We provide snorkelling equipment and a guide for your safety and fun.

    It is very easy to use a snorkeling set and we will brief before your snorkel dives. You will have to use a pair of fins, mask and snorkel only!

    Explore our fantastic local sites Koh Haa and Koh Bida! These places have the best layers with an amazing plethora of life. They are shallow and have a huge variety of colorful reefs. We are sure you will have a perfect time with your friends or family!

    You maybe not like scuba diving but maybe some members of your family do. We can organize activities for everyone and on the same daytrip. We will give you a special deal for all of you

    Bubblemaker – From 8 to 9 years old

    Discover diving from 8 years old

    The Bubblemaker experience is a safe and friendly introduction to Scuba Diving for your kids. The course takes an hour including a briefing on diving and the equipment they will be using. The Scuba diving takes place in the safety of a pool or in the sea (to a maximum depth of 2m). We are not giving more than two diver per instructor.

    You will be amazed, 8 years old kids are naturals at scuba diving! Read More…

     

    Discover one day scuba diving

    Discover Diving – From 10 years old

    Your family, friends are definitely snorkelling but you want to give a try to diving! Then the Discover Scuba Diving Experience is for you. Join us for a day on the boat and after a small briefing you will go diving with your personal instructor for the first time. Whilst on the boat you will have the opportunity to do 2 dives and go snorkelling if you wish.

    You will see how easy and amazing is diving in our sites! Read More…

    Accommodation

    Places of Interest

    National Park Koh Lanta

    Covering a total area of 152 square kilometres, Mu Koh Lanta National Park is located in Amphoe Koh Lanta and consists of many islands. Some major islands are Koh Lanta Yai, Koh Lanta Noi, Koh Taleng Beng, as well as, other surrounding islands likenationalpark02 Mu Koh Ha, Mu Koh Rok, and Koh Ngai.

    Established in 1990, this marine national park protects 15 islands in the Ko Lanta group, including the southern tip of Ko Lanta Yai. The park is increasingly threatened by the runaway development on the western coast of Ko Lanta Yai. The other islands in the group have fared slightly better. Ko Rok Nai is still very beautiful, with a crescent-shaped bay backed by cliffs, fine coral reefs and a sparkling white-sand beach. Camping is permitted on Ko Rok Nok and nearby Ko Haa , with permission from the national park headquarters. On the eastern side of Ko Lanta Yai, Ko Talabeng has some dramatic limestone caves that you can visit on sea-kayaking tours. The national park fee applies if you visit any of these islands.

    The national park headquarters is at Laem Tanod, on the southern tip of Ko Lanta Yai, reached by a steep and corrugated 7km dirt track from Hat Nui. There are some basic hiking trails and a scenic lighthouse, and you can hire long-tails here for island tours during the low season. They also offer camping facilities and bungalows for rent.

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    4 Islands Trip

    This extremely popular tour, in a one-day package, is designed to see the four most famous islands of the Trang Province at Sea. Arrive at Ko Chuek, snorkel among colorful, soft, living corals. Visit Ko Mook, swim through the darkness and experience a uniquely differe4-islands-tripnt world of Emerald Cave.

    The Emerald Cave or ‘Tham Morakot’ is usually the highlight of the famous 4 Island Tour – a not to be missed, snorkelling tour or day trip to the Southern Islands, near Trang.

    The Emerald Cave is a secret lagoon hidden inside the island of Ko Mook. The only way in to this amazing location is to swim 85m through an underwater tunnel that opens out into the secret bay with limestone cliffs soaring high above you on all sides.

    The underwater tunnel turns through about 90 degrees, so you descend into total darkness for a few seconds. Once you complete the turn, you can start to make out the emerald-green light coming from deep within the island. As you exit the tunnel and enter the lagoon, the water glows a deep emerald green and it’s rather like being inside a big, green volcano. There’s a large sandy beach to relax on, that’s open to the sky inside the cave.

    It is a truly amazing experience to emerge from a dark tunnel into a stunningly green tropical paradise, complete with large white-sandy beach. You can’t help but imagine what it felt like to discover this, almost film-set like place, for the first time.

    The cave used to be a smugglers resting place and is reputed to have been used by pirates as a secret and secluded place to stash their treasure. It retains an air of mystery and romance and it’s easy to imagine smugglers hiding out with their loot inside the cave.

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    Koh Rok Tour

    The two sister-islands of Ko Rok are known as Ko Rok Nok and Ko Rok Nai which means the inner and the outer island. Both islands are 100% National Park land so there has been no development of private business and there are no roads or transport here. What you will find are colourful reefs and stunning beaches!ko-rok-thailand

    Located approximately 25km south of Ko Haa and visible on the horizon from the west coast of Ko Lanta, Ko Rok boasts abundant marine life and thriving corals in the shallower areas. Some of the most pristine beaches in Thailand are found here with dazzling white sands and clear turquoise waters.

    Nok & Nai mean outer and inner islands they are named after a small fury animal (Rok) that can be found on these islands. Giant Monitor lizards, often over 1 metre in length have also made there home here along with thousands of hermit crabs.

    Some of the most wonderful beaches can be found here with dazzling powder white sand and calm turquoise waters that offer some wonderful snorkeling opportunities.

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