Surin Islands - Koh Surin - Thailand

Koh Surin National Marine Park rates as one of Thailand's prime island locations. The two main islands Koh Surin Nua (North Surin Island) and Koh Surin Tai (South Surin Island) form the bulk of the land mass. The other 3 satellite islands both enhance the overground vistas and provide supplementary fringing reef.

surin islands thailandFringing coral reefs The east coast of Koh Surin is fringed by broad shallow coral reefs. These areas provide excellent snorkeling.
surin islands scuba diving thailandSurin Scuba DivingExplore the underwater landscapes of the Surin Islands with a scuba diving day trip.
surin islands thailand snorkelingSurin Islands SnorkelingTake a snorkeling day trip to the Surin Islands. It is possible to see 4 different species of turtle here.

Surin Archepelago - Marine Park

The entire Surin archepelago covers a region greater than 320 kmĀ² and includes the picturesque islands of Koh Tachai and Koh Bon. Also, Richelieu Rock lies within the borders of the Surin National Park. These 3 areas in particular offer, undoubtedly, the most spectacular scuba diving in Thailand as this is where the large pelagic favourites, Manta Rays and Whale Sharks, are often sighted.

The Marine Park headquarters are situated on the North island. They are tastefully designed, blending with the surroundings. Thankfully the National Park has not pushed the development of the island too far. Most of the accommodation is in the form of tents, although there are also a few bungalows that are for rent. Many visitors choose to stay for 3 days or more so that they can fully enjoy the natural delights found here.

surin islands whale sharks thailandWhale SharksRichelieu Rock and Koh Tachai are in the Surin National Park. They provide the best opportunities to see Whale Sharks.
surin islands camping thailandSurin Islands CampingEnjoy the luxury of nature at the Koh Surin campsite. Alternatively, stay in one of very few bungalows. Book early!
surin islands moken thailandMoken Sea GypsiesA village of 59 Moken families live on Koh Surin Tai. Traditionally they derive everything they need from the sea.

Surin Islands Inhabitants

On the South island there remains a small village of Moken, also known as Chao Ley or Sea Gypsies. These are a fascinating people who live harmoniously with their marine surroundings. They often live and work from their "kabang", traditional boats crafted from a single piece of wood.