Published/Last edited or updated: 20th March, 2018
Those who tire of sunbathing will find quite a few water-born activities to choose from on Ko Kut, from kayaking to diving, snorkeling and fishing.
Snorkeling and diving
Snorkelers who don’t feel like taking a boat trip will find some fish but very little coral directly off the shores of Ko Kut itself. All three of Kut’s diving outfits—Paradise Divers, Koh Kood Divers and BB Divers—run daily trips to a few of the sites with mainly hard coral found right around Kut, charging roughly 1,000 baht for snorkeling only and 3,000 baht for a couple of dives.
We’ve done a standard snorkeling trip with BB and they took us to Ko Rad off Kut’s northeast coast and then to a spot off Haad Sai Daeng near the centre of the west coast. The crew did a good job but most of the coral was dead and marine life was minimal, making the conditions disappointing, though we were visiting in late March and the fish repopulate through the wet season. At Ko Rad they have sunk a number of artificial reefs, including shapes of elephants and horses, so it could be fun for the kids at least.
Better conditions are found around Ko Rang, an uninhabited national park island reachable from Kut after an hour-long cruise. BB Divers runs trips out here about once every four or five days for 1,200 baht, and park officials charge everyone an additional 200 baht upon arrival. The other dive companies run less-frequent trips to Rang; we’d pop into all three shops to see what’s available.
Ko Rang is worth the effort because there’s more marine life and the visibility is better than around Ko Kut. When hitting Rang from Ko Mak, which is closer than Kut, the beaches and underwater scenery around a set of rocky islets exceeded our expectations—it’s probably the best snorkeling in the Chang archipelago. Just keep in mind that Rang also gets its share of day trippers from Ko Chang and the sites can get busy.
All three of the dive outfits also offer trips to a couple of shipwrecks and a few other dive sites found along Kut’s east coast, plus the usual spread of PADI and open-water courses. We’ve had only positive experiences when inquiring at the offices of each company, and Kut would be a very laid-back spot to do an extended diving course.
Most resorts can arrange private trips starting at 5,000 baht by small motorboat and reaching above 20,000 baht for catamarans, speedboats and sailboats. These prices are for the whole boat, not per person, and most likely will not include lunch or other extras apart from snorkeling gear and life vests.
Kayaking is a big deal on Ko Kut with most resorts offering guests free kayaks for exploring waterways like Khlong Chao, Khlong Yai Ki and Khlong Prao. Every beach has at least one of these tranquil, mangrove-studded waterways and we spoke with an American bird watching enthusiast who was pleased with the avian life seen on her adventures.
With beaches like Ao Ta Khian and Ao Jak joined by numerous khlongs all situated fairly close together, Kut’s southern reaches are great for a day of kayaking. Those seeking a tougher adventure could start at Khlong Yai Ki and paddle north by sea, stopping at Khlong Rahan before waving to the hi-so set at Soneva Kiri on the way to a nearby “secret beach” on the north coast.
BB Divers: Khlong Chao ; T: (082) 220 6002 ; (092) 602 2260 ; bbdivers-koh-kood.com
Koh Kood Divers: Khlong Chao ; T: (085) 698 4122 ; www.kohkooddivers.com
Paradise Divers: Ao Ngam Kho ; T: (087) 144 5945 ; www.kohkood-paradisedivers.com
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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