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Boat tours and snorkelling

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Group and private boat tours to a host of pristine beaches and snorkelling sites scattered around the Adang archipelago can be arranged all over Lipe. Though many of the reefs are bleached and dormant, you’ll still find some soft and hard coral supporting healthy schools of tropical fish and other marine life, including clownfish, anemones and rays.

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Some package tours include up to five chances to snorkel off the boat but only one or two stops on dry land, typically at Ko Hin Ngam's mysterious smooth-rock beach and a white-sand beach on Ko Adang, Ko Rawi or Ko Tong for lunch. Other tours will stop at a couple of snorkelling sites while allowing more time for beach lounging or hiking. Late-day trips include a sunset dinner and, if you’re lucky, a chance to swim among glittering bioluminescent plankton.

Your typical Lipe longtail. Photo taken in or around Boat tours and snorkelling, Ko Lipe, Thailand by David Luekens.

Your typical Lipe longtail. Photo: David Luekens

Most group tours include lunch, drinking water and snorkelling gear, with the most popular running from around 09:00 to 16:00 and costing 500 to 1,500 baht per person. Snorkellers can also tag along with some of the day-dive boats for around 650 baht including lunch. Reputable snorkelling tour outfits include Thai Beach Travellers and Paradise Tours.

The other option, which we prefer, is to charter a longtail boat privately. Expect to pay at least 1,500 baht -- for the boat, not per person—for a three-hour trip to snorkel at Jabang pinnacle and stop at Ko Hin Ngam and Ko Adang to relax on the beach or climb Chadoe Cliff. Full-day private trips can cost anywhere from 1,700 to 4,000 baht or more. Speedboats and sailboats can also be chartered at travel offices on Walking Street.

One option not offered by tour companies is Ko Khai, a tiny undeveloped island located an hour’s cruise east of Lipe with a natural stone arch standing over a stunning coral-sand beach. If you’re up for a full-day adventure, consider making a loop all the way around Ko Adang with stops at distant beaches before cruising south alongside Ko Rawi and down to Ko Tong, where a host of offshore islets conceal some of the best snorkelling sites in the ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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