Ko Yao Noi is a 30- to 60-minute boat ride away from either Phuket or Krabi, with regular longtail and speedboat ferry services daily. Travel time varies depending on the boat used. Trips to and from the Phang Nga mainland take 90 minutes. Boats depart Phuket (Bang Rong pier), Krabi (two piers) and Phang Nga (Tha Dan Pier) for Ko Yao Noi.
Getting to Ko Yao Noi
Phuket (Bang Rong Pier to Manoh Pier, with a stop at Ko Yao Yai): 07:40 speedboat; 08:40 speedboat; 09:15; 09:40 speedboat; 10:30 speedboat; 11:30 speedboat; 12:30; 13:15 speedboat; 14:30 speedboat; 15:00 speedboat; 16:00 speedboat; 17:00; 17:30 speedboat
Krabi (Tha Len Pier to Tha Khao Pier): 09:00; 10:00; 11:00; 12:00; 15:00; 16:00; 17:00; 17:30
Krabi (Tha Len Pier to Manoh Pier):13:00
Krabi (Nopparat Thara Pier to Manoh Pier): 11:00 speedboat
Phang Nga (Tha Dan Pier to Sukha Pier): 13:00 (no service Sundays)
Leaving Ko Yao Noi
Boats depart Ko Yao Noi for Phuket (Manoh Pier) and Krabi (two piers) and Phang Nga (Tha Dan Pier) at these times:
Phuket (Manoh Pier to Bang Rong Pier): 06:30 speedboat; 07:30; 07:50 speedboat; 09:00 speedboat; 10:20 speedboat; 11:30 speedboat; 13:30; 14:00 speedboat; 15:00; 16:00 speedboat; 16:40 speedboat
(all boats stop at Ko Yao Yai's Klong Hia Pier on the way)
Krabi (Tha Khao Pier to Tha Len Pier): 07:00; 07:30; 08:30; 09:30; 10:30; 11:30; 12:30; 13:30; 14:30; 16:00
Krabi (Manoh Pier to Tha Len Pier): 07:30
Krabi (Manoh Pier to Nopparat Thara Pier): 15:30 speedboat
Phang Nga (Sukha Pier to Tha Dan Pier): 07:30 (no service Sundays)
Trips to and from Phuket and Krabi cost 120 baht per person or 200 baht on a speedboat, 140 baht to transport a motorcycle. The Yao Noi-Phang Nga ferry is 150 baht.
Regular longtails ply between Chong Lad Pier on Ko Yao Yai and Manoh Pier on Ko Yao Noi during daylight hours and cost 20 baht per person, 30 baht extra to bring a motorcycle, taking 10 to 15 minutes.
Ko Yao Noi has no public transport so you'll need to hire a taxi or your own wheels to explore the island. Yao Noi has a small fleet of privately run pick-up trucks converted into mini songthaew buses. Drivers tend to congregate at the piers and will charge 100 baht per person for transport to anywhere on the island. If you're looking for taxi/tour service you could hire one of these for the day. We were quoted 800 baht for three hours. Otherwise, transport may be arranged at your hotel reception or one of the handful of tour offices around the island.
Motorbike rental is easy to arrange at prices between 250 and 350 baht per day. Some resorts and tour offices hire out bicycles for around 200 baht a day. Travelling by foot is not a bad way to go either, and often within minutes someone will stop to offer a lift.