Life cannot get better than chilling out in Krabi - Thailand’s fascinating and straight-out-of-a-postcard coastal province. The islands are famous for their twisted karst formations, giant limestone mountains, and blinding-white, picture-perfect sandy beaches, which are ideal for water babies. And there are loads of gorgeously striking islands that lie off the coast of Krabi. So much so that one can simply go around Krabi island hopping for an entire year and still not finish exploring them all! Realistically speaking though, if you have one vacation to see them all, then check out this list of the best island tours in Krabi, Thailand.
The hedonistic paradise that is Phi Phi is made up of two stunning islands - the chaotic Phi Phi Don and the laidback and serene Phi Phi Leh. Both islands are home to spectacular white-sand beaches, clear azure-turquoise waters and lush vegetation that serves as the perfect backdrop for your adventures. Phi Phi is home to the limestone cliffs that surround Phi Leh Lagoon and Piley Bay where the clear waters warrant a dip and a swim. More famously, it is also home to Maya Bay, one of Southeast Asia’s most famous shooting locations where the dystopian movie ‘The Beach’ was filmed. Plus, their small size and lack of vehicles on the islands make them easy to explore during an awesome day trip.
Duration: 7 hours
Snorkelling is one of the best things to do in Krabi so why not indulge in a tour of seven islands of Krabi that not only combines snorkelling and a fabulous sunset but also ensures a view of one of the most otherwordly sights on the entire planet? Make your way to the turquoise waters of Yaowasam, Ma Taming, Moh, Tub, Chicken and Poda Islands while snapping gorgeous pictures of Railay Bay and Phranang Cave on the way. Snorkel off the shores of Chicken and Yaowasam islands, exploring the beautiful marine life and reefs with an expert guide. Dig into some exquisite seafood and watch the sun dissolve into the azure waters of Krabi. Finally, indulge in one last but out-of-the-world adventure which is swimming with glowing plankton. This phenomenon sees the plankton glow in the dark against the jet black beach, making for a spectacle nothing less than a fairytale.
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Krabi is made up of hundreds of small islands so exploring four of Krabi’s most famous and well-known islands makes for an excellent day trip. First up is the heavenly Phra Nang Cave Beach on the Railay peninsula, which is known for its white coral sand and spectacular limestone cliffs jutting out of emerald green waters. Its also home to the Princess Cave where legend says that the Princess Goddess resides. Poda Island is up next, where you’ll dig into a lip-smacking, heavenly Thai lunch before sunbathing and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. The famous Chicken Island with a chicken-shaped rock formation is up next, which is known for the colourful reef fish that swim off its shore. Finally, end your tour with the small, rocky Mor and Tup islands which are perfect for a stroll while watching Krabi’s sunset.
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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There’s nothing like a private longtail boat tour of Krabi’s uninhabited islands. Begin your tour at the four superb islands of Koh Hong, which are part of the National Marine Park. The main Koh Hong island is uninhabited except for monitor lizards, white-faced gibbons and birds dotting the quiet main white sand beach. The island comprises of high cliffs, rocky beaches, and gorgeous twin bays, all of which flank a lagoon at the centre. Finally, head to Tup, Poda, and Chicken islands, finishing with Phra Nang Cave Beach at Railay Bay.
Duration: 7 to 9 hours
What’s the best way of experiencing all of Krabi’s fun all at once? Swimming and snorkelling off Krabi’s best islands, of course! Depart from Ao Nam Mao pier and stop at the lovely Tub Island first, which consists of three islands connected by a gorgeously soft sandbank and one of the most lesser-known sights of Krabi’s islands. Chicken island and its lovely marine-life-filled waters are next before heading off to Poda Island to dig into a delicious buffet lunch spread. Relax and swim at Poda and Yawasam Islands, one of the best places for swimming, lounging about and sunbathing. Next, head off to Talu Cave which houses an undersea cave with two exciting swim-through tunnels. The final destination is the legendary Phra Nang Cave, wherein is said to lie a princess’ spirit.
Duration: 8 hours
If you’ve had enough of Krabi’s longtails, how about cruising Krabi’s islands in style and speed? Sway off the beaten track and head off on a speedy, whirlwind adventure to the fascinating, lesser-known cluster of Koh Hong Islands. The deserted cluster of islands is made up of incredibly picturesque lagoons, white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, shallow coral reefs, and lots of tropical fish, which make for excellent relaxation spots. Feast on a picnic lunch right on the beach and spend the day leisurely walking, snorkelling, and swimming around.
Duration: 5 hours
Are you looking for a romantic getaway in Krabi? Enjoy an exciting day out with your partner aboard a chartered speedboat to Krabi’s exotically wonderful Phi Phi Islands. Depart from the Nopparat Thara Pier and reach Phi Phi in less than an hour. Check out all of the Phi Phi group of islands’ best sights, including Maya Bay, Bamboo Island, Phi Phi Don, Monkey Beach, Viking Cave, Phi Leh Bay and Loh Sama Bay. Tuck into an enjoyable Thai spread for lunch, relax and lounge around for as much time as you want and even snorkel and dive in the crystal clear waters using the equipment onboard.
Duration: 8 hours
Emerald-green waters and dramatic foliage-studded limestone karsts are what set the islands of Phang Nga Bay apart from the rest. Embark on a trip to the most spectacular set of islands in the bay, which include Khao Phing Kan and the iconic Koh Tapu island, nicknamed the James Bond Island. Long before tourists were flocking to it, the 20-metre-tall (66 feet) rock that Koh Tapu is had already made its cinematic debut in the adrenaline-pumping James Bond adventure ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’. Hop aboard a speedboat or a longtail and set off to explore these islands and its attractions, including Panyee floating village, Raman waterfalls, and Wat Suwan Kuha Temple, popularly known as 'Monkey Cave’.
Duration: 8 hours
There’s no better a way to enjoy Krabi than to indulge in this water adventure and food tour at sunset. Set off on this six-hour sunset sojourn around Krabi’s stunning coastline aboard a 100-year-old Thai wooden junk, which is a fascinating ancient Chinese sailing vessel. Sail around the islands of Ta Ming, Ko Yawasam, Koh Si, Koh Gai, and Koh Poda, where you can do everything from lounging on the beach to paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, and snorkelling. Take breaks to enjoy the fresh snacks and fruits offered onboard. Towards the evening, dig into a delicious Thai buffet dinner while taking in the sight of the sun setting over the Andaman Sea. Wind up your thrilling tour by spying the ethereal phenomenon of Pranang Beach’s bioluminescent waters.
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
One of the best, no-nonsense ways to explore all of Krabi’s islands in a day is by embarking on a comprehensive and leisurely seven-island tour of Krabi. Running every day between 2pm and 8pm, the fabulous sunset tour takes you on an adventure around Phang Nga Bay’s best islands, including Phra Nang beach, Sii, Chicken, Poda and Tup islands and their mind-boggling sandbanks, Tang Ming island, and Daeng island. Finish off the tour by watching wonderful bioluminescent plankton wash up on the dark beaches of Krabi, making for a breathtaking spectacle.
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
Exploring the breathtakingly beautiful islands of Krabi
There’s no doubt that Krabi is home to some of the world’s most pristine beaches and waters. Although all the islands are beautifully peppered with verdure, cliffs and lovely beaches, each one is different and unique. Check out these options for touring the many islands of Krabi to be able to make the most of your time in Thailand.
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