Top 5 Water Sports And Activities In Koh Samui, Thailand - Updated 2023


Thailand’s second largest island, Koh Samui is one of the most loved vacation destinations in Asia. From the busiest Chaweng beach to the quieter Lamai beach, the rustic Maenam beach to the kid’s friendly Lipa Noi beach, the pretty little fishing village Bophut or the luxury spa joints, the beautiful coconut groves to the breath-taking rainforests, Koh Samui has everything for everyone. Best known for its thrilling water sports activities, adventure junkies can take home some unforgettable experiences from Koh Samui island. Kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving or parasailing, you will be spoilt for choice. Interested in knowing more? Check out these top and most recommended water sports and activities in Koh Samui, Thailand.

1. Sea kayaking at Ang Thong National Marine Park (from USD 79.0)

A stunning archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand, Ang Thong National Marine Park is a must visit spot if you are in Koh Samui. This beautiful park, home to exotic wildlife and marine creatures, also boasts of white sand beaches, hidden coves, and amazing waterfalls. The sea kayaking experience in the marine park will be one of the best parts of the trip. If you are lucky, you can spot dolphins or sea turtles swimming alongside. This full-day tour from Koh Samui includes hotel pick-up and drop off along with a light breakfast, lunch and soft drinks. You will have the company of an English speaking licensed guide, who can explain the significance, highlights, and features of the place. Please ensure that you wear good walking shoes for this tour, as on the course you’ll make your way to the highest point of the park using wooden walkways and handmade staircases. The scenic views from the top will leave you in awe.

Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong National Marine Park from Koh Samui

Duration: 9 hours

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2. Two-hour Sunrise Stand-Up paddle tour (from USD 44.0)

If the unique experience of watching the sunrise from the water excites you, then book a two-hour stand-up paddle tour that starts at 6.00 am from Choeng Mon beach or Bangrak beach. You will be paddling along the waters to watch the sunrise over the Gulf of Thailand. If paddling is new to you, professional instructors will help you learn to navigate a stand-up paddleboard. Your package will include premium starboard paddleboard equipment and complimentary beach transfers if you are staying in Bophut, Bangrak or Choeng Mon. Wear your swimsuit and do not forget to carry your hat and sunscreen. Drinking water and fresh fruits are provided. The paddle tour is ideal for adults and teenagers above 15-years old. If you know swimming that will be an added advantage. If your tour is cancelled due to bad weather, it will be rescheduled or you can avail a full refund. Sounds exciting? Get ready for this once in a lifetime experience.

Sunrise Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Tour in Koh Samui

Duration: 2 hours

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3. Big Game Fishing Challenge tour from Koh Samui including lunch (from USD 45.0)

Cooking your own catch amidst the blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand seems to be a great add on to your vacation activity list. You will be taken to two tranquil fishing locations and will be taught the tricks of catching big game fish such as catfish and carp by expert fishermen. You can also snorkel around following the fishing tour. The package includes round trip transfers by mini-van from/to hotel in Koh Samui Island, all entrance fees, lunch, fishing equipment rental, boat tour and an English-speaking guide. The full-day fishing trip will be an experience to cherish forever.

Gulf of Thailand Fishing Challenge Tour from Ko Samui

Duration: 8 hours

4. Full-day diving and snorkelling in Chumphon Pinnacle and Koh Tao (from USD 187.0)

Dive centres in Koi Samui take you to the nearby Koh Phangan and Koh Tao for an ultimate diving and snorkelling experience. Certified divers can enjoy a dive at the well-known Chumphon Pinnacle and at Koh Tao. Top highlights include the cruise across the Gulf of Thailand in a custom-made speedboat and discovering some of the best coral reefs in Thailand. Spending time at a couple of dive and snorkel sites in the blue waters of Koh Tao is a great experience. The package also includes breakfast, lunch, and beverages. The pickup point is your hotel or Petcherat Marina Pier (Bangrak). Dive and snorkel guides are always available and you will be travelling with a crew of trained emergency-first responders and rescue divers. Life vests, a first aid kit, emergency oxygen, and a marine toilet is provided on board. You can choose your dietary requirements at the time of booking. The tour is not recommended for pregnant women, people with heart ailments or other serious medical conditions. If you wish to participate in a certified dive, a diver certification has to be produced.

Full-Day Diving and Snorkeling in Chumphon Pinnacle and Koh Tao

Duration: 8 hours

5. Discover scuba diving (from USD 200.0)

The sparkling blue waters of Koh Samui are the best for some scuba fun! You can enjoy the exotic underwater life with the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program in Koh Samui. For beginners, this one-day program with a professional guide would be a great deal. You will be taught the basic concepts and skills before you head off on an open water dive that takes you as deep as 12 meters (39 feet). The Discover Scuba Diving experience is a perfect way to get a head start on your PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver certification. The package also includes round-trip hotel transport and lunch.

Discover Scuba Diving from Koh Samui

Duration: 9 hours

Enjoying water sports and activities in the sapphire waters of Koh Samui

Blue waters, emerald islands, colourful surroundings -the backdrop is just drop dead gorgeous for a perfect getaway. An excellent place to unwind, Koh Samui’s myriad water sports activities, land activities, and numerous sightseeing options make it an irresistible choice. The island’s beauty, history, and its rich ecosystem will be forever etched in your hearts.

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