Diving the waters around Ko Lanta – Image courtesy of Pimalai Resort and Spa
Things to do on Ko Lanta
Ko Lanta offers several activities for active couples: explore the densely forested hills on foot, motorcycle, car, bicycle and elephant; or take to the water for kayaking, snorkelling and diving adventures.
– Ko Lanta offers excellent diving, with more pristine (and less dived) reefs than those around Phi Phi and Phuket. It’s an excellent place to see whale sharks. Lanta's best dive sites include the soft coral at Hin Bidah, where you can swim among leopard sharks, barracuda and tuna.
The Ko Ha island group to the west and south of Ko Lanta, offer four different dives on each of its five islands, including steep drop-offs and caves (a two-hour boat ride). Further south lies the 50m wall at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang, where you can also swim with tuna, jacks, silvertip sharks, manta rays and even whale sharks.
Note: The main diving season runs from November through April, with some diving in May and June before rough seas prevent safe sea travel. Most dive boats depart from Ban Sala Dan, although you can find dive shops on almost every beach.
– The best snorkelling is around the jungle-clad islands of Ko Rok Nai and Ko Rok Nok, fringed with gorgeous white-sand beaches. A narrow channel separates the two islands with a shallow reef perfect for snorkelling. The islands are 47km south of Ko Lanta and can be easily reached by speedboat. Alternatively, take an excursion to the Ko Ha islands or the four islands off the Trang coast (Ko Mook, Ko Ngai, Ko Cheuak and Ko Kradan).
– Paddle through mangroves and into caves along the eastern coast of both Ko Lanta Yai and Ko Lanta Noi, including Ko Talabeng and Ko Bubu. Trips can easily be arranged from Ban Sala Dan and from most beaches.