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Nestled within the Koh Lanta National Park is one of the jewels of the Andaman Sea. It is a collection of six islands – Koh Haa Yai and its five smaller islands.
During the journey out on our speedboat, look out for dolphins which are regularly seen here, and even the occasional whale.
As you approach the islands, your eye will be drawn away from the incredible limestone karst islands rising magnificently from the ocean, and you’ll start to notice the deep blue of the sea change to the beautiful azure hue of the lagoon.
The lagoon is an excellent place for snorkelling as it is only about 6 metres deep with a mass of different varieties of soft and hard corals. On the west side of the lagoon is a fine white-powdered sandy beach where you can laze away time between diving or snorkelling.
There are nine different dive sites at Koh Haa, and it really does offer something for everyone – whether it’s your first time underwater or you’re a well-practised veteran, the underwater scenery truly is incredible. The deeper waters are visited by passing whale sharks and rays, whilst the reefs are a haven for macro-lovers. However, the areas big draw is its caves, swim-throughs and chimney, which are great fun to explore whatever your qualification level.
Diver level – all levels
Snorkelling – yes
Maximum depth – 0 to 30 metres
Journey time – 35 minutes
Visibility – 30 metres
Cost 3,500 baht plus Marine Park fees