Diving and Snorkelling
The local area has some world class dive sites and some spectacular snorkelling.
A boat ride away the Phi Phi Islands have excellent diving, with walls and small caves where you will find rich coral life, and can frequently meet leopard sharks, morays and turtles. There are also plenty of reefs, a protected marine area around Shark Point and the wreck of the King Cruiser. This is an 87 metre ferry boat which sank in 1997 (with no loss of life), next to Anemone reef. Today the wreck stands upright on the bottom at 33 meters and is a big attraction for divers. The top of the wreck is at 16 metres.
The local Ao Nang Islands also provide some good diving. After a short trip of around 40 minutes you might see black tip reef sharks, nurse sharks, leopard sharks, turtles, morays, sea snakes, seahorses and a variety of colourful nudibranches.
You can also visit slightly more distant but world class dive sites such as Hin Daeng or Hin Muang by speedboat from Ao Nang. The journey takes just over 2 hours, but you can see mantas and sometimes whale sharks in season.
There are many dive operators in the area. We have used Coral Diving, which is located in the Krabi Resort. They have multilingual instructors and dive masters, good equipment and a decent sized (20 metre) dive boat, which makes for comfortable journeys to dive sites. There are plenty
of other companies, and we would welcome feedback from anyone who uses them.
Many of the dive sites also offer excellent snorkelling, and diving companies are usually happy to take snorkellers along on the boat as well for a modest charge. Alternatively you can simply hire a long tailed boat and jump over the side. We particularly recommend Koh See as a good local snorkelling spot where there is a plethora of colourful fish and marine life to see near the surface. If you do not have your own snorkelling equipment it can be hired or bought in Ao Nang. If you are not a confident swimmer the boatmen are happy for you to use their life jackets while you snorkel.