UPDATED for 2018-19 Season
Koh Chang snorkeling trips have become an integral part of a stay on the island, with days out possible both to the surrounding islands at Koh Wai and Koh Klum or down to the Marine Park at Koh Rang.
The boat trips range from 1/2 days or full days aboard large tour boats or smaller wooden boats and speedboats, with private charters also available.
Collection and drop-off from your resort is free, together with food, fruit, water and mask/snorkel. Beer or other soft drinks are additional costs, as are fins, usually rented out for the day at 100bt. Life jackets are provided on all boats.
3 Island, 4 Island and 5 Island Boat Trips – Koh Chang Snorkeling
Koh Chang snorkeling and boat trips are advertised as 3 island, 4 island and 5 island, complete with a dizzying list of names.
- The 3 island refers to islands close to Koh Chang and will include Koh Wai and Koh Klum.
The 4 island and 5 island are as good as the same and refer to the Marine Park at Koh Rang.
4/5 islands Boat Trips – Koh Chang Snorkeling
You get 45 minutes to snorkel around the rock, Koh Yak, then head over to the beach at Koh Rang itself for some lunch, before going back to the second rock, Koh Yak Lek, for another snorkel session. Both these two rocks have some great coral and the snorkeling is very good, with nice gentle currents and usually very clear visibility. The dive companies also head here for their courses and fun dives.
After this, the boat will head back towards Koh Chang, with a final brief stop at Monkey Rock just before you enter Bang Bao Bay, reaching the pier at 16.00 to 16.30 or earlier if a speedboat. Koh Wai may or may not feature on the way to Koh Rang or the way back.
3 islands Boat Trips – Koh Chang Snorkeling
The 3 island trip varies according to the company but will include Koh Wai, with the boats stopping at either the beach at Paradise Resort, at Koh Wai Pakarang Resort with its round meeting room on the pier. Some boats also stop at the two lovely small strands of white sand in the south east corner after the wooden jetty at Ao Yai Ma (Grandma’s Huts).
After Koh Wai, you head across to Koh Klum for some snorkeling and then most likely Wai Chek Beach, the deserted strand in the south of Koh Chang. The order in which the 3 spots are visited may be reversed.
These snorkeling trips leave later in the morning at 10.30, and arrive back at 16.00.
Koh Laoya, which has a small resort and another lovely beach, is no longer included on the boat trips’ itineraries as the island’s owners now charge 200bt to step ashore.
Private Boat Trips – Koh Chang Snorkeling
We can organise private boat trips on different sized boat according to the number of people. These leave from the pier at Bang Bao, with prices starting at around 6,500bt for visits to Koh Wai, Wai Chek Beach and Koh Klum or from 7,500bt to go down to Koh Rang for the best snorkeling. Transfer, food, snorkel equipment, fishing equipment, soft drinks and water are all included.
Private speedboats are also available with price again dependent on how many people and where you want to go. As a guide, a 4 person speedboat to Koh Wai, across to Koh Laoya and then back to Koh Klum is 7,000bt. Expect to pay 8,500bt to visit Koh Mak and Koh Kham, with the same price for a Koh Rang and Koh Wai day.
Of course, private charters allow you to set your own itinerary with prices adjusted as needed.
We also specialise in boat trips for large private groups, in particular pre-wedding or post-wedding. Prices are available on request.
Koh Rang Tax – Koh Chang Snorkeling
Please note that there is a 200bt (100bt for kids) government tax or 40bt/20bt (Thai Nationals) for visiting Koh Rang. Collection is on site by the rangers, who flit from boat to boat in an inflatable dinghy. This fee is not included in the snorkeling prices given below.
Companies and Prices – Koh Chang Snorkeling and Boat Trips
Mr Khai Tours
Per Person: 875bt/750bt
Lovely garishly painted boats in different sizes. Lunch, water, coffee, tea, fruit, hook and line fishing, transfer to and from your resort. 4 island leaves at 9.00am and returns at 16.30pm, 3 islands times are 10.30am to 16.00, perhaps better for small kids.
Bang Bao Boats
1/2 day and Full Day
Per Person: 500bt to 700bt
Leaving at 9.30am and returning by 2.00pm, half day speedboat trip to Koh Mak. Half day or full day wooden boat trips to Koh Wai, leaving 09.00am, return 14.00 or 16.30. No lunch but drink voucher given. Transfers, snorkel & mask included.
Kai Bae Huts Speedboat
Full or 1/2 day
Per Person: 1,200bt/800bt/500bt
Speed boat tour, 9.00am to 4.00pm, visiting beaches in east corner on Koh Wai and then to Koh Rang. Transfer, food, mask and fins.
1/2 day trip visits islands Koh Wai/Koh Ngam 10.00am to 15.00 with food or , morning or afternoon off Kai Bae, mainly Koh Yuak with no food.
Per Person: 650bt
Alongside Koh Chang Boat Trip, Attipol, Permpoon, standard tourist boat trip down to Koh Rang, marketed as the 5 island tour. Large boats, with tour parties frequent. Can hold up to 100 people+. Transfers, lunch all included. Fee to pay at Koh Rang.
Full or 1/2 Days
Per Person: 650bt/800bt
1/2 Day speedboat tour to Koh Wai, across to Koh Klum for lunch and then out to Hin Luk Rap and Hun Bat, the rock pinnacles south of Koh Chang. Excellent coral but stronger currents. Leaves from the pier at 10.00am, return 14.30. Food, snorkel and mask, transfer included. Larger Tours Boats to Koh Rang also same as Sattra Tour
Per Person: 1,750bt
13m wharram catamaran which sails off the west coast of Koh Chang at Kai Bae beach and off Klong Son in the north. Free transfer to and from resort, food, mask and snorkel. Beers and wine extra. 9.00am till 5.00pm. Lots of room for sunbathing too.
Other Boat Trips – Koh Chang Snorkeling
It is also possible to go snorkeling with any of the Koh Chang dive boats, prices ranging from 800bt to 1,000bt. They obviously go where the visibility is best for divers and so might be at Koh Rang one day and the next day, at Hin Rap and Hin Luk Bat, the two rocky outcrops which lie south west of Koh Chang, where the diving is very good. You can also snorkel over the wreck, which now teems with marine life. Currents are stronger at Hin Rap and Hin Luk Bat and the wreck.
Numbers aboard the dive boats are never too high, say around 30 to 35 persons in peak season. All food, transfer and equipment with fins are included.
On the Koh Chang east coast, Salak Phet Seafood among others run trips out to Koh Phrao Nok (Koh Sai Khao) in Salak Phet bay, Koh Laoya, further out from the bay, Long Beach and Koh Ngam, both in the far south east corner of the island. These are in much smaller launches, with local transfer included, but check for food and snorkel equipment. Prices range from 1,500bt to 2,500bt depending on where you wish to go. Journey’s End, the tiny English run homestay in Chek Bae, also has its own boat for charter, prices from 5,000bt upwards.
Companies and Guide Prices – Koh Chang Fishing
Fishing off Koh Chang is possible with a couple of companies, but this is not that aventurous style of deep sea fishing found in other parts of the world. Indeed, Koh Chang’s version often seems to disappoint the real enthusiasts. If you lower your expectations, then it’s still makes for a great day out, with food and beers on board. You will definintely catch something ideal for the bbq, but it’s unlikely to require you being strapped into the swivel chair at the back of the boat as you are dragged in the direction of Cambodia.
Per Day/Night: 1,300bt
Large and small converted wooden fishing boats with GPS which does day and night trips, 9.00am to 4.00pm and 6.00pm till 11.00pm. Food, equipment and transfer. Private trips possible.
Sea Hunter Tours
Per Day/Night: 1,300bt
Selection of well equipped and different sized boats, with on board GPS. 09.00am to 16.00, 18.00 to 23.00. Food, transfers, water all included. Private groups.
The Swedish owned restaurant Fishermen Hut in Salak Phet also offers day trips on its wooden boat at 5,000bt a day. They trawl with rod and line, so catches are high.
We can book either the share or private fishing trips with any of the above, do contact us for more information.
Fishing from the island itself is also not the best. The piers are good spots to start, including those down on the east coast, round the back of Nirvana Resort in Bang Bao or Chaichet Resort and the cape there. There are several tackle shops, on Bang Bao Pier itself, across the road from near Noren Resort in Klong Prao Beach and one just after the hospital in Dan Mai.