Koh Mak diving is centred on Koh Rang Marine Park, home to a handful of excellent shallow water dive sites.
As Koh Rang sits just to the west of Koh Mak, diesel costs between the islands are low, which in turn enables the two Koh Mak dive shops, Koh Mak Divers and BB Divers to offer cheaper prices to their customers. Getting to and from the dive sites is also very quick, so you can easily enjoy a couple of leisurely dives on the reef and still have most of the afternoon back on the island.
Of course, Koh Rang is not the only option and advanced divers can also head further away south of Koh Chang to explore the HTMS Chang, the largest divable wreck in Thailand.
Price deals are available for multiple days of diving if booked together. Transfers to and from your resort, lunch and all equipment are included in the price.
Koh Mak Diving Prices
|Course||Guide Rates per person (in Thai Baht)|
|DSD – 2 boat dives|
(Discover Scuba Diving)
DSD - 1 beach dive
Bubblemaker (8 to 10 years) - 1 beach dive
|Scuba Diver – 2 days, 2 boat dives|
Accredited to 12m only, not PADI
|Open Water – 3 to 4 days, 2 pool dives, 4 boat dives|
PADI qualified, 18m
Add 1,000bt for Android Touch
|Advanced Open Water – 3 days, 5 dives||14,500bt|
|Fun Dives (2 dives off Koh Rang or Koh Mak) |
Off Koh Kood (2 dives) with waterfall visit
Wreck Diving (HTMS Chang) + 2 Dives
Packages (6 dives, 2 dives a day - 10 dives, 2 dives a day)
|PADI Tune-Up||1,000bt (start of day)|
|Freediving Day (no guide)|
|Snorkeling off Koh Mak/Koh Rang |
Snorkeling off Koh Kood + waterfall visit
Snorkeling off Koh Chang wreck site
(Child under 12 at 500bt)
|Marine Park Tax at Koh Rang|
If you are interested in pre-booking your Koh Mak diving day or snorkeling trip, maybe that speedboat tours around the islands. please do Contact Us.
Once we know your preferred date, the numbers in your group, we will organise everything for you using our trusted recommendations.
Payment is normally with an initial deposit via PayPal and then the balance on arrival. You do not need a PayPal account to pay this, it can be done with any card.
Dive Schools – Koh Mak Diving
Shop at Ao Suan Yai Beach
With bases in Koh Chang and Koh Kood also, this Belgian company offers all courses locally at Koh Rang, beach training and over on the wreck. Very professional and reliable. Shop behind Koh Mak Pier on Ao Suan Yai Beach. Uses a speedboat.
Koh Mak Divers
Shop in Ao Kao
Long established English and Dutch family, with some 25 years experience on the island. All courses and prices as above, diving off a large wooden boat, Kerawat, with their base near Ao Kao Resort and Island Huts. Nice friendly outfit, good reputation.
Koh Mak Snorkeling
Totti Boat Trips (based behind Makathanee Resort) lays on snorkeling trips to Koh Rang in his large converted wooden boat for 750bt per person + park fee at 200bt per person – daily from 09.30 to 15.00. The dive boats also offer the same service at around 1,000bt per person. Typically, you will visit 3 or 4 of the tiny islands and one of the beaches, with transfer to and from your resort, as well as equipment and lunch all included.
Zamzay Boat Trip uses a speedboat for their Koh Rang trip – 09.30 to 13.30, lunch and transfers, excluding the park fee. They also do day trips over to Koh Kood or to Koh Wai.
Around Koh Mak, several of the resorts have their own boats and daily local trips are also possible, together with speedboat tours around the offshore islands.
Cococape Resort, itself on the headland between Ao Suan Yai Beach and Ao Pra Beach, goes out near its pier as well as over to the tiny island of Koh Pii, which lies at Ao Pra’s top end. Prices for these days depend on numbers and how many hours, but 1,000bt for a half day seems the norm.
Private charters which go further afield or the whole day start at 6,500bt and would include most of the larger offshore islands such as Koh Kradat, Koh Kham, Koh Rayang Nok and its neighbour, Koh Rayang Nai, with their entrance fees if applicable included.
Other Boat Trips
Koh Mak Information Point, behind Koh Mak Resort Pier at Ao Suan Yai, runs a small boat 3 times daily at 10.30, 13.30 and 15.00 across to Koh Kham. The price is 300bt including the entrance fee and a free drink from the kiosk once you get there.
Rayang Nature on Ao Kao Beach operates a day trip to Koh Rayang Nok for 350bt, again including the entrance fee, 10.00 till 16.00. The island closes at 16.00. They also run a speedboat back and forth, four times daily.
To get to Koh Kradat, ask in your resort or better still hire a local fishing boat at Laem Son for 350bt per person which includes the entrance fee (150bt).
If you don’t want to walk and you can find full details here on how to get there, then Happy Days on Ao Suan Yai offers a boat to Turtle Beach at 150bt per person.
BB Divers does have a specific day over at Koh Kood (price above), where in addition to the snorkeling or diving, you can visit the waterfall at Klong Yai Kee as well as nearby beaches.
You can also charter a private speedboat for a day-trip to Koh Kood, around 2,500bt per person, minimum of 4 persons. Using a songthaew taxi once there, a typical itinerary would take in Klong Chao Waterfall, lunch at one of the fishing villages and drop-ins at various beaches. Ask at Sea Breeze Resort, Koh Mak Resort or contact us for more information.
Koh Mak Kayaking, SUP, Sailing
Kayaks cost around 150bt an hour, 300bt a half day and 500bt for the day and they are an excellent way of exploring the coastline, visiting the offshore islands and seeking out some of the tucked away and deserted beaches.
Where you can reach will depend on your stamina, but from Ao Suan Yai (Koh Mak Resort), it is a very gentle paddle across to Koh Kham and not so very far to the excellent snorkeling around Koh Pii and off Ao Pra. Requiring more effort in the other direction is the lovely and utterly deserted beach at Ao Tao Kai (Turtle Beach), which lies in the very north of the island.
On Ao Kao in the south west, it will take about 30 to 45 minutes to Koh Rayang Nok. Holiday Beach Resort at the far end of Ao Kao (Ao Kra Tueng) is a good place to rent kayaks, as well as offering its own private snorkel trips.
Stand Up Paddle Boards are 250bt a hour or 700bt for the day (return at 17.00) – try Koh Mak Resort, Baan Koh Mak, Ao Kao Resort amongst others.
Sailing comes and goes on Koh Mak, with two different size of Hobie Catamaran available for hire at 1,000bt to 1,500bt an hour. Ask at Holiday Beach Resort, Koh Mak Resort, Ao Kao Resort or Baan Koh Mak.
Windsurfers too can be rented at 1,200bt a day, 800bt a 1/2 day – Cococape is the place to head for.
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