UPDATED FOR 2018/18 Season
Koh Mak Diving
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
DSD – 1 day
Beach Training and 1 dive 3,000bt
Training and 2 ocean dives 4,500bt
2 Fun Dives – boat dives off Koh Rang or off Koh Kood and waterfall visit
3,000bt or 4,000bt
Wreck Diving at HTMS Chang + 2 dives
2,500bt (with torch)
Bubblemaker (8yrs to 10yrs) -1 day
Training and 1 beach dive 2,500bt
Open Water – 3 to 4 days with 2 pool dives & 4 boat dives
14,500bt – Full certification to 18m
15,500bt (Touch) – Full certification to 18m
Advanced Open Water – 3 days
Snorkeling off Koh Rang/Koh Mak
1,000bt/500bt (child under 12)
Snorkeling off Koh Kood and waterfall visit
1,300bt (Mask, snorkel and fins)
Snorkeling off Koh Chang including wreck
1,500bt (Mask, snorkel and fins)
Government Tax for diving at Koh Rang, 400bt Adults, 200bt Children under 12, collected by the boat the beginning of the day. This fee is not included in the prices given here.
Koh Mak Diving Schools
Koh Mak Divers
Shops in Ao Kao Beach
Long established English and Dutch family, with some 15 years experience on the island. All courses and prices as above, diving off a large wooden boat, Thaitanic II, with their base near Ao Kao Resort and Island Huts and a second shop in the strip behind Baan Koh Mak. Nice friendly outfit, good reputation.
Shops at Ao Suan Yai Beach, Ao Kao Beach
Well established Belgian company from Koh Chang and Koh Kood offering all courses locally at Koh Rang, beach training and over on the wreck. Very professional and reliable. Shops behind Koh Mak Pier on Ao Suan Yai Beach and a second shop in the strip behind Baan Koh Mak. Uses a speedboat.
Koh Mak Snorkeling
The dive boats and other companies offer days out snorkeling at the Koh Rang Marine Park for around 750bt to 1,000bt. 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.
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 1000bt 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.
Koh Mak Snorkeling and Boat Trip Companies
Ao Pong Speedboat
Per Person: 1,500bt (offshore islands inc. fees)
Per Person: 1,000bt (Koh Kood)
Based at the resort at Ao Nid, speedboat service offering a day tour around the islands of Koh Kradat, Koh Kham, Koh Rayang Nok and Koh Pii, or trip across to Koh Kood. Lunch and transfer to and from your resort. Minimum 5 persons. Contact Us for booking.
Totti Boat Trips
Per Person: 750bt (Koh Rang)
Based at the back of Makathanee Resort in Ao Kao, well established local company taking day trips out to Koh Rang, with lunch and snorkel equipment included. Fishing trips on request. Also hire out mask/snorkel and fins at 100bt each per day. 10.00am to 16.00. Contact Us for booking.
Other Koh Mak Boat Trips
Koh Mak Information Point, behind Koh Mak Resort Pier at Ao Suan Yai, runs a small boat 3 times daily at 10.30am, 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.
Makathanee Resort on Ao Kao Beach operates the shuttle to Koh Rayang Nok for 300bt, again including the entrance fee. The island closes at 16.00. Holiday Beach Resort is another choice for this service.
Little Moon Villa on the far north east coast offers boats to Koh Kradat at 700bt with the island fee or it is possible to hire a local fishing boat at Laem Son for 350bt per person which includes the entrance fee (150bt).
Koh Mak Day Trips to Koh Kood
Little Moon Villa also offer day trips to Koh Kood, where you can visit a beach, the mangroves, a waterfall and also the fishing village. Prices are from 1,250bt per person, though this may increase depending on numbers. BB Divers use their speedboat to head over there too for a dive/snorkeling trip, with the chance to pop in at the waterfall and have lunch on the island, snorkeling price from 1,300bt per person.
Suansuk Speedboat is starting a new service in 2018/19 from Koh Mak to Koh Kood, 1,500bt per person, kids 4 to 9 years at 750bt. Departure is at 09.30am, returning at 16.30. Arriving at Ao Salad on the north east coast, the tour by shuttle taxi visits the ancient Makka trees, followed by Klong Chao waterfall, lunch (pay yourself) at Bang Bao Beach, before dropping in at Klong Chao Beach on its way back to Ao Salad
Koh Mak Sailing, Windsurfing and Kayaking
Sailing is now available 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 can be rented at 1,200bt a day, 800bt a 1/2 day or for 1.5 hour lesson, also at 800bt from the same spots.
Kayaks cost around 100bt 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, windsurfing and sailing.
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