It's estimated that there are around 200 islands around the Krabi coastline, many are small rocky outcrops that literally rise out of the sea and have no landing access. Others are larger and uninhabited, with characteristic tiny white sand beaches, coral reefs, and intricate cave systems.
Go island hopping. Rent a local boat from Krabi Town, Ao Nang or Railey. Alternatively explore these lovely islands with a guide and take a trip that includes snorkeling or kayaking. Below you'll find a selection of just a few...
Note: Not all islands can be visited in the monsoon season (May-October) when the weather conditions can be unpredictable.
Koh Poda (Poda Island) Krabi, Thailand
Located just 8 kilometres offshore, (around 25 minutes by boat) from Ao Nang, Poda Island is a small island no more than a kilometre in diameter, covered in palm trees and almost entirely encircled by a soft white sand beach.
A coral reef lies about 20 metres from the beach with a variety of sea life. The irresistible combination of excellent snorkeling, scenery and soft sand make the island a popular choice with snorkelers and day trippers, but surprisingly, it's not crowded.
Poda Island can be visited all year round. (Not affected by the monsoon - May - October)
Koh Gai/Kai or Hua Khwan (Chicken Island) Krabi, Thailand
Named after the strange rock formation which looks like the head and neck of an ostrich, chicken or similar member of the fowl family. One end of the island consists of steep cliffs, while the other end has beautiful beaches along a peninsula. At high tide, this peninsula gets flooded, creating a small island. There is no accommodation on Hua Khwan island. Excellent snorkeling opportunities in warm and clear water, rich in coral life.
Chicken Island can be visited all year round. (Not affected by the monsoon - May - October)
Koh Talu (Talu Island) Krabi, Thailand
A small island about 45 metres high with strange rock formations. Literally the name Talu means to pass through and in the centre is a 30-metre hole - the result of natural erosion. Talu Island is home to a large number of swifts which provide the nests essential for the Chinese delicacy, Bird's Nest Soup.
Koh Tap & Koh Mor (Tap Island & Mor Island) Krabi, Thailand
These two islands offer easy snorkeling. If the tide is low, you can walk along the white, sandy causeway from one island to the other.
Koh Hong (Hong Island) Krabi, Thailand
Explore a little further with a visit to the Hong Islands, located 25 kilometres NW of Ao Nang. Not to be confused with the other Koh Hong in Phang Nga Bay, these tiny islands are simply beautiful. Spectacular beaches and hidden lagoons with shoals of colourful fish that literally eat out of your hand.
Go sea kayaking - quietly glide through shallow water and explore around caves inaccessible to larger boats. Permanent residents include sea eagles soaring above and starfish just below the surface.
Limited camping facilities are available although, not easy to book. The 200 Baht National Park fee is applicable when visiting this island. If you take a tour, check if the fee is included in the price.
Koh Hong can also be accessed from Koh Yao Islands.
Koh Yao Yai & Noi (Yao Yai & Noi Island [Big & Small]) Krabi, Thailand
Two large islands (together about 138 sq km) right in the middle of Phang Nga bay between Phuket and Krabi. While fishing remains the predominant economic activity and way of life here, the islands are slowly opening up to tourism. Some innovative, community-driven eco tours and small-scale, mostly family-run bungalows and resorts have been developed. A great place to enjoy nature and get a taste of local culture.
Phi Phi Islands Krabi, Thailand
No trip to Southern Thailand is complete without visiting the Phi Phi Islands which are surrounded by crystal clear seas and coral reefs.
Phi Phi Ley, specifically Maya Bay, is where the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio film 'The Beach' was filmed. The only human presence on Phi Phi Ley are workers who harvest birds nests created by cave swifts and daytrippers who arrive by boat to spend an hour or two in Maya Bay.
Formerly a backpackers hangout, stunningly beautiful Phi Phi Don is often seen on postcards. One of Thailand's premier tourist areas with many luxury hotels, restaurants and dive shops.
From Phuket or Krabi it takes around 90 minutes by ferryboat to reach Phi Phi.
Koh Lanta (Lanta Island) Krabi, Thailand
South of Krabi Town lies Lanta Island which has around 25km (15 miles) of sandy beaches along it's west coast. A quiet and laid back island which is popular with backpackers, in recent years more and more luxury resorts have been opening however due to the large amount of beachfront land available there will always be accommodation for every budget.
These days Lanta Island is getting a lot of press coverage which will ensure its continuing popularity.
The ferryboat (November to April only) from Krabi Town and Ao Nang/Railey takes around 2 hours, alternatively you can get there by car and car ferry.
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