Sitting not so far from the Surin Islands is the small paradise of Koh Tachai. This island is located at the northernmost tip of Similan National Park. Similar to the other islands in the Similan Archipelago, Tachai Island is home to dense tropical rainforests and beautiful white sand beaches, and is surrounded by warm clear-blue water. There are plenty of activities visitors can do on Koh Tachai; however, scuba diving and snorkeling are the most popular ones.
Diving in Koh Tachai
The waters surrounding Tachai island feature many dive spots suitable for scuba divers and snorkelers of all skill levels. Koh Tachai Dive Sites offer divers a chance to meet with a variety of sea animals – from common small fish to large marine megafauna. You don’t have to be worried though, Koh Tachai’s dive sites are perfectly safe.
There are also shallow areas for amateur divers. The shallow bay areas with steady water currents are perfect training spots for beginners. At these shallow spots, a wide variety of small fish make their homes.
On the east coast of the island is a more challenging diving location. Water currents here are still steady and easily accessible, but the water is much deeper. This dive spot features a long coral reef lying parallel to the fine white sand beach. Here on the east coast, divers may have a chance to see leopard sharks and manta rays.
The most famous Koh Tachai Diving spot is around its plateau area off south-eastern side of the island. The plateau is a pile of rocks covered with corals, sea fans, crinoids, and sea anemones. Many other incredible sea creatures can be found here as well. Divers have a chance to spot whale sharks, leopard sharks, Napoleon wrasse, barracudas, and manta rays. In addition, smaller marine life can also be found when the bigger ones are away. This diving spot is only recommended for divers with a PADI Advanced Open Water Divers certificate.
Apart from scuba diving and snorkeling, Koh Tachai also offers other activities for visitors to enjoy. Multiple nature trails are available through the jungle where travelers will be able to meet with different wild animals while exploring the rainforest. Relaxing on the beach and walking along the coast are also popular options.
How to get to Koh Tachai?
The fastest way to get to Tachai island is by speed boat. Tourists can take off from Baan Nam Khem Pier, Khao Lak Pier, or Phuket Pier. The boats usually depart in the early morning. A one-day diving trip is available, but sleeping on board is highly recommended. Liveaboard tours will give divers a chance to relax and escape from their busy lifestyles, and truly immerse themselves in the diving experience. While enjoying the beauty of nature in the middle of the calm Andaman Sea, guests will stay in comfortable rooms with air-conditioning and nice showers. Liveaboards in Koh Tachai is surely a perfect choice for all divers who visit Thailand.