The Koh Rok Snorkelling Tour with Tin Adventure was by far one of the best experiences we had in Koh Lanta.
When you imagine a tropical paradise, you imagine an island like Koh Rok, don’t believe me? Google it and admire those beautiful blues of the ocean and stunning white sand beaches.
Koh Rok Nai and its sister island Koh Rok Nok together form a national park off the coast of Koh Lanta, Koh Rok, they are very well known for their snorkelling, wild jungles and abundance of fish.
Keep reading to discover all you need to know about this Koh Rok snorkelling tour, how to book and what we thought of the day.
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Tin Adventure: Koh Rok Snorkelling Tour from Koh Lanta
How to book
Head to Get Your Guide, here you can book the Koh Lanta: Adventure Sea Tour to Koh Rok and Koh Haa and receive instant confirmation of your booking.
Personally we like to book this way as we know exactly what to expect and this was a bucket list adventure for us on Koh Lanta so wanted to ensure we didn’t miss out.
We took this tour in February 2023 and paid £43.97 each when booking via Get Your Guide – this works out at around 1800 Thai Baht.
What is included in this price
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Unlimited soft drinks all day (these were water, orange juice and coke)
- Thai buffet lunch and fruit
- Snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins)
- Life jacket
- English speaking guide
- Basic accident insurance
‼️ Please note that you have to pay an additional 400 baht (£10) per adult and 200 baht (£5) per child to enter the national park. This is a standard fee that is charged in national parks throughout Thailand.
What to take on your Koh Rok Snorkelling Tour
During the tour you are out for most of the day and throughout, you are in and out of the water a lot so you don’t need to take much.
- I recommend wearing your swimsuit there under your clothes, otherwise you will have to change in front of other guests on the boat and there isn’t much privacy!
- Take a cover up or easy clothes to slip on and off for lunch and pick up/drop off.
- Your own snorkelling gear if you have any.
- An underwater camera as there are some amazing fish and creatures to see!
- A waterproof bag to keep all of your belongings in – this goes under your seat.
- A dry towel if you have one.
What to expect on the day
Be ready to be collected anytime between 8/8.30am depending on where your hotel is, we were collected at 8.20am along with some other guests also staying at Chomview Resort. From our resort it was only a couple of minutes to the speed boats that were waiting for us on the beach next to Phra Ae Public Health Park.
On arrival we were introduced to our tour guide and given our boat number then asked to wait for some other guests to arrive, this didn’t take long maybe 5/10 minutes max.
Once everyone was there we headed to our boats, there were about 20 people on our tour and we all sat around the edge of the speedboat.
It felt like a lot of people but you still had sufficient room and didn’t feel uncomfortable.
Our tour guide then gave us a brief overview of the day explaining where we would be stopping and what to expect, we were then on our way!
First up was Koh Haa island, this took about 30 minutes from the beach.
Here we stopped by a cave, at first glance you wouldn’t of expected there to be much to see but once under the water it was amazing!
There were dozens of huge starfish, big schools of fish, lobsters, a sea snake and colourful fish swimming all around.
We stayed here snorkelling for half an hour before moving on to Koh Rok Island.
The journey to Koh Rok island took about 50 minutes due to windy conditions, meaning the sea was quite rough.
When we arrived the oceans surrounding it are truly stunning. The incredible scenery framing the beach is so natural and wild. Tin adventures were also the first boat to arrive, meaning we had completely unspoilt sand and oceans, empty of people!
It is an amazing location and to be able to walk along the beach where there were no other footprints was very special.
We arrived at Koh Rok around 11am and we stayed until 1.30pm. This gives you plenty of time to explore the island and it’s surrounding ocean.
Shortly after arrival our buffet lunch was served, it was all incredibly tasty and consisted of rice, Massaman curry, mixed vegetables, fruit and drinks. There was plenty to go around and lots left over if anyone wanted seconds.
After lunch more tours started arriving on the island and it did begin to feel a little cramped, I am grateful our boat was one of the first to arrive as we got a feeling of real peace when we first explored.
We spent the rest of our time swimming along the corals just off the beach, and walking up and down exploring.
Keep an eye on the jungles as giant monitor lizards call this national park home! 🦎
When we were all back on the boat we headed round the sister island for more snorkelling, here we saw tons more colourful fish and another sea snake!
We spent half an hour here before moving on to the final spot.
The final spot was just between the two islands, this was my favourite because the captain grabbed Jack and I and said he wanted to show us something, we jumped in all excited and doing our best to keep up with him.
After a short swim away from the boat he told us to dive down with him and showed us a family of clown fish living in an anemone! This was a bucket list moment, as its a fish I have always wanted to see in the wild after watching Nemo as a child.
🙋🏻♀️ If you get to this last stop and want to see them, grab a member of the crew and ask them to show you! They are very happy to share their knowledge.
After our final stop it was time to head back, all pretty exhausted from a full on day of swimming we were quite glad to be heading home.
The journey back took us around 1.30 hours due to the windy conditions and rough seas, this was quite a journey and a few people were sea sick.
If you don’t have strong sea legs I would recommend doing this tour on a calm day, it was very windy when we went and it made the journeys between unenjoyable!
Best time to visit
Koh Rok is located just off the south coast of Koh Lanta therefore the weather is pretty much the same.
Koh Lanta’s typical high season is between November – December, however, October tends to be the worst month to visit due to monsoon season, because of this some of the weather can be expected to overflow into November.
November/December – April is seen as the dry season.
Whilst May to October is the monsoon season there are still plenty of sunny days.
Because it is the quieter season you can get some great cheap accommodation from May – July and the island will feel almost empty!
Personally I think the best time to visit Koh Lanta is between January and April if you are looking for calm waters and sunny conditions.
Where to stay in Koh Lanta
Luxury: Long Beach Chalet
If you are looking for a luxurious stay on Koh Lanta, this is your place. Offering Thai style bungalows and chalets on stilts you can choose from rooms overlooking the ocean in the beach zone or overlooking the gardens in the garden zone. They all boast incredible views with some of the most exclusive bungalows hosting jacuzzi baths on the terrace overlooking Koh Lanta’s most poplar beach. Long Beach Chalet has a large pool, private seating on the beach for its guests, an onsite restaurant and for additional charge you can arrange all day trips here, as well as massages, laundry and transport.
Mid range: Chomview Resort
This is where we stayed for 10 nights while on Koh Lanta, it was everything we wanted and more. There is a wide range of rooms but they are all very large, we stayed in the Superior Double Room with Balcony and I highly recommend. The rooms come equipped with air-conditioning, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, private bathroom, fresh drinking water, large balcony or terrace some have views of the mountains or pool. Chomview Resort also has a water park meaning it is the perfect place for families, and there are many giant figurines around the resort, it is definitely aimed at families. However, do not let this put you off if you are a couple looking for something quieter. Because of the waterpark the pool and accommodation is so peaceful during the day so you do not feel at all like you are staying at a waterpark.
Budget: Hub of Joys Hostel
Located near to Long Beach Hub of Joys hostel is popular amongst backpackers, the hostel offers free bikes to get around the island, free parking a shared lounge to meet others and a restaurant serving up an exceptional daily breakfast included in your room rate. There is free wifi throughout the hostel as well as air-conditioning in the rooms and a shared bathroom. Hub of Joys Hostel is happy to help you arrange any tours and excursions and there is free popcorn and other snacks available for all guests!
Koh Rok Snorkelling Tour with Tin Adventure was quite an expensive tour, however I feel the crew and overall day justified the price.
From start to finish the crew were on hand to help you with anything you need, they kept the day fun and entertaining and were informative about the locations and what fish you could see.
As well as that the scenery above and below water was breathtaking and not something you will easily forget.
I do highly recommend the Koh Rok Snorkelling Tour. Check it out on Get Your Guide to book your place, trust me you will not be disappointed!
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