Koh Lanta Snorkeling Experience – Tour To Koh Rok

snorkeling - Koh Lanta, Thailand

A Koh Lanta snorkeling tour is on our list of top things to do when visiting Thailand.

Offering a relaxing getaway with it’s quiet beaches and rainforest surroundings, Koh Lanta is a great destination for couples as well as families.  

With plenty of outdoor activities like a day tour to Koh Rok for snorkeling. You can be active or just sit back and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the island.

You’ll also find fantastic luxury resorts for accommodations.

A magical underwater world with coral as far as you can see and brightly colored fish dancing in the choreographed show of nature.

The snorkeling near Koh Lanta is absolutely breathtaking!

planning a trip to Thailand - snorkeling koh lanta

We had tried snorkeling in Koh Phi Phi and enjoyed it, but didn’t realize what good snorkeling was until we experienced it with Opal Speedboat Tours off the coats of Koh Rok.

Up until that point, we had only gone snorkeling by longtail boat off the beaches of Koh Phi Phi. That experience was not bad at all.

We were able to stop at famous spots like Maya Bay – AKA “The Beach” – and met some cheeky monkeys on their own island.

However, our experience of visiting Koh Rok was something on a higher level.

Koh Rok Island

The island of Koh Rok is uninhabited and only visited by a small number of tourists so it has maintained its natural beauty.

There are no public boats allowed on Koh Rok, so the only way people can get there are through tours or chartering a private boat.

You have to remember that May to November is the rainy season in Thailand so there are no tours and such or  accommodations available on Koh Rok.

While there are no formal resort-type accommodations, those who want to stay longer than a day have the option of renting a tent and bedding.

coral and tropical fish snorkeling - Koh Lanta, Thailand

It’s surrounding waters contain coral and sea creatures that are a must see.

Part of the Mu Ko Lanta National Park that is protected, Koh Rok consist of two islands that are separated by a channel of hard and soft coral.

The crystal-clear waters along with the 5 meter depth of some areas of coral make this area one of the best for snorkeling in the Andaman Sea.

You’ll not only love the colorful coral stretching just below the water’s surface, but surely be mesmerized by the variety of marine life that you will encounter, including angel fish, puffer fish, and sea cucumbers.

Koh Rok - White powder sand beach, speedboat tour from Koh Lanta, Thailand

On the island, you can relax on the powdery white sand, or even swim with colorful fish in just a few inches of water by the beach (try to go in areas where there few people).

Don’t be surprised if you get a visit from the monitor lizards (some of the biggest you’ll see in Thailand) as they are on top of the food chain here.

Watch your step, especially in the shaded areas covered in plants and bush just beyond the beach. They love to lounge around and check out the scene!

monitor lizard - Koh Rok, Opal Speedboat Tour From Koh Lanta, Thailand

Want to check out more on beautiful islands that we’ve visited?

Take a look out some photos from this article of our time on the beaches of Bali.

Day Tour From Koh Lanta To Koh Rok

We visited Koh Lanta in peak tourist season, December. We arrived tired due to the activities in Koh Phi Phi and the one hour long ferry ride to the island.

Luckily, our accommodations on Koh Lanta turned out to be just the getaway we needed.

We stayed at the LaLaanta Hideaway Resort, which is very true to it’s name. If you want to feel like a castaway (in a good way) this is where you should stay.

The resort is tucked away at the edge of the island with lush rainforest surrounding it.

Their private beach was huge and very quiet even in the height of tourist season. I would venture to guess that they have the best Koh Lanta beach!

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We had no plans of snorkeling again.

However, after a day of relaxing on the private beach and swimming in the calm waters of the Andaman Sea, we decided to get a bit active and do something.

While there’s lots to do on the island such as visiting waterfalls and caves, the idea of checking out another island intrigued us and we were still hungry for more underwater fun.

Opal Speedboat Tour from Koh Lanta to Koh Rok for snorkeling

The resort was able to coordinate the tour on our behalf. They booked with with Opal Tours for the following day.

The tour can also be booked directly with Opal Travel by calling or emailing them. Pricing and tour information can be found on their website.

They offer a 4 island Tour that get’s a lot of high ratings as well. So if you’re in Koh Lanta for a few days, we would suggest taking that tour as well.

At the time of our booking, we paid 1700 THB (just under $50 USD) per person for the full day Koh Rok tour.

Speedboat To Koh Rok And Snorkeling

The speedboad met us right on our beach around 8:30 in the morning. This was a fun way to get picked up and really kicked us off to a great start.

It was obvious we were the last passengers (around 20 others already on the boat) to board considering that right after we got on, the boat took off for Koh Rok.

angel fish Koh Rok Snorkeling - Koh Lanta, Thailand

The ride on the speedboat was pretty smooth and the 45 minutes felt a lot shorter. I think it helped that we were sitting in back seats.

We really didn’t feel a lot of turbulence. I tend to get very heavy motion sickness and by some miracle it didn’t happen on this boat ride! Phew!

coral and marine life Koh Lanta to Koh Rok, Thailand
Coral and marine life Koh Rok – Koh Lanta, Thailand

The crew on our tour were fun and hospitable. They took great care to make sure we were safe and aware of our surroundings.

They informed us of the days plans and timing so it was good to know exactly what was going to happen and when.

Koh Rok Island - Opal Speedboat Tour, Koh Lanta, Thailand

Each time we stopped to get into the water, they were attentive to all of us. Making sure to help us with our gear and getting on and off the boat.

Our tour included:

  1. Tour Guide
  2. Transfer from-to hotel
  3. First class service
  4. Lunch Buffet (Thai menu with seasonal fruit)
  5. Snorkeling Equipment
  6. Life Jacket
  7. Insurance

There’s no need for a towel because you get dry quickly on the boat and on the beach. If you really feel the need to have one, you should bring it with you.

Additionally, I brought my water shoes just because I, personally, am more comfortable wearing flippers with my water shoes on (I dunno, maybe that’s weird?).

If you are taking your mobile phone, you should have a waterproof case for it (make sure to test it for leaks beforehand).

A waterproof camera is a must if you want to take the memories of this amazing experience home with you.

Here’s a video from our trip to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

If you’ve enjoyed this article please make sure to share it and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

Looking for a great resort while in Koh Lanta? Check out our Review of Crown Lanta Resort and Spa!

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If you love animal interaction, you might also like our article on the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai.

Koh Lanta Snorkeling
20 responses
  1. Rose Ann MacGillivray Avatar
    Rose Ann MacGillivray

    Great post on snorkelling. I worked in Indonesia for two months and went snorkelling every weekend in Bunaken, a world-class diving and snorkelling site with thousands of species of tropical fish and coral, with a 100 m vertical coral wall. I just posted my blog about my snorkelling experiences on boomervoice.ca. Thirty years ago, I lived in Singapore and we did lots of snorkelling in Malaysia but I did not have an underwater camera in those days!

    1. Taiss Nowrouzi Avatar
      Taiss Nowrouzi

      Wow! sounds like you’ve had quite a lot of really great snorkeling experiences! That’s so awesome! I hope to do more soon! I do love having a camera that I can use to capture my underwater experiences, it’s a nice way to share with others :)

  2. Marcie Avatar

    Thailand seriously has the best beaches ever! I’ve never felt sand so soft in my life! Looks like you had a fabulous snorkel trip!

    1. Taiss Nowrouzi Avatar
      Taiss Nowrouzi

      Yes! LOve the beached of Thailand :)

  3. stacey veikalas Avatar
    stacey veikalas

    WOW how beautiful I have dove in Florida, but the water here looks amazing – We will have to add it to our bucket list of must do!

    1. Taiss Nowrouzi Avatar
      Taiss Nowrouzi

      Yes, the island we went to from Koh Lanta was spectacular and the water really surprised me. I never knew hoe great snorkeling could be!

  4. Nomadic Foot Avatar
    Nomadic Foot

    This place looks awesome for snorkeling. I was only aware about Coral island in Pattaya for under water activities. Photos looks amazing.

    1. Taiss Nowrouzi Avatar
      Taiss Nowrouzi

      Thank you!

  5. Sara Essop Avatar
    Sara Essop

    I was in Thailand recently but unfortunately I didn’t get to visit Koh Lanta or Koh Rok . It looks so beautiful and much less touristy than Phuket and Koh Phi Phi.

    1. Taiss Nowrouzi Avatar
      Taiss Nowrouzi

      We got here after Koh Phi Phi and it was refreshing to get away from so much craziness!

  6. Bhushavali Avatar

    Wow! The place look incredible! I would be so startled if the monitor lizard comes out of a bush beside me! Lolz!!! I hope to visit Thailand soon!!!

    1. Taiss Nowrouzi Avatar
      Taiss Nowrouzi

      That lizard was stealthy! Hope you get to enjoy Thailand someday!

  7. Adriana Smith Avatar
    Adriana Smith

    I love snorkeling. Unfortunately I’ve only done it in Florida. Seems like I need to grab my fins, mask, and life jacket to explore the sea life here! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Taiss Nowrouzi Avatar
      Taiss Nowrouzi

      Do it! so much fun :)

  8. Rhiannon Avatar

    This looks like paradise! I went snorkelling the first time ever in Belize back in July and saw all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures. Ever since then I’ve been eager to again somewhere else in the world so as to explore a different biodiversity. Thailand is top contender at the moment – I’d love to visit for the snorkelling and diving opportunities. And your photos and experience just make it sound so much better!

    1. Taiss Nowrouzi Avatar
      Taiss Nowrouzi

      Thank you Rhiannon. Hope you get a chance to do more underwater stuff and maybe in Thailand someday!

  9. Punita Malhotra Avatar
    Punita Malhotra

    That monitor lizard looks as big as a crocodile! I would be on the lookout for those all the time while on the beach. Your post reminded me of the great time we had in Thailand a couple of years back. A beach holiday is due.

    1. Taiss Nowrouzi Avatar
      Taiss Nowrouzi

      Those lizards must have a good life on that island! I know I would!

  10. Adrenaline Romance Avatar
    Adrenaline Romance

    That is a beautiful snorkeling site! We would love to snorkel and scuba dive there. :)

    1. Taiss Nowrouzi Avatar
      Taiss Nowrouzi

      Yes! You should try it! We had a blast!

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