Ko Samui has been blessed not just with beautiful beaches but with wonderful underwater marine life as well. Other nearby islands are also havens for various marine organisms. It is therefore no surprise that kayaking in Samui is one of the most sought after watersports activities.
Most resorts on the island offer their guests kayaks for rent, but if the place where you are staying doesn’t, you can simply head out to the nearest kayak rental shops, which abound in Ko Samui. Shops offering snorkeling and scuba diving gear may also have kayaks for rent. Sit-on-top types are the usual preference for kayaking in Samui.
If you’re going kayaking for the first time, you should ask for instructions and basic kayaking techniques from an experienced person. Most shops do offer quick lessons for beginners, so it is important not to skip this part. It is also imperative that you know about the waters where you are headed, how the currents are, and which areas to avoid as some areas have dangerous currents though they may not look like it.
Once you have your equipment, you can start paddling off the shore and begin exploring areas near the coastline. This is a good activity for kayaking especially if you’re a beginner. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it and you’re craving more adventurous waters, you can join kayaking tours to nearby places.
The most popular destination for kayaking in Samui is Angthong National Marine Park. This marine park comprises a group of 42 islands northwest of Ko Samui. It covers an area of about 250 square kilometers. Most of the islands are endowed with rich forests housing a variety of flora and fauna. Aside from this, diverse marine creatures inhabit the park. The underwater geography is also a sight to behold.
Kayaking tours going to Angthong National Marine Park leave Ko Samui from Na Thon pier. The group typically takes off in a large boat where breakfast is served. A guide briefs the group about what they can expect to see in the marine park and gives a few more kayaking techniques and reminders. When the group reaches the marine park, the tourists go down the water in their kayaks, with one kayak usually carrying two people.
The usual kayaking destinations in Angthong National Marine Park are the islands of Ko Mae Ko and Tai Plao. In Ko Mae Ko, you can kayak around the coastline before going to the shore for a short climb to see the island’s beautiful green lagoon up in the forest. In Tai Plao, you can explore the old limestone caves and magnificent rock formations along the coastline. The clear water allows you to see amazing underwater rock formations and sea creatures. If you want, you can do a bit of snorkeling before returning to the boat.
Coral Island is also a popular destination for kayaking in Samui. This paradise island is 30 minutes away from Ko Samui. The coast around the island abounds with corals of different colors and teems with marine life, which can be seen as you paddle your way on clear tranquil waters.