Diving and Snorkelling at Golden Buddha Beach Resort

Whilst there is no dive center on Ko Phra Thong, the island is the nearest landmark to both Richelieu Rock and the Surin Islands. Many of our guests organize their holidays around a liveaboard vacation to Richelieu Rock and/or the Similan Islands from Kao Lak, followed by a stay at Golden Buddha including a snorkeling trip to the Surin islands.

If you need help organizing a diving/ snorkeling vacation centered on a stay at Golden Buddha please contact us

Surin Islands

Due to its remote location, the Surin Islands National Park has remained free of the pressures of tourist development from the mainland. Since the creation of the park in the 80s, the islands have been protected from overfishing and mass tourism, promoting a rich marine diversity and excellent reef conditions. The tsunami has had a limited impact on the ecosystem, healthy reefs have recovered and most of the sites exhibit few hundred years old coral colonies.

Koh Phra Thong is the closest island to the Surin National Marine Park, and we can arrange snorkel day trips to the islands as part of your stay at Golden Buddha Beach Resort. Just let us know when you book and we will arrange it for you.

Similan Islands

The Similan archipelago consists of eleven islands, which are called Koh Bangu, Koh Bon, Koh Ha, Koh Hin Pousar, Koh Huyong, Koh Meang, Koh Payan, Koh Payang, Koh Payu, Koh Similan and Koh Tachai. All the islands are located in the Mu Koh Similan National Park, which covers over 140 square kilometers. The Islands are the perfect travel destination for divers. The largest island is Koh Similan and is probably the best place to start your adventure. All the Similan Islands are surrounded by crystal clear shallow waters that harbor excite rock formations and spectacular coral reefs. The marine life around the Islands is unmatched in Thailand.

Richelieu Rock

Richelieu Rock is considered by many as one of Thailand’s most iconic dive sites and often ranked among the 10 best diving spots in the world. Most of the diving there is organised by liveaboard operators based in Kao Lak as it is far to reach, very large and deserves at least two dives. You will be diving among many pelagic fishes such as barracudas, giant trevallies and dogtooth tunas, etc. Other species found in abundance around the rock are porcelain crabs, tiger tail sea horses, pipefishes, harlequin shrimps and a huge variety of nudibranches. Richelieu Rock is also very famous for whale shark sightings from February to May.

Please note that the Surin National Park (including Richelieu Rock) is closed from 15 May till 15 October

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In conjunction with Blue Guru Diving, Golden Buddha combines world class diving with elements of adventure, exploration and nature for an experience unlike any other offered in Thailand.

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