‘Khram Yai Island: One of the little-known and least visited of reachable destinations by sea from Pattaya’
The large and uninhabited island of Koh Khram Yai is offshore from the southern coastline of Pattaya. It is opposite Hat Sai Kaew Navy beach and only accessible by a boat charter. There is no accommodation on Khram Yai Island whatsoever.
It is a secluded and exquisite area of natural beauty. Khram Yai is part of a large marine protection zone controlled by the Sattahip region of the Thai Royal Marine.
Despite having little or no beach infrastructure, or because of it, this spectacular coastal area also plays an active role in Thailand sea turtle protection and ocean conservation projects.
Turtle breeding programs prohibit tourists from the island in certain months. The sea turtle release dates usually coincide with Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday in August.
This region is not a typical ‘hot spot‘ for snorkeling, sea kayaking, swimming, and fishing.
Koh Khram Yai is least promoted by the local tour agencies. This is due to the poor services and lack of amenities on the islands. Much like Koh Rin Far Island close by.
Koh Khram has crystal clear water and the encircling coral reefs are intact. The water is brimming with tropical fish species overlooked by majestic limestone cliffs in the south.
The waterfront zones of countless coves and white sandy bays are notifiable. It is – without doubt – among the most pristine at any of the Pattaya archipelagos.
Be prepared to rent a speedboat from Pattaya and take your own food and drinks. Your guarantee is a superb day-trip away from the noise and mayhem of the nearby beach resorts.
You can also reach the sister island Koh Khram Noi nearby. It is only a few hundred meters to the north. Its other neighbor is Monkey Island Pattaya. You can get to all these islands by long-tail boat from one of the small villages close by.
You might hire motorized canoes from Sattahip or Bang Saray for a Pattaya snorkeling tours at Khram Yai Island. But, be sure you have a return journey back to shore. There are no regular transport options to or from the island.