Koh Sak and Koh Krok are two sun-blessed islands visible from the hotels and beaches of Pattaya. Even so, few tourists regard them as the most exotic or tropical destinations in Thailand.
Crowds of holidaymakers swarm daily into the large sandy bay at Koh Sak Pattaya in the high season. They head for the curved periphery in the north of this horse-shoe shaped island. Local Thai’s refer to Ko Sak as ‘Pestle Island’ because of its bowl shape resemblance.
One big reason for its popularity is the distinct lack of high-rise hotels and villas. In fact, apart from a few ramshackle beach bungalows, there is no sign of any construction. Take a look at the aerial photographic Koh Sak map. The paradise island has no resorts or holiday accommodation.
Most sightseers choose to visit the biggest of the Pattaya nearby islands called Koh Larn. But, the secluded and quieter port of call Koh Sak is less than one kilometer away towards the north.
There is no public ferry so most day-trippers will catch one of the private speedboats for hire.
Renting a local speed boat should get you to the island in less than 45 minutes. The busiest months are from December to March. But, local tour operators offer trips to the island almost every day.
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There is no shortage of things to do on Koh Sak for the adventure seekers. Go swimming, try snorkel skin diving, fun fishing trips, or shallow coral reef viewing. A pathway connects the two main beaches. Both get plentiful shelter from the prevailing winds.
The island’s largest seashore runs in a half moon shape across the northern tip. It creates a calm inlet of shallow warm water – for most of the year.
There are several sheltered bays at Ko Sak Thailand. These make ideal spots for Pattaya snorkeling tours and scuba diving adventures. But, if underwater solitude is your passion, there are hazards to watch out for.
The frustrating noise and surface danger of banana boats and powered jet skis can be annoying – to say the least.
The fringing reefs at the dive sites slope gently downwards from six feet. They bottom out to colorful and extensive coral gardens at 12 meters deep. Most of the shallow reef formations are stony corals, boulder bommies, and tiered staghorn.
Even so, keen eyed snorkelers should see small forests of soft whip corals and sea fans. They grow and thrive around a few rocky outcrops of small barrel sponges and mushroom corals.
The islet’s marine life is quite varied. But, most of the sea life are small marine creatures. They include copper banded butterfly fish, wrasses, nudibranchs, and Christmas tree worms. Check out the damselfish species, seahorse colonies, stingrays, octopus, and giant puffer fish.
Other less common reef inhabitants found in the nooks and crannies include moray eels and groupers. The luckiest snorkelers may see benthic bamboo sharks sleeping under the craggy crevices.
Sand dollars and the lesser-spotted little dragon fish (Europegasus draconis) do get spotted. This time, the lucky group were some beginner scuba divers at Ko Sak Thai Bay.
In fact, Koh Sak – or the larger land mass at Koh Larn Coral Island – is a perfect spot to try scuba diving. Most of the dive sites are shallow with large expanses of flat sand to practice your buoyancy skills.
Divers are also treated to rare sightings of dolphins and even rarer – the gigantic whale shark.
Shallow water waders should take care of stepping onto sharp rock faces and stinging creatures. There are sea urchins and stone fish lurking in the sand. The simplest way for snorkelers to avoid these stingers is to wear a buoyancy vest and float on the surface.
One of the most popular sea life sightings for snorkeling addicts are the small sea turtles. They inhabit the coral formations around Koh Sak Island Pattaya. A common sighting is Hawksbill turtles meandering around the reefs. They spend most of their day searching for something to chew on at the coral heads.