As you might expect, the ‘Pattaya Near Island‘ chain are the islands close to Pattaya. The archipelago is made up of Koh Larn, Koh Sak, and Koh Krok. These are Pattaya’s nearest islands for beach activities. So, which is best for coral snorkeling and deep diving?
Without doubt, the Pattaya nearby islands are the most popular for holidaymakers. Their proximity to the mainland is a boon for the local water sports. All three of the near isles take less than an hour to reach by boat.
But, the largest and most visited of the Pattaya near islands is Koh Larn – also called ‘Coral Island‘.
There is a large golden sand bay on the west side of Koh Lan Island. You can also visit several smaller, less touristy bays, dotted nearby.
All things being equal, Koh Larn could be the best island to visit near Pattaya.
The boat captains often head for Pattaya Near Island Koh Larn for the day trips. They seek shelter for the boat when the wind is strong or blowing from an adverse direction.
Snorkelers and scuba divers might see a range of marine life at Koh Larn. Look out for blue spotted stingrays in the sand and turtles nibbling on the corals. You may even see tawny nurse sharks sleeping around the hard coral rock formations.
The Pattaya Snorkeling Tours team rarely choose this destination for day trip activities. But, the large land mass does have the advantage of providing shelter from the wind and waves.
The distance from Pattaya to Koh Larn is close to seven kilometers. The journey takes around 45 minutes from Pattaya Port by boat.
The two smaller pinnacles to visit near Pattaya beach are Koh Sak and Ko Krok. The locals say their shapes resemble cooking utensils. Hence, this is how they got their names. The shape of Koh Sak is like the large vessel used for crushing food substance. That is why Thais nick-named it ‘Mortar Island‘.
A boat trip to Koh Sak Island is about six kilometers from the mainland. The beach fronts are very popular for water sport enthusiasts. You will find jet-skis and other surface traffic zipping nearby to Koh Sak.
Most of the scuba and snorkel centers try to avoid this site because of this reason. But, there are benefits to heading here. There is easy access to the coral sites for snorkelers and divers. The island also gets some protection from the south-west monsoon weather.
The reef crops in this area provide underwater homes for local marine life. You can find rabbit fish, small octopus, moray eels, and sea turtles. Look out for butterfly fish, wrasse, damsel fish, and saltwater angelfish.
Ko Krok is a finger-shaped crop. This spot is often chosen as the last snorkel site of the day because of its closeness to Pattaya. The locals named it ‘Pestle Island‘ because of its resemblance to the tool used in cookery.
We usually head to the west side of this isolated nearby island for the snorkel swimming. We almost always find sea turtles, clown fish, anemones, and nudibranchs.