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Snorkeling Scuba and Wildlife Spotting

We decided to write this page as a way to promote the natural beauty and outdoor activities in Pattaya, specifically at Koh Larn island or Koh Phai which is a short trip either via speedboat or by the tour boats at Bali Pier. The closest island is Koh Larn which takes only 10-20 minutes depending on what method of transport you use to reach it, tourist boat costs only ฿120 there and back for 2 people but the speedboats charge farrang anywhere from ฿1500 upwards.

Koh Larn has beautiful scenery, wildlife and beaches as you can see from the video I posted below and on some occasions you can even see monkeys which I believe are part of the Long-Tail-Macaque species. The island also has small villages, temples, villas, hotels and even a 7 Eleven

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Koh Phai – 2nd Island

The second island off the main Pattaya beach is called Koh Phai which doesn’t have many residents like Koh Larn does but is still quite large with smaller ‘Coral Reef Islands’ surrounding it called Koh Lueam and Koh Lueam Noi(Noi = Small),  Koh Man Wichai, Ko Klung Badan and Ko Hu Chang.  These islands take around 2 hours to reach from Bali Hai Pier by long tail traditional Thai boat but you may be able to pay extra for speedboat.

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Koh Phai and the smaller surrounding islands are best for snorkeling and scuba diving because there are the corals, marine life and even a sunken World War 2 ship HTMS Khram which was artificially laid to rest in 2003 as an artificial reef to encourage marine life for scuba diving.

You can easily arrange a Scuba diving/Snorkeling expedition by visiting the ‘Seafari’ office just on the lefthand side of the enterance to Klang road on Beach Road. (Near Central Festival).

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The great thing about Pattaya is it does not only include the main tourist beach but also the beaches at Jomtien , you can Jet Ski or even trek around the coast line past Pattaya park where there is a lot of scenery other people miss seen in my photos below:

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Be careful when trekking around this coast line because its very rocky in parts and slippery, there are other Thai fishermen in this spot trying to catch crabs in buckets to sell on the beach with Papaya salad. There are private beaches and even a Yacht club but we managed to walk past without anybody telling us we were in a restricted area.

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By James Thomas

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