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Snorkeling situation in Ko Surin

Twickenham
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Snorkeling situation in Ko Surin

Hi there

Just wondering what the situation was re the bans mentioned earlier this year? What's the situation at the moment as we will be there next month?

Also I read there was an alcohol ban on a lot of the islands? Is it possible to buy any beer on Surin Nua?

Many thanks for any advice

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1. Re: Snorkeling situation in Ko Surin

The restrictions that were put in place remain in place but, contrary to many early reports, there was not a blanket ban on the Surins or the Similans and alternative sites are in operation.

Also contrary to what you may have read there is no ban on alcohol either. Certainly when we stayed overnight on the Surins, beer was available to purchase with meals.

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2. Re: Snorkeling situation in Ko Surin

Many thanks for the advice, Arandora.

Have you been there since the ban was put in place?

I am also struggling to get a bungalow for the dates we intend to be there. How long and how much are the return journeys to the nearest mainland? We are not as young as we used to be (!) and are not 100% sure about the tents.

Many thanks

Andrew

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3. Re: Snorkeling situation in Ko Surin

Hi Andrew,

Not been to the Surins since the ban but reports are that the evidence of coral bleaching was there to be seen and action had to take place but still plenty of amazing underwater life even with the restrictions.

Return journeys usually from the pier at Kuraburi are included in tour prices. There is no ferry service as such and nothing to do on the island after snorkelling other than wander about a bit and after dinner an early night.

We slept in a tent for 2 nights and it didn't suit our arthritic bones!

Twickenham
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4. Re: Snorkeling situation in Ko Surin

Unfortunately, I know exactly where you are coming from re the arthritic bones!

I suppose if we do daily tours we can at least sleep in a bed, and don't need to worry about getting a beer in the evenings.

Thanks for the help

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5. Re: Snorkeling situation in Ko Surin

Hello,

We just got back from our trip to the KL area where we stayed in the tents for 2 nights in Similan, and due to the heat tried to upgrade to bungalows for our intended 2 nights on Surin. They were all full (on a weekend+bank holiday), so we only did a daytrip.

We went with Kuraburi Greenview Travel, leaving from the Kuraburi pier. It is also possible to go on a daytrip or longer with Medsye, leaving from another pier, closer to Khao Lak. The speedboat trip was about 75minutes.

The snorkeling was the best we had in our trip (better than Similan and Ko Phi Phi, but not as good as the red sea). We went to 4 different spots in Surin. At two of the spots, there was one other boat with snorklers, so not too crowded. On the way back, we managed to get an additional stop on Richelieu Rock with huuuge barracudas.

The restaurant at Similan is also managed by the natural park management and there's no beer available, but no knowledge about the Surin restaurant.

Enjoy !

/M

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6. Re: Snorkeling situation in Ko Surin

Merci beaucoup pour votre conseils (that is about it for my french!)

How much did the speedboat transfer cost and how long were you able to stay on the islands snorkeling before the boat took you back?

Thanks for your help

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7. Re: Snorkeling situation in Ko Surin

De rien !

The daytrip to Surin cost 2.500Baht/person including lunch and fruits (perhaps gear as well - we brought our own).

In Surin, the stop was about 1.5h, enough for lunch and a short swim on the beach (no interesting snorkeling, but a strong current). We got 4 stops of about 45minutes each for snorkelling plus a 20min stop on the way back on the Richelieu rock (the tide was low so it was possible to stop).

The trip to Similan was a little bit cheaper (2100B) and the stop was a bit longer (2h), and we got 3 stops of snorkelling. The beach in Similan was very beautiful, but also more crowded.

Arrival time at about 10-10.30 and departure at about 15.30 from the islands.

Regards,

/M

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