The Surin Islands truly are the forgotten Thai islands. Only available to visitors between November and May due to dangerous seas, they are everything that you would hope for from a rustic island gem. The only island that has any accommodation is Koh Surin Nua which is a great starting point for a trip to the islands due to its wonderful location and wealth of sights. Accommodation comes in the form of bungalows and tents so it is best not to turn up with hopes of a pampered resort holiday.
The islands are famed for their diving, especially around Richelieu Rock. Classed as one of the top 10 diving sites in the world due to the remarkable wealth of marine life here, it is a popular place to swim with manta rays and whale sharks. Diving excursions can be arranged from nearby Kao Lak in the form of either day trips or ‘liveaboard’ night trips to save you from sleeping in a tent on the beach. For those who prefer to snorkel, there are numerous wonderful shallows located near the lovely beaches which are perfect for the activity and the east coast of each island has a reasonable reef to swim around.
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