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Hong Island is world famous for its amazing beach. The BBC recently called this “The Best beach in Asia” and wrote a report about it. Click on the title to have a read.
The beach is protected on three sides by rock cliffs with just a narrow entrance to the open sea. This makes it a perfect place for beginners and non-swimmers to snorkel, you can just stand in the water and be surrounded by hundreds of fish, with a mask and snorkel, you can get a glimpse of the underwater world.
The Hong group of Islands is about 50 minutes longtail boat ride from Aonang or about 25 minutes by speedboat. The boat travels quite close to the shore giving a great view of the coastline.
The water around the Island is crystal clear and perfect for snorkelling and swimming. The shallows are full of colourful fish. Please be aware though that at low tide there is some quite sharp coral sticking out of the sand so you should be careful where you put your feet when snorkelling and swimming.
You can snorkel off the beach even if you cannot swim. Just wear the lifejacket provided by the boat and float and enjoy the view, or just stand in the waist deep water and admire the marine life.
The Islands that make up the Hong Islands are:
Hong Island Lagoon – by boat right into the very heart of the Island to Hong Island’s lagoon, an amazing lake with tree covered cliffs climbing up all around.
Hong Island Bay – beautiful beach with white sand, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. The bay is sheltered from the sea meaning the water is very calm and clear with good visibility for snorkelling. You won’t see many big fish in the bay, but you will see hundreds of smaller fish.
Lading Island – traditionally this was a place the locals came to collect the valuable vital ingredient for bird’s nest soup. Now, its one of Krabi’s most amazing sights. There is a small beach but the stop here is more about the amazing rock formations and caves which you can see here.
Pakbia Island – a labyrinth of caves eroded into the cliffs by the sea. There is a small but very nice beach on Pakbia, on one side of the Island there is a rocky section in the beach shallows which is another great place for snorkelling and getting to see some fish. On the side with the boats parking, there is a longish beach with trees along the edge. Here is a great palce to just lie back and relax. If you have kids its also a good place just for playing in the water.
Daeng Island – This Island is famous for its coral reef which, at low tide, can be seen clearly from the surface. This Island is about half way between Aonang and Hong island. The Island does not have a beach, but as long as the waves are not too big, its a great place for snorkelling off the boat.
This is the local way to travel, noisy and a little bumpy but so atmospheric (and of course a great photo opportunity.) The distance between Aonang and the 4 Islands is only about 15 minutes. Lunch, and snorkelling equipment is included in the price. There are different sized longtail boats (25 to 50 seat) but normally 25 passenger boats are used.
Included in tour price:
*all food provided is Halal; other diets (e.g. vegetarian) available on reques
**adult and older child sizes only (7+)
What to bring:
Kayaking Tour Program (Optional)
Pick up times and places
Krabi Town @ 08.00 || Tubkaek & Klong Muang @ 08.00 || Ao Nam Mao @ 08.00 || Ao Nang @ 08.00 – 08.30
Door-to-door transfers from / to hotels in the above areas are included in your ticket price. If your hotel is not in one of the listed pick up areas, or if you are staying in Centara Grand, you will need to come to a convenient meeting point within the zone (further directions will be provided following booking). For further info about pick-up, see also