Coral Island aka – The Disneyland of the Anadman Sea. This is by far the most popular snorkeling destination due to the low cost and close proximity to Phuket. The large number of visitors to Coral Island have killed off the majority of corals in close to the beach. However, for advanced snorkelers and strong swimmers the deeper waters approximately 120 meters off the beach have a lot of beautiful staghorn corals and plenty of tropical fish. There are two beaches to snorkel from – Long Beach and Banana Beach. Long Beach is more crowded, but is a much bigger beach. Banana Beach is smaller and has nice restaurant facilities. The snorkeling situation on both beaches is about the same. EXTREME CAUTION should be excersised while swimming and snorkeling further from the beach due to the large amount of boat traffic in the area.
Be Advised: the Coral Island Club on Banana Beach offers a ‘power snorkeling’ or “SASUBA” option at Coral Island – This is NOT a licensed SNUBA® Recreational Center, NOT affiliated with SNUBA International, or ALOHA SNUBA Thailand. The equipment is home-made and in violation of the Trademarks and Patents owned by SNUBA International.
Before joining any diving activity – ask to see the operator’s license (PADI, SNUBA, SSI, NAUI) and your instructor’s license to ensure your safety.