Koh Samui's natural attractions have been drawing an international crowd for years, but the island's beauty does not end where the waves break upon the beach. Explore beyond the surf, and you'll find a whole host of activities for water babes and nature lovers alike.
The Gulf of Thailand, with its rich diversity of marine life and favourable conditions, has become one of the most popular diver training centres in the South East Asia region. Along with Koh Tao, Koh Samui offers plentiful diving opportunities for all levels. There are several reefs directly off the island's shores, which are suitable for beginners, whilst more advanced sites such as Sail Rock and the Ang Thong Marine Park are just 45 minutes away by speedboat.
Whether you're a seasoned diver looking for some fun diving tours or a novice eager to blow your first bubbles, we recommend a visit to 'Discovery Divers' a long-standing professional outfit, whose office is located at the Amari Palm Reef Resort in Chaweng.
Vibrant coral reefs can be found dotted around the island of Koh Samui and are easily explored directly from the beach. If you don't have your own equipment, you should be able to rent masks and snorkels from dive shops around the island. To explore further a field, you can take a speedboat day trip to either the National Marine Park or Koh Tao, where you will find some of the clearest and richest waters in Asia.
Samui's shoreline and nearby islands harbour a wealth of marine, animal and plant life. There are few better ways to explore the natural beauty of the island's waters, than by sea kayak. For a few hours, or even a whole day, escape to the calm seas and enjoy Samui from a distance as you gently paddle your way through the warm clear waters.
Sailing fanatics are discovering the natural wonders of the 80-island archipelago of Koh Samui. Whether it is with a windsurfer, a Hobie or Nacra beach catamaran, or even a larger sailing boat, you can enjoy anything from a few hours cruising to an overnight trip with our recommended sailing clubs: "Samui Ocean Sports".
For those who wish to enjoy the best of both worlds, SVH has prepared some "Sail & Stay" offers. Firstly, you can spend a couple of nights on board a comfortable yacht as it tours the National Marine Park. After that, you can retreat to one of our luxury villas on Koh Samui, to enjoy some of the best panoramic views on the island. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org