Koh Samui beaches are not renowned for offering outstanding snorkeling opportunities, but a few spots around the island offer decent underwater landscapes filled with tropical marine life. Most of these interesting dive sites are in small or hidden coves, so getting to them is something of an exciting journey off the beaten path.

    If you are a hardcore snorkeler, the best snorkeling beaches in Samui maybe might not meet your expectations. In this case, you should join a day trip to nearby Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan, located 60 km north of Koh Samui. These islands are world-famous for their stunning underwater scenery and offer some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving sites in the Gulf of Thailand.

    What are the best snorkeling beaches in Samui?

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    Coral Cove

    A tiny bay and top snorkeling spot

    Coral Cove is a tiny bay just south of Chaweng Noi, on the east coast of Koh Samui. It's one of the most highly recommended places to enjoy snorkeling on the island. Featuring big boulders outside and inside the water, a wide variety of corals, and abundant marine life just a few meters off the beach, Coral Cove will surely please all underwater explorers.

    Location: Coral Cove, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

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    Choeng Mon

    Small bays for action or relaxation

    Choeng Mon is a splendid series of small bays on the northeastern coast of Samui, a short distance from the international airport. Despite its rapid development with the construction of hotels and satellite businesses, it's an excellent destination for a relaxing vacation in Koh Samui. 

    Choeng Mon is famous for providing visitors with excellent water activities, including sea kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkeling. It has 2 islets – Koh Fan Yai and Noi – lying a few hundred meters off its shore. The best snorkeling spots are toward both ends of the main beach and between the islets. 

    Location: Choeng Mon, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

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    Silver Beach

    A hidden bay with rich reefs

    Silver Beach – or Haad Thong Ta Kian – is a small bay between Lamai and Chaweng beaches, on the east coast of Koh Samui. The beach has all the assets of a small and hidden tropical paradise, including mid-range resorts. You have to pass through one of the resorts to reach the public beach, which is framed between 2 rocky capes. 

    Silver Beach offers pleasant snorkeling sites along granite boulders at both ends. You’ll find small patches of coral reef with marine life.

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    Location: Silver Beach, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

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    Taling Ngam

    A remote coastal getaway

    Taling Ngam is a long beach facing west, just 20 minutes south of Nathon Town (the main port of arrival in Samui). This area is rather remote and only hosts a handful of hotels. Snorkeling is possible all along this part of the coast, which hosts rocks and reefs a short distance from the beach.

    Getting to Taling Ngam is quite an adventure as its many roads create something of a maze. Roaming around this part of Koh Samui is extremely pleasant. Not only are the landscape and coast very beautiful, but the lack of development also lets you discover a more genuine side of the island.

    Open: Taling Ngam Beach, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

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    Ao Phang Ka

    A tranquil escape among pristine nature

    Ao Phang Ka is a square-shaped bay at the southern tip of Taling Ngam Beach. There’s not much, apart from a few hotels such as Phangka Paradise Resort, in this area, which offers the perfect tropical getaway from the highly developed neighborhoods of Koh Samui. 

    Snorkeling is good in Phang Ka Bay, with the best spot located toward the southern tip of the bay. You can get there after a short drive on a trail through a lush jungle.

    Location: Ao Phang Ka, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

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    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveler

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