The Andaman Sea lies along the Western Coast of Thailand, voted as one of the top 10 snorkelling sites in the world!
After our taster of a day out at sea, we decided to go for the 4 Islands Trip to Koh Ngai, Koh Mook, Koh Dradan and Koh Chuek.
Check this badboy out.
What are those black things, I hear you ask…
Lots of bats chillin’ outdoors in the daytime.
Our longboat was much busier than yesterday’s private trip, but it was much cheaper and livelier!
Many fellow travelers told us that Koh Lanta had been their favourite part of Thailand, so we were happy to have hit the jackpot so early on! 😀
I was so thankful that I didn’t get seasick on these journeys as seasickness can be very hit and miss with me!
Our first stop was a snorkelling haven, full of tropical fish, which we both loved!
Check out Ry in his green shorts snorkelling away!
Our next stop was an island with an absolutely postcard-perfect beach!
Santa’s even popped over to top up on Vitamin D 😉
We also came across some pretty shrines.
Lunch was the same as yesterday, but we didn’t mind as the Thai chicken curry and mixed vegetables were delicious!
This little guy wanted a slice of the action too.
Ryan loves cats…
After lunch, we took a walk along the stunning beach and a lovely lady took a photo for us!
TAKE ME BACK!
As we were both getting a wee bit burnt in the scorching sun, we decided to explore the island a little more…
We weren’t sure if these were holiday homes or locals’ homes, but they were so cute!
Ry made the most of the shade.
After another little swim in the sea, we set off for Morakot Cave!
When we arrived, everyones’ cameras were put into a large waterproof bag and we were told to put on life jackets and swim towards the entrance of a cave, accessible only during low tide. The white sand, dazzling blue waters and sunlight created the most impressive glow as we entered; it looked like there was under-floor lighting! Unfortunately we didn’t have an underwater camera, but this Google image should give y’all a good idea of what it looked like 🙂
There were about 15 of us following the torch light from the captain at the front, swimming through this dark cave for about 80 meters. The water rose and fell, while the cave grew narrower and groups were leaving on the other side.
It was really exciting, but also quite scary when we were in complete darkness at the back, shouting for the captain to slow down because we couldn’t see a thing! Another scary moment was when we had to swim underwater as the water had risen to the jagged ceiling; we didn’t know how long to stay underwater for, but luckily when we both arose, we didn’t bump our heads!
We were relieved to finally reach the end…
…opening onto a white beach surrounded by high cliffs.
Morakot Cave is also known as the Emerald Cave due to the emerald waters.
Many groups came out of the cave in an organized line; however our Captain was more of a freestyler.
Located at Hao Chao Mai National Park, the local people used to come here for the valuable birds nest due to the large number of swallows that resided there.
Later, pirates used the cave as an area to store their stolen goods before moving them somewhere else.
When you look around, it looks as if you’re standing in the volcano!
There are also many kinds of rare plants here too.
After enjoying the view and paddling around, we made another exciting exit through the narrow cave. When we were all aboard our boat again, we were taken to another beautiful spot for snorkelling, before returning back to land.
Ry and I returned to our pool villa and chilled out before dinner.
We went for: chicken satay, pad thai, tom yum soup, prawn rolls and a potato curry!
The food was good, but nothing special.
So if you’re thinking of having dinner there, go for the fresh seafood, it’s spectacular! My mouth’s watering just thinking about it! 😀
Stay tuned for elephant trekking, hot springs and the Tiger Cave Temples! 😉