Koh Phi Phi
Easily one of the most celebrated islands in Krabi, Koh Phi Phi enjoys an unprecedented fame among beach lovers all across the globe owing to its stunning views. It is in fact an archipelago consisting of six spectacular islands, five of which are uninhabited.
Giant rock formations dotting the turquoise shallow waters of the sea, beach fronted tropical foliage and endless tranquility – Koh Phi Phi is paradisiacal and deserves a spot in every explorer's checklist.
Away from the usual hustle and bustle you will encounter on any inhabited island of Thailand, Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Don are part of Phi Phi Islands bringing it the all the fame. Apart from sea exploration and boating, you can also indulge in hiking at Koh Phi Phi to reach some rewarding viewpoints.
Highlights: Limestone cliffs and hikes to viewpoints
Distance from Krabi: 40.9 km.
Once you are done enjoying the lively atmosphere of Krabi and now wish to go someplace less crowded, Hong Island is an ideal choice. A cluster of over 10 islands around Krabi, Hong Island can be visited for a day visit on a long tail boat or a kayak from Krabi. Overnights stays, however, are not allowed here.
This is one of those islands in Krabi that receive great admiration from professional photographers, so you can imagine the kind of beauty it must possess. Besides, the region is just perfect for a wide range of activities including kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, sunbathing, and hiking, qualifying for a thrill seeker's favourite in Krabi.
Highlights: A wide range of water adventure sports
Distance from Krabi: 25.1 km.
Kai Island or Chicken Island
It is a perfect blend of dense vegetation on one side and turquoise blue waters and sandy beaches on the other. For all the adventure seekers it is a great location to enjoy swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling. With stunning beauty and mesmerizing views of the Krabi coastlines, this is one of the pictorial locations and a must visit island for the tourist.
Highlights: Sandbar that emerges from water during low tide connecting Koh Mor and Tup islands
Distance from Krabi: 18.3 km.
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Counted among one of the lesser explored islands around Krabi, Koh Rok is a tropical paradise in Mu Koh Lanta National Park, ideal for a peaceful retreat. Two islands called Koh Rol Nai and Koh Rok Nok located closely from each other form Koh Rok. While most tourists prefer to keep Koh Rok for a daytrip in their Krabi itineraries, you can also extend your stay and stay here overnight.
Apart from stunning beaches like Ao Man Sai Beach, this island also has popular viewpoints, namely Thong Cape Viewpoint and Pha Samed Daeng Viewpoint that can be reached by hiking. Most importantly, one must not miss out on the pleasure of participating in diving experience here.
Highlights: Vantage points and sea exploration
Distance from Krabi: 83.7 km.
Though the island is not very crowded, the serene beauty is worth a visit. For the adventure seekers also this serves to be an excellent location to try out sports like snorkeling and swimming. The island remains easily accessible by boat rides and there are plenty of rides available through long tail boats from various prominent islands including Krabi town.
Highlights: Sandbar that emerges from water during low tide connecting Chicken Island.
Distance from Krabi: 14.9 km.
One of the exotic islands in Krabi where you can spend an extraordinary vacation in Krabi, Koh Lanta is one of the largest islands in Thailand with a lot to offer for all kinds of travellers. Koh Lanta boasts a total of 52 islands within its territory, the most popular of which being Koh Lanta Yai.
With coral fringed pristine beaches featuring white sands and green waters, Koh Lanta has grown as a popular choice among honeymooners and nature lovers. Once, this island served as a backpackers' haven, it now accommodates an influx of vacationers in recently developed luxury resorts.
In addition to a number of places worth checking and clicking, you can also indulge in various activities here including snorkeling, scuba diving, and caving.
Highlights: Pristine beaches and diving sites
Distance from Krabi: 83.0 km.
One of the finest islands around Krabi, lying off the beaten path, Koh Talabeng is set apart for explorers to explore on day tours. This small island is best known for its limestone caves that can be discovered on a kayaking day tour along with its neighbouring Koh Phee also known as Ghost Island.
Since you will definitely come across enchanting views of massive limestone cliffs, open turquoise sea, and deserted beaches with barely any humans, the photography enthusiast in you would love a visit to this place. During low tide, it is also perfect for a calming swimming experience.
Highlights: Secluded beaches and limestone caves
Distance from Krabi: 86.9 km.
Pak Bia Island
For romantic lovers, this can be an excellent hideout away from the crowded beach activities. Swimming is one of the popular activities done here! For a relaxing laid back time, this is an ideal place to visit, indeed!
Highlights: Beach activities
Distance from Krabi: 25.6 km.
Phai Island or Bamboo Island
Outstanding pristine beaches, an elongated stretch of coral reefs and sun-kissed white sands are the key attractions here. For adventure lovers, swimming and snorkeling would be the ideal sports activity. If you want to enjoy water sports then this is one of the must-visit islands near Krabi.
Hin Klang, the fascinating coral garden based close by is an amazing place to visit. The beach is far less crowded making it an ideal spot to spend some time in solitude and re-energize the body and mind.
Highlights: Camping with permission from authorities and scuba diving.
Distance from Krabi: 32.3 km.
Featuring excellent opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving owing to a number of ideal diving spots, Koh Ngai is one of the most popular islands in Krabi. Bordering the Andaman Sea, Koh Ngai is a part of the Trang Archipelago.
The shallow and crystal clear waters around the island teems with rich aquatic life. Besides, if you are interested in a laid back beach vacation, this island is also well-known for its long silvery beaches with quiet atmosphere and pristine vegetation. The island has managed to keep itself disconnected from the potpourri of tourism scene, and has a few good resorts where you all modern comforts.
Highlights: Underwater world brimming with marine species and quiet atmosphere
Distance from Krabi: 81.4 km.
Bida Nai Island
Though the reef remains covered by both soft and hard corals, a keen-eyed diver will spot the splendid fishes anyway. A minimum of 4 divers needs to be present while diving and all happens under the guidance of the diving leader of the dive boat.
Underneath there are caves and colorful lagoons but it is advisable to avoid the caves if there is no prior experience in underwater diving. This is so as these are narrow passages and not safe for amateurs. This is one of the most exciting destinations and the only happening activity on this island.
Highlights: Underwater diving, explore Fantasy reef, snorkeling.
Distance from Krabi: 50.4 km.
Yao Noi Island
The photogenic landscape and the stretches of mangrove forest, blue cascading waters and fabulous golden beaches; all form an irresistible visual experience here. There is the availability of both luxurious accommodations along with budget-friendly hotels for a good stay on the island.
Some of the best activities to be done here include diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, and rock climbing. One can enjoy homely matches at the boxing training camp of Muay Thai boxing camp also.
Highlights: Yoga retreat on the island, Exclusive Thai massage.
Distance from Krabi: 33.3 km.
Yung Island or Mosquito Island
Beautiful white sandy beaches and soft corals enhance the beauty of the island. Swimming is not suggested here as blacktip sharks are common in the northern cove. Snorkeling is done on the southeastern shores whereas diving is done best on the northeastern tip. It is one of the best islands near Krabi.
Highlights: Snokerling, scuba diving.
Distance from Krabi: 33.3 km.
Koh Haa Island
Your search for a destination that offers the best of diving and relaxation in Krabi ends at Koh Haa Island – a group of five tiny islands in Krabi. There is a lagoon located in the middle of the Koh Haa brimming with an exotic aquatic biota, attracting adventure seekers who are interested in exploring the underwater world of Krabi.
Depth of the water ranges between 3 metres inside the lagoon to 12 metres outside the lagoon where you can spot lionfish, octopus, yellow boxfish, and many more. Since Koh Haa is uninhabited and has no accommodation options, the best choice is to take a speedboat tour of the island, spend some time capturing the natural charm, and indulging in snorkeling before heading back to your hotel.
Highlights: Vast coral reefs and rich marine life in crystal clear shallow waters
Distance from Krabi: 28.8 km.
Bida Nok Island
Giant moray eels, turtles, schools of snapper, lionfish, hunting jackfish, barracuda, nudibranchs, sweetlips, and sea snakes are some of the fascinating underwater creatures visible here.
Soft corals, especially in the northeastern side, are a sight to enjoy. The dive boats regularly visit Phi Phi every day of the week while providing a 3 dives combo to its visitors.
Highlights: Diving, Snorkeling.
Distance from Krabi: 50.4 km
Add a perfect feel to your Thailand trip by spending some quality time on Koh Muk with your loved ones. The picture perfect dreamy scenery of this island enhanced further by the unblemished beauty of the pretty beaches makes Koh Muk a beach lover's delight.
Since it is not as sought after as the other popular islands in Krabi, you will never find this island thronging with tourists. Soak up some sun and swim in the cold turquoise waters at Hat Sivalai which is a long sandy beach. As the sunset time approaches, head toward Had Farang on its western coast to catch some magical moments. Far from commercialized, the island has accommodation options available in a wide price range.
Highlights: Long unspoilt beaches and sunset scene from Had Farang Beach
Distance from Krabi: 90.4 km.
Jum Island or Phu Island
Though some areas are a little rocky the best part is there are plenty of swimmable patches. The wide beaches beautified by casuarinas trees are an ideal location for all who love the peace and the music of nature and seeks to find solace away from the party crowd. This is one of the best islands near Krabi which is very popular among tourists.
There are quite a few budgeted hotels and upscale resorts with all essential facilities that guarantee a good and relaxing holiday experience. During peak season, there are regular boats to Krabi town and all the popular locations in and around the island.
Highlights: Snorkelling, Kayaking, Mu Ko Lanta National Park.
Distance from Krabi: 31.5 km.
Yao Yai Island
Yao Yai village based here is a small village with traditional values and cultures which excites the visitors a lot. The main source of earning for the people here are from agriculture and fishing. There are small budget accommodations present here with all the necessary facilities for night stay.
Some of the best activities to be done here include Swimming, Sea Canoeing, Kayaking, and Mountain Biking.
Highlights: Beach Walking.
Distance from Krabi: 37.9 km.
Stretching for not a bit than 1 kilometer in diameter, the beautiful island remains fringed by turquoise blue waters and has a vast treasury of glistening white sands and amazing coral reefs that are simply mesmerizing.
Highlights: The island can easily be visited on a day tour from Ao Nang or the Railay Beaches. One can have a wide range of beach activities here but popular sports here are swimming and snorkeling.
Distance from Krabi: 16.7 km.
Si Bo Ya Island
White beach, blue waters, some rocky terrains, and an excellent relaxing ambience make this island so popular near Krabi. The long stretched beaches are ideal for a sand walk with friends and loved ones.
Swimming is not an advisable sport here since the water is quite cloudy, however, one can obviously enjoy activities like Sea Canoeing, Kayaking, Cycling & Mountain Biking. The sunset from the beach is the most awe-striking beauty of the island.
Highlights: Sea Canoeing & Kayaking, Cycling & Mountain Biking.
Distance from Krabi: 20 km.