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Koh Sak Thailand Island

Koh Sak and Koh Krok are two sun-blessed islands visible from the hotels and seaside beaches of Pattaya. However, few tourists regard Koh Sak Thailand as the most exotic or tropical destination in the Kingdom.

Nonetheless, crowds of holidaymakers swarm daily into the large sandy bay on the northern curved periphery of this horse-shoe shaped island. Local Thai's refer to Koh Sak as 'Pestle Island' because of its bowl shape resemblance.

One reason for its popularity is the distinct lack of high-rise hotels and villas. In fact, apart from a few ramshackle beach bungalows, take a look at our aerial photographic Map of Koh Sak Thailand and you will see there are currently no resorts or holiday accommodation on the paradise island.

Speedboat to Ko Sak Beach

koh Sak Island Pattaya ThailandEven though most sightseers visit the biggest of the nearby islands - Koh Larn - the secluded and quieter port of call Koh Sak is less than one kilometer away towards the north. There is no public ferry so most day-trippers catch a private speedboat for hire.

Renting a local speed boat should get you to the island in less than 45 minutes and although the busiest months are from December to March, local tour operators offer trips to the island almost every day.

The Thai named isle of เกาะสาก is a perfect place to de-stress, unwind beneath soft swaying palms on Ko Sak beach, or partake of some swimming, snorkel skin diving, fun fishing trips, and shallow coral reef viewing. A pathway connects the two main beaches which both receive plentiful shelter from prevailing winds.

Consequently the island's largest seashore, which runs in a half moon shape across the northern tip of the island, provides a calm inlet with shallow warm water for most of the year.

Ko Sak sheltered bays also make ideal spots for Pattaya snorkeling trips and scuba diving adventures. Nonetheless, if underwater solitude is your passion, avoiding the frustrating noise and surface danger of banana boats and powered jet skis can be annoying to say the least.

Coral Reefs at Koh Sak Thailand

The fringing reef dive sites slope gently downwards from six feet to colorful and extensive coral gardens around 12 meters. Ko Sak's shallower reef formations are mostly stony corals, boulder bommies, and tiered staghorn. Nevertheless, keen eyed snorkelers should see small forests of soft whip corals and sea fans growing around the rocky outcrops and small barrel sponges or mushroom corals.

The islet's marine life is varied but mostly small sea creatures such as copper banded butterfly fish, wrasses, nudibranchs, Christmas tree worms, damselfish species, seahorse colonies, stingrays, octopus, and giant puffer fish.

Other less common reef inhabitants found in the nooks and crannies include moray eels, groupers, and possibly bamboo benthic sharks sleeping under the craggy crevices.

Sand dollars and the lesser-spotted little dragon fish (Europegasus draconis) were also spotted recently by a group of our beginner scuba divers at Ko Sak Thai Bay.

In fact, if you are in to a little adventure, Koh Sak or the larger land mass at Koh Larn Coral Island is the perfect spot to try scuba diving. The dive sites are mostly shallow with large expanses of flat sand to practice your buoyancy skills.

Divers are also treated to rare sightings of dolphins and even rarer - the gigantic whale shark.

Shallow water waders should take care of stepping onto sharp rock faces and stinging creatures lurking in the sand such as sea urchins and stone fish. The simplest way to avoid these stingers is to wear a buoyancy vest and float on the surface.

Perhaps the most popular animal sighting for snorkeling addicts are the small sea turtles that reside around Ko Sak Thai Island. Hawksbill turtles often meander around the reefs searching for something to chew on near the coral heads.

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