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Koh Khram Yai Island

"Koh Khram is one of the little-known and least visited of all reachable destinations by sea from Pattaya"

The large uninhabited island of Koh Khram is situated offshore from the southern coastline of Pattaya and only accessible by boat charter. It is opposite Sai Kaew Navy beach and there is no accommodation on the island whatsoever.

This secluded and exquisite area of natural beauty is part of a large marine protection zone controlled by the Sattahip region of the Thai Royal Marine.

Despite having little or no beach infrastructure, or because of it, this spectacular coastal area also plays an active role in Thailand sea turtle protection and ocean conservation projects.

The turtle breeding programs prohibit tourists from the island in certain months and the turtle release dates usually coincide with Her Majesty the Queen's birthday in August.

Snorkeling at Koh Khram Yai Island

Snorkeling at Koh Khram Yai IslandSnorkeling, swimming, fishing, and sea kayaking in this region are least promoted by local tour agencies, similar to Koh Rin Far Island close by, because of the poor services and lack of amenities on the island.

Koh Khram's crystal clear water, and encircling coral reefs are intact and brimming with tropical fish species and overlooked by majestic limestone cliffs in the south.

Its waterfront zone of countless coves and sandy bays is without doubt among the most pristine at any of the Pattaya archipelagos.

Speedboat to Khram Yai Island

Nonetheless, if you are prepared to rent a speedboat from Pattaya and take your own food and drinks, you are guaranteed a superb day-trip away from the noise and mayhem of the nearby beach resorts.

You can also reach its sister island Koh Khram Noi only a few hundred meters to the north, or its neighbor Pattaya Monkey Island, by long-tail boat from one of the small villages close by.

If you hire a motorized canoes from Sattahip or Bang Saray for a Pattaya snorkeling tour at Khram Yai Island, be sure you have a return journey back to shore because there are no regular transport options to or from the island.

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