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Snorkeling Koh Rin Pattaya

Ko Rin Pattaya - Crystal Clear Advantages

Koh Rin Island is the farthest destination for snorkeling tours and diving trips for most of the daily excursions from Pattaya Beach.

Ko Rin Island Pattaya has beautiful, calm sandy inlets which make a picture-perfect tropical anchorage for snorkelers and bathers.

The glaring abundance of colourful fish and preserved vibrant marine life is why coral snorkelers and divers head from Pattaya to Koh Rin almost every day.

Pattaya Koh Rin is one the larger and most isolated of the uninhabited Far Islands. Despite not having a public ferry or resort accommodation, or perhaps because of it, the spectacular landing-place of a 90 minute boat journey from the mainland remains undeniably one of the best snorkeling and coral dive sites in Pattaya.

Spectacular Snorkeling at Koh Rin Bay

Pattaya Koh Rin Far Island BeachSnorkeling Koh Rin Bay is simply breathtaking. The sumptuous lunette white sand beach at Rin Bay stretches from north to south for almost one kilometer.

The two principal snorkel sites are situated on the same eastern side, and towards the south of the cove.

They differ strikingly when you compare the shoreline and the underwater topography.

Novice snorkelers are usually safer to stay inside the large shelving bay, where they receive most shelter against strong tidal currents and splashing waves. Whereas, the snorkeling spot around the headland 50 meters further south, creates slightly more challenging conditions, with stiffer winds and surface chop.

There is another crescent shaped inlet at the back of Koh Rin Bay on the west side of the island. Many of the dive shops use this site for scuba training. The beach on the west side slopes down to a general depth of three meters so this is also a favourite dive site for many of the day trips for snorkeling Koh Rin Far Islands Pattaya.

Koh Rin Fishes and Corals

The fish life and corals are the foremost reasons for the buzz and euphoria about snorkeling at Koh Rin. The advantages of traveling out to the farthest archipelago undoubtedly include the rich variety of fish and coral species.

Despite not being the best snorkeling site in Thailand, the Far Islands certainly compete as the best around Pattaya. We compiled a list of fish and corals that snorkelers are likely to see at Koh Rin and its neighbouring pinnacles.

Small Reef Fish and Creatures - Damselfish, Razorfish, Nudibranch, Angelfish, Pipefish, Harlequin Sweetlips, Snappers.

Larger Reef Fish and Creatures - Moray Eels, Lionfish, Stingray, Marble Rays, Yellow Jacks, Fusiliers, Banded Bamboo Sharks, Cobia, Black Tip Reef Sharks, Barracuda Fishes, Trevally, Sea Turtles.

Coral Structures - Brain Coral, Brittle stars, Feather stars, Sea Whips, Sea Fans, Fire Coral, Staghorn coral.

There are also two satellite pinnacle rocks at the Far Islands. One is a few hundred meters to the north of Koh Rin – North Rock – and the other is a little further away to the south – South Rock. Both of these ‘mini’ islands are superb for strong swimming snorkelers and divers because neither of the crops provides much shelter from prevailing currents and choppy water.

North Rock - Hin Khao

Koh Rin North Rock - Hin Khao - is a large granite pinnacle and a contender for the number one coral dive site in Pattaya. Snorkeler’s will struggle to see the best of this location because of its deep water rocky outcroppings and sloping walls.

Nevertheless, with optimum sea conditions North Rock and Koh Phai Bamboo Island should not be missed from your snorkeling itinerary if you are searching for the best island destinations in Pattaya.

South Rock - Hin Ton Mai

Koh Rin South Rock - Hin Ton Mai - is popular with experienced scuba divers for its hard and soft corals, but it is not a particularly easy site to snorkel around. South Rock is very exposed to sea currents and much of the island is too deep for snorkelers to enjoy.

The big attraction at this destination is the fairly infrequent sightings of Marble Rays. Large Marble Rays with 2.5 meter wing spans have been seen by local scuba divers from Pattaya.

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