Explore Stunning White Beaches And Coral Reefs At This Secluded, Tropical Island Paradise

Imagine escaping busy tourist hotspots to a tranquil and secluded tropical destination which can only be reached by boat. Koh Haa, located off the coast of Thailand, offers serene white sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. Situated between Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi, Koh Haa offers a pristine experience with its crystal-clear seas, stunning coral reefs, and immaculate beaches. This hidden gem, known as "The Five Islands" in Thai, is actually comprised of six rocky, uninhabited outcrops, each with its own heavenly landscapes and exciting marine world.

Visitors can relax on the tranquil coastline while soaking up the sun or take a refreshing dip in the ocean. Those interested in exploring the underwater atmosphere can dive into the brilliant waters to discover the diverse marine life and vibrant coral reefs. Koh Haa is an ideal location for snorkeling and scuba diving, as the area is calm and filled with an array of colorful fish. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Koh Haa is a beautiful and peaceful destination that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Exploring the marine wonders of Koh Haa

Koh Haa is an excellent locale for aquatic enthusiasts. The underwater scenery is beautiful and colorful, featuring a variety of soft and hard corals. You can find many types of marine life, such as phantom fish, barracuda banks, and groupers. If you like hunting for small creatures, you can find hidden treasures like adorable nudibranchs, prawns, and seahorses. Sometimes, you might even get lucky enough to see a whale shark. The visibility is excellent, and the depth ranges from 5 to over 40 meters, making it perfect for underwater exploration. 

If you are an experienced diver, you can explore underwater caves and caverns around the Koh Haa islands. Koh Haa Yai, the largest island, is home to four popular dive sites, including "the Lagoon" and underwater caves on its southeast side. "The Cathedral" is another great dive site, with a massive cave that has remarkable stalactites illuminated by sunlight. Koh Haa Noi is another gorgeous island that offers great opportunities for scuba diving, snorkeling, and swimming. The Chimney is a popular site for advanced divers, featuring a tunnel that descends from 5 to 16 meters. It offers a captivating view of soft corals and marine life like seahorses and eels.

Tips for traveling to Koh Haa

Koh Haa is only accessible by boat. It has a special status as part of the Koh Lanta Marine Park, making it a perfect destination for visitors who want to experience the area's natural beauty. You can take a 45-minute speedboat ride from Koh Lanta to reach Koh Haa. Alternatively, you can take a boat tour from Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, or Phuket. Although there are no lodging options available on Koh Haa, visitors can choose from a variety of accommodations on nearby islands like Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi, and Krabi.

If you plan to visit Koh Haa, there's a small and lovely white-sand beach on the lagoon's west side. Remember to bring coral-safe sunscreen, water, and snacks, because the island has no facilities. Due to its protected status, visitors to Koh Haa must pay a national park fee of 400 baht (approximately $11) per adult. According to The Smiling Seahorse, the best time to visit Koh Haa is between November and April when the weather is dry and the sea is calm. As you plan your visit, consider these practical tips to ensure an enchanting and responsible exploration of Koh Haa's hidden treasures.