Four Island Tours
Take a boat trip to paradise, Snorkel, swim and just soak up the sun and the unbeatable beauty.
Just off the coast of Krabi at Ao Nang, the 4 Islands are the closest, easiest and cheapest way to get a true idea of what a tropical Island is. If you only visit one place in Krabi, then these Islands must be right there at the top of the list. The water at the Islands just has to be seen to be believed, on a sunny day, there is a bright turquoise ring of water around the Islands, which suddenly changes to a really deep ocean blue as the seafloor drops away to deeper water.
The Four Islands that make up the 4 Island tour are:
Koh Gai - Translates to Chicken Island, named because, believe it or not, it is shaped like a chicken, from the right angle, it really does!
Koh Tup - Koh Tup is only a few hundred meters from Koh Gai and, along with Koh Mawr, is linked to Chicken Island by a sand bar that is above the surfaces at low tide. This sandbar is known in Thai as the Talay Whak.
Koh Mawr - The third in the group, its a small rocky Island with cliffs jutting out of the sea and lush legatation on top..
Koh Poda - This is another large Island with a coconut plantation at the center. The boats all park at one end of a long beach where you can find toilets and some kiosks selling snacks, mostly thai food like bbq'd chicken and SomTam (papaya salad) and fruit and drinks and icecreams. This part of the beach can get quite busy, but you can walk for about 20 minutes down the beach, its really well worth the walk and you will almost certainly find sections of completely empty beach.
The 4 Island tour also visits Pranang Cave, a cave at the headland near Railay beach where there are many stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is also a sacred place to the sea gypsies in the area and you can see many shrines in there.
The postcards you have seen of longtail boats moored off a white sand Krabi beach in the crystal clear turquoise waters teaming with brightly colored tropical fish were probably photographed here and it really does look every bit as beautiful. It's difficult to imagine a more tropical image.
The tour includes rental of a good quality silicone mask and snorkel set per person. Snorkelling is really pretty easy, its just breathing through a tube and even most first timers get the hang of it after a few minutes. Kids really love it, but for younger kids (6-7 and under) it would be adviseable to bring your own mask and snorkel.
Life jackets are also provided and its fine to take them onto the beach to make the snorkelling even more relaxing, just lie face down and float while all these fish swim around you. How much you will see really depends on the day, the tides and the weather.
Of all the tours from Krabi and Ao Nang the Krabi 4 Islands tour is the one that we would put at the top of the list. For sightseeing and taking photos its really unbeatable.
Our most popular Krabi Tour, the Krabi 4 Island boat trips are impossible to beat. No holiday in Krabi would be complete without a spot of Island hopping.
Each time you visit, you will fall more and more in love with this place. This is what makes touring the Islands of Krabi such a pleasure every time you do it.
An adequate lunch is provided in the price of this tour making it great value. Recent comments from our customers have given the lunch a good rating. Its nothing really special, but its filling and not too spicy. All meals are suitable for Muslims and there is a vegetarian option on request, just ask when you book.
Please remember to keep this place as beautiful, you should take any wrappers or rubbish away with you or use the bins provided.
This is the local way to travel, noisy and a little bumpy but so atmospheric (and of course a great photo opportunity.) The distance between Aonang and the 4 Islands is only about 15 minutes. Lunch, and snorkelling equipment is included in the price. There are different sized longtail boats (25 to 50 seat) but normally 25 passenger boats are used.
There is nothing like the thrill of a speedboat to add a little adrenalin and glamour to this tour. Lunch and all snorkeling equipment is also included in the speedboat Krabi 4 Island Tour option. There are many different sizes of speedboats. The operators will use the boat that is large enough for their passengers without having too many empty seats. The boat sizes range from 12 to 50 seat. (Please note that operators will not accept Pregnant ladies onto the speedboat trips as it is sometimes bumpy and, although its unlikely, this could cause a problem.)
Longtail Boat Rental
There is also the option to rent your own boat for a full or half day. For groups larger than 4 people this is actually a very economical way to get to the Krabi 4 Islands and gives you the freedom to set your own start and end times and also means much less waiting time for people to get on and off the boat. If you are interested in a custom 4 Island tour, then please let us know how many people and lunch preferences, for private boat trips to Krabi 4 Islands, we can organise a packed lunch for you with an option for Vegetarian and Halal available on request. It is a great thing to do in a small group as there is plenty of space in the boat to relax, get great photos, and either sun bath at the front of the boat or relax in the cool wind and spray under the sun shade. When you arrive at the Islands you can literally jump off the side of the boat into the shallow water on the beach.
(ladders are also provided for those who prefer a more dignified arrival :)
Please do be careful getting on and off the boats, make sure that there is someone to steady everyone getting on and off.
Boats will either depart and drop off from Aonang Beach or Nopperathara Beach depending on the sea conditions on the day. The operators do the best they can to get off on time, but there can sometimes be a few delays as they collect from all the different hotels, so please just be patient, as soon as you're on the water, it will be fine, this is all a part of island Hopping !
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Hotel transfer, insurance, guide, Mask, snorkel and life jacket, Lunch, Fruits and Drinking water
Note: For the Longtail options of this tour, there is a surcharge of 100thb per person for hotels and resorts in Klong Muang and Tubkaek and Krabi town. No surcharge for speedboat options.
Note: ** National Park Fees are not included for Island Tours. Fee for this tour is 400thb per adult, 200thb per child (3 and under free). Please make sure you have the Thai Baht to make the payment. Receipts issued by Park Rangers ** By order of the Government, every passenger must pay the National Park fee, it is not possible to take this tour without paying the fee.
Please take care of masks and snorkels and make sure you have them to give back at the end of the tour. Damaged or lost items will be charged for.
08.00 Pick up from Krabi Town and Klong Muang
08.30 Pick up from Aonang
09:00 Depart from the pier at Ao Nang by speed Boat
09:30 Depart from pier at Ao Nang by Longtail Boat
15.00 Return to Ao Nang
Please note that the order the Islands are visited in does depend on the sea conditions on the day. You'll get a roughly equal time at each place.
The Islands do get quite busy, particularly on Thai Holidays and peak season (December to January) but there is normally plenty of beach space to go around. If you just walk away from the dropoff spot, you will quite likely be able to find a piece of completely quiet unoccupied beach.
(Please remember to be responsible and take all your rubbish away with you.)
Transportation from Hotels to the pier is by Songtaew which are trucks in various sizes with covered bench seating in the back.