Koh Lipe is a small island on the border of the Tarutao National Marine Park, close to the Malaysian border. Picture postcard white sand beaches, tropical palm trees and warm aquamarine waters make this an idyllic island destination. With an estimated 25% of the world’s tropical fish species being found here along with dugongs, dolphins, 3 species of turtle, minke and sperm whales, Koh Lipe is as mesmerising underwater as it is on land.
Best Scuba Diving Spots in Koh Lipe
Tarutao National Marine Park
8 Mile Rock
Koh Lipe Sea Life
Highlights in Koh Lipe include Dugong, common dolphins, Irrawaddy dolphin, sperm and minke whales, eagle rays, leopard sharks, whale sharks, devil rays, manta rays, sting rays, barracuda and tuna. See whale sharks and manta rays at 8 Mile Rock and possibly a few other deeper sites too. Tuna, mackerel and barracuda are the reefs stalkers, and there are plenty of batfish to entertain you. You’ll see plenty of trevallies, snapper and fusiliers. Devil and eagle rays swim passed, and you might be lucky to spot a coral cat shark hiding in a nook. There’s plenty of shrimp, pipefish, nudibranch and seahorse to spot. Stonefish and scorpionfish are there to be discovered by those with keen eyes.
How To Get There
The closest airport is in Hat Yai and connections run daily from Suvarnabhumi Airport although there are more services from Don Muang Airport. From Hat Yai Airport, the best to the pier in Pak Bara way is a private taxi. However do note that if you land after 11.30am you will miss the last ferry and need to stay overnight.