Diving at the Surin National Marine Park
Five small islands near the border of Myanmar (Burma)
Mu Koh Surin lies approximately 64 km due southwest of Koh Chang in the Andaman Sea, very close to the oceanic border between Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). The park is situated inbetween the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar (Burma) and the Similan National Marine Park in Thailand in Thailand.
This marine park consists of a group of 2 main and 3 smaller islands. The largest island is Koh Surin Nua (North Surin Island) and covers an area of 19 square km. To the immediate southwest lies Koh Surin Tai (South Surin Island), which is slightly smaller with an area of 12 square km. Between these two main islands is a 200 m wide channel which can be crossed by foot at low tide.
Almost uninhabited islands
The only year round residents on the Surin Islands are the National Park officials at the headquarters of Surin Nua and two small communities of Moken or, Sea Gypsies, and also referred to as the 'Water People', who have villages on the eastern beaches of Surin Tai and the southern beaches of Surin Nua.
Diving and snorkeling at the Surin Islands
The fringing reefs here are shallow and slope gently to the sea floor. For this, the Surin Islands National Marine Park is renowned for its snorkeling, easy shallow dives and free diving. Along many of its white sandy beaches we have also perfect conditions to teach beginners.
There are some scuba diving sites that range in depth from 10 to 25 meters, such as Turtle Ledge, (named for the Hawksbill turtles that are frequently sighted there) and Koh Chi.
Also we can make drift dives here through the gardens of Koh Torinla, deep dives at Hin Rap and South Torinla.
Diving at the famous dive site Richelieu Rock
Richelieu Rock is a very famous dive site which is also situated within the area of the Mu Koh Surin National Marine Park. This dive site is the deepest site of the area and is located some miles away of the 5 islands.