Koh Lanta is a beautiful and serene place to go on vacation. Compared to some of the neighboring islands, Koh Lanta is calm and spacious with long sandy beaches, not at all overcrowded. Although it is a great place to enjoy lazy days at the beach, Koh Lanta is also a great place for adventure. We were enlightened of this as we stumbled upon a Four Island Trip by longtail boat, exploring some of the other islands in the area.
The excursion costs about 1200-1300 bath, approximately 35 €, and lasts about 6,5 hours. Find the tour operator we used HERE.
Pro tip: Hotels often have deals with excursion agencies, check with your hotel and you might be able to score a discounted price.
The 4 Island tour
The company we used picked us up at our hotel about 8:00 AM and transported us to Old Lanta Port where we got on the longtail boat with about 15 other adventurous souls.
Koh Maa and Koh Chuek
After a while on the boat enjoying the sun and complimentary water and fruits we arrived at Koh Maa for snorkeling, although it is not habitable and appears more like a majestic rock formation in the middle of the ocean, this is island number one. We enjoyed a much-needed dip in the water and equipped ourselves with snorkeling gear (provided by the agency) and peered at some fish. This experience repeated itself at the next rock formation, Koh Chuek.
Better to Sea something once, than to hear about it a 1000 times
The Emerald Cave
The headline of the day was without a doubt the Emerald Cave on Koh Mook. The name Emerald Cave stems from the color of the water in the cave, as the sun shines through the water it appears emerald green. The lagoon is said to have been used by pirates back in the day as a hiding place for their treasures.
his island plays hard to get and requires that you swim about 80 meters through a dark cave to get to the mesmerizing lagoon on the other side. All participants got a life vest and swam behind each other to get to the other side, one of the tour leaders was upfront with a very tiny headlight to show the way
(Disclaimer: if you have claustrophobia or are afraid of the dark this might be a challenge). Most importantly you might be wondering “How am I going to get an insta-friendly picture from this beautiful place when I have to swim 80 meters through the dark?” No worries, the tour leader has a waterproof pack, and everyone can include their device of choice so you can memorialize the experience, or you could, of course, bring your own (link waterproof bags). To film your experience with a drone, try this low-cost mini-drone, perfect for your pocket on holidays.
After taking in the beautiful sights of the cave it was lunchtime, and the boat continued on to Koh Ngai, which is the very definition of white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters. We enjoyed our chicken and rice as we gazed into the Andaman Sea and soaked up the adventure we had just embarked on, before getting back on the boat that would transport us back to Old Lanta Pier. If you like spending time on the ocean and enjoy unique sights, I highly recommend taking this trip should you find yourself on Koh Lanta.