There are only a few places in the world where you can find the pink dolphins and Irrawaddy dolphins, and Koh Samui is one of those places. It is one of the most underrated to-do thing in Koh Samui, but those who go for it will not only make memories that will last a life time, they will also get to see something unique and rare.
The Pink Dolphin Discovery Tour is the only professionally organized trip available in Koh Samui.
Since the dolphin discovery tours are not widely advertised, they are usually free from crowds. The guides and boat staff are attentive and friendly, and since the groups are usually smaller compared to other tours, these tours make for relaxing, stress-free experiences.
You embark on the dolphin tour on a speedboat since the area that you have to go to, to spot the dolphins, is at a considerable distance from Koh Samui. The speedboat for the tours leaves from the south of the island since it is closest to the seaside fishing village of Khanom. Khanom is located at the mouth of a river estuary, a place where dolphins like to gather; this area is also protected within the Mu Koh Thale Tai Park.
Getting to spot the Irrawaddy and pink dolphins is a unique and rewarding experience in itself. Pink dolphins are counted among the species that are going extinct, and there are about 150 pink dolphins left in Thailand. Watching these wild pink dolphins in their natural environment is a beautiful experience.
The Irrawaddy dolphins are listed as critically endangered species. They are very closely related to the Killer Whales (also known as Orcas). They are gentle by nature and get shy around crowds and other species of dolphins. Irrawaddy dolphins are known for their cooperation with local fishermen as they drive the fish into the fishing nets, making it easier for the fishermen to catch fish. The fishermen, on their part, feed the Irrawaddy dolphins for their help.
This is a unique, rare, and wonderful opportunity to see one of the most beautiful species in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity and book the Dolphin Discovery tour at guaranteed best prices right now!
Pink Dolphin Discovery Tour include:
- Hotel Transfer
- English, German, and Thai Speaking Guides
- Snorkeling Equipment and Life Jackets
- Thai Buffet Lunch and Soft Drinks
- Long tail boat fees
- Full insurance
Full Day Dolphin Discovery Tour Schedule
Tuesday – Thursday – Saturday (09:00 – 17:00)
08:00 – 08:30 Pickup from hotel for departure point in the south of Koh Samui
08:30 – 09:00 Journey by speedboat past the Five Islands, towards Khanom
09:00 – 11:00 Discover pink dolphins & Irrawaddy dolphins along the coast of Khanom
11:00 – 12:00 Relax or snorkel at South Coral Islands
12:00 – 13:00 Enjoy a tasty Thai lunch.
13:00 – 14:00 Take a ride in a long tail boat through the mangroves, passing a traditional fishing village
14:00 – 16:30 Transfer by car to the Khao Wang Thong Cave featuring impressive stalagmite and stalactite formations.
16:30 – 17:00 Speedboat back to Samui and transfer back to hotel.
Half Day Dolphin Discovery Tour Schedule
Monday – Wednesday – Friday – Sunday (09:00 – 15:00)
08:00 – 08:30 Pickup from hotel for departure point in the south of Koh Samui.
08:30 – 09:00 Journey by speedboat past the Five Islands, towards Khanom.
09:00 – 11:00 Discover pink dolphins and Irrawaddy dolphins along the coast of Khanom
11:00 – 12:00 Relax or snorkel at South Coral Islands.
12:00 – 13:00 Enjoy a tasty Thai lunch.
13:00 – 14:30 Journey to Koh Taen to snorkel the beautiful coral reefs or relax on the beach.
14:30 – 15:00 Speedboat back to Samui and transfer back to hotel.
* Due to the physical demands of tour, these tours are not suitable for the physically challenged.
** In the unlikely event of no dolphin sighting, you will receive a 30% refund (FULL DAY only).
- Knowledge Development to understand the basic principles of scuba diving
- Confined water dives to learn basic scuba skills
- Equipment assembly, adjustment, and preparation
- Deep water entry
- Proper weighting
- Snorkel regulator exchange
- Regulator recovery and clearing
- Air depletion
- Alternate air source
- Partial and full mask flooding and clearing
- Mask removal and replacement
- Breathing from a regulator without a mask (60 seconds)
- No mask swim
- Scuba unit removal and replacement at the surface
- Weight belt removal and replacement at the surface
- Cramp removal
- Tired diver tow
- Scuba unit removal and replacement underwater
- Weight belt removal and replacement underwater
- Fin pivot (oral and low pressure inflator)
- Neutral buoyancy (hovering)
- Free flowing regulator breathing (30 seconds)
- Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent
- Exiting the water
- Equipment disassembly & maintenance
- Open water dives to review your skills and explore!
- All transfers
- Thai Buffet Dinner
- Non-alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea, and espresso
- Full breakfast
- Seasonal fruits
- Wreck Diving
- Night Diving
- Search and Recovery
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Digital Underwater Photography
- AWARE Fish Identification
- Diver Propulsion Vehicles (Underwater Scooters)
- Underwater Videography
- Multilevel & computer diving
- Boat Diving
- Visit Talay Nai, the emerald green lake on Koh Mae Koh
- Go to the viewpoint for a view of the entire park at Koh Mae Koh
- Hiking to multiple view points all the way up to 500m on Koh Wua Ta Lap
- Bua Boke cave featuring impressive stalagmites and stalactites
- Scuba diving
- Snorkeling at Koh Yippon and Koh Wao Yai
- BBQ on the Beach
- Go to the Picnic area
- Much faster journey, much shorter day
- Their speed means they can visit dive sites further away
- Speedboats are smaller vessels, so they can moor up closer to dive sites and visit some dive sites that larger boats can’t
- A bit more exciting than a slow boat!
- Slow boats are big boats, which have more space to move around and they’re more stable in the water.
- They also typically have more divers on board making for a good atmosphere where everyone has 1 thing in common.
- Big boats tend to use less gasoline, so the tour prices are typically cheaper.
- Generally as there’s more space, tea, coffee, and snacks are provided and there are better facilities onboard such as a wash tank, shower, and proper sized toilet.