KOH LIPE & TARUTAO MARINE PARK

Tarutao Marine National Park is the largest nature reserve in South East Asia and is located in the Andaman Sea off the coast of South Thailand just above its border with Malaysia. Protected partly by its national park status, and mostly by its relative inaccessibility.

Koh Lipe (also known as « Ko Lipe ») is a small island in the south Andaman sea on the west coast of Thailand. It is located in Satun Province, close to Langkawi island (Malaysia), about 70 Kilometres (38 miles) from the mainland.

It is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park, a large group of over 70 islands, and also part of a smaller cluster of islands called the Butang Islands or Adang Archipelago.

It measures only 2km long and 1 km wide and is famous for some of the best dive sites in Thailand. Koh Lipe offers a rich abundance of coral reefs with an amazing variety of huge hard and soft corals as well as plentiful array of marine life such as turtles to huge rays which draws many lovers of diving to discover this beautiful underwater tropical paradise.

Tarutao National Marine Park consists of a group of 70 islands in the Southern part of the Andaman Sea, near the Thai – Malay border. Two clusters of islands lay in between 20 and 70 kilometres from the mainland.

The largest island is Koh Tarutao and is over 10 kilometres wide and about 26 long. This mountainous island is covered mainly with rain forest and there are several mangrove swamps. A few long sandy stretches of unspoiled beach and some caves can also be found.

The second group of islands that makes up the marine park is the furthest away from the mainland and includes Koh Lipe, Koh Adang, Koh Rawi and Koh Dong.

The largest islands Adang and Rawi are almost completely covered with rain forest. During rainy season several waterfalls run of Adang into the sea. The waters around Koh Lipe and it’s neighbouring islands are very clear and house a wide variety of living coral and other marine life.

THE SEASONS

There are basically 2 seasons that determine the weather in the area: wet and dry !

Dry season starts early November. Wet season starts at the end of May when the monsoon brings plenty of rain and rough seas.
Temperatures are between 28 and 32 degrees Celsius year around.
The start of the dry season (November and December) tends to be the mildest, with coolest temperatures, while the end of the dry season (April and May) tends to be a little bit hotter.

HOW TO GET HERE

From November until April Koh Lipe can be reached by boat from Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and several islands in the Andaman Sea with daily ferries to and from all locations from May to November.

Thai Beach Travellers is a transport booking service that connects the islands and beaches of the South of Thailand with destinations on the mainland.
They have the best rates guaranteed with no extra fees (taxes included).
Their website is really friendly and easy to use to book your trip to Ko Lipe.
Click on their logo to get more informations.