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Koh Chang Sports

There are a lot of sports and things to do on Ko Chang Island. If you are looking for some easy excursions to neighbouring islands or some strenuous trekking experiences in the mountains of Koh Chang National Park, you will find a wide range offered from the different tour operators here. For scuba divers, an array of seldom visited dive spots on the islands around are just a few kilometres away. Please check out our Koh Chang diving section.

Caneoing
White sandy beaches, clear aquamarine waters and mangrove ecosystems, all come together in this magical area that has to be seen. Be aware that some islands look close by, but need more than one hour to be reached. Plan a longer trip carefully and remember that you might have to return on the same day. Ask the locals for the current weather conditions and take some bottles of water
with you.
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Try a self paddling trip along the coast in one of the 1 or 2 seater sea-going canoes that are available from local shops along the beaches and at most resorts. Rental is possible at a small fee per hour, half-day or full-day. Mangrove forests cover the south of Koh Chang, namely Bang Bao Bay and Salak Phet Bay. If you are staying there, a paddle through the exciting world of the mangrove forest should be on your list. This unusual biosphere is limited to the tropics and exists as a nursery or permanent living area for numerous animals and therefore is of important ecological significance. Make sure to remember every turn you have taken on the way in to make sure you will find the way out. Every corner looks the same.

Snorkelling
For some snorkelling action you could take a trip in one of the typically open fishing boats that offer excursions from every beach in the region. Half and full-day excursions bring you to quiet, pristine snorkelling areas and beautiful, secluded beaches and islands.

Some of these tours are operated on a private basis and therefore guarantee a day that runs at your pace. These trips are perfect for couples, families or small groups as parts of the day can be customised to suit your needs.

Koh Chang Marine National Park offers some of the most delightful diving and snorkelling sites. The best sites are on the west and south of Chang Island where the abundance of healthy and unspoilt corals and the great diversity of fish are the main draw.

A lunch box can be arranged by the boat owner and you can really enjoy the refreshing crystal clear waters of these magnificent islands as you marvel at the marine ecology of the area.

Off the west coast of Chang Island is a small group of islands within view from Khlong Prao and Kai Bae beaches. These include Yuak Island which has a small beachfront of sand formed from decayed corals. The water is clear and shallow qualifying it a good snorkeling spot. Next to Yuak Island are Plee and Suwan Island, both of which have rocky shores. Around the area of Suwan Island is another isle which harbours colourful corals in 6 metres depth. As it is home to to an outstanding beautiful big tree, the locals call it "Koh Rom" what means Umbrella Island.

Further down south is Man Nai Island which is directly facing the shores of Kai Bae Beach. During low tide, the water is so shallow that it is possible to walk from the island to Seaview Resort that is located south of Kai Bae Beach.

Another island called Man Nok Island looks as if it's behind Suwan Island. It is the twin island to Man Nai Island and is linked together by shallow waters with gold-coloured seaweed.


Speed Boat Trips
High-speed boats are now available throughout the region and offer access to even the remotest islands during a short period of time. Organized excursions or private rentals can be arranged at most resorts, beaches, fishing villages and from Laem Ngob. As these boats need up to 90 litres of petrol per hour the rental prices are charged accordingly (gather a group of friends). Popular activities include snorkelling, scuba diving and fishing. full-day speed-boat trip can bring you from Chang Island to Maak Island or Kood Island, after arrival at the destination there will be time for snorkelling and/or exploration of the islands.

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