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45 minutes on a speedboat from Phuket, Ko Racha Yai is a little piece of heaven and a perfect spot for diving sports.

Just merely 20 kilometers south from the coast of Phuket, Ko Racha Yai, a once unknown inhabited island is located. Today the less than 4 kilometers long island is one of the most attractive spots in the already popular Thailand.

Getting to Phuket will take you on a boat ride from Chalong Bay in Phuket and across the Andaman Sea. In Ko Racha Yai, you will discover a slice of paradise filled with white sand beaches, colorful fish and bright turquoise waters. Most visitors will be welcomed in Ao Tawan Tok, the parting point for a heavenly stay.

On the warm waters of the island, which vary between 27 and 30°C, you can engage in amazing scuba diving. Considered Phuket’s best scuba spot (along with sister island Ko Racha Noi), diving can be done among rocky reefs and endless amounts of colorful corals. In the depths of Ter Bay you’ll swim around ship wreckage at depths of 25 to 35 meters. More experienced scuba divers can head to Ko Racha Noi to discover a completely different environment. Stronger currents, greater depths and huge granite boulders make this spot an impressing one.

Beginner scuba divers can practice their technique among underwater elephant statues in the clear waters of Siam Bay, an artificial reef created in 2006 by the Thai government. This underwater landscape includes a Thai temple guarded by a yak and other stunning sculptures.

The Racha Islands have incomparable water clarity and visibility, the best in Phuket. The water’s turquoise color boasts with marine life. Beaches like Batok Bay and Raya Bay are excellent spots to witness the natural beauty while snorkeling. Other less crowded and famous snorkeling spots are Lah Bay or Kon Kare Bay, located just a 10 to 15 minute walk on the other side of the island.

For those who would like to remain dry, an easy hike to the south of the island will reward you with a hilltop perspective and panoramic view of the bay. On the way up, you'll walk through green jungles on dirt roads and you might catch a glimpse of water buffaloes laying peacefully, honoring their nickname of lazy buffaloes.

Ko Racha Yai and the Racha Islands might seem like places to relax sipping cocktails, yet for the bold and the brave, adventure awaits under the surface.

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45 minutes on a speedboat from Phuket, Ko Racha Yai is a little piece of heaven and a perfect spot for diving sports.

Just merely 20 kilometers south from the coast of Phuket, Ko Racha Yai, a once unknown inhabited island is located. Today the less than 4 kilometers long island is one of the most attractive spots in the already popular Thailand.

Getting to Phuket will take you on a boat ride from Chalong Bay in Phuket and across the Andaman Sea. In Ko Racha Yai, you will discover a slice of paradise filled with white sand beaches, colorful fish and bright turquoise waters. Most visitors will be welcomed in Ao Tawan Tok, the parting point for a heavenly stay.

On the warm waters of the island, which vary between 27 and 30°C, you can engage in amazing scuba diving. Considered Phuket’s best scuba spot (along with sister island Ko Racha Noi), diving can be done among rocky reefs and endless amounts of colorful corals. In the depths of Ter Bay you’ll swim around ship wreckage at depths of 25 to 35 meters. More experienced scuba divers can head to Ko Racha Noi to discover a completely different environment. Stronger currents, greater depths and huge granite boulders make this spot an impressing one.

Beginner scuba divers can practice their technique among underwater elephant statues in the clear waters of Siam Bay, an artificial reef created in 2006 by the Thai government. This underwater landscape includes a Thai temple guarded by a yak and other stunning sculptures.

The Racha Islands have incomparable water clarity and visibility, the best in Phuket. The water’s turquoise color boasts with marine life. Beaches like Batok Bay and Raya Bay are excellent spots to witness the natural beauty while snorkeling. Other less crowded and famous snorkeling spots are Lah Bay or Kon Kare Bay, located just a 10 to 15 minute walk on the other side of the island.

For those who would like to remain dry, an easy hike to the south of the island will reward you with a hilltop perspective and panoramic view of the bay. On the way up, you'll walk through green jungles on dirt roads and you might catch a glimpse of water buffaloes laying peacefully, honoring their nickname of lazy buffaloes.

Ko Racha Yai and the Racha Islands might seem like places to relax sipping cocktails, yet for the bold and the brave, adventure awaits under the surface.

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