Koh Samui is an ideal destination for water sports enthusiasts. The waters are favorable for all kinds of fun, both chilled and adrenaline charged! Most hotels have equipment available for rent to paddle around the beach on a kayak or windsurf. For the more adventurous, there is parasailing, jet skiing, wakeboarding and kite surfing. With that said, here are top 9 water sports to enjoy in Koh Samui:
1. Jet Ski
Jet skiing is amongst the most popular activities on the island. There is something very liberating about driving a high-speed water vehicle and exploring the attractive island all by yourself. For those who would like to have an active tour of the island, you can rent a jet ski or possibly book with a Jet Ski tour. If you are in Chaweng, Lamai and Hua Thanon, you can easily rent a jet ski equipment. The price is about 700-1000 baht for a half hour ride, which is nominal for most of the tourists visiting here.
12. Scuba diving
Koh Samui is an island with very diverse marine ecosystem and the easiest way to learn about the underwater life of the island is to indulge in scuba diving.
Sailing is a very popular activity among the beginners, as it is the best way to know about the island in just one activity. No matter the kind of water ride you have in your mind, be it a luxury yacht, a cruise ship or a catamaran, you can have it your way. The Gulf of Thailand comprises many different islands and the best way to experience these memorable islands is to be in a state of the art water vehicle.
4. Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing
Kiteboarding or kitesurfing is the best way to enjoy the cool breezes of the island. November to February is the best time to go for kiteboarding, as the wind during this time is perfect for the sport. April to May is the worst time for this sport, according to the experts. Therefore, if you happen to be on the island at this time, you will be better off doing something else.
5. Paddle Boarding / SUP
Paddle boarding is a fun and healthy sport that does not need big waves for its successful implementation. This is one among the most popular sports in Samui costing around 1000 baht.
Kayak tours also enjoy the huge popularity on the island. The kayak tour operated in the Angthong Marine Park is one of the most popular kayak tour packages of Koh Samui.
Wakeboarding is another activity tourists can enjoy in Samui. There are many wakeboarding schools in Koh Phangan, which is the neighboring island of Koh Samui.
For those that are enthusiastic for extreme sports, flyboarding is the perfect choice. The equipment used in this sport is designed to allow the participant to do crazy stunts in the water. This activity will cost you around 2200 baht.
9. Big game fishing
Fishing enthusiasts love to be in Koh Samui for the reason that the water in this island is loaded with fish. You may want to ride a fishing boat and have one of the best fishing experiences of your life. The species of fishes present in the waters of this island include gar, mackerel, snapper and barracuda. Hotel transfers, transportation, fishing equipment and an excellent lunch are generally part of the package.
Koh Samui is an ideal destination for all kinds of water sports. The marine life of the island is surprisingly colorful and getting close and personal to the coral and tropical fish of this island is certainly a life changing experience.
How to Get There
Most people go to Koh Samui by ferry from Surat Thani. There are also ferries from Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. You can find the information about the prices and schedules at www.ferrysamui.com
You can also fly to Samui from Bangkok with Bangkok Airways, but the flights are expensive.
John Chen is a travel writer currently located in Bangkok, Thailand. He likes writing about Thailand and he writes not only about traveling in Thailand, but also about business, culture, economy, education and food.