Koh Lanta – The Island

Koh Lanta is a beautiful Island with more than a dozen beaches to choose from along the west coast of Ko Lanta Yai. There’s enough place for everyone. But do you prefer wide crescents of white sand, or

more rugged and wild shores? Read our guide to the beaches of Ko Lanta and find out which one is for you.

All the beaches in Ko Lanta are on the west coast – perfect for watching the sunset. Even during the peak season they are never crowded, which can come as a pleasant surprise when arriving from the far busier beaches of Ao Nang, Ko Phi Phi or Phuket.

Koh Lanta – The Island Photo Gallery

During the big tides it runs in two directions, through Crayford’s Gut and between the Bluecaps and Harcars. A lot of divers have ended up shooting through the channel between the islets before the boat could reach them, often causing some panic. The easiest way to locate the reef is to run west from the lighthouse, until the centre/top of the Little Harcar lines up directly due south. That puts you roughly midway along the reef and right over the cliff edge. An echo sounder will pick the reef up easily because it is up to 9 metres high in places. The top is covered in heavy kelp while the bottom leads onto a 10-metre wide patch of sand. North wamses to Staple island Crossing over the tidal race of Piper Gut from the Big Harcar at low tide is a chain of islets and islands stretching in a southerly direction for over three quarters of a mile: North Wamses, Roddam and Green, south Wamses, Nameless Rock, Brownsman, staple Island, The Pinnacles and the Gun Rocks in staple sound. The North Wamses, as its name implies, is the most northerly in this group and lies on the seaward side of the mile-wide, relatively shallow channel of water known as Staple Sound. The two islands of North and South Wamses are connected at mid low water by a low shingle/stone bridge called sandbags and a large seal colony is always present around the western side of the North Wamses. The grey seals have their breeding nursery on the shingle-covered south-facing side of South Wamses and with more than 500 pups born every year, it has become the main nursery of the Farne Islands.

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