Krabi 4 Islands Tour: A Perfect Boat Trip in Krabi
The Krabi 4 Islands Tour is a popular boat trip to the most beautiful island in Krabi. On this excursion, you will swim at the absolute dream beaches of the Krabi region and admire a colorful underwater world while snorkelling. In addition, you will discover spectacular rock formations such as the striking rocks of Chicken Island and Koh Poda. Especially famous is the so-called chicken head, another highlight of the tour. On a holiday in Krabi, Ao Nang and Klong Muang, this trip is almost a must do. But also, from Phuket and even from Khao Lak one has the possibility to go on a tour to the 4 dream islands of Krabi.
This blog post is an itinerary where we offer all the important information about the famous 4 Islands Tour in Krabi. We also share our experiences of the trip and give useful tips on booking, price and the best tour packages.
The stops of the Krabi 4 Islands Tour:
On this excursion visitors either go by speedboat or by the typical longtail boat to the 4 dream islands in Krabi. In fact, one of the stops is Phra Nang Beach located on the famous Railay Peninsula. Here is the program and the island names of a typical 4 Islands Tour in Krabi:
- Phra Nang Beach (Railay): This beach is actually located on a peninsula. Here you can admire the ultimate postcard beach in Krabi.
- Poda Island: An island with imposing rock formations and a dream beach. This place is perfect for snorkelling too.
- Tup Island: Famous for its white sandbar from where you can walk over to Chicken Island at low tide. For many a highlight of the 4 Island Tour!
- Chicken Island: Small dream island whose rock formations resemble a chicken head.
Note: The order of the above islands varies depending on the tour operator.
Phra Nang Beach
Phra Nang Beach, located on the Railay Peninsula, is actually not an island, but can only be reached because of deep jungles and high cliffs by sea. As an absolute eye-catcher, it is one of the most famous beaches in the Krabi region. Here the sea is turquoise blue and crystal clear, in the back land you will find green jungle and daring climbers can hang from the spectacular rock wall. But also, the Phra Nang Cave, a small cave with an interesting fertility shrine, fascinates visitors. The Phra Nang Beach is an absolute highlight in Krabi and therefore an integral part of every 4 Island Tour.
The mini-islet Koh Tup is really tiny, but breathtakingly beautiful and absolutely recommendable. Here the water is turquoise blue, the sand is extremely fine and really white. Also for snorkelling this island is wonderful and so you can discover many colorful fish underwater. The best way to visit this island is at low tide, because at that time you can cross the sea over the sandbank and walk to the neighbouring chicken island. What an amazing experience!
The trip to Chicken Island, the neighboring island of Koh Tup, is also really lovely. This island has a quiet beach, which is perfect for relaxing. Also, the viewpoint is fantastic. From up here you have a wonderful view to the famous sandbar, which connects Koh Poda and Chicken Island. For photographers an absolute must visit! Again here, you can do snorkelling and you will enjoy an incredible dreamlike atmosphere. On the way back, as you circle the island, you will discover the famous Chicken Head, the landmark of Chicken Island.
Another dream island and a stop of the 4 Islands Tour is the islet Koh Poda. On this island a little paradise awaits you: soft fine sandy beach, an incredibly clear sea and intact reefs for snorkelling make this island so special. But also, the incredibly beautiful scenery with the huge stone rock in the middle of the sea is extremely amazing. On Koh Poda the most tours take their lunch break but you still have time to explore the beautiful islet and swim on the unique beaches.
National Park admission
As the islands are part of the Had Noppharatthara – Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park, local visitors must pay a National Park entrance fee. The entrance to the park costs 400 baht per person and is usually not included in the excursion price package.
Depending on the provider, season and distance, prices can very different. Of course, you should also compare what services are in the Tour Package included. You have the opportunity to check out the prices on site or online. The cost of a speedboat tour is generally a bit more expensive than touring with the longtail boat. If you would like to organize a private trip, you should bring some negotiating skills.
How to book a Krabi 4 Islands Tour
4 Islands tours can be booked on site, or if you want to be safe and appreciate good reviews, you can also book your favorite tour online. As mentioned above you can visit the 4 islands either from Krabi, Ao Nang or Klong Muang on a boat tour. The pickup is usually directly from the hotel, which is really quite convenient.
Day tours from Phuket or from Khao Lak, however, are usually offered by speedboat. Many tours include a free lunch during the trip, some drinks and from time to time even the National Park fee.
Tip: Highly recommended is the snorkelling tour “4 Islands Tour at sunset” where you can admire a beautiful sunset and with a little luck enjoy fluorescent plankton while snorkelling.
Here are the best tours with pick up from the hotel:
The best vacation spots to explore Krabi’s amazing island world on a 4-island boat tour are definitely Klong Muang, Ao Nang and Railay Beach. As an accommodation tip we can recommend the following hotels and bungalows:
- Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa (Railay): The Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa is a very recommendable hotel. It is located very romantic right on the sea from Railay Beach and the modern pool is a real eye-catcher.
- Krabilife Resort (Klong Muang): The Krabilife Resort is a small family run hotel with only a few rooms. Very lovely accommodation with moderate room rates.
- Holiday Inn (Ao Nang): Holiday Inn Krabi Resort Ao Nang Beach – This chic hotel is located directly on the white sandy beach of Ao Nang.
Conclusion: A tour to the 4 dream islands is an absolute highlight and one of the best excursions from Krabi. All stops are spectacularly beautiful and so you can experience marvellous beaches and picturesque landscapes. Highly recommended to anybody who would love to see some of the best islands in Krabi!
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