9 Best Adventures in Koh Samui For The Adrenaline Junkies
Koh Samui is one of the most popular islands in Thailand, drawing travelers with its lure of natural beauty and luxury. With its posh spas, luxurious resorts and palm fringed beaches, it is nothing short of a paradise.
For those who want a dash of adventure, its natural terrain lends itself to tonnes of adrenaline pumping activities. Here is a round up of Koh Samui’s 9 most exciting adventures.
Koh Samui has tonnes of spectacular snorkeling opportunities around it. Koh Tao, the epic-center of diving in Thailand is just a short ferry ride away.
The stunning underwater scenery with its mesmerizing marine life and vibrant corals is a sight to behold. Gliding in these crystal clear waters is an experience unlike any. All you need is a snorkel mask and a pair of flippers and you are good to go.
Where: Koh Nang Yuan, Koh Tao
Cost: A snorkeling tour costs about INR 4935/ USD 76 per adult.
Koh Samui is dripping in lush green vegetation, fed by gushing waterfalls, and there is no better way of experiencing its interiors than by Ziplining. Ziplining is the closest you can get to flying over the tree-tops.
Swinging from one tree to another, Tarzan style, as the jungle breeze kisses you will leave you awestruck. The views of the waterfalls en route and the Koh Samui coast, as you zoom over the forest floor is the icing on the cake.
Where: Secret Falls, Mae Nam
Cost: INR 5900/USD 92
Close to Koh Samui lies Ang Thong Marine Park – a group of 42 islands, scattered across the sea like pieces of an emerald necklace. The best way to uncover the splendors of the park is by kayaking through it.
The park has hidden caves and unbelievably green lagoons flowing through them, which are best enjoyed by kayaking. Or you could just paddle leisurely along the coast and get lost in the surreal beauty of nature.
Where: Snorkeling is included as part of the Ang Thong Park Trip from Koh Samui.
Cost:Starts at INR 3950/ USD 62
4. Scuba Diving
The sapphire blue waters surrounding the island are a siren call for divers around the world. Koh Tao, a small island few hours away from Samui, is the hotbed for scuba diving in Thailand.
Not only is Koh Tao one of the best places in the world for scuba diving, but also one of the cheapest. Whether you are an amateur diver or a seasoned veteran, there are courses to suit your taste.
Its unreal waters are known to attract Whale Sharks – the largest fish in the world. Sightings are more frequent between February to May. If its your lucky day, you might get a chance to swim with these giants of the sea.
Where: Koh Tao
Cost: INR 6000/USD 93
If there is one adventure sport that allows you to enjoy the unruly waves and the fiery winds, it is Kite surfing. You can say it combines the best of surfing and paragliding.
All you need is a steerable kite and a gentle breeze and you are good to go. You hold onto the kite and use the force of the wind to jump over massive waves. If you time it right, you can jump up to 50 feet in the air and float in the air for close to 10 seconds. Incredible isn’t it?
Koh Samui is like a hub for this sport, with a number of professional kite surfing schools and kite boarding competitions that are held at nearby Koh Phangan. If you are an adrenaline junkie who loves challenges, try your hand at Kitesurfing. You would never want to return to the shore!!
Where: Head to Maenam, Nathon or Hua Thanon
Cost: The cost for accredited courses range from INR 19580/USD 301 to INR 23480/USD 361 including equipment and certificate.
Flyboarding is the newest watersport to have become a rage among thrill seekers. A pair of rocket boosters attached to your feet lets you fly over the ocean and dive into the water like a dolphin.
Once you get the act right, you can do crazy stunts and flips in the air before taking the plunge. While surely a heart pumping activity, its also a visual spectacle for the on lookers. And don’t forget to get your video recorded while you are busy playing a superhero.
Where: Chaweng Beach
Cost: A 20 minute ride costs about INR 4900/USD 75 per person.
7. Bungee Jumping
Bungee Jumping is the big daddy of gut wrenching adventures. Certainly not for the faint of heart, it involves jumping off from dizzying heights while being tethered to a rope.
As you fall to the bottom, the rope recoils, tossing you up and down in the air before coming to a stop. The short free-fall is the closest you can come to sky diving, with the excellent backdrop of Koh Samui’s stunning scenery making it just about perfect.
Cost: A jump in Samui costs about INR 2940/USD 45
8. ATV Riding
Not a fan of extreme adventure? Don’t like getting wet splashing about in the waters? Then how about exploring the rugged terrain on an ATV bike?
Racing a quad bike through the countryside is a great way to discover the beautiful landscapes of the island. Riding through the jungles, over narrow streams and puddles of water makes it a fun and exciting sport. Its the perfect balance of thrill, speed and fun.
Where: Na Muang Safari Park
Cost: INR 1600/ USD 25 for 20 minutes
9. Cliff Diving
Cliff diving is adventure in its purest form. Diving into the cold waters of the turquoise sea from a small cliff gives you an unparalleled rush. Its an extreme sport, certainly not for the faint of heart.
There could be tonnes of diving spots around the island, but ensure you the pick the one where the water is deep. If you see locals jumping off from a point, its pretty much safe to take the plunge from there.
Note: If you don’t know swimming, then its dangerous to attempt this sport.