Introducing Surin Islands Marine National Park
The five gorgeous islands that make up the Surin Islands Marine National Park sit 60km offshore, just 5km from the Thailand–Myanmar marine border. Healthy rainforest, pockets of white-sand beach in sheltered bays and rocky headlands that jut into the ocean characterise these granite-outcrop islands. The clearest of water makes for great marine life, with underwater visibility often up to 35m. The islands’ sheltered waters also attract chow lair – sea gypsies – who live in a village onshore during the monsoon season from May to November. Around here they are known as Moken, from the local word oken meaning ‘salt water’.
Ko Surin Neua (north) and Ko Surin Tai (south) are the two largest islands. Park headquarters and all visitor facilities are at Ao Chong Khad and Ao Mai Ngam on Ko Surin Neua, near the jetty. The setting of flaxen sand and sparkling blue-green bays is spectacular.
Khuraburi is the jumping-off point for the park. The pier is about 9km north of town, as is the mainland national park office, with good information, maps and helpful staff.