Ko Poda is an island off the west coast of Thailand, in Krabi Province, about 8 km from Ao Nang and 3 km from Phra Nang Beach. It is part of the Mu Ko Poda, or Poda Group Islands, which are under the administration of Hat Nopharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park. This uninhabited island is covered with rocks, but at the same time there is a beautiful beach with white sand and crystal-clear water, and in the immediate vicinity is a shallow coral reef, through which the travelers have a great opportunity to do scuba diving or just snorkeling and watch the spectacular underwater world. There are a few things to do at Poda Island, you can find everything you need for your tour on this website.
Tour at Poda Island
Explore the Island and Chill at the Restaurant
Most of the visit remain at the beach where you get the tickets and the boat drops you off and just enjoy the day. A nice option, but a better one in is to walk along the beach. There you can find some nice solitary spots and if you walk to the end of the beach you can take some beautiful pictures with some of the surrounding islands like Koh Kai or Koh Tub in the background. The sea is exceptionally clean, clear and suitable for swimming whereas the beach is nice for sunbathing. Not just that, there are other things to do at Poda Island. After exploring the island, you can return to the beach where you arrived, since here you can find more shady places and a small shop with some refreshing drinks and beer of course, as well as a restaurant.
Snorkeling, Kayaking Or Scuba Diving
Another thing to do at Poda Island is to snorkeling, kayaking, or diving. Tropical fish are visible in the waters just off the beach, but just a little further out a coral reef rings much of the island, providing excellent snorkeling opportunities for those who can pull themselves from the beach. 20 meters off the coast, you will be amazed by the abundant marine life and interesting coral reefs the Andaman Sea has to show. If you are in to a bit of adventure, you may want to kayak all the way to the nearby Railay Beach area which will take an hour of paddling.
Witness the Magical Divided Sea
The next thing to do at Poda Island is to see the Divided Sea. Poda Island lives up to the standard of white sandy beach, glistening turquoise sea water and vibrant aquatic creatures like its neighboring beaches. Famous for its amazing natural phenomenon, the sand dune emerges as the water recedes back during low tide and reveals a miraculous separated sea across Thap and Mo Islands, making it the world's famous Tha Le Whaek or the Divided Sea.
How to Get Tickets?
When you arrive on the island, you will have to pay for the ticket to enter the island. The ticket can only be purchased on the island. The money from the tickets are used to keep the island clean. The tickets cost THB100 or around $2.50 per person.
How To Get Around?
Walking is the only choice to get around Poda Island. Once you get your tickets, start walking and see this beautiful island. You can also pay a ticket to rent a kayak and enjoy the views of the island from the water.
What Should I Wear?
Wear comfortable t-shirt and short to enter this island. Once you get there, you can change into your swimsuit or bikini. Bring your towels and change of clothes and put on some sunscreen. Also, leave your shoes and wear flip-flop while you're on the island, it's easier to walk on the sandy beach.
Best Time to Visit
February and March are the best time to avoid the crowd and it is the pre-rainy season, so big chance is you will get to enjoy the sun when you visit. Get your ticket and enter the island early before 10am to get the experience to enjoy the island with only a few people around.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, once you get your ticket you can stroll around and do your business on the island by yourself. You won't need a tour guide as you'll find everything you need on this website.
How To Get There?
The only way to reach Koh Poda is by boat, typically from Ao Nang, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) away. From Ao Nang, you can hire a long tail boat which costs around THB2,200 return and same price for island hopping. Alternatively, the cheaper way is getting on a long tail boat “taxi” which costs around THB300 return per person. However, you have to wait for a minimum of 8 passengers on the boat. One-way trip from Ao Nang to Poda Island takes approximately 30-40 minutes. Poda Island is open daily from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm.