- Location: In Krabi in Southern Tahiland
- Attraction type: Aquatic adventure
- Significance: Unparalleled diving destination for divers of all experience and skills
- Best time to visit: Throughout the year
- Visiting hours: Daytime
- How to reach: By road from Phuket, Suratthani and Bangkok; alternatively by flight from Bangkok
- Nearest Airport: Krabi Airport
Scuba Diving in Ao Nang is amongst the most spectacular underwater dives in the world. With more than eighty coral species and above two hundred varieties of fishes, the waters of Ao Nang are a diver’s heaven. Lying within Hat Nopparat Thara Mu Koh Phi Phi Marine National Park, Ao Nang diving area extends to the waters surrounding the seven islands spread around Koh Poda.
Each of the seven islands, Koh Yawasam, Koh Yawabon, Koh Dor, Koh Ha, Koh Talu, Koh Si, and G.K. Island has its own unique marine world, together forming an alluring visible ensemble. Koh Ha is famous for its crabs and shrimp varieties. On the beaches you would discover leopard sharks, barracuda, and squids lying in the sun. Koh Yawasam and Koh Si are perhaps the best snorkeling destinations among this group of seven islands of Ao Nang. Clear visibility allows a fantastic view of seahorses, scorpion fishes, sea whips, and barrel corals. There is also the possibility of viewing the black-tipped reef sharks that normally keep away from humans. Koh Yawasam has huge expanses of shallow water excellent for snorkeling and coral viewing.
Koh Talu, with its twin shallow swim troughs, is safe for inexperienced divers. Long stretches of corals up to G.K Island make a fabulous underwater sight. G.K. Island is a veritable paradise under water. Though on the surface it appears small, the underwater coral plateau extends limitlessly. Every rock is covered with brilliant corals and inhabited by gorgonians and sea whips. The crevices abound in sea snakes. Koh Yawabon, with large stretches of no light zone, should only be explored by the most experienced divers.Staying in Ao Nang
A diving tour in Ao Nang takes about two to three days. During this tour to Ao Nang, you could stay in hotels as per your demands and budget. Aonang Orchid Resort, Aonang Cliff Beach Resort, and Ao Nang Princeville Resort are among the deluxe luxury accommodations on the beach. Among the luxury hotels, you might choose between Alis Hotel & Spa, Ananta Burlin Resort & Spa, Aonang Paradise Resort and Longstay, and Best Western Ao Nang Bay Resort and Spa. For a comfortable stay, choose among Wannas Palace, Verandah Ao Nang, Bens House, and Aonang Cozy Place.