20 Best Islands in Krabi - 2020 (Photos & 4,100+ Reviews)

There is absolutely no reason why you should delay your long due plan to explore islands in Krabi, for this province of Thailand is a piece of heaven everyone must visit at least once in their lifetime. A sweet escape for honeymooners, an exciting destination for adventure junkies, a peaceful haven for solitude seekers – Krabi is apt for every kind of traveller. The charm of these islands go beyond what you would normally expect from a beach destination.

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You will find long, deserted beaches with white sands, beachfronts lined with small shops and tropical trees, and unusually large rock formations sitting amidst the sea.  Krabi and its surrounding region is replete with diving sites that are famous for colourful corals, marine creatures, and fauna found inside the sea.

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So, whether you are in the mood for some underwater exploration or you want to experience thrill by riding on the surface of the sea, there are islands near Krabi like Koh Rok and Koh Hong where all your expectations will be met with great satisfaction. And if it is solace and great scenery you are after, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta are hard to beat.

Here is the list of some of the best Islands in Krabi:

01

Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi

Easily one of the most celebrated islands in Krabi, Koh Phi Phi enjoys an unprecedented fame among beach lovers all across the globe owing to its stunning views. It is in fact an archipelago consisting of six spectacular islands, five of which are uninhabited.

Giant rock formations dotting the turquoise shallow waters of the sea, beach fronted tropical foliage and endless tranquility – Koh Phi Phi is paradisiacal and deserves a spot in every explorer's checklist.

Away from the usual hustle and bustle you will encounter on any inhabited island of Thailand, Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Don are part of Phi Phi Islands bringing it the all the fame. Apart from sea exploration and boating, you can also indulge in hiking at Koh Phi Phi to reach some rewarding viewpoints.

Highlights: Limestone cliffs and hikes to viewpoints

Distance from Krabi: 40.9 km.

02

Hong Island

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Hong Island

Once you are done enjoying the lively atmosphere of Krabi and now wish to go someplace less crowded, Hong Island is an ideal choice. A cluster of over 10 islands around Krabi, Hong Island can be visited for a day visit on a long tail boat or a kayak from Krabi. Overnights stays, however, are not allowed here.

This is one of those islands in Krabi that receive great admiration from professional photographers, so you can imagine the kind of beauty it must possess. Besides, the region is just perfect for a wide range of activities including kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, sunbathing, and hiking, qualifying for a thrill seeker's favourite in Krabi.

Highlights: A wide range of water adventure sports

Distance from Krabi: 25.1 km.

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Kai Island or Chicken Island

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Kai Island or Chicken Island
Based on the southern part of Poda and Tup islands, Kai Island is also been popularly known as Poda Nuk Island or Hua Khawan Island. The rooster shaped rock on the island is a symbol of the beautiful Krabi Sea. The pleasant climate and the harmonious ambience, fascinating coral reefs and white sandy beaches are key attractions of this island.

It is a perfect blend of dense vegetation on one side and turquoise blue waters and sandy beaches on the other. For all the adventure seekers it is a great location to enjoy swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling. With stunning beauty and mesmerizing views of the Krabi coastlines, this is one of the pictorial locations and a must visit island for the tourist.

Highlights
: Sandbar that emerges from water during low tide connecting Koh Mor and Tup islands 

Distance from Krabi:
 18.3 km.
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Koh Rok

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Koh Rok

Counted among one of the lesser explored islands around Krabi, Koh Rok is a tropical paradise in Mu Koh Lanta National Park, ideal for a peaceful retreat. Two islands called Koh Rol Nai and Koh Rok Nok located closely from each other form Koh Rok. While most tourists prefer to keep Koh Rok for a daytrip in their Krabi itineraries, you can also extend your stay and stay here overnight.

Apart from stunning beaches like Ao Man Sai Beach, this island also has popular viewpoints, namely Thong Cape Viewpoint and Pha Samed Daeng Viewpoint that can be reached by hiking. Most importantly, one must not miss out on the pleasure of participating in diving experience here.

Highlights: Vantage points and sea exploration

Distance from Krabi: 83.7 km.

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Mor Island

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Mor Island
Based close to Chicken Islands, Mor Island or Koh Mor is a small island in the Andaman Sea in Thailand. Powder coated sun-kissed beaches and exceptional scenic beauty is the prime attraction in this small yet beautiful island. The cascading blue waters and lovely fishes floating near the beaches also incur an equal amount of interest among the travellers.

Though the island is not very crowded, the serene beauty is worth a visit. For the adventure seekers also this serves to be an excellent location to try out sports like snorkeling and swimming. The island remains easily accessible by boat rides and there are plenty of rides available through long tail boats from various prominent islands including Krabi town.

Highlights
: Sandbar that emerges from water during low tide connecting Chicken Island.

Distance from Krabi: 
14.9 km.
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Koh Lanta

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Koh Lanta

One of the exotic islands in Krabi where you can spend an extraordinary vacation in Krabi, Koh Lanta is one of the largest islands in Thailand with a lot to offer for all kinds of travellers. Koh Lanta boasts a total of 52 islands within its territory, the most popular of which being Koh Lanta Yai.

With coral fringed pristine beaches featuring white sands and green waters, Koh Lanta has grown as a popular choice among honeymooners and nature lovers. Once, this island served as a backpackers' haven, it now accommodates an influx of vacationers in recently developed luxury resorts.

In addition to a number of places worth checking and clicking, you can also indulge in various activities here including snorkeling, scuba diving, and caving.

Highlights: Pristine beaches and diving sites

Distance from Krabi: 
83.0 km.

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Koh Talabeng

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Koh Talabeng

One of the finest islands around Krabi, lying off the beaten path, Koh Talabeng is set apart for explorers to explore on day tours. This small island is best known for its limestone caves that can be discovered on a kayaking day tour along with its neighbouring Koh Phee also known as Ghost Island.

Since you will definitely come across enchanting views of massive limestone cliffs, open turquoise sea, and deserted beaches with barely any humans, the photography enthusiast in you would love a visit to this place. During low tide, it is also perfect for a calming swimming experience.

Highlights: Secluded beaches and limestone caves

Distance from Krabi: 86.9 km.

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Pak Bia Island

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Pak Bia Island
For stunning silence, exotic ambience, peaceful environment, shady atmosphere, one of the best location is the beautiful Pak Bia Island-based close to the Hong Islands. The white sands of the beaches and crystal clear waters of the sea provide an excellent contrast along with lush greenery spread across the island.

For romantic lovers, this can be an excellent hideout away from the crowded beach activities. Swimming is one of the popular activities done here! For a relaxing laid back time, this is an ideal place to visit, indeed!

Highlights
: Beach activities

Distance from Krabi: 
25.6 km.
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Phai Island or Bamboo Island

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Phai Island or Bamboo Island
Phai Island or Kho Phai is the largest part of the Island Chain which includes Koh Man Wichai, Koh Luam Noi, Ko Luam and Koh Klung Badan. The beautiful serene island is being under continuous monitoring of the Royal Thai Navy. As a result, tourists are only permitted to visit but not stay overnight at the place.

Outstanding pristine beaches, an elongated stretch of coral reefs and sun-kissed white sands are the key attractions here. For adventure lovers, swimming and snorkeling would be the ideal sports activity. If you want to enjoy water sports then this is one of the must-visit islands near Krabi.

Hin Klang, the fascinating coral garden based close by is an amazing place to visit. The beach is far less crowded making it an ideal spot to spend some time in solitude and re-energize the body and mind.  

Highlights
: Camping with permission from authorities and scuba diving.

Distance from Krabi:
32.3 km.
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Koh Ngai

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Koh Ngai

Featuring excellent opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving owing to a number of ideal diving spots, Koh Ngai is one of the most popular islands in Krabi. Bordering the Andaman Sea, Koh Ngai is a part of the Trang Archipelago.

The shallow and crystal clear waters around the island teems with rich aquatic life. Besides, if you are interested in a laid back beach vacation, this island is also well-known for its long silvery beaches with quiet atmosphere and pristine vegetation. The island has managed to keep itself disconnected from the potpourri of tourism scene, and has a few good resorts where you all modern comforts.

Highlights: Underwater world brimming with marine species and quiet atmosphere

Distance from Krabi: 81.4 km.

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Bida Nai Island

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Bida Nai Island
Based at a distance of about 1 km south of Phi Phi Islands, Bida Nai is the limestone brother island of Bida Nok and is also considered as a splendid dive sites especially for the uncountable collection of unique and charming aqua life.

Though the reef remains covered by both soft and hard corals, a keen-eyed diver will spot the splendid fishes anyway. A minimum of 4 divers needs to be present while diving and all happens under the guidance of the diving leader of the dive boat.


Underneath there are caves and colorful lagoons but it is advisable to avoid the caves if there is no prior experience in underwater diving. This is so as these are narrow passages and not safe for amateurs. This is one of the most exciting destinations and the only happening activity on this island.

Highlights: Underwater diving, explore Fantasy reef, snorkeling.

Distance from Krabi: 50.4 km.
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Yao Noi Island

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Yao Noi Island
Based in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, Ka Yao Noi Islands is often referred to as “small long Island”. Being situated almost halfway between Krabi and Phuket, this island has a tranquility and serene beauty which remains unmatched with other islands.

The photogenic landscape and the stretches of mangrove forest, blue cascading waters and fabulous golden beaches; all form an irresistible visual experience here. There is the availability of both luxurious accommodations along with budget-friendly hotels for a good stay on the island.

Some of the best activities to be done here include diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, and rock climbing. One can enjoy homely matches at the boxing training camp of Muay Thai boxing camp also.


Highlights
: Yoga retreat on the island, Exclusive Thai massage.

Distance from Krabi: 33.3 km.
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Yung Island or Mosquito Island

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Yung Island or Mosquito Island
One of the remotest parts of Phi Phi islands, Mosquito Island is one of the isolated islands which consist of a limestone cliff rock which is around 700 meters in height. The island is divided into two small beaches and both the beaches remain filled with mosquitoes during sunset and hence the name.

Beautiful white sandy beaches and soft corals enhance the beauty of the island. Swimming is not suggested here as blacktip sharks are common in the northern cove. Snorkeling is done on the southeastern shores whereas diving is done best on the northeastern tip. It is one of the best islands near Krabi.

Highlights: Snokerling, scuba diving.

Distance from Krabi: 
33.3 km.
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Koh Haa Island

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Koh Haa Island

Your search for a destination that offers the best of diving and relaxation in Krabi ends at Koh Haa Island – a group of five tiny islands in Krabi. There is a lagoon located in the middle of the Koh Haa brimming with an exotic aquatic biota, attracting adventure seekers who are interested in exploring the underwater world of Krabi.

Depth of the water ranges between 3 metres inside the lagoon to 12 metres outside the lagoon where you can spot lionfish, octopus, yellow boxfish, and many more. Since Koh Haa is uninhabited and has no accommodation options, the best choice is to take a speedboat tour of the island, spend some time capturing the natural charm, and indulging in snorkeling before heading back to your hotel.

Highlights: Vast coral reefs and rich marine life in crystal clear shallow waters

Distance from Krabi:
28.8 km.

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Bida Nok Island

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Bida Nok Island
Bida Nok Island is one of the most preferred dive sites in Phi Phi islands. This is one such place where diving can be done at all levels and it provides great entertainment to all who does it. A fascinating topography is visible underneath with abundant fish life that simply mesmerizes the divers. This is among the must-visit islands near Krabi.

Giant moray eels, turtles, schools of snapper, lionfish, hunting jackfish, barracuda, nudibranchs, sweetlips, and sea snakes are some of the fascinating underwater creatures visible here.

Soft corals, especially in the northeastern side, are a sight to enjoy. The dive boats regularly visit Phi Phi every day of the week while providing a 3 dives combo to its visitors.

Highlights: Diving, Snorkeling.

Distance from Krabi: 50.4 km
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Koh Muk

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Koh Muk

Add a perfect feel to your Thailand trip by  spending some quality time on Koh Muk with your loved ones. The picture perfect dreamy scenery of this island enhanced further by the unblemished beauty of the pretty beaches makes Koh Muk a beach lover's delight.

Since it is not as sought after as the other popular islands in Krabi, you will never find this island thronging with tourists. Soak up some sun and swim in the cold turquoise waters at Hat Sivalai which is a long sandy beach. As the sunset time approaches, head toward Had Farang on its western coast to catch some magical moments. Far from commercialized, the island has accommodation options available in a wide price range.

Highlights: Long unspoilt beaches and sunset scene from Had Farang Beach

Distance from Krabi: 90.4 km.

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Jum Island or Phu Island

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Jum Island or Phu Island
Based close to Krabi and Ko Lanta Yai, the less known Arabian island Ko Jum, also known as Ko Phu Island, strikes a perfect balance of long stretched sandy beaches, splendid sun, thinning crowds and laid back relaxing ambiance. The silky coral sand and the transparent aquamarine water encircle the west coast of Jum islands.

Though some areas are a little rocky the best part is there are plenty of swimmable patches. The wide beaches beautified by casuarinas trees are an ideal location for all who love the peace and the music of nature and seeks to find solace away from the party crowd. This is one of the best islands near Krabi which is very 
popular among tourists.
 
There are quite a few budgeted hotels and upscale resorts with all essential facilities that guarantee a good and relaxing holiday experience. During peak season, there are regular boats to Krabi town and all the popular locations in and around the island.

Highlights: Snorkelling, Kayaking, Mu Ko Lanta National Park.

Distance from Krabi: 31.5 km.
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Yao Yai Island

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Yao Yai Island
Forming an essential part of Yao Island district, Yao Yai Island is the largest island with amazing and captivating beaches such as Lo Pa Raed Beach, Sai Bay, Klong Son Bay, Thi Kud Bay, Hin Kong Bay, Laan bay and Laem Nok Og. One of the most scenic islands, the water here is clear with fishes swimming around showing a great display for the onlookers.

Yao Yai village based here is a small village with traditional values and cultures which excites the visitors a lot. The main source of earning for the people here are from agriculture and fishing. There are small budget accommodations present here with all the necessary facilities for night stay.

Some of the best activities to be done here include Swimming, Sea Canoeing, Kayaking, and Mountain Biking.

Highlights
: Beach Walking.

Distance from Krabi: 
37.9 km.
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Poda Island

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Poda Island
Koh Poda is a small island with breathtaking scenic beauty based on the western corners of Ao Nang. A picture perfect tropical island showcasing nature extravaganza, this is undoubtedly a huge miss if not visited.

Stretching for not a bit than 1 kilometer in diameter, the beautiful island remains fringed by turquoise blue waters and has a vast treasury of glistening white sands and amazing coral reefs that are simply mesmerizing.

Highlights:
The island can easily be visited on a day tour from Ao Nang or the Railay Beaches. One can have a wide range of beach activities here but popular sports here are swimming and snorkeling.

Distance from Krabi: 
16.7 km.
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Si Bo Ya Island

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Si Bo Ya Island
Being an ideal getaway from the hustle of city life, Si Bo Ya Island is one of the famous islands near Krabi. Being essentially an abode of the fishermen, many tourists come here to learn more about the culture, facility, living conditions of these fishermen. The island is also quite close to both Jum Island and Pu Island.

White beach, blue waters, some rocky terrains, and an excellent relaxing ambience make this island so popular near Krabi. The long stretched beaches are ideal for a sand walk with friends and loved ones.

Swimming is not an advisable sport here since the water is quite cloudy, however, one can obviously enjoy activities like Sea Canoeing, Kayaking, Cycling & Mountain Biking. The sunset from the beach is the most awe-striking beauty of the island.

Highlights: 
Sea Canoeing & Kayaking, Cycling & Mountain Biking.

Distance from Krabi: 
20 km.
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  1. What are the best islands in Krabi to visit with friends?

     The best Krabi islands to share some special moments with friends are – 

    Koh Phi Phi: This Krabi island receives unprecedented fame amidst all the beach lovers present across the globe. The presence of giant rock formations dotting the turquoise blue surface of water embraces the overall elegance of the Koh Phi Phi Island. 
    Activities – boating and hiking 

    Hong Island: Receiving great admiration from the renowned professional photographers, Hong Island is perfect for enjoying a long tail boat ride or a kayaking adventure. 
    Activities – snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, sunbathing, and kayaking

    Kai Island: Featuring a blend of harmonious ambiance and a pleasant climatic setting, Kai Island is a hub of beautiful and fascinating coral reefs. 
    Activities – snorkeling, swimming, and scuba diving  
  2. What are the famous islands in Krabi to visit for couples?

    The famous islands in Krabi for the couples in love are: 

    1. Koh Rok: Popular amongst the lesser-explored islands, the Koh Rok island of Krabi is a tropical paradise for all the weekend lovers. 
    Highlights:  vantage points 

    2. Mor Island: The Mor Island features cascading blue shimmering waters and heaps of lovely fishes, accessible as a powder-coated sun-kissed beach. 
    Highlights: sandbars 

    3. Koh Talabeng: Acknowledged as the most beautiful island in Krabi, the Koh Talabeng is known for its limestone caves and clear turquoise sea. 
    Highlights: a secluded beach 

    4. Pak Bia Island: Known for its pin-drop silence, peaceful environment, and exotic ambiance, couples in love should never miss on the sight of the Pak Bia Island. 
    Highlights: beach adventures 

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