Koh Lipe, a small tropical island paradise located in the Andaman Sea in Thailand and is part of the famous Tarutao National Marine Park. Scuba diving is one of the main attractions in Koh Lipe. When you have done 2 morning dives you can stroll over walking street towards one of the beaches. Have a post dive drink and watch the sun set.
The marine park where Koh Lipe is in is made up of 51 islands, which are found in the southern part of the Andaman Sea and are located near the Thai-Malay border. Some of the islands that are part of the marine park include Koh Tarutao, Koh Adang, Koh Rawi, Koh Dong. You should be able to dive the best reefs in the park from a longtail boat. There are multiple scuba dive centers who would like to take you on a dive or 2.
In total, the Tarutao National Marine Park measures 1,490 square kilometers, and Koh Lipe is one of the main entrances to the park.
The Reason for the Marine Park
Scuba Divers love to visit Koh Lipe because the waters off this island, as well as those off nearby islands, are clear, calm, and tranquil, and they are filled with diverse marine life. Therefore, these islands offer divers once-in-a-lifetime experiences underwater.
In addition, these islands offer safe havens for a variety of land animals, including mammals, reptiles, and birds. The rainforests of the islands within the Tarutao National Marine Park are beautifully pristine environments that are essential to the survival of a large variety of animals.
The Marine Park is meant to protect not only the islands themselves, but also the beaches and coral reefs that surround the many islands within the park’s borders.
Dive Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe is blessed with pristine dive sites that house an abundance of marine species, from a variety of tropical fish, to tiny seahorses and shrimp, sharks, rays, and more. It is no surprise, therefore, that Koh Lipe and other islands within the Tarutao National Marine Park are so popular with divers from around the world. At the point of writing this Koh Lipe was not yet developed as a mass tourism destination like the famous Islands Phuket or Koh Samui.
If you are looking for a scuba dive destination in Asia where you can enjoy reefs without tons of other divers then you should go to Koh Lipe any time soon. With tourism to these islands increasing each year, it is vitally important to preserve the species that call the islands home, whether they live on land or in the sea.
Preventing businesses from over-developing will ensure that these islands will remain the paradises that they are today, and the Tarutao National Marine Park is doing just that.
History and Development of the Koh Lipe Marine Park
The Tarutao National Marine Park was established in 1974, with the main goal of protecting and preserving some of Thailand’s most valuable and naturally beautiful treasures. The park also preserves many cultural and historical sites. Development throughout the islands is prohibited, though exceptions have been made for Koh Lipe, thanks to the growing demand by tourists. However, the exemption from the laws meant to protect the island only allows for moderate development, always keeping the goal of conservation in mind.
The Island of Koh Lipe offers everything any adventurous SCUBA diver could wish for. From Koh Lanta you can reach the Island by speedboat in 3 hours. Dive Koh Lipe if you are looking for an awesome scuba dive adventure.
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Blog written by: Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.