Mu Koh Surin National Park
Mu Koh Surin National Park (Phang nga)
Mu Koh Surin national parkacts as a storm shelter in both seasons because the archipelagogroup together and they are surrounded by a massive bay. Such prime location provides protective coral reefs around Koh Surin Nua (North Surin Island),Koh Surin Tai (South Surin Island) and other satellite islands. In addition to the influence of the weather, the oceanographic environment has a significant role to enhance the growth of coral reefs as. Related factors are, such as clear seawater, comfortable temperature, nutrients from the body of water underneath, tremendous amount of plankton which serve as a major source of food for sea creatures. Another important factor involves the semidiurnal tidal cycles in the Andaman Sea, or the tidal currents which comprise 2 high and 2 low tides within 24 hours. The maximum difference between up-welling and down-welling tides can be as much as 3 meters. Subsequently, the coastal waves become considerably strong.
The Surin archipelago consists of 2 islands, namely Koh Surin Nua (North Surin Island) and Koh Surin Tai (South Surin Island), juxtaposing each other like twin islands. They are separated by the body of shallow sea water approximately 200 meters wide. When the tide is low, tourists can walk across “Ao Chong Khat” to the other island. The other three rocky islands are loosely occupied by some dwarf rainforest plants. Mu KohSurin national park is considered one of the biggest and most fertilehabitats of coral reefs in Thailand.
There are 2 main seasons in Mu Koh Surin national park. Dry season begins in mid-June and ends in mid-May, while rainyseason lasts from mid-May until October. The annual average rainfall is more than 3,000 millimeters with the average relative humidity of 83%. Due to the influence of the South-West monsoon in rainy season, the sea becomes too stormy and unsafe.
Off-season: 1 May – 31
October High-season: 1 November – 30 April
Coral reef creatures
The coral reefs in Mu KohSurin national park is called “fringing reef”.Dominant coral species that commonly found are for exampleCauliflower coral, Staghorn coral, Mountain coral or finger coral, Mushroom coral, Galaxy coral, Fire coral, Brain coral, Disc coral, Soft coral, anemone, sea fan, and sea pen.
Trave "Mu Koh Surin National Park"
Travelling to Mu Ko Surin can be initiated from several different points: Khura Buri Pier is the nearest point to Mu Ko Surin. Khura Buri is some 125 kilometres north of Phang-nga. A boat trip takes around 3 hours. There is no regular boat service for travellers to Ko Surin. Boats leaving from Khura Buri are suitable for group tours.
For more information contact:
- Diamond coral Tours at tel. 0 7649 1055
- Kuraburi Green View Travel at tel. 0 7640 1400, 0 7642 1360 or visit www.kuraburigreenview.com
- Mantapoint at tel. 0 7648 5745, 08 1273 9279
- Rung Arun Tours at tel. 0 7649 1142
- Sabina Tour at tel. 0 7649 1867,08 1737 5801
Amphoe Kapoe Pier is in Ranong Province. The trip takes 7 hours. Visitors may contact Chansom Tara Hotel (tel: 0 7783 5317-9) which has boats leaving Chan Damri Beach for trips to Mu Ko Surin. Note: The best way for individual travellers is to join a trip out of Phuket that includes Mu Ko Surin on the itinerary. This typically lasts at least 3 days and includes visits to Mu Ko Similan.
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