Twin Lotus Resort & Spa, Ko Lanta, Thailand - 14 Days

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This beautiful and newly renovated resort is set in tropical gardens on 3km of sandy beach in the north of Koh Lanta. There are 81 stylish and elegant ensuite rooms, with a great mixture of traditional Thai and modern design, from superior rooms to stunning beachfront villas. The resort is close to Saladan Town with most of Lanta’s shops and restaurants. Divers and snorkelers will be picked up and dropped back to the resort by Andaman Dive Adventures. There is also a spa for rest and relaxation.

Overview

Lanta’s dive sites are some of the best in Thailand, and offer spectacular visibility and a great range of diving opportunities. From shallow lagoons to the deepest drop-off in Thailand, the crystal-clear waters are irresistible to divers and snorkellers alike.

Koh Lanta is the best place to base yourself if you want to dive some of the top dive sites in Thailand. With spectacular coral reefs, unmatched marine diversity and great visibility, Koh Lanta offers the convenience of day-diving with the chance to enjoy the relaxed and laid back atmosphere of island life.

Koh Lanta is perfectly located to reach some of the best dive sites in Thailand and is the closest inhabited island to, world-class dive sites, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Ko Haa.

Lovely sandy beaches, an endless stretch of Andaman Sea and a collection of 70 neighboring islands topped with lush evergreen forest make Koh Lanta in Krabi nothing less than paradise. The island is the main gateway to the exotic coral reefs and marine life of the Andaman Sea. Diving expeditions, snorkeling and sea kayaking are just some of the options available to you. For diving tours, don’t miss places such as Hin Daeng & Hin Muang, the King Cruiser Wreck, Anemone Reef, Hin Bida, Koh Bida and Koh Ha, which is primarily known for its underwater caves.

Room Facilities:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath tub (Deluxe, Villa and Suite)
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Hair dryer/ Bathrobe/ Slippers/ Sandal (Villa type)
  • Private DVD Player
  • Private electronic safety box
  • International Direct Dial
  • Minibar
  • Satellite Television
  • Wake up Service

Service & Facilities

  • 2 outdoor swimming pools with Children’s pool
  • 24h Reception
  • Airport transfer
  • Bussaba Spa and Herbal Steam room
  • Complimentary Newspaper (Public area)
  • Fitness Center
  • International Direct Dial Telephone
  • Internet
  • Laundry Service
  • Library
  • Logo Shop
  • Sport activities (Canoe, Windsurfing, Mountain Bike and Snorkelling)
  • Room Service (06.00 – 24.00 Hrs.)
  • Tour Desk

Bua Fah Restaurant

The Bua Fah restaurant is an open-air venue which sits directly in front of the main swimming pool with a full frontal view of the beach and the sea. The restaurant’s open-air design is accented by unique touches such as rocking chairs, day beds, as well as a library and bar.
Bua Fah is open for buffet breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 and offers a wide selection of Thai and International dishes.

Barracuda Restaurant & Beach Bar

The Barracuda Restaurant & Beach Bar is an outdoor venue which sits literally just steps from the beach and is adjacent to the resort’s main swimming pool. Open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., you can enjoy a snack or a full meal throughout the day including fresh seafood as well as Thai and Western favorites. Cool off with a refreshing drink at the Beach Bar with daily Happy Hours from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Swimming Pools

Two swimming pools at Twin Lotus provide the perfect place to lay out in the sun or relax under the shade and enjoy the nice weather. The resort’s main swimming pool is located directly in front of the beach, while the second pool sits in the center of the property just a short walk from the Superior and Deluxe Rooms as well as Garden Villas. Enjoy comfortable lounge chairs, towel-service, and drink service at both pools.

Fitness Center

Complimentary to guests of Twin Lotus, the resort’s Fitness Center offers a full range of free-weights and machines to stay fit while enjoying your holidays.

Other Activities

Other activities include attending Thai Cooking classes, elephant trekking, fishing trips, as well as eco- tourism tours and guided tours of the mainland. Situated on the eastern coast are beautiful mangrove forests of Tung Yee Peng that you won’t want to miss.



Hin Daeng & Hin Muang

Hin Daeng & Hin Muang dive sites are the deepest drop-offs in Thailand. They are world-class dive sites and provide some of the most stunning diving in Thailand, with a high chance of seeing rare Manta Rays and Whale Sharks. The sites are located 70km south of Ko Lanta. They boast good visibility, unless the waters become extremely plankton-rich. But it is this plankton that attracts the larger marine-life like Manta Rays and Whale Sharks.

Hin Daeng at a glanceHin Daeng, ‘Red Rock’, is named after the beautiful red corals that cover the pinnacle. Hin Daeng protrudes about 3 meters above the water, but below, it drops straight down to 70+ meters on the southern side.

The reef elates with a wide variety of marine life. Have a look in the countless cracks to discover many different kinds of shrimp. And the Giant Moray Eels are even bigger than at the other dive sites in this area. But don’t forget to look out into the blue, away from the reef, as this is where much of the action can be witnessed. There is a residential school of large Round Batfish that like to follow divers on their dives and there are often large schools of barracuda patrolling the outer reef.

Hin Muang, ‘Purple Rock’ is completely submerged and derives its name from the vast number of purple corals covering the pinnacle. The reef is 200 meters long and less than 20 meters wide, there are three main pinnacles and several smaller ones. The reef starts at 12m, and there is often some current, so we use a line for descent, safety stops and ascent.

It’s here at Hin Muang, that the Manta Ray’s come to be cleaned by cleaner fish, darting about in the currents that sweep over the tops of the pinnacles. Facing in to the current, these graceful animals appear to hover effortlessly while their obliging cleaners get to work on the parasites that inhabit their tough skin. If you are lucky enough you can spend whole dives with these gentle giants!

At these two sites, the marine-life seems to be on a larger scale than elsewhere in the Andaman Sea. Many Giant Morays can be seen amongst the cracks and crevices and large Leopard Sharks are often found in the 40-meter ridges. It’s fascinating to watch the huge schools of Snappers and Fusiliers swim around the pinnacles while Rainbow Runners, Jacks and Travellie dart in, hoping for a quick snack. Red-Tooth Trigger Fish flutter prettily amongst the the colourful soft corals, and many types of Anemone fish dance over the top of the highest pinnacles.

Due to the greater depths and currents (especially at Hin Muang), we recommend that these dives are suitable for Advanced Open Water divers or Open Water divers with twenty dives or more.

Ko Haa

Ko Haa at a glanceThe Ko Haa dive sites offer beautiful scuba diving and snorkelling with spectacular visibility. Ko Haa’s highlights include The Lagoon, The Cathedral, The Chimney and other caverns, inter-connected chambers and swim-throughs.

Ko Haa, which means ‘Five Islands’ in Thai, has more than 10 different dive sites that offer perfect conditions for divers of all levels. It has a central area called ‘The Lagoon’ that is ideal for beginners. It offers a safe and relaxed starting point for you to take your first underwater breaths and there are some extremely friendly little Porcupine Puffer Fish, ready to make your acquaintance in the large, sandy bay area. The bay slopes gently onto the reef allowing you to progress into your first dive effortlessly.

The marine life that can be found at Ko Haa varies from rare Ghost Pipefish measuring only a few centimetres, to an abundance of Octopus hiding amongst the rocks and crevices. Hawksbill Turtles are often seen swimming amongst the pristine coral. Seeing them eye to eye when they feed on soft corals is an experience most divers will never forget. Manta Rays, Marble Rays, Eagle Rays and even Whale Sharks are spotted here occasionally.

You can’t predict exactly what you’ll see, but it’s always a pleasant and rewarding surprise!

One of Ko Haa’s highlights is the series of caverns and swim-throughs. The largest cavern has three chambers and is known as The Cathedral. The first two chambers are connected by a shallow swim through at about 9 metres. You can surface in the cavern and see the limestone stalactites looming from the high ceilings. Light floods in through the two large entrances and gives you great opportunities for taking pictures.

Ko Haa Island #1 (Ko Haa Nung) has various chimneys and other systems to explore. You can find banded sea snakes, lionfish, nudibranches, frogfish, harlequin shrimps, many other crustaceans and beautiful cowries. If you take a look out into the blue, you can find huge schools of silverside fish, glassfish, barracudas and travellie. At this dive site, Whale Sharks have been spotted quite regularly.

The clear waters and consistent visibility of 25m+ make Ko Haa an unforgettable diving destination for every diver and snorkeller.

Shark Point & Anemone Reef

Shark Point & Anemone Reef dive sites lie just 600 m apart, half-way between Ko Phi Phi and Phuket.

Shark Point at a glanceShark Point (or Hin Musang) is a group of 5 pinnacles that lie half-way between Ko Phi Phi and Phuket. These sites have some of the most abundant and colourful soft corals in Thailand and are home to literally thousands of fish and other marine species.

The site is named after the Leopard Sharks that are often seen resting on the sand, although the Thai name comes from a mid-size rodent (somewhere between a Badger and a Squirrel) who’s shape the rocks take.
The currents can be quite strong here but also bring plenty of food and nutrients, and may be one of the reasons that you can find many types of fish species that are considered rare on other Thai dive sites. In the shallows there are Orange-Spine Unicornfish and you can find many types of shy, juvenile reef fish sheltering among the pink and purple soft corals. If you’re lucky you can find the pair of Tigertail Seahorses who’ve made their home on the main pinnacle.

Huge schools of Big-Eye Travellie, many types of Fusiliers and literally thousands of Barracudas surround the reef and perform wonderful displays of schooling behaviour. These submerged pinnacles literally explode with life; the sheer density of fish and other aquatic life makes diving here a wonderful, magical experience.

Anemone Reef (or Hin Jom – Submerged Rock) is about 600m away from Shark Point. As the name suggests, this pinnacle dive site is completely covered in Anemones that gently sway in the current.

There are an enormous variety of Moray Eels – from Zebra and Spot-Face Morays to Honeycombed, Yellow-Edged, Undulated, White Mouth and Clouded Morays. You can also find many Lionfish and Bearded Scorpionfish on this site. And sometimes Leopard Sharks swim around the Buoy Line.

Anemone Reef is not as instantly pleasing as Shark Point as it lacks the breathtaking array of colour. However, if you’re a Macro-lover, you could get seriously into this dive site. The shimmering schools of Glassfish that coat the reef during certain times of the season can hide all kinds of tiny Crustaceans, many types of Nudibranches and enormous, glistening Tiger Cowries.

If you catch this group of dive sites on a good visibility day, you will find them among the best in the world. If the viability is less than perfect you will still be astounded by the sheer volume of life and action that takes place here.

King Cruiser Wreck

King Cruiser Wreck at a glanceThe King Cruiser was originally a car ferry in Japan before being used to transport passengers between Phuket and Ko Phi Phi. On May 4th, 1997, the ferry hit the Anemone Reef and quickly sank. All the passengers could be rescued by nearby dive and fishing boats and there were no casualties.

The steel wreck has now evolved into a fantastic natural reef and is home to a huge variety of marine life, who seek shelter within it. The wreck is 85m long and 35m wide and has four decks with large walkways and windows. The Wreck lies perfectly upright at 32 metres, with the captain’s cabin at 12 metres. The depth, together with the frequent strong currents, makes the diving here unsuitable for beginners.

Due to the warm tropical waters, the internal structure of the boat is weakening. During the monsoon storms in 2003, part of the upper deck collapsed into the car deck and the wreck is now considered unsafe to penetrate. You can hear the boat creaking as you dive around it, which gives it a really authentic shipwreck atmosphere!

The wreck is completely covered in Barnacles and very often Scorpionfish and Lionfish hide in between. Since they are very well camouflaged, be careful where you put your hands! The artificial reef is home to enormous schools of Travellie, Batfish, Pufferfish and Snappers. Sometimes there are so many fish you can’t see the wreck anymore. Inside the wreck lives a big Turtle – you can often spot him as he comes towards the surface to breathe. You can also find Octopus, many types of Moray Eel and all sorts of unexpected visitors who come to see if this haven might house a tasty snack. There have been sightings of Whale Sharks, various Reef Sharks, enormous 2m Groupers and even a Bull Shark!

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Twin Lotus Resort & Spa, Ko Lanta, Thailand