Boating and diving in Koh Samui

5 brilliant things to do in Koh Samui

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The range of things to do and see in Koh Samui, Thailand is extremely varied and interesting. The island offers a host of activities for those looking for adventure, sport, nature or just relaxing and enjoying a holiday at one of our Koh Samui beachfront villas. Discover Koh Samui’s natural splendour, modern man-made attractions and religious and cultural sights. Of course let’s not forget the perfect beaches, night markets and lively nightlife, either.

There is so much to see and do on this island, it can be hard to fit it all into one trip or, for that matter, one blog. With our guests’ invaluable feedback, our own local insight and some ingenuity as longtime villa holiday experts, we’ve narrowed it down quite a bit to five essential experiences in Koh Samui.


Magic Buddha Garden Koh SamuiCopyright image from Magic Buddha Garden

This lovely and quiet place was created by a Thai farmer Nim Thongsuk. The whole area looks like a sculpture garden; it is located along a small mountain river flowing across the Magic Buddha Garden. Khun Nim wanted to build a place where people could enjoy peace and nature.

Statues here depict creatures and deities from Buddhist mythology. There are several viewpoints along the way to Magic Buddha Garden offering a stunning panorama view over the southern part of Koh Samui. There is also an artificially created waterfall named after the creator. The waterfall is located right at the entrance and greets the visitors of the Magical Buddha Garden. It’s a unique treasure best enjoyed in the morning.


Koh Samui boat tripsImage by Sailing in Samui

The Gulf of Thailand is an exciting sailing destination. There are five islands nestled closely together; Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Matsum and Koh Tan. Close by, and the famous Angthong National Marine Park. Each island has its own distinct beauty and offerings of unique terrain, beaches, and attractions.

Boutique Yachting based in Koh Samui offers luxury day trips and private charters to Angthong Marine Park and around Koh Samui. Boutique Yachting has two boats, Naga, which is a classic Turkish Gullet and Baidee, a traditional Indonesian Ketch, and if you chose the private charter or day tour you will be able to view all the stunning islands around Koh Samui from different angles and take in the breathtaking scenery from the sea.

If you are looking for a sailing experience then you should try Sailing in Samui who offer sailing boats ranging from 26 ft. to 44 ft., monohull or catamarans, and these can be for sunset or half day charters, day charters or even overnight.


Rays Diving Koh SamuiPhotograph from Discovery Dive Centre

When you stay on the island of Koh Samui you will not only enjoy the excellent beaches and wonderful nightlife, but you will also have access to the best SCUBA diving in this part of Thailand. 

Discovery Dive Centre offers a full range of PADI dive courses with flexible scheduling to fit your holiday plans. If you just want to try out diving for a day or looking to get fully certified as a divemaster or instructor Discovery Dive Centre has some of the most experienced instructors on Koh Samui. If you are already a certified diver, they also offer a host of day trips to some of the top dive sites in Thailand.

One of the best dive sites is Sail Rock. It’s a big granite pinnacle that breaks the surface halfway between Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Samui and as there are no other rocks around it, making it a underwater wildlife haven teeming with fish.  


Santiburi Samui Golf CourseImage from Saniburi Samui Country Club

For the budding Tiger woods in you, Santiburi Samui Country Club’s 18-hole championship golf course is within easy reach from the Elite Haven villas. The stunning highlands course is set amidst a preserved coconut palm plantation.  It’s difficult to imagine a more beautiful setting rolling greens marked by painted coconuts, sunlight streaming through a canopy of palms, views stretching out to Koh Phangan Island. But be warned as this course is not a stroll in the park, and has the nickname of the beast of Samui. The course was opened in 2003 and is truly a masterpiece in design.


Samui cooking class

We find that a rainy day lends to relaxing with in-villa spa treatments or learning to cook something new. Koh Samui is an incredibly lush island and this is due to the tropical downpours that come with the territory. Mostly rain showers are short-term and perfect for cutting the humidity, but if however, there is a longer period then all of the Elite Havens villas in Koh Samui offer in-house spa service and also in-house Thai cooking classes. Let the villa chef show you the foundation of sweet, salty, sour and spicy which is the base of every Thai dish, and learn the careful balancing of flavors and spices. After working hard in the kitchen, relax and unwind with a traditional Thai massage while listing to the rain or watching the fabulous show that you only get when it rains in the tropics, all in the comfort of your own luxurious villa.

Elite Havens staffed Samui villas

For tailored recommendations or questions about holiday planning, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Having spent most of his life travelling the world teaching sailing, Jay anchored down in Phuket, Thailand, where he now does creative marketing, events and a radio show.

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