I am in Bangkok now for another week and then plan to spend about a week at a beach/island, preferably in Thailand so I can save time. I want to stay at an island that is secluded with fewer tourists and a Robinson Crusoe feeling
I also would like to see wildlife like turtles if possible, but it's not a deal breaker. It would also be nice if I could go scuba diving. I've been to El Nido at Palawan a few years ago and loved it! It was really beautiful and I also tried scuba diving there once. I want to try it again, but I'm not sure I want to invest in the PADI or other certification courses. I also hope to find a place with fewer tourists than Palawan
Koh Lanta, Koh Kut, Koh Mak, and Koh Chang seemed like great fits, but I believe they are in monsoon season now. Koh Tao has too many tourists. I heard the islands in Malaysia could also be good fits with better weather. I read a little about Redang, Sipadan, Langkawi, and Kapas, but I can't tell which of those is the best fit for me
What are some other secluded islands that have good weather in June, have diving for beginners, and have wildlife?
I don't know about weather, but the Perhentian Islands had stunning snorkelling (and probably diving too) when I went. Definitely worth looking up. Having been to Koh Tao in the rain, definitely not worth it - all the silt drained into the sea, making everything murky and snorkelling/diving impossible.
On a side note, definitely worth investing in your PADI Open Water, if you want to keep diving. Just shop around for courses and make sure you get all the theory done before you go away. I managed to find a course which let you do the pool sections in the resort's lagoon and gave an extra free dive at the end. 8 months agoAnswered by Caitlin via WorldNomads.com
I went to 2 islands in southern Thailand, Tao and Phanghan. Tao I really wouldn't recommend, Phanghan was great - I didn't go to the full moon party (past that stage of my life) however there's a really cool yoga/hippy community on the west coast, cheap accomodation (I don't recommend booking in advance - 12aud for your own bungalow on the beach) and ok beaches.
However I would suggest perhenthian islands (small) over these 2. More laid back,less developed, however (depending on what you want) heaps of backpackers. I've just come from there and absolutely loved it, and would recommend going there before they ruin it with their ugly big resorts they're building. Perhenthian has really cheap diving, accomodation - you can't book it in advance. The food on the island is expensive and pretty basic. Generally most of the island - besides the dive / restaurants - then off their power from 8.30am-6pm
My next stop will be sipadan - some of the best diving in the world there. I will also stop off at Kudat - which is less known in Sabah.
Langkawaki seemed kinda touristy and ugly beaches.
Hope this helps! 8 months ago