Scuba diving is easiest to arrange from Ao Nang or Railay Beach but not impossible from other places. As with many other destinations in this area, you can get to the popular sites of the King Cruiser Wreck, Anemone Reef and Shark Point from Krabi. Expect over an hour journey to get to those sites and even longer to visit Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. These further afield sites are on the whole more advanced sites that can experience current.
Local dive sites are much closer and more often suited to entry level divers but can also be subject to some current too. Some sites are so near that you’ll reach them in a traditional longtail boat. These boats are simple wooden boats like large rowing boats. An engine is attached to a long pole that has a propeller at its end; this odd looking type of propulsion is where it gets its name.
Dive sites dot around the handful of islands that lie just off the coast. Much like elsewhere in Thailand boulders of various sizes form the building blocks to which the reef clings. Krabi has some interesting swim throughs to test your trim in. Koh Talu has two such instances that are shallow and great fun, but Koh Yawabon has the longest swim through. This one goes beyond the light zone and is only suitable for those with the appropriate training and experience.
Krabi offers some great underwater vistas made up of both hard and soft coral. Bamboo, leopard and blacktip reef sharks can be seen. Barracuda school here and also are known, along with grouper, to guard the entrances to swim-throughs. Colourful reef fish go about their business, fusiliers swarm, and you are likely to see lobster crammed into holes too. Macro geeks will love seahorses, ghost pipefish, nudibranch, shrimp and wart slugs.
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Krabi Town is the capital of the province and also your ferry connection point to Koh Phi Phi, Koh Jum and Koh Lanta. The scenery comprises of massive limestone structures that some great rock climbing. Overland journeys in this area will often take you passed rubber and coconut plantations. Unless you are transferring to other destinations, you will not likely stay in Krabi Town but instead head to the beach.
Ao Nang is the most popular beach and where the concentration of facilities and resorts are. Compared to Phuket, Ao Nang is not as brash but it is still lively. It’s not the prettiest beach in the area, though. Railay is far more picturesque, as is Haad Noppharat Thara. If you fancy an even quieter locale head to Khlong Muang. That said, staying in Ao Nang does give you easy access to these other locales as day trips so you could get the best of both worlds.
Railay and Tonsai are both close by and offer some stunning and chilled beach locations as well as some of the best rock climbing in Thailand.
Krabi Airport lies around 10 miles (15km) outside of the town centre and 15 miles (25km) from Ao Nang, which typically takes a little over 30 minutes to transfer by road.