Boating to Koh Haa Island, Thailand

While staying at Pimalai Resort and Spa, we decided to book ourselves onto the Koh Haa Sunset cruise. At 2.30pm in the afternoon, us and our swimsuits piled onto the Pimalai Boat. We set sail for the Koh Haa islands and left the shore far behind.

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The cool breeze was welcomed as we watched flying fish match our speed, flitting across the water beside us. We dangled our feet over the water. Enjoying the sunshine on our skin, until the cliffs of the islands came into view.

The spectacular scenery could have appeared alongside the Jurassic Park theme tune and we wouldn’t have thought it out of the ordinary.

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Katie Heath, Koh Haa Island, Pimalai Resort and Spa, Thailand, Katie KalanchoeBen Heath, Koh Haa Island, Pimalai Resort and Spa, Thailand, Katie Kalanchoe

I’ve always found it a little strange saying that I’m a water baby, being a Taurus (Earth Sign). I’ve always loved the water and always felt an invisible cord pulling me to the ocean. It comes as no surprise then, that I’m happiest on or in the sea.

Sunshine glittering on the surface of the turquoise water drew us, and our snorkel gear, in. A relief for our sun drenched skin. We pulled on our flippers. Taking the inevitable few seconds to get re-acquainted with breathing through a tube, and launched ourselves from the ladder.

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Koh Haa is a National Park, which becomes obvious as soon as you dip below the surface of the water and see the incredible aquatics living there. We were surprised by hundreds of colourful fish darting about and we paddled and dived to join them.

We saw everything from clown fish, to eels and even a blue sea snake which caused a bit of drama due to how toxic their venom can be if bitten by one!

Brush with death behind us, we swam onto the beautiful secluded private beach. Boats will always be my favourite mode of transport. They have the ability to take you to spots that you would never be able to get to any other way. This beach was no exception.

Pure white sand, with cliffs on one side and the glittering lagoon on the other. We kicked about, floating on the surface, paddling and running around on the soft sand. At this point, all the other boats had left. Leaving just us and our small group of about 10 with paradise all to ourselves!

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Koh Haa means five islands (there are really six but because one has no trees, it’s not considered an island). The islands surround this shallow lagoon creating a beautiful spot for swimming and sunbathing.

I signalled to the captain that they were ok to leave me right there, forever. Then I noticed the unmistakable sound of wine being opened and immediately jumped into the tender to get back to the boat.

Canapés had been prepared and served at the back of the boat for us to enjoy as we cruised around the islands and the last of the salt water slowly evaporated from our skin.

Katie Heath, Koh Haa Island, Pimalai Resort and Spa, Thailand, Katie KalanchoeKatie Heath, Koh Haa Island, Pimalai Resort and Spa, Thailand, Katie KalanchoeKatie Heath, Koh Haa Island, Pimalai Resort and Spa, Thailand, Katie KalanchoeKatie Heath, Koh Haa Island, Pimalai Resort and Spa, Thailand, Katie KalanchoeKatie Heath, Koh Haa Island, Pimalai Resort and Spa, Thailand, Katie Kalanchoe

The sun’s rays reached down to us as we watched the sea eagles dipping and gliding to catch their evening meals. While the orange glow dimmed into purpley hues, we perched ourselves on the deck of the boat, glass of wine in hand and we spent the evening chatting to another couple on the deck of the boat.

Katie Heath, Koh Haa Island, Pimalai Resort and Spa, Thailand, Katie Kalanchoe

As the sun plunged, sizzling into the ocean, we watched from the beach bar, sipping cocktails before room service.

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