September 28, 2023, Hat Wanakorn National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Thailand – Nature enthusiasts and avid snorkelers, mark your calendars! The enchanting underwater realm at “Koh Chan – Koh Tai Tree,” renowned for its shallow-water snorkeling spots, is now a crystalline oasis inviting adventure seekers. The azure sea, akin to translucent glass, beckons travelers to delve into its depths. But act swiftly, for this window of aquatic splendor is ephemeral, concluding as the tourist season winds down. A temporary hiatus awaits, spanning three months until January 2024.
Head of Hat Wanakorn National Park, Ms. Netnapa Ngamnet, advocates seizing this opportune period, especially for those yearning to witness vibrant coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. With October on the horizon, anticipations of even clearer waters augment, granting enthusiasts one more month to savor the depths. Following this, the underwater wonderland shall be in hibernation for an extensive three-month interval, from November 1, 2023, to January 31, 2024. This closure aims to grant the marine ecosystem a chance to rejuvenate.
During this interval, the diligent personnel of the Wanakorn Beach Protection Operations Team will remain on vigilant duty, dedicated to conserving the marine environment. Their endeavors encompass underwater diving excursions, aimed at cleansing the sea of detriments like abandoned fishing gear and assorted debris. Additionally, they diligently collect crucial academic data, surveying coral types, marine creatures, and monitoring coral bleaching incidents along the reef periphery. Presently, the coral reef stands in a robust state, boasting a rich variety of corals such as rock coral, staghorn coral, sea anemone coral, and floral coral. An abundance of diverse fish species—banana fish, grouper fish, kampan belly fish, wren butterfly fish, snakehead fish, parrot fish, Chumphon yellow butterfly fish, and gourami fish—further underscores the aquatic biodiversity.
In recent accolades, Hat Wanakorn National Park clinched the prestigious Thailand Tourism Silver Award in the natural tourist attraction category, as announced during the 14th Thailand Tourism Awards in 2023. This recognition validates the park’s unwavering commitment to conserving and promoting the natural wonders that grace its domain, urging enthusiasts to revel in the pristine marine environment while cherishing its protected respite.
Embark on this underwater odyssey, a voyage into the serene blue, and witness the marine tapestry at “Koh Chan – Koh Tai Tree” before the seasonal curtain falls and nature takes its well-deserved reprieve.