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TARUTAO NATIONAL PARK

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TARUTAO

Imagine over 50 uninhabited islands teeming with untouched wildlife sanctuaries where ecosystems are left undisturbed, with only a few respectful human residents. That is Tarutao National Park. You can find flying lemurs, fishing cats, lizards, several species of snakes and over 100 species of birds living freely in the wild. If you are lucky, you may see nature in action in the form of macaques preying on crabs.

Divers interested in underwater wildlife are thrilled to explore the national marine park with unique looking aquatic life. The Western corner houses a group of islands called “Adang-Rawi” which features a coral reef home to 25% of the world’s fish species. This includes sharks, rays and mammas like dolphins.

Tarutao is the main island – the largest and busiest, with a river on which you can go upstream. This path will take you into the thick of the forests with mangrove trees. There are many hiking trails and a huge waterfall, all maintained very well. There are many spots for good anchorage and diving.

If you are after an adventure close to nature, whether you want to island hop or explore the local flora and fauna during your charter, you are spoiled for choice at Tarutao National Marine Park.

BUTANG ISLANDS

Heading West from Tarutao, you will find Butang islands about 45 km, close to the Malaysian border. If you want to find a secluded, pristine location, this is the perfect place. In fact, it is highly unlikely that you will even see another boat! There are several water bodies like streams, rivers and waterfalls situated on this cluster of 18 islands. One of the islands, Koh Lipe has a small community of residents where they have opened up a few bars and restaurants.

KOH LIPE

A small island in the South of Andaman Sea, Koh Lipe is a part of the Satun Province, near the Malaysian island of Langkawi, just 70km away from the mainland. As it is a part of the Tarutao National Marine park, Koh Lipe is an inviting place for tourists from around the world whether they want to lay on the beach or have a look at the abundant life forms within the waters.

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