Koh Nangyuan is not an island who could keep her secret for very long. Slowly but surely she has charmed many a tourist in Thailand and now ocean lovers have to work hard to protect her purity, coral reefs and magical marine life. Whilst Koh Tao’s bays were blissful, tiny Koh Nangyuan only 10 minutes away left me mesmerised with her underwater treasures.
For not deep within her waters lay beige, bundles of coral reef which provided sustenance to a large ecosystem of marine life. Blue and orange Christmas trees worms clung tightly to the coral, moving only to close in on itself as I moved closer.
Dark-shaded Parrot Fish swam in their big school stopping only to peck on the coral. The multi-coloured males seemed to enjoy their space and moved along in a solitary manner confusing my eyes with their aqua, yellow, pink and blue streaks. Pink Anemonefish peaked from out of the jelly-like anemones whilst little black and white striped fish whizzed around us and enjoyed getting quite close.
Even though we couldn’t go as deep as the divers a little way offshore, what I did see was more than enough and marks my favourite underwater experience to date. If I didn’t have to, I would probably never leave the quiet serenity found beneath the surface.
Here’s a glimpse of what we found in her turquoise bay…