This group of islands affords good shelter in both seasons and is a useful stopover when heading south for Krabi.
If approaching from the north or west end of Phang Nga Bay beware of the shallow area and drying rock marked on the chart as Hin Mot Daeng which lies athwart the direct route.
Anchorage can be found in a small southwest facing bay with a rocky, off-lying islet on the north side. The bay is deep until close in and vessels can anchor in about 8-12 metres on a muddy bottom with some rock.
Several hundred metres to the west the water is generally shallow and the approach should be made close to the island. A great anchorage in the northeast season and reasonable in the southwest season.
A large, attractive hong can be entered on foot at all but high tide from the northeast end of the beach. Fringing coral prevents access to either beach at low tide. This island marks the limit of VHF radio communication with Phuket, before Koh Yao Noi masks it.
Koh Kuda Yai
There is an excellent anchorage for all seasons nestled between the two islands in 5-8 metres on a muddy bottom although winds can be funnelled between the islands causing a slight chop.
The larger island has interesting caves and hongs to explore by dinghy, particularly on the southern point where a coral- filled bay can be accessed at most tides.
At dusk during some months thousands of huge fruit bats with metre-wide wingspans can be seen rising out of the middle of this island and streaming off to the mainland for their night’s foraging in the jungles and orchards.