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  Mu Koh Surin National Park
Catagorize: Green Travel, Diving site, National Parks & Marine Reserves, Islands
Tambon Khura. Amphoe Khura Buri, Phang-nga Tel. +66 7649 1378, +66 7649 1582, +66 2562 0760

Mu KohSurinnational parkacts as a storm shelter in both seasons because the archipelagogroup together and they are surrounded by a massive bay. Such prime location provides protective coral reefs around KohSurinNua (North Surin Island),KohSurin Tai (South Surin Island) and other satellite islands. In addition to the influence of the weather, the oceanographic environment has a significant role to enhance the growth of coral reefs as. Related factors are, such as clear seawater, comfortable temperature, nutrients from the body of water underneath, tremendous amount of plankton which serve as a major source of food for sea creatures. Another important factor involves the semidiurnal tidal cycles in the Andaman Sea, or the tidal currents which comprise 2 high and 2 low tides within 24 hours. The maximum difference between up-welling and down-welling tides can be as much as 3 meters. Subsequently, the coastal waves become considerably strong.

The Surin archipelago consists of 2 islands, namely KohSurinNua (North Surin Island) and KohSurin Tai (South Surin Island), juxtaposing each other like twin islands. They are separated by the body of shallow sea water approximately 200 meters wide. When the tide is low, tourists can walk across “Ao Chong Khat” to the other island. The other three rocky islands are loosely occupied by some dwarf rainforest plants. Mu KohSurin national park is considered one of the biggest and most fertilehabitats of coral reefs in Thailand.

There are 2 main seasons in Mu KohSurin national park. Dry season begins in mid-June and ends in mid-May, while rainyseason lasts from mid-May until October. The annual average rainfall is more than 3,000 millimeters with the average relative humidity of 83%. Due to the influence of the South-West monsoon in rainy season, the sea becomes too stormy and unsafe.

Off-season: 1 May – 31 October
High-season: 1 November – 30 April

Coral reef creatures
The coral reefs in Mu KohSurin national park is called “fringing reef”. Dominant coral species that commonly found are for exampleCauliflower coral, Staghorn coral, Mountain coral or finger coral, Mushroom coral, Galaxy coral, Fire coral, Brain coral, Disc coral, Soft coral, anemone, sea fan, and sea pen.