Although Koh Maak Island is much smaller than its more famous neighbour of Koh Chang it offers adequate services and amenities for visitors which include transportation infrastructure, and the opportunity of joining sightseeing, scuba-diving and snorkelling boat cruises around the archipelago’s 50 islands.
Transportation on Koh Maak
Koh Maak is quite small and not too many taxis actually operate on the island. One local driver who has been well recommended is Mr. Nine. Most of the resorts on the island will lay on transportation from ferry piers for customers who have pre-booked accommodation.
Some smaller accommodation establishments often send agents to meet incoming boats and also provide free transportation. Other transport options on Koh Maak are to rent a bicycle or motorcycle. Prices are generally higher than Koh Chang, or the Thai mainland, and a decent mountain bike is around 150 Baht per day; motorbikes around 300 Baht.
Transportation to neighbouring islands is by speedboat or in wood-hulled converted fishing trawlers. Although it is slower, the latter is the better choice as it allows time to enjoy the pristine vistas and the boats also ride waves better.
Several companies operate boat taxi services between Koh Chang, Koh Maak and Koh Wai, Koh Kham, Koh Rayang and Koh Kood. One operator is Bang Bao Boat. During the peak tourist season the company offers both slow boat and speedboat services.
For those in reasonable health another option for inter-island travel to nearby Koh Kham and Koh Rayang is making the trip in a kayak. The craft can be rented for around 150 Baht per hour from resorts such as Baan Koh Maak.
Scuba Diving on Koh Maak
The principal tourism draws of Koh Maak are its laid back atmosphere, pristine beaches and the opportunity of enjoying watersports in crystal clear seas with colourful and diverse marine life. One dive operator that has garnered a good reputation for its scuba-diving trips and tuition is Koh Maak Divers. Experienced divemasters provide PADI courses for all levels between novice and advanced. Instructors are from various countries and focus on offering fun in a safe environment.
Tours on Koh Maak
Cruises to destinations in Mu Koh Chang National Marine Park can be booked at hotels and other commercial shops here. The tours are typically one-day cruises and take in a few islands and provide lunch and beverages. The boats drop anchor at deserted beaches and voyagers are able to swim and snorkel against a backdrop of lush tropical islands.
Tour agents and resorts offer island tours which take in the main beaches at Ao Kao, Ao Suan Yai and Ao Tan as well as coconut and rubber plantations, Koh Maak Temple and Koh Maak Museum.
Other Services on Koh Maak
Traditional Thai massages are offered by proficient masseuses, and occasionally masseurs, onsite at the more swish resorts, at massage shops and even on the beaches. Spa and treatment centres are not a part of Koh Maak’s offerings yet, although there several spa resorts on Koh Chang.
There are no big retail centres on the island, but a number of convenience stores and the Island Shop offer basic holidaymaker necessities and a limited selection of beachwear, casual clothes, snacks and souvenirs.
There is no hospital on Koh Maak and visitors requiring urgent medical care would be transported to Koh Chang or the mainland. A clinic in the middle of the island is manned by nurses who are able to treat minor injuries and ailments.