Morakot Cave (Emerald Cave)

Morakot Cave (Emerald Cave)

Morakot Cave (Emerald Cave)
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WillemvZ
Boxtel, The Netherlands204 contributions
Friends
Went here as part of our snorkling trip around the island. Were advised not to go in the morning because sea lice would be there in great numbers because of the cold water. Instead we went snorkling on a private longtail which started at the pier and ended at the Charlie Beach, with emerald cave in between around 15:00. Only a few more people were there and we were pleasantly surprised. Definitely wouldn't wanted to have missed this! It is a beautiful piece of nature and it truly spoke to the imagination of pirates having stored their booty here!

Entire tour cost us 1600 baht including snorkles, drinks, some snacks, etc.
Written February 5, 2020
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Håvard
Oslo, Norway320 contributions
Couples
I have read many of the negative comments here, and I get them. Luckily, when we got there there was only one other boat outside the cave. Therefore there was not that many people in the water. When we got out several others had arrived and I think the experience on the inside could have been ruined by that.
There were huge(!!) amounts of chinese tourists, being loud and noisy inside the cave, obviously ruining that feeling of calm that we got when entering the cave.

The inside of this place is breathtaking. And as we were among the last to go back into the cave passage, we got a good look at the spot almost without other people. This is a jem, that sadly will be ruined by its own beauty because of masses of people like us travelling to see it.
Written January 17, 2020
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Anna
Stockholm, Sweden182 contributions
So we are two generally happy people who booked a private tour to the cave. Cave was so cool and a fun thing to do, the whole tour including some snorkeling took us like 3,5 hrs.
Upon arrival there were plenty of other tourist floating in a row like a band of pearls with their life jackets, being swum into the cave by a tour guide, which to us was hilarious. It looked really funny, but also smart way of getting asian tourists into a cave for a day of exploring despite the lack of swimming knowledge :) You gotta give Asians cred for their business savvyness.
If you'd like the cave empty of people, come early in the morning, like always when you visit sightseeing places.
And if you have a waterproof bag, bring it with you as there's a bit of land in the middle of the cave and a tiny beach where you can walk up on. We didn't and so that was a bummer.
Enjoy Morakot Cave!
Written July 12, 2020
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Larissa P
Zhangye, China139 contributions
Family
Nice adventure specially if you go by kayak from Farang Beach. Try to go early to avoid crowds. Make sure you take a flashlight and/or go with a guide because you will need to swim in the dark for around 5 minutes.
Advice: take a waterproof bag to place your camera or phone.
Written January 1, 2020
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camille356
Normandy, France38 contributions
Couples
We didn't spend much time there but the place was wonderful. The way to access the caves are scary but in the end, it's a nice trip. It's a hole of light and nature!
If you don't care about tourist coming and going all day long you can stay more than an hour!
Written January 3, 2020
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COadmAL
Laramie, WY89 contributions
Couples
We rented a kayak for two hours from the resort on Charlie beach. It took about 20 minutes of kayaking to reach the cave. We arrived at 8:00am at the cave and there were only a couple long tail boats and a few groups inside. It was low tide and we kayaked into the cave. Didn’t pay a National Park fee because no one was collecting it. We stayed inside for about an hour until the tide started coming in. We had the place to ourselves for about 20 minutes which was just spectacular. Best thing we did in Koh Muk.
Written January 5, 2020
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gastronaut_11
Perth, UK2,203 contributions
Solo
This was part of a 3 island snorkelling trip from Koh Ngai and certainly the best part. Amazing discovery. Popular. You swim in, about 80 metres, in the dark, then arrive at a little bit of paradise. Try and enter when there are no other people around.
Written January 8, 2020
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Steven S
Pattaya, Thailand493 contributions
Solo
I had to rent a private longtail boat to be able to visit. Yes, only accessible at low tide via 80m long tunnel. Once you are through the tunnel it opens up to one of nature's wonders. I was fortunate to have about 5 minutes where it was just me and my boat guy. I have visited similar in the Philippines but this is number one. Not to be missed.
Written November 29, 2020
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graham l
graham l
Bangkok, Thailand2,445 contributions
Solo
For me it's one of those places where it's not so great if you're surrounded by a group of 30 Chinese people.

There's no reason why you can't get here by yourself and it will be cheaper to hire a kayak for 1-2hours than it will to hire the longtail boat (unless there are more than 2 of you). Go later, about 3-5pm, unlikely to be anybody there at those times.

The closest place to hire a kayak from is Charlie beach resort, from there when facing the sea, go right. Just keep going around 2-3 headlands and you can't really miss the cave. It looks pitch black inside but let your eyes adjust for a while and then there's only a short stretch of about 20 metres when you can't see anything at all. Just keep going. You can kayak all the way through, the height of the cave isn't an issue.

I went twice, one time I kayaked from the other side of the island (free kayak at my resort), the other time I swam from Charlie beach resort (about 2km away but you can walk along the rocks for about half of it).

Tips:

Take a mask and snorkel at the entrance to the cave, you will always find huge shoals of fish there. If you're going from Charlie beach resort, take a mask anyway and dive in every 5 minutes on your journey. Lots of coral, fish, nemos, eels, lobsters...

When you get to the other end of the cave there's a sign in Thai. On the back there is English which you won't see unless you know about it.
Written April 22, 2016
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J0sher
New York City, NY7 contributions
Couples
We visited the cave as part of a 4 island tour on a long tail boat from Koh Lanta for 800 baht which was a reasonable price. You put on life jackets, jump out of the boat and swim about 50 metres through the cave to the small beach surrounded by cliffs on the other side. When we visited it was very crowded as it was the New Year public holiday. Overloaded boats were disgorging groups of 200 Thai tourists at a time. Since most are non-swimmers the guides make them link together in a long conga line to pull each other through the cave. The beach is quite pretty and rubbish free but it was not possible to appreciate its beauty due to the large crowds.

Our guide seemed to the only guide there who had neglected to come with a waterproof lamp attached to his forehead. He was very aggressive and unpleasant ordering us to swim quickly and on the way back he abandoned half of his group in the middle of the cave where it is pitch black. As a result we were all crashing into each other and into the sharp rock walls and roof of the cave as we struggled to find the way out - an extremely disagreeable experience which could have made young kids panic. Eventually we turned in the right direction and saw light at the end of the tunnel after 5 or 6 minutes flailing around in the blackness.

The worst part of it was that the waters there were totally infested with sea lice which are jelly fish larvae that sting like mom and pop. They get inside bathing and diving suits and release there stingers when you rub them. The guide knew all about this hazard as he handed out pineapple to rub on the stings, as fruit enzymes are supposed to help but rubbing on the as yet unreleased stingers actually makes things worse. The guides have probably developed a partial immunity to this venom through regular contact and are not interested in the potential sufferings of their clients. One poor little German girl, about 10 years old, got a rash all over her body immediately and was crying bitterly with the pain. I didn't have too much pain at the time but felt like I was being bitten by bed bugs all night, as the rash from the stingers started to come up. Now two days later little pimples are still coming up where the stingers got trapped under my lycra diving top around the sleeves and the cuffs as well as on my feet and neck. They are gradually forming pustules and I am trying to avoid scratching them to prevent infection. Previous encounters with jelly fish resulted in a supurating mass that lasted for several months. I hope this won't be a repeat experience. My wife suffered from the stings at the time but is not having any after effects. Everyone's sensitivity to jelly fish stings in different and may vary according to the species.

My advice to anyone who believes they are sensitive to jelly fish stings would be to avoid this place like the plague. It is not worth it. I would certainly not advise taking any young children along, as their skin may be more sensitive to the venom than adults. Jerry fish stings can leave scars for life. I have one on my thigh from 12 years ago in Hua Hin. Also bring a diving lamp or make sure the guide has one and stick with him in the cave.
Written January 4, 2016
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