Tarutao National Marine Park is made up of 51 islands located in the Andaman Sea just off the coast of Satun Province of Southern Thailand. The Tarutao National Marine Park consists of two island groups: Tarutao and Adang-Rawi which are scattered from 20 to 70 kilometers distance from the south western most point of mainland Thailand. The park covers an area of 1,490 square kilometers (1,260 ocean, 230 island). The southern most end of the Park lies on the border with Malaysia. Tarutao is Thailand's second marine national park. It is only very recently that tourists have been allowed to stay overnight on Tarutao. Prior to this only day trippers were allowed to visit these beautiful islands where crocodiles used to be the dominant occupants..
There are essentially 7 islands of note in the Tarutao & Adang-Rawi archipelagoes:
(located approximately 30 km off the Thai coast)
- The largest of the islands, Ko Tarutao is 26.5 km long, and 11 km wide. The highest point is over 2,000 feet. Forest covers over 60% of the island.
, Koh Lek
(located approximately 45 km west of Tarutao)
, Koh Rawi
, Koh Lipe
, Koh Dong
In the Adang Archipelago, the small (4 km²) island of Lipe is the most important. With water available year-round, it is the home of the largest permanent settlement, of approximately 800 inhabitants and is the gateway for boat transportation in and out of the Adang group.