In the High Season visitors staying in Kai Bae often paddle a kayak out to the island close to the southern tip of Kai Bae beach. The view of this island, taken from the roadside viewpoint is one of the most commonly seen on postcards and hotel booking sites.
It’s an easy paddle and the island has a nice little beach plus some great views north along the coast of Koh Chang towards Klong Prao and White Sand beach. However, if you wanted to walk it you’d have to change your name to Jesus.
But in the Low Season, which is when we have the lowest tides of the year, it is sometimes possible for anyone, not only the son of God, to walk from Koh Chang to this island. To do this safely requires a combination of good weather and a much lower than normal tide during the daytime. This doesn’t occur very often.
It’s a simple walk but I’d advise wearing good sandals with hard soles. As you can see from the photo above, and also in more pictures below, the first half of thew walk is on sand. But the remainder of the way is on dead coral, stones and a seabed littered with sharp shells. These will hurt your feet if you’re in flip flops. The deepest the water gets is around 30 – 40cm. But as it’s easy to lose your footing on rocks and you’ll sometimes have to tread carefully to avoid live coral and clams, it’s also worth keeping your camera in a dry bag – just in case you slip. If you decide to walk along to the north of the island ( i.e. on the right hand side of the photo above ) then you’ll be walking on quite large granite stones which aren’t slippery but do move underfoot.
The people in the photos sitting in the water are Cambodian workers who are getting shellfish. There must be lots of them as they were bringing sack after sack out of the sea. Luckily they weren’t going after the large clams which are much rarer. When the tides are this low it’s easy to see them just below the surface.
When to go?
To figure out when the tides are lowest just download this Tide Table for Laem Ngop. ( This tide table is actually for the mainland. The timings on Koh Chang aren’t exactly the same but a few minutes won’t make much difference. )
You’re looking for a low tide of under 0.70 metres during the daytime. And you’ll want to go within 30 minutes of that lowest tide. So a quick look at the tide table shows that there are a couple of windows coming up soon. Mid-morning from 6 – 10 June 2016 and then again, also mid morning from 21 – 25 June. And then also in July, at the start , 4 – 8 July and in the middle of the month. Plus a couple of dates in early August. Notice that the tides are much higher for most of the year meaning than anyone visiting in High Season won’t be able to do this – they’ll always have to paddle to get there.