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Anchor southwest of the rock outcrop in 6-10 metres on a sandy bottom or just north of the creek entrance tripod marker. Alternatively pick up one of the many government moorings. National Park headquarters has a cement pier at the entrance to the mangrove creek for shallow-draft vessels. A 500 baht per person landing fee will be levied.

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The mangrove creek, which extends several kilometres and is navigable by dinghy at mid to high tide, runs through a stunning limestone cave (Crocodile Cave). The cave trip is less crowded than Tham Morakot and is a must see. Sea turtle nursing ponds built to raise hatchlings of endangered species stand at the entrance to the park administration building.

Other amenities include bamboo houses, bungalows, a small store, restaurant, museum, visitors’ centre, communications office, public toilets and a library. Just south of the settlement is the island’s oldest road, built in 1937, running 11 kilometres to Ao Talo Wao and a further eight kilometres to Ao Talo Udung. A branch track goes to Ao Son on the west coast. All are recommended trekking paths from the main campground area and pass by waterfalls in the hills.


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National Park jetty, Ao Pante, Koh Tarutao
The National Park jetty at Ao Pante, Koh Tarutao | Photo by Grenville Fordham
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