Libong Nature Beach Resort runs award-winning, day-long boat trips around Libong (B1200/person, including lunch, in a group of four or more; ten percent discount for guests), which are safe, insured and licensed with TAT, and staffed by local chao ley (sea gypsies) who know the dugong well. As well as visiting a chao ley village, these give you the chance to kayak into the sanctuary to observe the rare birds and to snorkel at the sea-grass beds – with, they reckon, an eighty percent chance of seeing a dugong. They also run day-trips to the Emerald Cave on Ko Mook and Ko Kradan (B1200/person, including lunch, in a group of four or more; ten percent discount for guests). If you’d rather explore below water than above, there’s a PADI dive shop, Jolly Roger, at Libong Beach Resort on the north side of Ban Lan Khao.

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