A unique tiny island, topped with vegetation, circled by sand and connected to Chicken Island by a sand bar.
Tup and it’s twin island are close to Chicken Island.
When the tide is high, sea water surrounds the islands. As the tide drops the sand appears.
First, sandy beaches emerge and stretch out to meet each other. The two small islands become connected by soft golden sand.
As the water nears the low tide level a sand bar about 200 metres long slowly emerges. It’s now possible to walk straight to Chicken Island.
It’s a remarkable natural feature that you must see. Take your selfies just right and it can looks like you are walking on water.
Thale Waek – The Divided Sea
The area between the islands is called Thale Waek which means ‘divided sea’ as the water is separated by the long ridge of sand at every low tide.
At high tide there’s barely any sand available on Tup Island. As the water recedes beautiful soft golden sand appears all around.
The beaches here are moderately safe for swimming. There can be alot of boats around so look out for areas away from where the longtails and speed boats go to moor up.
If the weather is windy, particularly during the months of Westerly winds (May-October) then the water here can be quite wavy. Only strong swimmers should venture out away from the islands as currents from the tides can be quite strong.
Transport Getting To Tup Island
You can visit by hiring a private boat or by taking an organised tour.
Hire a Longtail Boat
Longtail Boats can be hired from all the main towns and beaches.
Charter A Private Boat
For a day out on a private speed boat or longtail boat see our information page on boat charter around Krabi.
Visit Tup Island on An Organised Tour
If you’d like an organised full day out to visit Tup Island and a few of the best local beaches and islands then check-out our Four Island Tour.
It’s always a very popular trip, you will visit Tup Island, Poda Island, Chicken Island and Phra Nang Beach.
Snorkelling gear, refreshments and lunch are included.
Our organised tours will always try to be at Tup Island at the right time on the tides so you can enjoy the sand bar and see Thale Waek the Divided Sea.