PINK DOLPHINS | Khanom Fishing Tours

PINK DOLPHINS | Khanom Fishing Tours

Just tucked between Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani is a small fishing village with just nine kilometres of white sand beach and sits with beautiful mountain scenery on the mainland shore of the .

This is Khanom, the fabulous home of Thailand’s rare pink dolphins.

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Shrimp drying in the sun. Photo: Doris Lim

We’ve dreamt this dream for weeks before making the trip overland to Nakhon Si Thammarat. The smell of the sea and drying fish permeates the air as we gleefully hop off the van.

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Visitors must wear life jackets before boarding the long tail boats. Photo: Doris Lim

Khanom local are proud of their friendly pink dolphins. These are Indo-Pacific dolphins which are also known as Irrawaddy dolphins.

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The long tail boats ready to head out to sea. Photo: Doris Lim

We have an experienced tour guide, Khun Mont Supit Tewayurang who continuously checked on wind and sea conditions from the night before our arrival to Khanom. It was high tide today and the long tailed boats were lifted up almost to moor at the pier.

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A dolphin surfacing in the blue waters. Photo: Mont Supit Tewayurang

The sea was a little rough and the water choppy. Khun Mont was visibly worried as the group was anxiously waiting to see the pink dolphins.

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We spotted a dolphin! Photo: Mont Supit Tewayurang

After checking on the wind and sea conditions, Khun Mont decided that it was okay and the expert boatmen took us out on the long tail boats.

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The fins of the dolphins are visible above the water in the distance. Photo: Mont Supit Tewayurang

We headed out to sea with the warm sun beating down. There was no shade on the long tail boat and our hats, sunglasses and sun block didn’t seem to work with the sun beating down mercilessly.

Eventually after sometime the sea calmed and the slight wind bought cooling breeze to tease our hair and cool our flushed cheeks.

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Curious and friendly the dolphins will swim close to the boats to check out visitors! Photo: Mont Supit Tewayurang

Khun Mont explained that seeing pink dolphins along the coastline meant that the sea has a healthy eco system. The local of Khanom have been planting seaweed along the coast to provide a scantuary for marine animals to nest.

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The boatman and Khun Mont looked out in the distant seas to spot for the dolphins.
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Image taken from the internet. It was difficult to take a close up of the dolphins. Photo: Mont Supit Tewayurang
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Soon, we start seeing dolphins swimming. We had to be on the alert when looking out because the dolphins were visible. Photo: Mont Supit Tewayurang
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The boatman told us there was a family of some 60 pink dolphins who lived in the sea. Photo: Mont Supit Tewayurang
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The dolphins choose to linger in ones or twos, swimming towards us only to turn away. Photo: Mont Supit Tewayurang

We were so happy to see these beautiful mammals. Dolphins by nature are playful and sociable creature. They’re fun loving and seem to be smiling.

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Some lovely dolphin inspired tee shirts. Photo: Doris Lim

There are four kinds of dolphins living in the waters off Thailand. The most common is the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin. When dolphins are born, their colour is gray and they turn pink as they become older.

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A chance to grab a souvenir! Photo: Doris Lim

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