8 DecLocal Time: 05:07 ICT UK Time: 22:07 GMT
- Sunrise 06:22
- Sunset 18:04
- Moonrise 11:09
- Moonset 23:26
|Temp feels like:||24°c (75.2°f)|
|Length of Day:||11h 41m|
|Pressure:||29.74 " (1007 hpa)|
Average for December: 28°c (82°f)
Mon 9 Dec30°C (86°F)Night 23°C (73°F)
Tue 10 Dec31°C (88°F)Night 23°C (73°F)
Wed 11 Dec29°C (84°F)Night 24°C (75°F)
Thu 12 Dec29°C (84°F)Night 24°C (75°F)
Weather Overview for Ko Lipe
Ko Lipe is a small, boomerang shaped island of the Adang-Rawi archipelago in the southern portion of the Andaman Sea. 60 km off the coast of Thailand, it lies on the western side of the isthmus of Thailand. With Malaysia to the southeast and Sumatra to the south, it is sheltered from the major winds of the region. Owing to this fortunate location, it has a relatively stable climate all year, similar to Phuket in the north and Langkawi in the south.
Ko Lipe is considered to be the most important island of the Adang group, as it has the largest permanent settlement, and is considered the hub for transportation between the other islands and to and from the mainland. About 800 people live on Ko Lipe year round. It is most famous for the diving and snorkelling that is available in the surrounding waters, the beautiful beaches, great weather and its laid back atmosphere.
Being tropical, the temperatures on the island do not vary much from season to season, or month to month. Daytime highs throughout the year average from 32C to 34C, with April being the hottest month. Nights remain balmy, with average low temperatures from 21C to 25C. Likewise, sea temperatures do not really vary either. Water temperatures remain on the order of 28C to 30C all year long.
Ko Lipe has a tropical monsoon climate, which means that its seasons consist of only two: wet and dry. A monsoon is characterised by shifts in the direction of the prevailing wind patterns. These shifts are caused by increased temperature differentials between the land and the sea. They usually occur biannually, and each shift marks the beginning of a different season. The term 'monsoon' is typically used to refer to only the wet portion of the cycle, even though the dry portion is technically a monsoon as well.
Monsoons are marked by large quantities of precipitation, making up the lion's share of the rain that monsoonal areas receive. In other regions with monsoonal seasons, flooding due to too much rain is a concern. However, Ko Lipe is unique in that it is shielded from the major wind patterns of the region, and therefore the risk of flood is greatly diminished. Yearly precipitation totals are about 2345 mm.
Dry Season: November - May
Considered the high season for tourism on Ko Lipe, the dry season features almost no rain and calm, flat seas. The driest period during this time runs from December through to February. Ambient humidity ranges from 55% to 75%. The calm seas and sunny weather make this season especially amenable to boating, scuba diving, and swimming. The breeze blowing in from the northeast keeps pesky mosquitos away. The best snorkelling is available directly off of Sunrise Beach, a long expanse of pristine white sand, and warm and inviting waters.
25 percent of the world's species of tropical fish reside in the coral reefs located just off the beaches of Ko Lipe and surrounding areas. In deeper waters, you may encounter the larger denizens of the deep: various shark species, whale sharks and manta rays. A plethora of dive-boat operators are available at this time for day trips to excellent dive spots among the islands.
One danger of which all divers should be aware is the possibility of strong currents, especially while on deeper dives. The currents in Adang-Rawi are mostly generated by tidal forces. Accordingly, they are stronger during certain times of the month and weaker during others.
Rainy Season: May - October
During the rainy season, the monsoonal winds bring with them long periods of rain and rough seas. It is the volatile nature of the sea during this time that makes the rainy season the low season for tourism on Ko Lipe. On the island itself, the rain is mostly produced by brief thunderstorms lasting an hour or less. While there are periods when the sun doesn't appear for days and the rain is unrelenting, this does not happen very often. The wettest months are September and October. Humidity levels are upwards of 75%, as would be expected with all the moisture in the air.
to and from the island, as well as inter-island travel, can be unpleasant due
to the choppy seas. In fact, during low season, the only port that is open for
boat travel to the island is Pak Bara on the mainland. One boat leaves from
there at approximately 11.30 hrs local time for Ko Lipe. That said, if you
are able to weather the rough seas, you will find the island to be quiet and
restful. The choice of accommodation is plentiful and the rates are cheap,
often half off high season prices.
Furthermore, the island's three beaches, Pattaya Beach, Sunrise Beach, and Sunset Beach, along with their clear, warm waters, will be nearly empty. While the majority of the island businesses are shut down during the rainy season, a few will remain open. If you yearn for a holiday away from everything, then the low season is the best time to visit Ko Lipe.
The Thai island of Ko Lipe is a tropical paradise. It features pristine beaches of white sand, crystal clear waters ranging in colour from pale aquamarine to the deepest aqua, and warm temperatures year round. Located within the Tarutao National Marine Park, the waters surrounding the island are teeming with a large variety of sea life that you can experience while diving or snorkelling.
The Adang archipelago offers exploration opportunities in the many uninhabited islands nearby. As close as a 15-minute boat ride away, these tiny islands present you with the opportunity to experience them just as shipwrecked sailors did long ago. Whether you visit during high or low season, Ko Lipe is a one of a kind holiday destination.