We're planning a trip to Phuket in April - myself, husband 6 yr old and 6 month old baby. We will be staying 7 nights at Merlin Beach Resort (Karon Beach) and 3 nights on Phi Phi (Outrigger). We (the adults) are quite keen snorkellers and want to know what our options are for snorkeling in Phuket.
From my research, it seems like all the best snorkeling (coral gardens, colourful fish) is to be found on the small islands off Phuket (Koh Khai, Coral Island etc). We'd love to visit these places when we're there, but all the tours are by speedboat, so we can't take the baby.
Is there anywhere in Phuket that we can access by ferry, where we can do some snorkeling off the shore (so we can take turns snorkeling while the other looks after the kids) ?
Also, from my research of Phi Phi, it seems that again all the decent snorkeling requires a boat trip. Will we be able to do some decent snorkeling on Phi Phi without needing to take a boat trip?