Our day trip to the Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay) wasn’t planned at all. While we stayed in Kampot and right after we learned about it from Kampot’s tourism office, we booked a boat trip to go to this little island to chill out there.
This lovely island is very accessible and it took us only about 30 minutes to reach there by hired boat from Kep. It is one of the least-developed islands in Cambodia as there is no electricity, few residents and no available vehicles. The island is hilly and covered with coconut palms and dense jungle. It has nice beaches, tranquil and excellent place if you want to get lots of sun. There were plenty of hammocks and lazy chairs, a few dozen huts and fresh and delicious seafood. To me, all these make an ideal getaway from the grind.
When we arrived on the main beach of the island (where the boat dropped us off and where the boats anchored), we walked for about 15 minutes to the other side of the island where we could relax and swim.
To me, it was such a relaxing day out on the rustic island – eating, drinking, reading a book while enjoying the beautiful scenery. I would say that it was worth a visit for a beach day.
Things to do in the island:
- Snorkeling. Some guest houses offer snorkels and masks for rent in case you would like to explore underwater. I have heard that the best spot to snorkel is around the rocky side of the beach and you can see some colorful fish, but there is a lack of coral.
- The water is clear and warm, perfect for swimming.
- Walking. It takes about 3 hours to walk around the perimeter of the island. While walking, you will pass/see some beaches and mangroves on the way.
- Chilling out in a hammock.
Little Lilly travel tip:
- The boats leave the ferry port regularly throughout the day. It costs $8 for a return ticket per person. You can buy boat tickets in the travel agency or you can just turn up at the jetty to make your own arrangement.
- The facilities available on the island: a few beach resorts with their own beachside restaurant shack, a collection of stilted bungalows arranged around a lawn with coconut palms, local restaurants, massage shop, and basic bar areas.
- There are many bungalows that runs the length of the beach.
- There are some insects around, so do cover yourself or spray yourself with anti-bug spray.
- The island is busy during weekends and public holidays and require booking ahead. However, on the normal weekday the island is wonderfully peaceful.
Have you been to the Rabbit Island? What do you think of it?