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Phuket: James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise

1. Phuket: James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise

After your hotel pickup set off for the pier at Ao Por Pier, where your luxury boat will depart. Begin your Phang Nga Bay luxury cruise in style and comfort with a delicious buffet lunch served on board. Admire the spectacular limestone scenery along the coast as you savor a wide array of international cuisine ranging from sushi to local dishes.  Next, explore the sea caves by kayaking to Hong Island, where you can discover many lost worlds inside the caves. Marvel at the beautiful limestone walls covered in greenery and the open-sky cavern ceilings. After kayaking, spend some time relaxing, swimming or lounging on a water hammock at Yai Island.  Then, arrive at Phing Kan Island, the centerpiece of Phang Nga National Park, to admire its amazing leaning vertical rocks. This island is also known as James Bond Island - and you may recognize it from the movie, 'The Man with the Golden Gun'.  Cruise back towards the Marina as you enjoy a buffet dinner during a stunning panoramic sunset. Get amazing views of the evening sun setting over the water from the cruise ship - a truly unmissable experience.Aarrive back a the Yacht Haven Marina and be transferred back to your hotel.

From Phuket: Phi Phi and Maya Bay Snorkeling by Speedboat

2. From Phuket: Phi Phi and Maya Bay Snorkeling by Speedboat

Travel by speedboat on a day trip to Phi Phi Leh, Phi Phi Done, and Khai Nai island. Dive into Maya Bay and explore the beaches of Khai Nai island. Eat a delicious lunch at a seaside restaurant. Enjoy a day exploring the Phi Phi and Khai Islands, departing from your hotel in Phuket in the morning. Your adventure begins with a 1-hour relaxing boat ride to the Phi Phi Islands. See the wild monkeys from aboard the boat at Monkey Beach, before beginning your first snorkeling trip of the day. Pass by Camel Rock or Nui Bay and marvel at all the beautiful scenery while you cruise by in the speedboat. Once you arrive at Phi Phi Leh, visit Maya Bay, made famous by the film "The Beach." Here you will have more time to snorkel and swim in the area.  At noon, enjoy a delicious lunch at a beach side restaurant at Phi Phi Done, before cruising to Khai Nai Island where you will get to explore the tiny island. Spend the afternoon relaxing, swimming and snorkeling on and around the islands. This tour is one of the best ways to truly discover the beauty of the area, from its turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and everything in between. Your island hopping adventure will end when you return to the marina, before boarding your transfer back to your hotel in Phuket.

Discover Scuba Diving Racha Yai From Phuket

3. Discover Scuba Diving Racha Yai From Phuket

Have you always wondered what it is like to breathe underwater? If so you do not necessarily have to pay for a course to have certification. Begin your diving adventure at your own pace. During the experience, you get an introduction and briefing on scuba diving and you are taught how to use the scuba diving equipment in shallow waters. Please note that this is not a scuba diving certification. Breathing underwater is a whole new experience - it takes a few minutes to get used to it. This is not a typical human behavior and it is completely normal to be a little hesitant to put your face in the water and inhale at the beginning. However, within a few moments, your body adapts and you will be taken over by the freedom of movement while discovering the amazing marine life!

Krabi: Boat Transfer to Koh Yao Yai

4. Krabi: Boat Transfer to Koh Yao Yai

Enjoy a hassle-free speed boat transfer from Ao Nang in Krabi to Koh Yao Yai, which takes 30 minutes. Check-in at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure, then present your voucher to the crew to board the boat. Please note that hotel pickup and drop-off is not included and you must meet at the pier 30 minutes before the speed boat scheduled departure time to check-in.

From Phuket: Phi Phi Sunrise Small Group Tour & Lunch Buffet

5. From Phuket: Phi Phi Sunrise Small Group Tour & Lunch Buffet

Begin your day tour with an early morning pick from your hotel in Phuket from 4:45 AM, to beat the tourist crowds around the Phi Phi Islands. Upon arrival at the marina, depart for the 20-minute speedboat ride and marvel at the beautiful scenery around you. Reach Khai Nai Island and be the first to explore the tiny island with its shallow, turquoise waters and savor a light breakfast and seize the opportunity to take some amazing pictures. Visit Maya Bay to sightsee and take pictures of the beautiful beach that has been made famous by the 2000 movie, "The Beach," starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Maya Bay is currently closed for ecological restoration, but guests can still see the beautiful white sand beach and crystal clear blue water from the speedboat. Watch the wild monkeys from aboard the boat at Monkey Beach as you listen to the guide's instructions. Around 11:00 AM, Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at an island resort in Phi Phi Don and sail to the last island of Bamboo. Take some time swimming and relaxing on the beautiful beach, before diving into the last activity with a snorkel trip on a nearby island, giving you another chance to explore the colorful submarine life. Then by 2.00-2.30 PM you will be returning to Royal Phuket Marina Pier and be transferred back to your hotel in Phuket.

Ko Yao Yai: Hong Island & Plankton Longtail Boat Sunset Tour

6. Ko Yao Yai: Hong Island & Plankton Longtail Boat Sunset Tour

After pickup from your hotel around 3:00 PM, depart from Chong Lard Pier in Ko Yo Yai for a 15-minute trip to Koh Yao Noi. Board your longtail boat then head first to Koh Nok, a roughly 10-minute journey. Visit a beautiful beach with stunning vertical cliffs and trees surrounding it. Take photos, relax on the beach, or go up to the viewpoint for a scenic lookout. Next, move onto the emerald lagoons of Hong Island, whose bay is surrounded by mountains. Chill out on the soft sandy beach, or swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water with a variety of colorful marine life of all shapes and sizes. Fresh seasonal fruits will also be served on the beach. From Hong Island, get away from the crowds with a visit to the peaceful Lading Island for some more beach, swimming, or snorkeling time. At 5 PM, make your way to Pakbia Island to watch the stunning sunset over the ocean horizon from the comfort of the beach. At 7 PM, go to Ko Pak Ka or an island in the area to see the glowing luminescent plankton. Please note that bioluminescent plankton visibility is dependent on the weather and how close the Moon is to Earth on that day. Start making your way back to Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai 30 minutes later, before being transferred back to your hotel.

Phuket: PADI 2-Day Basic Freediver Course

7. Phuket: PADI 2-Day Basic Freediver Course

To successfully complete the first Star of AIDA courses, you will have to perform a one minute fifteen second breath-hold and swim twenty-five meters underwater with fins. 1. An effective method of teaching For every instructor, the commitment is to properly adapt the course according to the student diver. You will begin with a personal approach in the pool, in order to establish together the goals to reach and the needs of everyone. 2. Competitive prices Choosing this course represents choosing the cheapest way to explore the underwater world. For example, the 2 Star AIDA course is open to you for only ฿10,500. Of course, everything is included in the price. By this way, whether you are a beginner or already experienced, you can enjoy free diving at low prices. 3. Free Diving at Racha Yai Island You are on holiday, and you want to take advantage of being in Phuket to freedive in the most beautiful diving sites? With this course, you have the possibility to do an open water freedive in Racha Yai. This island is well-known and appreciated by everyone who has dived there. It’s up to you to join this community. 4. Stand up Paddle and Free Diving combined What about combining stand up paddle with your free diving course? You can start your day with a paddle session from Kata beach. Then, you will reach Koh Pu Island and on the way back, you will freedive at Kata Reef. 5. Support Coral Reef Creation project At last but not least, your freediving experience will be eco-friendly. Support a current project which aims to protect the corals of Kata. All free divers are invited to discover and understand the program. Choose this course to support the Coral Reef Creation Project.

Ko Yao: Private Phi Phi and Bamboo Island Speedboat Tour

8. Ko Yao: Private Phi Phi and Bamboo Island Speedboat Tour

Enjoy a private trip to Phi Phi island and Bamboo Island with a speedboat charter service. Your trip is tailored to your own timetable to give you an ideal experience on each island. You'll be picked up at 8:00AM from Ko Yao region, before making your way to either the Chong Lard Pier or Manoh Pier. Enjoy the relaxing Bamboo Island's fantastic white sands, clear water, and reefs. You can relax and sunbathe there for a while, before making your way to Maya Bay. This was the famous bay which was used as a filming location for the movie "The Beach”, and you'll be able to sight-see and take a photos from outside.   You'll then explore Pileh Bay (Pi Leh Lagoon), which is another bay with incredible clear water. Take a break to enjoy some snorkeling and sightseeing, before visiting "Monkey Bay", which is a group monkeys who are already familiar with tourists.

From Phuket: Advanced Open Water Diving Course

9. From Phuket: Advanced Open Water Diving Course

You will have the opportunity to learn under the supervision of certified instructors. Revise what you have already learnt and work on your diving capabilities as you will be introduced to new activities and new ways to have fun while scuba diving. Refine your skills by doing five adventure dives that would introduce you to: - underwater navigation - deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 meters/ 60-100 feet)  - a sampler of three more adventure dives of your choice Day 1 --> King Cruiser On the May 4th 1997, a car ferry known as the King Cruiser sank. The ferry was navigating between Phuket and Phi Phi Island when it hit the underwater pinnacle of the Anemone Reef. The impact split the pinnacle in two and created a massive hole in the hull allowing water to enter. The vessel sank a few hours later, approximately one kilometer from the Anemone Reef. All 561 passengers on board were rescued. This diving site is suitable for certified divers. You will also be able to engage in the PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Specialty courses at the King Cruiser Wreck. 7:30am – Pick-up from your hotel and proceed to Chalong Pier 8:00am – Transfer to dive boat 9:30am – First dive at King Cruiser Wreck 10:30am –  1-hour surface interval 11:30am – Second dive at Shark Point 12:30pm – Hot buffet lunch on board 1:45pm – Third dive at Koh Dok Mai 2:45pm – Rest and Relax. Enjoy fresh tropical fruits and soft drinks on the way back to Chalong pier 4:00pm – Back to Chalong Pier Day 2 --> Koh Phi Phi Phi Phi Islands has one of the most spectacular landscapes where the vertical cliffs of Thailand are the backdrops for its beautiful beaches. These islands became even more renowned when Danny Boyle filmed the movie ” The Beach” starring Leonardo Di Caprio in 1998 here. Koh Phi Phi Don, the bigger of the two islands is where you would be able to find numerous backpacker inns, guesthouses and hotels. Phi Phi Le is the smaller island where there is a national park. In fact, there are two smaller islands, namely, Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai next to Koh Phi Phi Le towards the south. They are limestone rocks where you can find an outstanding variety of marine life. 7:30am – Hotel pick-up and transfer to Chalong pier 8:00am – Welcome aboard! Breakfast on the way to the first dive site 9:00am – First dive at Koh Bida Nok 10:30am – 1-hour surface interval 11:30am – Second dive at Palong Wall 12:30pm: Hot buffet lunch on board. After lunch there is time for snorkeling and sunbathing 1:45pm – Third dive on Koh Dok Mai 2:45pm – Rest and Relax. Enjoy fresh tropical fruits and soft drinks on the way back to Chalong pier 4:00pm – Arrival to Chalong 4:30pm – Return to hotel

Ko Yao: Private Rok and Haa Island Speedboat Charter

10. Ko Yao: Private Rok and Haa Island Speedboat Charter

Enjoy a private trip to the Rok Islands and Haa Island with a private speedboat charter service. Your trip is tailored to your own timetable to give you an ideal experience on each island. Your service includes hotel pickup at 8:00AM, from where you will travel to either the Chong Lard or Manoh Pier. At 9:30AM you will depart from the pier by private speed boat. You'll soon arrive to Koh Rok island, which is known as the "Queen of the Andaman". Whilst there you can enjoy the nature of the beach area, go for a walk, take pictures, relax, or go snorkeling. At 12:30PM you will enjoy lunch on the beach, before being given more free time to spend at your leisure. You will then depart from Ko Rok to the Haa islands where you can enjoy some more snorkeling at an amazing coral reef. At 3:00PM you will make your way back to the pier, from where you will be transferred back to your accommodation by approximately 4:00PM.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 69 reviews

Coco and the whole team were amazing, the day was such a treat for all concerned, the travel, the food, the attractions were all great, quality of everything was not spared and the individual kayaking of every small group of 2-3 people to the caves were exemplary, Thank you!!!

Great day, with a great crew and the best fellow passengers on board. You can lie in the sun on deckchairs or beanbags or find a seat at the tables in the shade. Tasty drinks, breathtaking view, great day.

It was an incredible experience. Nice boat with a very nice crew. Everything was well organized. Recommended for the family.

It was a great experience! All was very well planned; food was great; the crew is super nice, helpful and fun!

Absolutely amazing. Great experience with quality standards. Will do again next time.