If going on the Pilli Pipa, do lower your expectations and standards! and make sure you use the loo before you go!!!
It is mis-sold on its advertisements/marketing materials. You are not accompanied by the owner or his marine-biologist wife. You do not sail at all - just choke on diesel fumes. The snorkelling is good, but the boat leaves you whilst your in the sea (you are accompanied by guides though), not good if you become tired or start to have a panic attack (easily done when being stung by something and you get sea water in your eyes).
Do wear the buoyancy aid - just to keep the sun off your back and if you have your own snorkelling equipment - take it! The goggles/breathing apparatus is not "prescription" nor cleaned!
We did see a lot of dolphins - but no swimming with them. being animal lovers we were a little bit distressed at the "herding" of them by all the boats though - not nice!
The island is beautiful, you are miles away from the villages though - so again another lie on the marketing side of things (do not buy paper and pencils for the kids! you won't find any)
The food on the island however is amazing! the hosts really friendly and if you have time after the food and lemongrass tea lounge on one of the sofas under the thatched roofs and relax in paradise! Be aware of the dogs though! they aren't wild but if you haven't had your rabies jab just stay clear (you don't want them licking you if you have a cut - your a few hours too far from a Hospital! )
We booked through Thomson and really did feel that value for money was poor and the whole trip was mis - sold but if you go with low standards and expectations you will love it.
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