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Bungalow Raya Resort Raya Island trips - Day tours

#34 of 68 Tours in Rawai
Rawai, Thailand

Bungalow Raya Resort Raya Island trips - Day tours
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Patrick L wrote a review Nov 2017
Melbourne, Australia2574 contributions431 helpful votes
The Resort on the Island is fantastic. The restaurant was also great but unfortunately there’s only one dining place with the Resort so ... Good place, great island and a gorgeous beach.
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Date of experience: November 2017
Amanda H wrote a review Dec 2016
Brisbane, Australia27 contributions12 helpful votes
The island is what really made this day special. Plenty of fish, clear water, not as many tourists as other islands. But as described in other reviews, the tour guides themselves are really doing the minimum (driving the boat). They didn't communicate the layout of the day or provide any other information about the island or the marine life. If it weren't for other people on the boat we would have got off on the first stop as the tour guides didn't mention it was actually for swimming only, and to stay on board if you're snorkelling! Pros- the marine life is in abundance, hundreds of fish around you, big and small,lots of variety. The beach itself is also quite beautiful, with very clear water. Cons- if you get seasick maybe don't do the tour, the snorkelling is out in the ocean so there are some waves and lots of rocking. Other cons were a lack of local knowledge or guide information. One piece of pineapple as "fruit provided" and no sandwiches despite advertising this. We also weren't allowed to take our snorkel gear onto the beach, which was a shame as there was a lot of fish and more coral to the side. But honestly, despite these negative factors the island and the marine life made it worth it.
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Date of experience: November 2016
Christine R wrote a review Jun 2016
Canberra, Australia11 contributions5 helpful votes
We booked this tour via Mr Not who is a well known tour organiser in Phuket with outstanding reputation. The tour itself was reasonably priced, well organised and the island did not disappoint. If you want minimum boat time and to visit just one island with snorkeling and swimming this is your trip, just pick a company with more enthusiastic tour guides. We were the only Australians on board amongst Chinese that day and definitely felt it. We were ignored and no water was offered unlike other tours right til the end of the day. We tipped everyone for services and tours but not this one. I understand the Chinese are huge spenders and visitors but every customer should be accommodated to equally - this was not the case and at this point we decided no tip. At the end of the tour when he collected tips he didn't collect much but stopped in front of us and said no no you people don't tip? I was confused as to what that meant considering he ignored us and left us to guess the itinerary. All in all it was a lovely day. We had a 25min ride to the island stopped to snorkel for 30-40min than got on boat to get onto Raya island than got taxied to a restaurant, as mentioned we were extremely thirsty at this point with kids aged 4 and 5 and paid 240baht for 2 bottles of water and guide never bothered to tell us it was free next to our lunch. Food was good and than we relaxed at the beach for a few hours it was lovely. Definitely recommend Raya for an island to see but not this company. The guide also never did a head count and a couple seemed to be left behind? We never saw them come back.
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Date of experience: June 2016
Rollingstone2000 wrote a review May 2016
Cape Town153 contributions119 helpful votes
We booked a 1/2 day trip to Raya island with Princess tours so we could get to do some snorkeling. We wanted a 1/2 day trip because we had restricted time left and this was the only 1/2 day trip we could find. This tour included a hotel transfer, snack sandwich (not the big buffet provided for the 1 day trips), mask and snorkel (flippers were extra) and 2 stops (a snorkeling stop and a beach visit). The operation of the tour was very efficient; everything ran on time, the boats were efficient speed boats equipped with life jackets and the snorkeling equipment was also ok. The guides made sure everyone was ok from adjusting snorkeling masks to serving fruit and water, but they didn't do much more than execute the tour in a fairly functional manner. Because our visit was not during high season and the 1/2 day tours are less popular, we were lucky to have a half empty boat. This meant that we didn't feel like quite such a production line. I can imagine that things would feel a lot more rushed with a full boat. The snorkeling stop is relatively short (30 to 40 min) so it is worth being organized and making sure you are good to go before you reach the reef. The second stop is the beach visit at Patok Bay where you are left for 2.5 hours of free time. The bay is beautiful, but there isn't so much to do here. There is a shop selling essential refreshments and a simple restaurant on the left hand side of the bay where we spent a happy hour slurping fruit shakes. When we arrived the beach was fairly packed with tourists from other boat trips, but within about 45 min 80% of them had left because the full day trips are clearly on a different timetable to the half day trip. We spent time lounging on the beach and noticed that a number of people were snorkeling in the shallows. I felt quite cheated as our boat had headed off after dropping us and had not offered us the possibility of using a mask for extra snorkeling. Luckily the lady renting umbrellas and mats on the beach was also renting snorkels (50 Baht for a half day), so we had another chance to snorkel. I suspect that it just didn't suit our tour operators to provide a second snorkeling option and/ or to provide us with their masks to snorkel. Overall the tour did what it said it would do and we had a good afternoon, but it wasn't executed with much grace or flair.
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Date of experience: May 2016
ANNIELOUISE01 wrote a review Mar 2016
Lightwater, United Kingdom211 contributions93 helpful votes
It felt as if it was rush, rush, cattle market. We were picked up from our hotel and taken to a meeting hut at the harbor. We were with lots of other people and herded into colour band groups. We were then taken to wade through the water on to the boat. When we reached RAYA some people got off but we had the option to stay on boat for an hours snorkeling trip, which was ok but literally just by the bay. We were then ushered back on to the boat and taken to shore where we were again herded onto a cattle truck driven across the island to where we were to eat. Food was OK(ish) but very rushed and busy. Again herded back into truck to be taken back to the very busy bay to "relax" Unfortunately there were no sunbeds at all so unless you want to lay on the sand it wasn't great. Although the sea was very clear and warm and the sand very white, It wasnt a cheap day out from memory about 1400THB so in my opinion not worth it.
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Date of experience: March 2016