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“Another terrifying experience!!!”
Review of Seahawk Speedboat

Seahawk Speedboat
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We also set out on a day tour of snorkeling. We were transported by bus to where we thought we would be getting on the boat. Instead we were taken to the back of a shonky looking building, made to sign a passenger list and have our photograph taken (maybe for identification later by Coroner). We were again transported to another place where we boarded a craft, after wading through waist height sea with our towels/bags/cameras etc. Boat ride was horrific. Overcome, not by sea sickness, but by strong petrol fumes. Choppy seas and a crew not able to speak much English. We snorkeled for maybe an hour before heading off for a meal and visit to another island. I was injured on coral quite badly and the crew was unable to provide basic first aid. This was eventually provided by another tour company. The trip to Koh Samui was nothing but something out of the movie, The Perfect Storm. Despite the sudden change in weather, the craft was unable to remain intact. The canvas canopy was ripping from it's fittings, which was held on only by a crew member with difficulty. A portion of the fibreglass holding the other part of the canopy cracked making it more insecure. At this point, the captain resorted to wearing a full motorcycle helmet. There was no radio fitted on the craft and as we had taken on additional passengers, I assume that there were insufficient life jackets for us all. The life buoys were cracked and not in serviceable condition. Some passengers were terrified and in tears. Crew prayed as we passed the point where the Big Buddha was situated which indicated their relief that we had miraculously made it to safety. Their lack of English was of little support or comfort to stricken passengers. They didn't even produce the Tip Box which pretty much sums up the service was not that flash. It was a stampede to the buses to escape.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

This is the first completely negative review I have ever written as I always try and make the most of things and look for the good but this trip was one of the worst experiences of my life.

The speed boats are not large by any means and I felt that there were too many people on there. So where do I even start? The day was overcast and rain was predicted. It was windy and you could see from the start that the seas were going to be a bit choppy. One lady and her daughter didn't even bother getting on the boat when she saw the size of them. So off we set. It was rough! People got sick and we all just coped with the journey until we arrived at Koh Tao for our snorkelling. That side of it was great. Saw some great fish and coral and really enjoyed it, although it was not long enough. Off to lunch. We pulled up beside two large old old boats. They made us climb up out of the speed boat and onto the boat next to us and then climb over the next one so we could reach the pier. I was very distressed by this point as I could not physically climb up and had to be hauled up leaving some very nasty bruises on my arms. We go to our next destination and whilst it was nice, it was busy and full of tourists.

Now for the trip home. We were told that we needed to go back to Koh Tao and pick up some passengers and take them to Koh Phangan (hmmm since when did this become a ferry transportation service as well). The seas were very rough now and the journey to get them alone was filled with high swells and we all got very very wet. Around eight extra people got on with all of their luggage on to an already overcrowded small speed boat. We set off and within five minutes we were all drenched and laughter quickly turned to being extremely scared. The swells were around two metres high and the boat really struggled to make it through. The winds and rain increased and then the canopy ripped off the boat! A few people started crying then (me inclcuded) and the driver proceeded to put on his full faced motor bike helmet to what I can only imagine to somehow protect himself. We made it to Koh Phangan and let the passengers off (who told us they paid the tour leader 1,000 baht each for the privelege) and we went on to Samui where we eventually made it back. Very telling was the tour leader who as we passed the Big Buddha temple he prayed numerous times. Aside from this they could not speak English at all and the boat showed lots of signs of age/wear. I would not recommend this tour company to anyone. What should have been an awesome day snorkelling and sight seeing turned in to a horrific experience for all aboard.

1  Thank Traceyleigh
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

We wanted to go with another company but it mysteriously fully booked during booking so we went with this company. The guide and drivers were good but there were too many people booked. Take a water proof bag and towels. The snorkelling was great, the canoeing was a quick trip round a rock and beach bar would have been good if it wasn't raining. Lunch is ok but take something if your fussy. Don't count on breakfast, banana and bread and large crowds. Great scenery.

Thank plustips
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

Excellent fun, great day?
Went snorkelling and visited marine reserve! Free soft drinks all day.
Very well looked after

Thank Richard T
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

Our visit to Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan with Seahawk Speedboat tours was good fun. The Seahawk team was professional, helpful and kind. It was a great day snorkeling, eating good food on Koh Tao, and spending time on the beach (and a short trek) on the beautiful island of Koh Nangyuan. On the boat the staff made sure we were all safe and happy. They offered fresh pineapple and soda/water throughout the day. We had a great time and would recommend boat tours with Seahawk.

Thank 69Dragonfly
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