We were looking for a day boat-trip and we were impressed with the number of really positive reviews for the Chantara Junk trip to Ko Phangan on TripAdvisor. All our expectations were far exceeded.
Right from the moment we were collected from our hotel at 08.30am to the time we were dropped off around 5.30pm we were looked after. After arrival at the boat we were met with a light breakfast of coffee and croissants and then set sail (well with the motor. Each family, group or couple received an individual briefing (in either English, French, or German) about how the day would unfold.
At the first stopping point those who wanted went snorkelling on the reef. The water visibility wasn't brilliant but was OK and was probably reasonable considering the time of year (entering the rainy season) and the fact that the weather had ben unsettled for the two previous days). Others could fish of just sunbathe and listen to the excellent music that accompanied us throughout the day. The crew were very professional and all day we were offered drinks and light refreshments. After the snorkelling, we had a buffet lunch that ranked amongst the best we had during our two week stay in Koh Samui.
The second stopping point was around the island on the western coast. Here, we went jet skiing for half an hour while others had a massage, or a cold beer on the beach. We were much happier renting a jet ski here (rather than on Chaweng Beach, where we has heard stories of rip-off scams) as the renters were recommended by the crew from Chantara and we felt sure the Chatara would intervene if we were not treated fairly. The final stretch back to port was very relaxing and we could admire the beautiful island coastline.
We would recommend this trip unreservedly, especially because the owners and crew went to so much trouble to make sure we really. enjoyed the day. They're attention to service and detail was fantastic. It was undoubtedly one of the top highlights of our holiday. We paid 2500 baht per person which was also exceptional value for money. We hope you take this trip and if you do we are sure you will also have a great day!
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