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Everyone who visits Phuket should get out on the sea and visit some of the amazing beaches and islands. And also venture out and see some of the amazing nature.
Ao Chalong Bay is where many of the boats leave that offers exciting tours to nearby islands, around Phuket and to prime diving locations suited for beginners and advanced divers. Many bout tour operators offer a chance to see shear limestone formations, monkeys and plenty of bird watching. (But please don’t feed the monkeys and be careful as they are wild animals and can bite as can donkeys of course) Also research a company before you book and make sure they have good safety standards and good feedback, check out the Things To Do link on Trip Advisor.
There are many choices including islands that are very close such as Bon island, Lon Island and Coral island that are just minutes away and even accessible by a local long tail boat from Rawai or Chalong, and those that are bit further like Racha Yai and a bit more further are the famous Phi Phi islands which require a longer boat ride and not advisable in rough seas.
Also available for sightseeing are local Thai villages, fish farms with half price lobsters and tiger prawns, and islands with beautiful deserted beaches to explore. There you can swim in beautiful calm warm (31C) waters, kayak or snorkel with a dive sledge which can be towed at slow speeds while the snokeler simply holds on, then dip it down or side to side to steer it or sun bathe or take a walk on the beach.There is loads of food on River Rovers boat, so you won't go hungry. Not available through tour desks or resorts, book direct.
One importnat thing to keep in mind is that almost all group tours follow same schedule and go to same places. This can make beautiful spots looking spoiled and croweded. If you would rather see places in Phuket without the crowds. Simply try to look for agencies and companies that provide private tours and that run their own tours limiting the numebr of guests.
Prices are higher for these kind of tours but quality, fun and memories can be better. When visiting a place tourists have high expectations, believing that there is only day to choose to do the tour. Then they can feel disappointed because they end up on packed boats, rushed to the buffet lunch.
Pay more for a tour or an activity is normally best way to get want you were looking for. Phuket has companies that offer these kind of services but sometimes for them is difficult to compete because of price copetition. So look for them and support them also for safety and to make a trip more pleasant.
For great value Custom Tours or even just a day trip shopping contact Nicky on his followmephuket.com website. Nicky has 5 luxury mini vans (take 10 people) and 5 cars. Email or call Nicky and he will call you back in your home country to confirm. Nicky's vehicles are licensed and insured which is not always the case with a lot of transport operators in Phuket. Nicky will also do Airport Transfers from Phuket Airport to Patong or any of the nearby beaches for only THB800. Highly recommended. New Zealand Family travelling July 2015
You can charter a small boat, sail boat or a luxury cruiser (with or without crew) for the day / overnight or longer. You can also enjoy a relaxing day sailing out into Phang Nga Bay. Or perhaps a kayak / sea canoe tour which allows you to go into the caves and “hongs” of the limestone formations.
Phang Nga Bay offers a seascape unlike anywhere else in the world and is the home of the famous James Bond Island. It is not to be missed as there is no where else in the world like this. By chartering your own boat you can visit the more deserted islands that are really spectacular.
A day out not to miss! It can be the best day of your vacation.
Different tour companies offer days trips to Phang Nga Bay with sea canoeing and speed boat trips to Phi Phi Islands for snorkelling and diving. If you have small children always make sure that the boat has children's sized life jackets ore better to bring your own.
Also beautiful area for sailing and snorkeling is in south of Phuket where many yacht charter companies operating from Chalong Bay, offering day trips and overnight tours to Coral Island, Honeymoon Island and Racha Island. During the day in the high season it can be quite busy with day trippers, but it is still possible to find quiet places at this islands. At night this locations are beautifully calm.
Do you love the underwater world? Then why not try a scuba dive or better yet become a certified underwater scuba diver? There are many options to suit your time allowance and budget. You can try an intro to scuba diving for a half day on some beaches (weather permitting) such as Nai Harn, Kata, Karon, Kamala and Bang Tao or enjoy a full day on a boat with your family even if not everyone is diving. Or if you want to get certified then spend only spend 3-4 days for your certification and leave Phuket with new knowledge and something you can have forever.
Phuket has some of the world's best diving and it is an opportunity you may not have again soon, why miss out and regret it later?
Phuket has warm crystal clear turquoise waters, a huge variation of tropical marine life and amazing coral reefs. The main locations for scuba diving are Phi Phi Island, Koh Rach Yai, Koh Racha Noi, King Cruiser Wreck and Anemone Reef but to name a few.
It is recommended that you book directly with a dive company who can best answer all your questions and have staff that are also experienced diving professionals.
One of best ways to enjoy a day trip out of Phuket is snorkeling, an easy activity open to everyone that likes water activities. The islands around Phuket are perfect for this. Clear water, no crazy current and a lot of fish. Snorkeling in certain places such as Koh Ha and Racha Noi can even offer the chance to spot a whale shark or a manta ray. At the Phi Phi islands with their colorful reefs one can see small sharks and turtles.
It should also be mentioned that in the summer season months when hotel rates are lowest that it is usually not possible to swim in ANY west coast beaches such as Kata, Karon, Phuket, Kamala, Surin, Bang Tao due to strong rip currents and big waves.
If you see the RED FLAGS on the beach that means DANGER do not swim in the ocean
Although this might also be a good time to take a surf lesson or rent a boogey board if you are comfortable in the conditions
There are still plenty of trips to do in Phang Nga Bay which is never affected by big waves. When conditions permit trips to Phi Phi still go out throughout the low season. Here are some of the many operators available in Phuket listed alphabetically;
Andaman Sea Club Sailing Charters
Asia Marine Yacht - Days Cruises on board power boats, Bare Boats on sailing monohulls or catamarans and overnight cruises on board Luxury Crewed Yachts.
Asian Dolphins day tour - Provide Phi Phi island snorkeling and Phang nga bay tour. Also privide a private day tour on both routes to Phi Phi island and Phang nga bay or a custom route across Andaman sea.
Boat Charter Phuket - Private Charters on three different boats direct from the owners - No agent fees! they offer excellent Overnight and longer term boat cruises for those who want to get away from it all and really experience Phang Nga Bay and the surrounding islands
Coral Seekers (For private charter snorkeling trips)
Divephukettoday - your Phuketdive Butler...for best diving choices
Easy Day Phuket Tours - private tours, boats with max 10 guests for top service and quality
Epic Charters - For Private motor and sailing yacht/ boat charters, offering Day/ Half Day and Sunset trips. Fully personalised to meet your requirements and offering luxury boats at reasonable prices
Jabu Days Phuket
JustGoPhuket ( day trip in phuket)
La Moet ( Scandanavian website - but you can email them for info in English) Purpose built 20 meter wooden crusiing boat catering to adults and children and specialising in snorekling trips to Phi Phi islands and around Phuket Island
Mari Tour Phuket (For snorkeling trips)
MyPhuketTravel.com - Wide Choice of Tours in Phuket, Day Trips, Boat Rentals, Great deals
Oceanic Dive Center - PADI Scuba courses, diving daytrips, liveaboards, snorkelling and boat charters.
Offspray Leisure Phuket - Snorkeling Day trips to the Phi Phi Islands
Phuket.com - Tours and Excursions in and Around Phuket and Krabi
Phuket Travel Deals Best Deals of Phuket Tours and Travel Choices
Phuket All Tours ( For daily tours)
Phuket Charter Boat - Phuket Yacht charters provides you with yachts and boat rental services for sailing in Phuket and beyond to its surrounding islands that include the stunning Phi Phi Islands.
Phuket Hot Deals (daily excursions in phuket , speed boat tour )
Phuket Sail Tours ( Captain Mark)
Phuket Boat Charter Private Sailing Yacht Charters including private diving, snoreklling and kayak
Phuket Sailing Yacht Charter - Exclusive Catamaran Sailing and Diving Charter
Phuket Scuba Club -PADI 5 Star Center, friendly dive club specializing in diver education, daily snorkel and dive tours, Liveaboard cruises and private boat charters.
Phuket Tours Company Offers one of the largest selection of day trips day tours and sightseeing tours in Phuket
Phuket Travel and Tours (Day Trips, Shows including Fantasea, Siam Niramit, Simon Cabaret)
Phuket Thailand Travel & Tours Special rate for the Phuket Speed boat charter for exclusive program as private Phuket Tours.
River Rovers,- The best family eco day cruise in Phuket, slow moving, calm waters only, kayaking, swimming, away from the crowds.
Sailing Phuket - Sailing Phuket offer Day trips, overnight, multiple day, sailing, power, bare boat and crewed in Phuket
Scandinavian Divers - Diving & Snorkeling day trips, PADI 5 star IDC Dive Centers in Phuket & Khao Lak
Sea Fun Divers - Small groups and boat limited to maximum 25 guests
Sightseeing Phuket - Day trips by boat to phi phi island and james boat island
Jungle Survival Day Trip on Phuket - go on an easy 5K hike through a variety of terrain and learn basic survival skills
Kapong Jungle Safari Phuket- experience real Thailand and unique Phuket Elephant bathing
Khao Sok Discovery ( day trips & overnight)
Khao Sok Safari Tours - Khao Sok Safari Tours, Jungle & Lake Explorer Tours.
Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking in Kata Noi - Free transport in Kata, Kata Noi, Karon, Nai Harn and Rawai.
Tourasian - Tourasian is the First local agency with local knowledge connected worldwide offering multi- services in Phuket, Pattaya and Thailand in general.