Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Phi Phi Liveaboard
Update 2016: This tour is no longer running
This special tour visits three Thai provinces in 3 days (2 nights) of relaxed cruising. It starts in Phuket and heads in to Phang Nga bay and Koh Yao Noi. Then it explores the islands off Krabi’s coastline and the Phi Phi Islands before returning to Phuket via Koh Khai.
The itinerary includes some snorkeling in Krabi and Phi Phi but it is not exclusively a snorkeling tour (Phang Nga bay is too murky for snorkeling). It is also a sightseeing, island hopping and kayaking tour. It visits all the famous sites like James Bond Island and Maya bay plus less visit islands like Koh Yao Noi.
3 day 2 night trips depart every Friday and Monday from Ao Por Pier in north east Phuket
MS Marmin is a 30m long, 7m wide, wooden hulled motor schooner. She has twin 315 hp engines that give her a cruising speed of 10 knots. Marmin takes 16 guests in 8 cabins. Cabins are twin or double bed formation.
Marmin has a huge deck space for relaxing, sunbathing and dining under the stars. There is plenty of shade available, there is also an air conditioned saloon. The boat is full equipped with life raft, life jackets, fire extinguishers, and first aid kit.
Morning: 7.30-8.30am: Pick up from your Phuket hotel and transfer to the boat in Ao Por. Marmin sets sail from Phuket’s Ao Por pier at 9am heading to Phang Nga Bay. The morning is spent at Hong Island for some sea cave kayaking.
Afternoon: After lunch on board cruise to James Bond Island (Koh Tapu and Koh Khao Phing Kan). This is just a short stop for photos then onwards to Koh Yao Noi, the smaller of the two Yao Islands. From the beach a short jungle trek takes you to one of Thailand’s oldest, biggest trees . From the beach look out to Bodda Island where Hornbills can be spotted. There is also time to visit a local market and see the rice paddies. Koh Yao Noi has a small predominately Muslim population that lives on fishing and agriculture. They still smile and wave at strangers, it’s like Phuket 30 years ago.
Evening: Sunset drinks and dinner on board.
Morning: After breakfast Marmin cruises to Krabi and Pakbia Island. This is a great place to swim or relax on the white sand beach. The next stop is Hong Island (Krabi’s Hong Island is different to Phang Nga bay’s Hong Island. Hong means room in Thai and the islands are called Hong because of there inner lagoons). You can snorkel from the beach here and at the next stop which is Chicken Island. Or take a walk along the sandbank between the islands.
Afternoon: After lunch Marmin cruises to Phi Phi (part of Krabi province). At Phi Phi there is snorkeling at Mosquito Island. Then the boat heads to Tonsai Bay, the main anchorage at Phi Phi Don. Phi Phi Don is where ninety five percent of Phi Phi’s resorts and bars are located. You can go ashore here and check it out, may be do some souvenier shopping or have a drink in a bar. Or you can walk up to the viewpoint which offers spectacular views. Evening: Sunset drinks and dinner on board.
Morning: Marmin cruises in to Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley nice and early to avoid the crowds that arrive by day trip speedboat later in the day. You can go onto the island and enjoy it without the day trippers. You can walk through the island and come out on the other side at Loh samah bay, another nice place to snorkel. As the day trippers arrive Marmin waves goodbye to Maya bay and looks for quieter coves for swimming and snorkeling. These include Pileh Cove, Viking Cave and Jelly Fish Bay. With luck you’ll see some black tip reef sharks while snorkeling, along with lots of other beautiful reef fish.
Afternoon: After lunch Marmin cruises back to Phuket, stopping on the way at the tiny dot of sand that is Khai Island, a nice place for a refreshing swim. Khai island is full of small reef fish. Marmin returns to Ao Por pier at around 4pm from where guests are transferred back to their hotels.