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Phuket: Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay Day Trip with Lunch

1. Phuket: Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay Day Trip with Lunch

Tour the paradisical Phi Phi Islands, and explore Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh on a guided speedboat day trip from Phuket. Dip below the waves with 3 snorkeling stops and tuck into a buffet lunch by the beach. Start your morning with hotel pickup and a complimentary coffee or tea with cookies. Make your way to Green Island for snorkeling and a chance to see some marine wildlife. Continue to Phi Phi Leh island, featured in iconic movies, including "The Beach." Sightsee along Maya Bay and Loh Samah Bay by boat before taking a swim in Pileh Lagoon, known for its emerald water encircled by limestone karst cliffs. Bring your camera to Viking Cave and see its bird nests. At noon, arrive at Phi Phi Don island. Here, regain your strength with a buffet lunch at a beachside restaurant. After, enjoy free time to discover this lush island with its many shops and cafes. Stop by Monkey Beach to catch a glimpse of the monkeys who call this beach home. Then, head to Nui Bay to swim, snorkel or soak up the sunshine. Finally, visit Khai Island and relax on its pristine shores or enjoy the water before a return transfer to your hotel.

Krabi: 7 Islands Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner and Snorkeling

2. Krabi: 7 Islands Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner and Snorkeling

Enjoy an island-hopping adventure to 7 beautiful islands near Krabi on a long tail boat tour. Visit a variety of picturesque islands and enjoy a tasty BBQ dinner as you watch the magical sunset on Koh Poda. Start the 7 island sunset tour with pickup from your hotel in Krabi, or at one of several meeting points in the area. Depart by traditional longtail boat from Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang, with a short stopover at Railay Beach to pick up fellow travelers. Continue to Koh Yawasam and dive into a paradise of large shallow gardens of coral surrounded by flat sandy areas. Cruise around the chicken-shaped rock at Koh Kai. Enjoy an excellent photo opportunity at this oddly-shaped natural landmark. The next stop is at Koh Tub for some beach time or (at low tide) a walk across the spectacular sandbank that connects it to Chicken and Mor Islands nearby. Swim in the crystal-clear water at Koh Tan Ming, a small rock islet in front of Koh Poda. After plenty of exertion and activity, you will then enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner right on the beach of Koh Poda as the sun goes down. Complete the evening with a short swim amidst the bio-luminescent plankton in the surrounding ocean of Koe Raeng before returning to the pier in Ao Nang.

Phuket: James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise

3. Phuket: James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise

Take in the highlights of Phang Nga Bay on this action-packed full-day cruise from Phuket, with hotel transfers included. Paddle around Hong islands on a kayak, marvel at the natural wonders of James Bond Island, take a swim at Yai Island, and tuck into a delicious lunch onboard. After a hotel pickup, set off for the pier at Ao Por Pier. Begin your Phang Nga Bay luxury cruise in style and comfort with a buffet lunch served on board. Admire the spectacular limestone scenery along the coast as you savor a wide array of international cuisine ranging from sushi to local dishes. Next, explore the sea caves by kayaking to Hong Island, where you can discover many lost worlds inside the caves. Admire the limestone walls covered in greenery and the open-sky cavern ceilings. After kayaking, spend some time relaxing, swimming, or lounging on a water hammock at Yai Island.  Then, arrive at Phing Kan Island, the centerpiece of Phang Nga National Park, to admire its amazing leaning vertical rocks. This island is also known as James Bond Island - and you may recognize it from the movie, 'The Man with the Golden Gun'.  Cruise back towards the marina as you enjoy a buffet dinner during a stunning panoramic sunset. Get amazing views of the evening sun setting over the water from the cruise ship - a truly unmissable experience. Arrive back a the Yacht Haven Marina and be transferred back to your hotel.

Phuket: Khai Nok, Khai Nai, and Khai Nui Island Day Trip

4. Phuket: Khai Nok, Khai Nai, and Khai Nui Island Day Trip

Travel to the tropical islands of Khai Nok, Khai Nai, and Khai Nui on this cruise from Patong. Keep your energy up with snacks and seasonal fruit on board. Use the snorkeling equipment to explore underwater landscapes in search of colorful marine life.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Patong. Listen to a short briefing from your guide. Transfer to your boat and set off to Khai Nok island. Snap some pictures of Phuket's shoreline as you depart.  Arrive at Khai Nok island and have some free time to relax on the white sand beach and swim or snorkel through the crystal clear water. Make your way to the island of Khai Nui where you can swim among the coral. Head to the island of Khai Nai where you can feed the island's cat population on thebeach. Have some more time for swimming and snorkeling before sailing back to Phuket and transferring to your accommodation.

Phang Nga Bay: Early Bird James Bond & Beyond Tour

5. Phang Nga Bay: Early Bird James Bond & Beyond Tour

Head out before the crowds on an early-morning tour to avoid the tourist hustle and bustle. Enjoy an early bird trip to James Bond Island and the fascinating Phang Nga Bay with its Karst rock formations, mangroves and caves, sights that are sure to take your breath away. Make your first stop at James Bond Island, then go canoeing at a private canoe station away from the regular tours. Explore the depths of the area's caves, and take the chance to drive through the mangroves. Visit the famous floating village of Panyee and enjoy a beach break for swimming. Take a dip into the tranquil blue waters at Kudu or Nok Island. A private lunch will be waiting for you at Koh Yao island in a setting between rubber plantations, coconut trees and pineapples, before you finish your tour.

From Phuket: Phi Phi Sunrise Small Group Tour & Lunch Buffet

6. From Phuket: Phi Phi Sunrise Small Group Tour & Lunch Buffet

Beat the crowds on a day trip departing in the early morning from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands. Visit Khai Nai Island, Maya Bay, and Monkey Beach. Have time to snorkel and enjoy lunch at an island resort. Begin your day trip with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Phuket to beat the tourist crowds around the Phi Phi Islands. Upon arrival at the marina, depart for the speedboat ride and marvel at the beautiful scenery around you. Reach Khai Nai Island and be the first to explore the tiny island with its shallow, turquoise waters and savor a light breakfast and seize the opportunity to take some amazing pictures. Visit Maya Bay and take pictures of the beach made famous by the 2000 movie, "The Beach," starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Maya Bay is currently closed for ecological restoration, but guests can still see the white sand beach and crystal clear blue water from the speedboat. Watch the wild monkeys from aboard the boat at Monkey Beach as you listen to the guide's instructions. Then, enjoy a scrumptious lunch at an island resort in Phi Phi Don and sail to the last island of Bamboo. Take some time to swim and relax on the beach, before diving into the last activity with a snorkel trip on a nearby island, giving you another chance to explore the colorful submarine life. By afternoon, return to Royal Phuket Marina Pier and be transferred back to your hotel in Phuket.

Discover Scuba Diving Racha Yai From Phuket

7. Discover Scuba Diving Racha Yai From Phuket

Have you always wondered what it is like to breathe underwater? If so you do not necessarily have to pay for a course to have certification. Begin your diving adventure at your own pace. During the experience, you get an introduction and briefing on scuba diving and you are taught how to use the scuba diving equipment in shallow waters. Please note that this is not a scuba diving certification. Breathing underwater is a whole new experience - it takes a few minutes to get used to it. This is not a typical human behavior and it is completely normal to be a little hesitant to put your face in the water and inhale at the beginning. However, within a few moments, your body adapts and you will be taken over by the freedom of movement while discovering the amazing marine life!

From Phuket: Phi Phi and Maya Bay Snorkeling by Speedboat

8. From Phuket: Phi Phi and Maya Bay Snorkeling by Speedboat

Travel by speedboat on a day trip to Phi Phi Leh, Phi Phi Done, and Khai Nai island. Dive into Maya Bay and explore the beaches of Khai Nai island. Eat a delicious lunch at a seaside restaurant. Enjoy a day exploring the Phi Phi and Khai Islands, departing from your hotel in Phuket in the morning. Your adventure begins with a 1-hour relaxing boat ride to the Phi Phi Islands. See the wild monkeys from aboard the boat at Monkey Beach, before beginning your first snorkeling trip of the day. Pass by Camel Rock or Nui Bay and marvel at all the beautiful scenery while you cruise by in the speedboat. Once you arrive at Phi Phi Leh, visit Maya Bay, made famous by the film "The Beach." Here you will have more time to snorkel and swim in the area.  At noon, enjoy a delicious lunch at a beach side restaurant at Phi Phi Done, before cruising to Khai Nai Island where you will get to explore the tiny island. Spend the afternoon relaxing, swimming and snorkeling on and around the islands. This tour is one of the best ways to truly discover the beauty of the area, from its turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and everything in between. Your island hopping adventure will end when you return to the marina, before boarding your transfer back to your hotel in Phuket.

Phuket: James Bond Island By Private Long Tail With Canoeing

9. Phuket: James Bond Island By Private Long Tail With Canoeing

After pickup from your hotel, drive to Boonchu pier. You'll then head to Phang-nga by longtail boat. First stop is Kradong Cave, where you can walk to the top to admire the views over the surrounding scenery. Next, journey to Khao Phing Kan and Khao Tapoo, also known as “James Bond Island”. This is a famous movie location, where “The Man with the Golden Gun” was filmed. You'll have free time here to explore and take pictures.  Hop into a sea canoe to explore Lod Cove, a large limestone cave. You'll then visit Koh Pan-Yee, a famous floating fishermen's village, before enjoying an included lunch. After lunch, explore the beautiful Khai Island of Phang Nga Bay, which is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. After plenty of time here, you'll head back to Boonchu pier and then be dropped back at your hotel.

From Koh Yao Noi: 4 Islands Private Long-Tail Boat Tour

10. From Koh Yao Noi: 4 Islands Private Long-Tail Boat Tour

Enjoy a comfortable hotel pickup and board your private long-tail boat before heading to Pranang Beach, a secluded peninsula. Visit Pranang Cave and learn about its origin and how local fishermen give offerings to the goddess. Afterwards, spend time sunbathing, swimming, exploring, or taking photos with your friends and family. Hop back onto the boat and head to Tup Island, an exotic tropical island where you can snorkel in the crystal clear water and explore the beach on foot. When the tide is low, walk along the white sandy causeway joining the Koh Mor. Following that, head to Poda Island, famous for both lowland bamboo plantations and majestic rocky cliffs bordering the long beautiful beach. Enjoy a delicious Thai picnic lunch served on the beach. Continue to the famous Chicken Island with its unique limestone formation in the shape of a chicken's head jutting out into the sea. Enjoy snorkelling and swimming at the many beautiful and vibrant coral reefs. In the afternoon, hop back onto your boat and head back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Ko Yao District

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 670 reviews

It was an early morning start but it was the most amazing trip we’ve had so far. I felt like we had enough time on each island, a lot of opportunities to have add-on’s like a long tail boat trip and jet skis. The food on the island was to die for. Snorkelling was exceptional. Cannot fault basically anything except for some travel sickness! Was beautiful and would definitely recommend to anyone! Our tour guide was so sweet and accommodating also, his name was PK and the customer service was 10/10!

Fantastic day. The guides are extremely friendly and helpful, making sure we all got some great photos. We couldn't get to a couple of the islands due to it being off season and some high winds but we had a wonderful time. The sunset at the final beach was like nothing I've ever seen. Great bbq too. Highly reccomend!

It’s one of the best day trip experience. Staff are friendly and polite, great food and really clean. I thoroughly enjoyed it, worth every penny. I highly recommend.

Great day trip out to the islands. Everything was well organised and the day ran smoothly. Would recommend!

It was an amazing experience. I would definitely recommend. 10/10