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Phuket: James Bond Island Luxury Sunset Cruise

1. 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.

Ko Yao: Premium James Bond Island Trip by Speedboat & Canoe

2. Ko Yao: Premium James Bond Island Trip by Speedboat & Canoe

Enjoy a premium join-in trip to James Bond Island by speedboat. Following a pickup from your hotel in Koh Yao Noi or Koh Yao Yai between 8:15 AM–8:30 AM, head out on the water to Panak Island. Explore inside the mangrove cave, and even walk inside at low tide. Visit Koh Hong of Phang Nga Bay and hop in a canoe to enter this natural wonder. Next, make your way to Ko Ping Gan and Ko Tapu, better known as James Bond Island after they were featured in the 007 movie, "The Man with the Golden Gun." Enjoy a moment to take a photo before continuing to the mountainous nature of Tham Lod. From there, move on to the village of Koh Panyee. Along the way, do some sightseeing around Ko Nom Sao, two small islands of similar appearance located close to each other. From certain angles, the silhouette of these islands looks like a pair of roughly identical woman's breasts. Upon arrival at Koh Panyee, savor a sumptuous lunch at the restaurant. Explore the village after lunch and meet the friendly locals. See the floating football ground and the only school in the floating village. End the day with some time to relax and swim in a bay. At about 3:30 PM, transfer back to the pier and then to your hotel.

Discover Scuba Diving Racha Yai From Phuket

3. 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!

Krabi: Boat Transfer to Koh Yao Yai

4. Krabi: Boat Transfer to Koh Yao Yai

Enjoy a hassle-free speed boat transfer from Ao Nang in Krabi to Koh Yao Yai, which takes 30 minutes. Check-in at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure, then present your voucher to the crew to board the boat. Please note that hotel pickup and drop-off is not included and you must meet at the pier 30 minutes before the speed boat scheduled departure time to check-in.

From Phuket: Phi Phi and Maya Bay Snorkeling by Speedboat

5. 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.

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.

From Ko Yao Yai: Koh Khai Islands Private Boat Tour w/ Lunch

7. From Ko Yao Yai: Koh Khai Islands Private Boat Tour w/ Lunch

Start your journey from the hotel and set sail to the first Island, Koh Khai Nok. Enjoy the white-sand beach and very clear water which surrounded the island. Swim with many different kinds of colorful fish and enjoy the famous place for sunbath. Finish with taking in panoramic views of the Khai Nok viewpoint. Next journey, you will arrive at Koh Khai Nui which is a small beach with very unique and clear water. This place has so many abundant corals which is why it is the best place for snorkeling. Also, sea urchins can be found in this area. Take a break with a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenery of Koh Khai on the Andaman sea. Finish the whole tour with Koh Khai Nai. Explore many different shapes of rocks and reefs which are formed by the erosion of seawater. This place is beautiful as other islands, but it is the best location for taking pictures of the blue sea. In the end, get back to the pier and be dropped off at your hotel safely.

Ko Yao Yai: Hong Island & Plankton Longtail Boat Sunset Tour

8. Ko Yao Yai: Hong Island & Plankton Longtail Boat Sunset Tour

After pickup from your hotel around 3:00 PM, depart from Chong Lard Pier in Ko Yo Yai for a 15-minute trip to Koh Yao Noi. Board your longtail boat then head first to Koh Nok, a roughly 10-minute journey. Visit a beautiful beach with stunning vertical cliffs and trees surrounding it. Take photos, relax on the beach, or go up to the viewpoint for a scenic lookout. Next, move onto the emerald lagoons of Hong Island, whose bay is surrounded by mountains. Chill out on the soft sandy beach, or swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water with a variety of colorful marine life of all shapes and sizes. Fresh seasonal fruits will also be served on the beach. From Hong Island, get away from the crowds with a visit to the peaceful Lading Island for some more beach, swimming, or snorkeling time. At 5 PM, make your way to Pakbia Island to watch the stunning sunset over the ocean horizon from the comfort of the beach. At 7 PM, go to Ko Pak Ka or an island in the area to see the glowing luminescent plankton. Please note that bioluminescent plankton visibility is dependent on the weather and how close the Moon is to Earth on that day. Start making your way back to Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai 30 minutes later, before being transferred back to your hotel.

Phuket: PADI 2-Day Basic Freediver Course

9. Phuket: PADI 2-Day Basic Freediver Course

To successfully complete the first Star of AIDA courses, you will have to perform a one minute fifteen second breath-hold and swim twenty-five meters underwater with fins. 1. An effective method of teaching For every instructor, the commitment is to properly adapt the course according to the student diver. You will begin with a personal approach in the pool, in order to establish together the goals to reach and the needs of everyone. 2. Competitive prices Choosing this course represents choosing the cheapest way to explore the underwater world. For example, the 2 Star AIDA course is open to you for only ฿10,500. Of course, everything is included in the price. By this way, whether you are a beginner or already experienced, you can enjoy free diving at low prices. 3. Free Diving at Racha Yai Island You are on holiday, and you want to take advantage of being in Phuket to freedive in the most beautiful diving sites? With this course, you have the possibility to do an open water freedive in Racha Yai. This island is well-known and appreciated by everyone who has dived there. It’s up to you to join this community. 4. Stand up Paddle and Free Diving combined What about combining stand up paddle with your free diving course? You can start your day with a paddle session from Kata beach. Then, you will reach Koh Pu Island and on the way back, you will freedive at Kata Reef. 5. Support Coral Reef Creation project At last but not least, your freediving experience will be eco-friendly. Support a current project which aims to protect the corals of Kata. All free divers are invited to discover and understand the program. Choose this course to support the Coral Reef Creation Project.

From Phuket: Advanced Open Water Diving Course

10. From Phuket: Advanced Open Water Diving Course

You will have the opportunity to learn under the supervision of certified instructors. Revise what you have already learnt and work on your diving capabilities as you will be introduced to new activities and new ways to have fun while scuba diving. Refine your skills by doing five adventure dives that would introduce you to: - underwater navigation - deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 meters/ 60-100 feet)  - a sampler of three more adventure dives of your choice Day 1 --> King Cruiser On the May 4th 1997, a car ferry known as the King Cruiser sank. The ferry was navigating between Phuket and Phi Phi Island when it hit the underwater pinnacle of the Anemone Reef. The impact split the pinnacle in two and created a massive hole in the hull allowing water to enter. The vessel sank a few hours later, approximately one kilometer from the Anemone Reef. All 561 passengers on board were rescued. This diving site is suitable for certified divers. You will also be able to engage in the PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Specialty courses at the King Cruiser Wreck. 7:30am – Pick-up from your hotel and proceed to Chalong Pier 8:00am – Transfer to dive boat 9:30am – First dive at King Cruiser Wreck 10:30am –  1-hour surface interval 11:30am – Second dive at Shark Point 12:30pm – Hot buffet lunch on board 1:45pm – Third dive at Koh Dok Mai 2:45pm – Rest and Relax. Enjoy fresh tropical fruits and soft drinks on the way back to Chalong pier 4:00pm – Back to Chalong Pier Day 2 --> Koh Phi Phi Phi Phi Islands has one of the most spectacular landscapes where the vertical cliffs of Thailand are the backdrops for its beautiful beaches. These islands became even more renowned when Danny Boyle filmed the movie ” The Beach” starring Leonardo Di Caprio in 1998 here. Koh Phi Phi Don, the bigger of the two islands is where you would be able to find numerous backpacker inns, guesthouses and hotels. Phi Phi Le is the smaller island where there is a national park. In fact, there are two smaller islands, namely, Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai next to Koh Phi Phi Le towards the south. They are limestone rocks where you can find an outstanding variety of marine life. 7:30am – Hotel pick-up and transfer to Chalong pier 8:00am – Welcome aboard! Breakfast on the way to the first dive site 9:00am – First dive at Koh Bida Nok 10:30am – 1-hour surface interval 11:30am – Second dive at Palong Wall 12:30pm: Hot buffet lunch on board. After lunch there is time for snorkeling and sunbathing 1:45pm – Third dive on Koh Dok Mai 2:45pm – Rest and Relax. Enjoy fresh tropical fruits and soft drinks on the way back to Chalong pier 4:00pm – Arrival to Chalong 4:30pm – Return to hotel

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What people are saying about Ko Yao Yai

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 352 reviews

Amazing trip I went with my kids 10,11 & 12 years old. everyone was so helpful to me as a mom and to the kids. Beautiful places just like a piece of heaven Good food was served during the trip The guide was so funny and made the trip even better his name is Goodie The photographer was great his name is yellow he was happy to take photos for us in different places I highly recommend this to everyone if you have this chance don’t miss it it’s at least once in a life adventure Note : you don’t have to be great swimmer because floating are available

From pick-up to drop-off, everything was perfectly arranged. Wonderful experience. top crew And a great lunchtime buffet. Only minus points was the dinner, for sure compared to the lunch buffet. Dinner was a plate with dishes that were thrown together and unfortunately didn't fit together. Otherwise only praise.

Best decision I made. I normally get motion sickness and didn't get it once on this 6 hours in the water trip. From boarding to the excellent food, the friendliness of the staff as well as the bathroom facilities this was 5 star treatment. I loved every second of it. If you have the means, DO IT!

Amazing trip with team Andaman passion. Highly recommended for every one. Everything in the trip was well planned and excellent.

A very fun and well organized day trip. Every detail is taken care of, the atmosphere is very warm and welcoming.