ITINERARY: For those who prefer a later start to their day, this budget trip to the 4 Islands area offers a similar itinerary to the morning departure, but with the added attraction of a sunset over the islands, and the chance of swimming with bioluminscent plankton.
The afternoon itinerary will cover all the best bits along this beautiful stretch of coast. Departing from the mainland around 1.30pm, and stopping to pick up guests at Railay, the first stop is Phra Nang Cave Beach. Then it’s time to head out to the islands, where you will swim and snorkel at Koh Tan Ming – the rock island in front of Poda – before heading around the island for a spot of cliff jumping (for those brave enough to try it – it’s strictly optional and just as entertaining to watch).
Next stop is Koh Si, a rocky outcrop with many underwater reefs and caves that offers a bit better snorkeling than the average. There’ll be a photo op around the head of Chicken Island before the next stop 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.
Enjoy sunset on the beach at Poda Island (National Park fee / 400 THB per person, payable in cash on the day). There’s plenty of opportunity for photographs as you watch the sun go down over the islands. After dark, you will head back to the mainland for a sit-down buffet meal at East Railay Beach (no view). Beer is available for an additional cost.
After dinner, there will likely be a fire show. Then you will head to the shore off Phra Nang Cave. Here, if you are lucky, you can obtain a radioactive glow, or leave a trail of sparkles in the water by swimming with the harmless phosphorescent plankton (sea conditions permitting). Please be aware the sea in Krabi can get quite rough after dark, so this trip may not be suitable for those who are prone to seasickness.
Note: itinerary order subject to change due to tide variations throughout the month. The 7 “islands” include several rocks, in addition to what most people would call islands (with beaches, surrounded by water). 7 refers to the number of stops made (Phra Nang Cave – Koh Tan Ming – Koh Si – Koh Tub – Chicken Island – Poda Beach – plankton stop), and the name of the tour is to differentiate from the daytime trip to the same area that offers a bit more beach time and fewer stops.
NOTE: since 18 June 2015, customers on island-hopping tours that stop at beaches with ranger stations are subject to pay National Park entry fees. These must be paid in cash on the day of travel at the rate of 400 THB per adult and 200 THB per child, and are not included in your ticket price.
Expected group size: 10 – 35 pax, depending on the day and time of year.
Important: Due to tidal conditions, during certain times of the month, passengers will be required to transfer to / from the big boat to a longtail boat to reach the shore. The boat crew will usually assist, but anyone with serious mobility issues should not go on this tour.