ITINERARY: First, an apology of sorts: this tour is definitely more expensive than other “Hong Island Kayaking” tours, but we hope with good reason. The majority of operators we have tried to work with on this itinerary have proven to be not up to standard, according to customer feedback. They essentially run budget longtail boat trips, throw a couple of kayaks (often of questionable quality) on the roof and send guests off to explore with minimal guidance. So for reasons of safety, comfort and quality, we can no longer honestly sell such tours.
In contrast, our new operator for this itinerary (Sea Kayak Krabi) is a kayaking specialist. Guides are trained in sea-kayaking – important when you are dealing with currents and waves, unlike the inland kayaking tours – and guests are closely supervised. There is a proper length kayaking session – you will (sea conditions permitting) take a full tour around Hong Island, seeing dramatic coastal scenery, deserted beaches, birds’ nest collecting caves, and of course, the famous inner lagoon where, at low tide, many small marine animals can be spotted.
The tour starts with a trip to the private pier at Tubkaek Beach, where you will embark immediately on the short journey to Koh Hong, one of the most beautiful islands near the Krabi coast. After a safety briefing and instruction in paddling for those who need it, you will set off around the island with the guides.
Lunch will be served buffet style, on the beach, where you will spend the rest of the afternoon, swimming, snorkeling, or (if you wish) doing more kayaking around the coast.
Return to the mainland coast around 4pm, via the pretty cove of Lao Bileh (Paradise Island) if time allows.
NOTE: National Park entry fee (300฿) is included in the ticket price. The guides will pay the rangers on your behalf on the day of travel, to save time.
Paddle guides are available if you do not wish to paddle yourself. The cost is 600฿ per kayak, with a maximum of 2 passengers.
Expected group size: 4 – 15 pax, depending on the day and time of year.
Important: Total kayaking time is 1 – 1.5 hours, with breaks. If you cannot manage this, please book a paddle guide. Travel time to Koh Hong is around 30 minutes.
Last updated: October 19, 2016