5 Reasons to Go on Phuket Offshore Excursions

The waters around Phuket are known for their diverse natural beauty, ranging from dramatic limestone seascapes to swathes of powdery beaches and undiscovered offshore islands. While Phuket itself is blessed with smaller quiet bays, to really enjoy mother nature’s finest, visitors should head towards the watery horizon. Need more convincing? Here are five reasons.

1. Wake up to this view from on-board a luxury schooner …

1. morning view
… enroute a Sailing Cruise from Phuket to Phi Phi and island hop around Phang Nga Bay. During the day, stop off at secluded bays, visit a sea gypsy village, snorkel and sunbathe; when night falls, enjoy the glittering show put on by the stars. With a crew of three including an on-board cook to cater to a maximum of eight guests, experiences are personalized for an unforgettable romantic adventure at sea. The 4D/3N tour departs Phuket on Saturdays and in reverse from Phi Phi on Tuesdays.

2. Phang Nga Bay is more breath-taking than on a postcard …

2. phang nga bay
… especially from the decks of a traditional junk rigged schooner. The June Bahtra Sailing Adventure sails daily from Phuket, taking in the limestone karst-adorned seascape before returning in the late afternoon on the same day. The rigged schooner stops off at the iconic Khao Ping Kan – featured in the 1974 film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ hence its moniker ‘James Bond Island’ – with a long tail boat ride through a mangrove delta, Grotto Cave, and sea gyspy village.

3. Wake up to a sunrise from an absolutely deserted beach …

3. sea kayak
… as part of a sea kayak expedition. Both the 3D/2N Sea Kayaking Phang Nga Bay and 2D/1N Sea Kayaking Expedition Express depart twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays, exploring Phang Nga Bay’s picturesque hongs, islands, and secret spots alongside knowledgeable guides. The self-paddle itinerary includes overnight stays on a deserted beach, from which sunsets and sunrises are enjoyed in complete tropical tranquility.

4. Explore the amazing underwater world of the Similan Islands …

Manta Ray
… on a Deep Andaman Queen Scuba Diving tour. The 5D/4N liveaboard adventure offers 14 dives around the country’s best spots, departing weekly from Phuket. The dive crew includes three seasoned instructors, ensuring a memorable underwater excursion for first-time divers and experienced pros alike. The 28.5m MV Deep Andaman Queen is a certified floating PADI Dive Center offering enriched air (nitrox) diving and advanced open water courses.

5. Sail for days without seeing anyone else …

5. mergui
on a 6D/5N Sail the Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar tour, departing from Kawthaung (Myanmar) every Saturday on-board the 85-ft Meta IV luxury yacht (alternately, guests can also be picked up in Ranong on the Thai side of the Thai/Myanmar border, a four hours drive north of Phuket). Go for a leisure swim in the azure clear warm waters with kaleidoscopic reefs, sit back and watch the eagles soar above, or take a stroll on a deserted palm-fringed beach. Only recently opened to tourism in the late 1990s, the 800+ islands of the Mergui Archipelago remain one of the planet’s most pristine tropical destinations.

** All the above excursions are available through www.TourChoice.com **

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