There are various day trips available from Phuket, with the visit to the James Bond Island being the top of many lists. Here is how our trip went.
Firstly, we were collected from our hotel at around 7.30am and made our way to Ao Por Pier in a comfortable people carrier with another family from a nearby hotel. Once we arrived at the pier, we did have to wait around for 20-30 minutes for the others on our boat to join us but the pier was busy with market stalls and Thai locals selling souvenirs and snacks.
Around 9am we boarded our boat and headed off whilst sipping on juice drinks and being offered a variety of fruit for breakfast. The boat was simple with a long table in the centre and rows of benches along the sides but we didn’t spend much time on the boat itself so it made little difference.
We arrived at Panak Island after a short and speedy journey on the boat (approx 30 minutes). Here, we went canoeing into the Bat Cave and around the Hong Island; known for its limestone rock. We had an experienced paddler who guided us around the lagoon; whilst Calum enjoyed being rowed around the gentle waters.
Once back on the boat, we were served a buffet lunch of Thai dishes that weren’t bad considering lunch was included in the price. After spending another 30 minutes or so having lunch, we were then whisked away on a smaller longtail boat to visit the James Bond Island. We spent around an hour here, taking photographs and exploring the area. The tour group provide you with waterproof bags for you to carry your valuables in which was helpful.
After visiting the island, we were then taken back to the boat and headed to Naka Island. Around 2pm we were dropped off at Naka Island to relax and swim for an hour before heading back to the pier. We arrived back at our hotel for around 5pm.
Day trips range in price, ours cost us 900B each and was booked with our hotel company. Check different prices and the weather forecast before booking a trip, we booked ours around 5pm the day before to get the lowest price.
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