Hong by Starlight: Sea Cave Kayaking and Floating from Phuket

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Spend an afternoon exploring sea caves (called 'hong') in Phang Nga Bay on the original John Gray's Sea Canoe tour from Phuket, including limestone caves and hidden, cliff-lined lagoons discovered by John Gray in 1989. Expect to see wildlife during a kayaking adventure with your guide and enjoy a Thai seafood buffet aboard the escort boat. Finish your trip after dark by floating your own self-made flower 'krathong' at a Loi Krathong festival and take part in the spectacular light show.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: John Gray's Sea CanoeThis full-day kayak trip from Phuket starts at midday to avoid the crowds, with a convenient pickup service by luxury air-conditioned minivan from the entire Phuket Island. Don’t eat lunch, as you will be served a healthy and nutritious meal onboard the comfortable and modern twin-engine escort boat after leaving from Ao Po Pier. During the boat ride you will watch a raptor show and get a detailed briefing about the nature and geological site of Phang Nga Bay. Learn the basic do’s and don’ts of how to securely enter the caves and hongs.Start the first kayaking session with your well-educated and experienced guide through limestone caves and lagoons in the dramatic setting at Panak Island. The hand-made kayaks are specially designed for your trip, and you can feel absolutely safe because there was never a capsize, a puncture or any accident. Your professional guide paddles you and your partner through 'Tidal Nape' sea caves inside Phang Nga Bay’s marine limestone karstic islands into 'hongs' (Thai for room). The hidden cliff-lined lagoons are populated with macaques, water monitors, kingfishers, mud-skippers, egrets, sea eagles and brahminy kites. Return to the escort boat and move on to the second island with two more caves and hongs to explore.You will finish after dark by floating your own self-made flower “Krathong” in a spiritual and spectacular natural light show. Guests say that the evening Loi Kratong ceremony complete with fireflies and dinoflagellates (bio-luminescent plankton) is a 'spiritual experience'.Eat a delicious seafood/vegan buffet on the trip back, you return to the pier two hours after sunset. Only the highest-quality ingredients are used to prepare the lunch and dinner, fresh from the local market. Seafood is net caught and chickens are free range. Brown, red, and black rice is served with homemade Massaman curry.Itinerary:• 10:30 - 12:00: Hotel pickup service in Phuket• 12:00 - 13:00: Meet the crew at Ao Po Pier & get instructions• 13:00 - 13:10: Departure by escort boat to Phang Nga Bay• 13:10 - 14:10: Enjoy lunch on board the tour boat• 14:15 - 16:15: Kayak into the cave at Koh Phanak• 16:15 - 16:30: Continue to Hong Island• 16:30 - 17:30: Sightseeing & kayaking at Koh Hong• 17:30 - 18:15: Free time for relaxing at the beach or kayaking• 18:15 - 18:45: Make your own Krathong & have dinner on the boat• 18:45 - 19:15: Float the self-made Krathong in the cave of Phanak Island• 19:15 - 19:30: See phosphorescent plankton• 19:30 - 20:30: Head back to Phuket• 20:30 - 21:00: Transfer to your hotelDuration: 5 minutesPass By: Trip Store Krabi-Stop At: Ao Po Pier, Pa Khlok, Thalang District, PhuketMeet the crew at Ao Po Pier in the north-east of Phuket and get instructions.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Phang Nga Bay, Ao Phang Nga National Park, Phang Nga ProvinceCruise by escort boat to Phang Nga Bay.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ko Pa Nak, Ao Phang Nga National Park, Phang Nga ProvinceStart the first kayaking session with your well-educated and experienced guide through limestone caves and lagoons in the dramatic setting at Panak Island.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Ice Cream Cave, Ao Phang Nga National Park, Phang Nga ProvinceSightseeing and kayaking at Ice Cream Cave.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Hongs of Phang Nga, Ao Phang Nga National Park, Phang Nga ProvinceSightseeing and kayaking at Koh Hong.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Koh Panak Cave, Ao Phang Nga National Park, Phang Nga ProvinceYou will finish after dark by floating your own self-made flower “Krathong” in a spiritual and spectacular natural light show. Guests say that the evening Loi Kratong ceremony complete with fireflies and dinoflagellates (bio-luminescent plankton) is a 'spiritual experience'.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Ao Po Pier, Pa Khlok, Thalang District, PhuketHead back to Ao Po Pier in the north-east of Phuket.Duration: 1 hour

What’s included

  • Hotel round-trip transfer on the entire Phuket island including airport pick-up and drop-off service
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Bottled water, herbal tea
  • Seasonal fruits
  • Twin-engine escort boat
  • Caveman's SOTAR sea kayaks
  • Kayak equipment including a dry bag
  • Basic accident insurance
  • Professional and experienced English and Chinese speaking guide
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Entry/Admission - Ko Pa Nak

What’s not included

  • Excess baggage charges
  • Alcoholic beverages

Highlights

  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Buffet dinner included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • See the underwater world without getting wet
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