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Life on the ocean waves

December 10, 2010

Private charter your own boat and explore the beautiful islands of Phuket. No trip to Phuket would be complete without a tour of the idyllic islands that this tropical paradise has to offer.

Take this opportunity to charter your own private speed boat complete with captain and mate, for an experience that will stay with you a lifetime.

1. KOH PHI PHI phi phi Island, once considered one of the most beautiful island groups in the world, is located half-way between phuket and Krabi and is part of the Koh phi phi – had nopparat national park, that covers 390 sqkm in Krabi province. In former times the local people called this island “pulau piapi”. This derives from the language of the sea gypsies, with the first word meaning an island and “piapi” being the name of a plant growing in the mangrove forests. During the centuries the name changed to phi phi.

2. KOH PANYEE Koh panyee is a small island. most of it is huge, almost vertical, limestone cliffs. The hundreds of huts, shacks, restaurants and houses where the villagers live are built on stilts over the surrounding shallow sea. no one seems quite sure how many wooden and concrete piles hold up this extraordinary community, but it is certainly a fascinating and unique feat of informal engineering.

3. KOH RACHA The racha (or raya) islands, some 12 km south of phuket, are best known as excellent diving and snorkelling daytrip destinations. racha yai reveals itself in splendid fashion, with most arrivals landing onto a strip of fine white sand tucked deep into the long, U-shaped main bay, called ao Tawan Tok or ao bungalow. The water here is clear and perfect for snorkelling, though the bay gets quite busy with visiting boats in the afternoons.

4. KOH KAI The island is blessed with some relatively untouched coral life. but be warned the best stuff is 100 meters out. If you are not feeling the most energetic, ask the captain to give you a lift to the northwest reef, drift southwards taking in the best of the massive barrel sponges and black-tip reef sharks, It’s part of a pair of islands found one third of the way from loh Jak, Koh yao yai and phuket. It’s brother island Koh Kai nog is also spectacular, but as it is larger, tends to be frequented more by speedboats.

5. KOH NAKA naka yai features only one small village on its west side, but having recently caught the attention of some major resort operations no less than 3 projects are in the works here. In a very short space of time, the island is rapidly changing from a fishing village into a fairly exclusive resort location. most of naka yai’s beaches are broad and sandy, and along its eastern shores the views out across phang nga bay are simply breathtaking. The longest beach on the east side has chairs and umbrellas for rent, plus a small snack counter.

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