Overall I thought this tour was well managed and organized. My friend and I had a very enjoyable day. The tour starts with an approximately 1.5 hour boat ride out to the marine park during which a light breakfast of fresh fruit, croissants, coffee and tea is served. The tour operator takes the time to explain how the day's activities will progress and basic kayaking skills.
Our first stop was a remote area of the marine park, which was nice because we were the only kayakers out there. There are only enough kayaks for half of the people on the tour. The first group goes kayaking while the other group sun baths, swims off the boat or snorkels. We were in the first group to go kayaking and enjoyed the experience. This was my first time kayaking, so it was a nice introductory tour into the activity. We kayaked around lots of rock formations, through little caves and into a cove. The kayak guides were helpful in stopping and taking pictures of you at scenic points. After we finished kayaking, we returned to the boat to give snorkeling a try. The tour guide told us not to expect anything fantastic, that this was not a main dive site like Koh Thao. Although it was nothing spectacular in terms of snorkeling, we still enjoyed ourselves while the other half of the tour group kayaked.
After everyone was back onboard the boat, lunch was served consisting of rice, two chicken dishes and sauteed vegetables. It was pretty decent for tour boat food. They also have water and soft drinks available all day (beer too but at a charge). During this time we sailed over to another location in the marine park for more kayaking. After kayaking we docked our kayaks on the shore of a small island and hiked up to the green lagoon, which was lovely and picturesque. Those not up for the hike (which is up very very steep stairs) had the opportunity to hang out on the beach, go swimming in the ocean or get some refershments at the little snack hut. After that, it was back to the boat for another 1.5 hour ride back to the Koh Samui port.
For the price and scenery, I thought this tour was well worth it and very enjoyable, especially for someone new to kayaking.
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