We were picked up at the Greenview Resort and got to Kuraburi Pier about 40 minutes later. Tyler, a young man from the USA, joined us and told us he would be our private guide for the three-day trip. Well, we had not realized we would be escorted the whole trip. In our case, private meant two people, but, as Chris the owner, clarified later, it can mean 2-6 people. The speedboat ride to the islands took about 80 minutes and we were traveling with about 24 more people in the boat. Tyler managed all the meals and logistics, especially on the second day, but he did not join us when snorkeling, but was sunbathing on the boat during our time in the water. It turns out that on our first day, we piggy-backed with the Greenview boat and snorkeled off their boat and ate their snacks and their staff would help us in and out of the boat. We hit four snorkeling spots on the first day and they were all good to great. We checked into our only lonely bungalow on the less busy side of the island and it was a true privilege to be there and we thank Chris for having snagged the only bungalow on this side of the island and we did not have to stay in a tent. It faced a beautiful deserted white sand beach, had a patio, and our own bathroom and shower, of sorts. Food at the restaurant was fine, nothing to write home about. The second day, Tyler was our guide, hired a longboat with a driver and we were off to visit the Moke village and then snorkeled at four separate spot, all very good, some drift snorkeling. Some places had varied coral with cliff drop-offs, while other places had less coral, but more fish. Be aware that you need to climb out of the water by pulling yourself up and then climbing the steps, before balancing and making your way into the longboat. The third day, though was a bust, hence my rating for only an average. Tyler informed us the night before that we could do a nature walk and then relax till 2pm when the boat from Greenview would pick us up again. After our nature walk to a deserted beach, we came back to camp and only then did I notice a sign that advertised a morning snorkeling tour for around 100 baht. Well, we wished we had known about that as we would have liked to snorkel more, to make the most out of our time on the islands. But, alas, Tyler neglected to inform us about another option on how to spend our third day. In fact, he said, that hiring the boat again, would not be worth it for just two people. Ouch. So when Blue Guru is offering snorkeling tours, be aware that you will join another group on the first day, may have a guide who will not be in the water with you, but will eat all meals with you, and that the last day does not include another opportunity to snorkel more. The islands are fantastic nature reserves with white beaches and the bluest water. The bungalow is very primitive, but had everything we needed, was secluded, and was better than sleeping with the sand fleas. All in all very charming places and I would not hesitate to go back there on a future snorkeling trip, even with Blue Guru, knowing what I know now.
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