ITINERARY: The first excursion ever offered to tourists here, some 25 years ago, is still a classic.
Travel by traditional longtail boat to Phra Nang Cave beach, Chicken and Poda Islands, as well as the sandbank between Tub and Mor Islands, which has been featured in the Thailand tourist board’s “Unseen Thailand” campaign – though now it is very far from “unseen”!
You’ll picnic (rice box provided) on an island beach, and there will also be a couple of open water snorkeling stops, though do not expect to see much in the way of marine life. This trip is more about the beaches, with lots of white sand and great photo opportunities.
Phra Nang Cave Beach – on the Railay peninsula, voted the most beautiful stretch of sand on the Thai mainland
Poda Island – the iconic rock and white sand beach seen on the front of every Thai tourist board promotion poster
Chicken Island – an unsually shaped island that from one angle resembles a… you guessed it!
Tub – Mor Islets – small rock islands connected by a sandbank revealed at low tide, that also stretched over to Chicken Island
Itinerary order will vary according to the tides, so that you arrive at the sandbank as close to low tide as possible. At very low tide, you can walk across the sea from island to island.
Expected group size: 20 – 40 pax, depending on the day and time of year – bigger group = bigger boat.
Important: This trip includes 2 open water snorkeling stops of around 30 minutes. It is possible to stay on the boat during this time. Please wear a life jacket if not a confident swimmer. Travel time between the various beaches is max. 20 – 25 minutes, usually less.
NOTE: since 18 June 2015, customers on island-hopping tours that stop at beaches with ranger stations are subject to pay National Park entry fees. For the 4 Islands Tour, these must be paid at Poda Island, at the rate of 400 THB per adult and 200 THB per child, and are not included in your ticket price. Please bring cash on the day to cover this.
– More info on the 4 Islands.