Phang Nga Bay Sea Kayaking Tour - Kayaking to secluded beaches & wild limestone topography
Level: very easy (suitable for first-timers and beginners)
Season: all year
Sample sea kayaking itinerary
Phang Nga Bay is one of the most popular sea kayaking tourist destinations in southern Thailand. Every day over a dozen canoeing tour companies and countless independent tour operators take tourists to a few well-known locations in Phang Nga Bay. The result is similar to road traffic in Bangkok. It's noisy, congested, and chaotic. The tourists see the famous "hongs", or inner island lagoons in some of the islands, and make the obligatory trip to see "James Bond Island". We avoid everywhere that others go.
Phang Nga Bay offers many secluded islands that can be explored at your leisure in a comfortable touring sea kayak. In these areas, where only the occasional fisherman is seen, wildlife is plentiful.
It is the quiet and solitude that we seek as individual paddlers.
This is what we offer our guests.
Kayaking at your own pace, you quickly learn the difference between White-belly Sea Eagles and Brahminy Kites (another large raptor) by the wing configuration while in flight. Other frequent sightings include Pacific Reef Egrets, a wide variety of Kingfishers, Little Herons, Frigate Birds, and Blue Rock Thrushes. Sometimes you catch sight of Oriental Pied Hornbills or Southern Pied Hornbills perched in trees or in flight. Check out our Thailand Birding site for complete information on our birding tours.
You may come upon monitor lizards sunning on rocks, and perhaps see Crab-eating Macaques on the beach or moving in trees near the water. You might see Dusky langurs in trees high on a cliff face. Monkeys are common in the bay.
There is also rare sightings of Dugong in Phang Nga Bay, and infrequent sightings of Dolphins as well.
You stay in bungalows on an island with a wonderful view of limestone karst formations. Enjoy the laid-back quality of island life.
The bungalows we've chosen are locally owned and operated. All of the money generated by this operation stays on Ko Yao Noi. The community is striving to develop sustainable growth and we support them fully. To read more about the bungalows we use, check out our Bungalows page. If you are booking a private trip and are interested in more upscale accommodations, just let us know exactly what you want and we'll quote you a price.
There is the option of staying at the village Homestay Project. There is no extra charge for this option. The locals have come up with a homestay program which we support and encourage you to join. Please visit our sister website for complete and detailed information regarding this project.
A map of the bay is at the bottom of this page.
Another option is to add mountain biking around Koh Yao Noi or Koh Yao Yai. There is no extra fee for adding this to your tour.
You can choose between two-day, three-day, four-day or a longer tour. Group size is two to eight people. Larger group bookings are available on request. Discounts apply for group and family bookings. If your time is limited, we offer day trips in Phang Nga Bay on request. Longer trip in Phang Nga Bay are also available. There is certainly enough to see and do to warrant more time.
If you want to read more about our Phang Nga trips, check out our previous trip reports:
No experience is needed for most of our trips. Phang Nga Bay and Khao Sok are our easiest trips. The majority of our guests have never paddled before. No problem, we'll teach you proper paddling technique.
Our trips are all-inclusive. These prices include: all transfers (airfare not included), all equipment, accommodations once on the trip, all meals, snacks, coffee, tea, and insurance. Alcohol, soft drinks, and fruit juices are not included.
Price is based on two persons per room. Single supplement is 1,000 Baht extra.
Guest's comment: John Furman (American)
We had an incredible trip, exceeded our expectations, and are eager to do it again. Dave was always good natured, engaging, and knowledgeable...and didn't put any pressure on us to achieve great paddling feats! This made it a lot more relaxing. Thanks again.
Certification in Paddlesports and First Aid
Dave is a British Canoe Union Level 2 Coach (trained to Level 3) and is the most experienced paddler in all of Southern Thailand.
Dave is an Emergency First Response Instructor and a certified rescue technician through the Rescue 3 International organization. Dave is also a certified Life Guard through the British Canoe Union. View certifications. Paddle Asia guides are EFR certified in CPR, First Aid, and basic life guard training.