Phuket Sea Kayaking Extension

Trip Length 4 Days
Group Size 4-14
Activity level
Starting from
$1,799 for REI Members
$1,959 for non-members

To book this extension you'll need to also book the original trip.

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Following your time in Thailand, continue your trip with this 4-day sea kayaking adventure.

Limestone cliffs, stunning blue waters and a diverse array of sea creatures; Thailand’s southern peninsula is a remarkable destination. This trip showcases the natural beauty of the Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay. We learn about local island life while kayaking, snorkeling and swimming around isolated islands and white, sandy beaches.

Enjoy the serene sounds of the sea while snorkeling in the spectacular Phang Nga Bay. Board a long-tail boat and head to Hong Island Marine National Park. Spend time spotting shoals of colorful fish and witnessing the beauty of both deep and shallow sea corals. Visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, where we learn about the measures being taken to protect these endangered species. Spend three amazing nights on Koh Yao Yai Island at a beautiful beachfront resort. Here, we can relax in the infinity pool or take a stroll along the resort’s private beach. The southern peninsula is a wonderful way to further immerse ourselves in the beauty of Thailand.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore magnificent Phang Nga Bay with its limestone karsts
  • Learn about local island life and gibbon rehabilitation
  • Kayak around isolated islands to hidden lagoons
  • Swim off white sandy beaches
  • Snorkel clear waters with colorful sea life


This Extension is available only to guests booked onto the Thailand Family Adventure. The Thailand Family Sea Kayaking Phuket Extension is rated Easy Active [2]. This trip will be enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and enjoys swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking (~3 hours on one day). The kayaking is done in protected waters and is suitable for novices. However, you should be comfortable in water and know how to swim.

  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming

What's Included

Accommodation and meals as noted in the daily itinerary; private transportation throughout; skilled bi-lingual guide(s); 2-person kayaks and related gear; gratuities for support staff (i.e., drivers/boatman); airport arrival transfers; airport arrival transfer; airport departure transfer when departing with group.


Hotel/Resort, 3 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Journey to Phuket and settle into our relaxing beach front resort.

From Chiang Mai, a flight to Phuket brings us to the stunning Andaman Sea. Upon arrival, we are met and transferred (45 minutes) to our beach front resort. After check-in, we have time to relax, swim in the pools, or take a dip in the ocean. Over dinner, we will get to know one another and learn more details about our upcoming days. Breakfast and dinner included.

Note: Internal flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket is not included.

Day 2

Paddle, swim or snorkel in the sheer beauty of Phang Nga Bay.

After breakfast at the hotel, we have a short transfer to Ao Por pier where our guide gives us a water safety briefing aboard our long-tail boat. Today, enjoy the view as our guide powers the boat through the water, or grab a paddle and power the sit-on-top kayak. There are plenty of chances to swim and snorkel (conditions permitting) or just relax, listening to the sounds of nature and enjoying the serenity of the sea breeze as we explore the magnificent Phang Nga Bay with its spectacular limestone karsts jutting straight out of the sea . We enjoy a picnic style lunch on a private beach. Later in the afternoon, we make our way to Koh Yao Yai Island to our beautiful beachfront resort. There is free time before dinner to swim in the stunning infinity pool or stroll along the resort's private beach. All meals included.

Kayaking: ~3 hours

Day 3

Experience Hong Island Marine NP and life on Koh Yao Yai.

This morning we board a long-tail boat and head to Hong Island Marine National Park, visiting "A Room with the View" as called by the local people. We explore a group of small and medium sized islands. Relax and snorkel through shoals of eye-catching fish, witness the beauty of both deep and shallow sea corals, and swim along the unspoiled white sandy beach surrounding the islands.

We return to Koh Yao Yai for lunch and an afternoon village tour where we experience the local customs and traditions of the friendly islanders of Koh Yao Yai. We walk through a rubber plantation, the islander's main source of income alongside rice, and learn how they tap for rubber. Continuing on through rice paddies, we get glimpse of the locals' self-sufficient way of life while enjoying the flora and fauna on route. Enjoy a couple of hours relaxation by the pool before your evening dinner at own leisure. Our guide can recommend a local restaurant on the island or enjoy one of the restaurants located in the resort. Breakfast and lunch included.

Snorkeling: ~1.5 hours; Island walk: 2 hours

Day 4

Visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project before departing Phuket.

After breakfast we return to the pier in Phuket on our support boat (~30 minutes) and then transfer to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project where we learn about these extraordinary apes and how they are being protected. After our visit and lunch, one group transfer (30 minutes) to the Phuket airport is provided. Breakfast and lunch included.

Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering.  To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection.  This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip.  Try to bring only what is necessary, this will help you and the field staff.

What to pack

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Travel documents

  • Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
  • Final Bulletin (Emailed Prior to Departure Date)
  • Valid Passport

Contact Us

Feel free to give us a call at 800-622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out REI Expert Advice , which has great information to help you prepare for your trip.