After 3 days of laying around doing absolutely nothing, we thought that we should probably make use of one of the amazing day tours available out of Krabi. Ae, the owner of our guesthouse, helped us choose a trip that most suited what we wanted. We chose the The 9 Island Snorkel Sunset Tour and Ae organized everything for us, so all we needed to do was be ready in the morning. The tour was advertised for 1,000 Baht, but we managed to get a discount of 200 baht. Not a bad price for a full day of adventure. Conveniently, a boat would come right to our beach to pick us up.
We woke up early to have breakfast and get ready for a long day out on the ocean. Our lovely new friend, Brittany, is a (traveling) hairstylist and she offered to cut Justin’s hair. We had been on the road for a long time, and he was starting to look a little wild 😉
A long tail boat arrived on our beach at about 10am. We were pleased to see that two other guests from our beach resort were joining us, on the same tour, for the day. We had seen them lying on the beach, and playing cards in the restaurant, but had not yet had a chance to get to know them.
Within minutes of leaving our beach we were baking.
We had taken seats up front, and we did not have any shade.
We had taken seats up front, and we did not have any shade.
Our boat had to pick up other travelers in AoNang, Railey and Tonsai. These are beach resort areas nearby to where we were staying.
Once our boat was full, we were on our way. There was a man sitting on the front of the boat. He was a funny guy, and he had impeccable balance. You could tell that he did this tour everyday.
First stop – Poda Island
Koh Poda is an island off the west coast of Thailand about 8km from Ao Nang.
We all hoped off our long tail boat, and were told to relax for an hour.
This wonderful beach in the north of Koh Poda is fascinating with white fine sand and crystal clear sea. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches we visited in Krabi.
To come to this beach independently, you would need to pay 20 baht
however this was included in our tour price.
Tsunami Hazard Zone – In case of earthquake, go to high ground or inland.
This is interesting because this island is TINY!! Scary!
There was hot food for sale on the beach.
Of course, there were plenty cocktails and other drinks available too.
Further up the beach there was a bar under the trees. We got some drinks and an ice cream there.
Nothing like a beer to cool you off, and then fog your mind, on a hot summer day.
While swimming at this island my waterproof camera stopped working. I sat on the beach trying to figure out what had happened. Justin said that I looked like a child who had just lost her most precious toy. This camera had got me through 2 years of amazing memories. Water had found it’s way into the battery compartment, and the screen was slowly fading out. I opened it up, and lay it on a towel to dry out in the sun.
I was distraught. If you know me well, you will know that this could ruin any day for me. But here in Thailand, on gorgeous white sand beaches, with colorful fish swimming all around me, this felt worse than breaking an arm. If that had happened at least I would still be able to use the other arm 😉 We had a DSL camera with us, but I didn’t care. I wanted to take pictures of the fish and coral. Losing my camera was the worst possible thing for me. I was very sad!!
There were plenty monkeys on the beach.
Back on the boat.
We made our way from island to island. Sometimes we would stop just to swim, and other times we could get off the boat to snorkel and see a wide range of sea creatures.
We got off the boat at Chicken Island to swim with the fishes. No underwater pictures ;(
We were served lunch on a secluded little beach. There were no other people, or boats, for miles. It felt like we were the only people that had ever been there. Amazing!
Lunch – Fried prawn and vegetable rice, with soup on the side.
After hours of sun, swimming, and snorkeling, we were absolutely FAMISHED!
The food went down well, and even the soup in a bag was very tasty.
We filled our bellies and then went snorkeling. This was Justin’s first attempt at snorkeling, and he did really well considering the fact that the snorkel gear was not fantastic.
Look at the stunning fishes we saw from the surface.
The water was crystal clear. It was amazing!!
At the next island we anchored next to another boat, and swam with a lot of other people. This spot was slightly overwhelming for me because the water was very deep, and when I was snorkeling I could see the ocean floor disappear into darkness. Ekkk!! There were eels and some big fish to be seen. Of course, this left me sulking again!!!
We stopped at one of the islands to swim into a cave. Justin and a few others jumped into the water, and made their way over to the cave.
I heard some shouting and then people exited the came and started swimming back to the boat.
While inside the cave they realized that the water was filled with a school of jellyfish. Although everyone attempted to get out as soon as they could, they were all stung multiple times by the time they reached the boat. Above you can see Justin trying to get into the boat as fast as he could.
The stings were small and all over his body. Fortunately, they were mild so the stinging subsided shortly after.
We snorkeled at a number of islands and beaches, and it was great, however there is only so much snorkeling that one can do in a day. The heat and swimming take it out of you, so we started to feel exhausted.
The sky started to darken and we began to wonder if our tour would be ended early. We were supposed to be having a seafood dinner on a private island, and then a night snorkel…
Things were not looking promising!
Justin was very tired from all the swimming.
He couldn’t get out of the water, haha!
Stay tuned for the story of how a huge storm moved in and our day got quite interesting. We were left wondering if our boat would capsize because of the huge waves and monstrous winds.
Full story coming soon…