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Blue Stars Kayaking offers exciting trips to the Angthong National Marine Park.

Blue Stars Kayaking offers exciting trips to the Angthong National Marine Park.Call it picture-perfect. Think white tropical sands. The bluest of waters. Backdrops of tropical forest. Swaying palms. Just off Samui, there are some 70 islets and islands strewn across the sea, just waiting to be discovered. One of the best days out – and this goes for the whole of Thailand – is a visit to the Angthong National Marine Park. All you need to do is make the effort to actually get there. Plenty of companies offer the run to the islands and back, with tried-and-tested Blue Stars Kayaking one of the most popular choices. They’ll not only take you there, but do so in comfort, and enhance just about every part of what will be an extraordinary day. And they have recently introduced an improved program that now takes in three locations within the park, so you will experience even more!

          

The day starts early, but it’s relaxed all the way. Just remember to bring suntan cream, a hat and your swimming gear with you, and that’s pretty much all you have to do. No need to make your way to the port and worry about losing your way. You’ll be picked up from your hotel or villa and driven by mini-bus down to the pier where you will board the 23-metre boat that’ll set out across the water for the islands. Incidentally, the boat is fully-equipped and insured (everything’s done safely, and no corners are cut) and has an extensive sundeck with beanbags and mattresses, as well as protected seating downstairs. As you set off, a breakfast of croissants, fresh fruit and tea or coffee is served, and then, in just under two hours, you’ll enter the magical territory of the islands, with their strange karst shapes and beguiling beauty.

          

The islands are in pristine condition as they used to be almost impossible to access. Blue Stars, in operation since 1997, was one of the first companies to offer trips out to them. Now with over 20 years of experience, they know exactly how to look after their customers.

          

Once you arrive at the islands, the captain chooses where to stop off. Precise destinations are decided after taking into account weather and tides. You’ll start with a session of kayaking, and will be able to explore some of the islands in the far north of the park at Koh Tai Plao close up. This is by far the best location for kayaking, with some amazing rock overhangs and small caves to explore.Blue Stars Kayaking offers exciting trips to the Angthong National Marine Park. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel and swim in the pristine waters here.

          

Next, you’ll head on to spectacular Koh Mae Ko, the island that contains a unique surprise: climb up some steps and you’ll emerge on a rocky lip that overlooks an emerald green crater lake, surrounded by plunging cliffs. It is a steep but relatively short climb to the view point, where you will also get a great panoramic view of the neighbouring islands. The whole trip is a laid-back affair, and if the weather is very hot, you may just want to laze around in the water or on the beach, while the others take the climb.

          

The final stop is the main island of Koh Wua Talap, a short 10 minute cruise from Koh Mae Ko. Here you will have the option of enjoying one of several activities. Choose to explore this area by kayak and circumnavigate the small adjacent island then return and relax on the beach. Or, if you are up for it, and are of a moderate to high level of fitness, you can choose to make the climb to the view point, where you will be blessed with an amazing vista of the entire park. A definite photo opportunity here! Another option is to make the trek to the stunning Bua Bok Cave with its’ monumental stalagmites and stalactites. For those who prefer to simply relax, the beach at Koh Wua Talap is a great spot to get some sun, or you can find shade under one of the many palm trees that dot the beach and the large grassed areas.

          

The final stop is the main island of Koh Wua Talap, a short 10 minute cruise from Koh Mae Ko. Here you will have the option of enjoying one of several activities. Choose to explore this area by kayak and circumnavigate the small adjacent island then return and relax on the beach. Or, if you are up for it, and are of a moderate to high level of fitness, you can choose to make the climb to the view point, where you will be blessed with an amazing vista of the entire park.Blue Stars Kayaking  offers exciting trips to the Angthong National Marine Park. A definite photo opportunity here! Another option is to make the trek to the stunning Bua Bok Cave with its’ monumental stalagmites and stalactites. For those who prefer to simply relax, the beach at Koh Wua Talap is a great spot to get some sun, or you can find shade under one of the many palm trees that dot the beach and the large grassed areas.

          

Cold drinks and water are freely available on the boat throughout the journey. A delicious lunch is also offered, with everything being prepared by the team’s experienced cook, ensuring that it’s all fresh. It’s typical Thai-style food, but easy on the spices. The staff are very attentive to all their guests, and do their utmost to satisfy everyone’s wishes.

          

After seeing the islands it’ll be time to head for home. On the way back to Samui, a snack is served, and if there’s still time, a final swim along the way. You’ll arrive back at the port around 5:00 pm, and from there you’ll be taken back to your accommodation, usually arriving just before 6:00 pm.

          

A day out with Blue Stars Kayaking is definitely going to be a highlight of your holiday. You’re in the best of hands with a very proficient team looking after you. A wonderful adventure lies before you, while your hosts show you some of the most fantastic islands to be seen in Thailand.

          

Dimitri Waring


 


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