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LogoTarataoSea & Jungle Kayaking

We explore the hidden caves and lagoons of Phang Nga Bay in ocean kayaks. One, three, five & eight day trips are available.

Our guides assist you by identifying different species of plants and wildlife while manning the oars. The overnight trips are a combination of kayaking and camping out on the islands.

The scenery is spectacular and could be classified as one of the wonders of the world.

Intro Paddle Course: From US $80 P/P.  Min 2 persons.

Learning to PaddleOur Introductory course is designed to give you, the first-time paddler, a taste of this wonderful activity. The course includes basic seamanship, fundamental paddling techniques, safety, and rescue all in the comfort of tropical warm water.

This is a fun course which is aimed at those who want to learn how to paddle but who aren't sure if they're ready to go on a trip yet. You should be reasonably fit. The course takes place on Phuket Island and lasts approximately 8 hours. The price includes all transfers, all equipment, a comprehensive manual, snacks, drinks, T-Shirt and an awesome lunch. The One Day Course includes all of the paddling, but none of the classroom material. We do discuss some of it briefly while on the water however.


2 Day Paddle School Course: From US $160 P/P. Min of 2 persons

Day 1 Morning

Day 1 Afternoon

Day 2 Morning

Day 1 Afternoon

Boat designs:
· Name the parts of the boat
· Hull designs -
  advantages &
  disadvantages
· Handling
  characteristics -
  tracking, stability, etc.
· Various types of
  kayaks
Paddle design and materials:
· Hand placement
· Oval shafts explained
· Blade shapes
· Feathered &
  unfeathered paddles  1. Feathered paddle
    proper technique to
    avoid injury
· Materials
Equipment:
· Life jackets
· Helmets
· Towing systems
Basic rescue:
· Simple self-rescue
· Assisted rescue
Signaling:
· Standard international
  hand and paddle
  signals
· Signaling devices
1. Alerting vs. locating
    devices
2. Advantages &
    disadvantages of
    various devices
Loading:
· Weight distribution
· Balance
· Swing weight
· Accessibility
Tides & currents:
· Tides defined
· Tide tables
· Rule of 12ths
· Rips
· Currents
Short written test

Afternoon on the water:
· Proper body posture
· Launching from the
  beach
· Forward stroke
· Reverse stroke
· Stopping stroke
· Sweep stroke
· Draw stroke (basic)
· Rescue technique
1. Self-rescue
2. Assisted rescue
Short coastal paddle

Wind & waves:
· Cause of wind
· How wind affects your
  paddling speed
· Beaufort Wind Scale
· Name the parts of a
  wave
· Beach shapes
Launching and landing:
· Solo launching
· Group launching
  procedures
· Landing
1. Straight surfing
2. Side surfing
3. Chasing a wave
4. Group landing
    procedure
Navigation basics:
· Nautical charts
· Chart symbols &
  reference manual
· Compasses
· Parallel ruler
· Dividers
· Dead reckoning
· Piloting
Trip planning:
· Choosing paddling
  partners
· Trip leader
· Sweep paddler
· Paddle plan
  notifications
· Obtaining permission
Short written test

Afternoon on the water:
· Bracing
1. Low brace
2. High brace
3. Low sculling brace
4. High sculling brace
· Advanced draw
  stroke
1. Duffek
2. Bow draw
3. Cross-bow draw
4. Stern draw
· Linking strokes
1. Draw stroke into a
    forward stroke
2. Sculling into a
    forward stroke
3. 3 stroke combination
    - cross-bow, rear
    sweep, and forward
    sweep


Eskimo Roll Course: From US $40 P/P. Min of 2 persons.

Have you ever wanted to learn the "Eskimo Roll"? We have great news for you. We offer a warm water rolling course. This course starts by teaching you proper bracing technique and works its way down to a roll. Do yourself a favor and learn how to roll here in the tropics. This course also takes place on Phuket Island and lasts approximately 4 hours. The price includes all transfers, all equipment, drinks, and snacks.

Custom and advanced courses are available, please contact us for more information.

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Sea Kayaking to Burma / Myanmar: 7 Days / 6 Nights or 8 Days / 9 Nights

Sea CavePrice: 7D/6N 800 US$, 8D/9N  1,280 US$

Departure: Fri 08.30 from Phuket
Return: 16.00 to Phuket or Airport.
Exclusive Customs Entry Permit & Port Fee (includes Visa for Burma), presently US$ 98

"This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about" Rudyard Kipling - Letters from the Far East 1898

The Mergui Archipelago in Burma (Myanmar) is an area totally untouched by modern development, with a rich history of maritime trade, mysticism and piracy.

MerguiThe modern-day Mergui Archipelago is as it was in days gone by, bar the piracy! Due to the archipelago’s virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of wildlife, flora and fauna. Parrots, hornbills, sea eagles, brahminy kites and herons fill the skies, whilst on land the animal population includes elephants, monkeys, deer, wild pigs, tigers and rhinoceros.

The only human inhabitants in the area are the sea gypsies, a nomadic sea-faring race whose lifestyle has changed very little over the years, they have been the sole inhabitants of the Mergui Archipelago over the years and still practice the same fishing and boat building techniques used for generations.

Emerald CaveThe sense of isolation from the modern world is overpowering in the archipelago. This magnificent wilderness is one of the world’s natural treasures.

Trip Features:

  • Remote tropical islands, guided sea and river exploration

    5 star Safari style camp accommodation. Main tent is 60 x 40 ft. on poles with roll-up/down sides. The main tent has a teak dining table and chairs for 10 people, taking up half the area; the other half is laid out with bamboo matting on the floor with comfortable Thai style cushions for relaxing with books and entertainment center.

    2 shower tents, 2 toilet tents, Kitchen tent

    Sleeping tents for guests and support crew.

    Single and double sit-on-top Ocean Kayak - no need to learn the Eskimo roll !

  • Support vessel: 9 m. powerboat, Support crew of 8, with hostess, skipper, guides, cook and porters, Group sizes, up to 10, All skill levels and ages welcome, no experience required.

  • Sea & Jungle Kayaking

Explore the islands of southern Thailand in a traditional decked kayak. Two or three days trips in the Bay are available.

Our tour leaders are very experienced at identifying different species of plants and wildlife. They specialize in bird watching. They are long-time kayak teachers with extensive sea kayaking and whitewater river kayaking experience.

We prefer the comfort and convenience of bungalows instead of camping in the tropics.

The scenery is spectacular limestone karst islands. It could be ranked as one of the wonders of the world.

Khao Sok National Park 4 Day Soft Adventure

Season: November to August
Features: The limestone karst formations and wildlife
Schedule: Sundays morning – Wednesday morning
Price:
450 US$ per person for trips with 2 guests – 400 US$ for trips with 3 or more guests

This popular trip is safe, fun, and very easy. First time paddlers are welcomed. No experience needed.

Paddle your kayak silently on a huge reservoir. The bird watching and wildlife sightings are unbelievable. Hornbills are actually common! Your tour leader has sighted and is familiar with most of birds in southern Thailand – many by sound alone. You'll most likely see Long-tailed Macaques, Pig-tail Macaques, and Dusky Langurs. Banded Langurs and wild pigs are sometimes seen. Gibbons are seen on most trips. One thing is inevitable, you’ll see or hear monkeys! Tigers and elephants can still be found in the park, but they are uncommon. It's not uncommon to see elephant tracks or to hear them moving through the bamboo near the shore. We stay in unique floating bamboo bungalows on the water.

 3 Day Phang Nga Expedition

Season: November to August
Features: The limestone karst formations and wildlife
Schedule: Sundays morning – Wednesday morning
Price:
400 US$ per person for trips with 2 guests – 350 US$ for trips with 3 or more guests

The unusual limestone formations of Phang Nga Bay will mesmerize you. It’s like being in a 360 degree postcard. It’s easy to get away from the crowds despite the popularity of the bay. This trip is popular, safe, fun, and easy. An escort boat is used to access different islands. We stay in nice bungalows on a clean beach. First time paddlers are welcomed. No experience needed.

2 Day Phang Nga Expedition

Season: November to August
Features: The limestone karst formations and wildlife
Schedule: Sundays morning – Wednesday morning
Price:
350 US$ per person for trips with 2 guests - 300 US$ per person for trips with 3 or more guests

6 Day Islands of Trang

Season: November to August
Features: The limestone karst formations, secluded beaches, clear water, and wildlife
Schedule: Sunday 08:30 from Phuket
Price:
800 US$ per person for trips with 2 guests600 US$ for trips with 3 or more guests

Journeys from the comfort of one island to the adventure of the next. Another multi-day destination is south of Krabi province. Few Westerners visit these islands. It’s an undeveloped tourist destination. Due to the beauty of the islands, especially the cliffs and headlands, and their near proximity to one another, these crossings are appropriate for active novices. As each crossing is no more than six nautical miles, they are appropriate for daytime paddling. We prefer to do long distance crossings at night. Motorboat transfers are provided for guests who would prefer to not paddle the crossings. This multi-day trip is an ever-shifting panorama of "sundowner" beaches and comfortable bungalows. It is not a resort destination, nor does the area attract hoards of backpackers. It is an especially lovely area removed from easy transport for the big tour groups.

8 Day Tarutao & Adang Islands

Season: November to August
Features: Limestone karst formations, granite boulders, secluded beaches, crystal-clear water, marvelous
marine life, and wildlife
Schedule: Sunday 08:30 from Phuket
Price:
1000 US$ per person for trips with 2 guests – 900 US$ for trips with 3 or more guests

We use a private escort boat with live-aboard facilities.

There’s usually a school of sailfish in the area. We often encounter sea turtles also. Tarutao is a large Island. There are a lot of small beaches and rocky points. There are also a couple of nice tidal rivers to explore. We paddle from the estuary and explore as far as we can. Then we trek further when possible. These rivers tend to be great places to spot wildlife. The Ko Adang group, the islands northwest of Tarutao, offer crystal clear water with amazing marine diversity and primary jungle that reaches right down to the white sand beaches. Unlike Phang Nga Bay and Tarutao, these islands consist of not of limestone, but of granite. Huge boulders line many pure white sand beaches. As on Tarutao, there are rivers to explore. This is a superb way to see the dense primary jungle. The wildlife doesn’t seem to mind us too much as they often stay around as long as we’re quiet.

A Week of Rivers in Laos

Season: June/September/October
Features: a remarkable culture, remote villages, great scenery along clean rivers
Schedule: Saturday meet in Vientiane (airfare to Vientiane not included)
Price:
1350 US$ per person for trips with 2 guests – 1100 US$ for trips with 3 or more guests

This expedition features rivers accessible by road from Vientiane. The rivers have brisk currents, and are well suited for our paddle raft, and our single-person inflatable kayaks. The scenery is limestone karst mountains and verdant forests. These are similar to Thailand's mountains, but taller, more vast, and more majestic. Depending on local conditions at the time, we will overnight in river villages or in guesthouses. Lao is an undeveloped country only recently drawing tourists and flexibility is required for transportation and accommodation standards.  We include time for mountain trekking to visit caves, temples and ethnic villages. Bring plenty of film and batteries. This trip will begin in and return to Vientiane, a natural hub for handicraft shopping and dining in the many excellent restaurants. Not to be missed is a stroll on the floodwall next to the Mekong. Have a relaxing drink and snack while the sun goes down, dropping into the river as it bends westward in front of us. The soothing atmosphere is very enjoyable.

7 Day Sea Kayaking Expeditions to Burma / Myanmar

Price: 1,500 US$ exclusive of Customs Entry Permit & Port Fee (includes Visa for Burma - currently US$ 98)

Departure: Sunday 08.30 from Phuket
Return: 16.00 to Phuket or Airport.
The Mergui Archipelago in Burma (Myanmar) is a mostly pristine area untouched by contemporary development. Wildlife is abundant. The area is rich in maritime trade history and piracy.

Today, the Mergui Archipelago is the same as it was except for the piracy. The islands and surrounding waters have abundant wildlife. Parrots, several species of hornbills, White-bellied Sea Eagles, and Brahminy Kites are common. Land animals include elephants, a couple species of langurs (monkeys), a few species of macaques (monkeys), Barking Deer, wild pigs, and even tigers. Nomadic sea gypsies are the only inhabitants on these islands. Their lifestyle has remained unchanged.

Trip Features:

  • One of the most beautiful wooden yachts in Southeast Asia," SIRIUS 1935 "
  • Highly skilled, professional tour leaders
  • Real decked sea kayaks, not sit-on-tops or inflatables - no experience necessary
  • Awesome food!

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