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  • bunny

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    Hi all!
    We are here on Samui and I'd really like to do some sort of day or half day snorkeling tour. I have a brochure from Lomprayah Catamaran for a full day trip that goes to Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan, and includes a buffet lunch, snorkeling, transfer to and from the pier for 1400baht per person. Has anyone done this trip? If you did, what did you think of it?

    Has anyone done any snorkeling trips on Samui at all? We'd love to hear your feedback, good or bad. Thanks in advance! ~bunny

    #1 Posted: 11/7/2006 - 10:52

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  • somtam2000

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    Hi bunny,

    Welcome to Travelfish!

    I've not done that trip with Lomprayah, but bear in mind if they're taking you to Ko tao you'll be spending a fair amount of time in transit. want to

    On Samui itself, there is ok snorkelling off the two headlands that surround Thong Ta Kien Beach and I've also heard some very good reports about snorkelling on Ko Taen -- a small island off the south coast of Samui -- I've not been there, but there are three small bungalow operations there... it's a bit of a Samui secret it seems -- perhaps that would be worth a day trip or overnight visit...

    If you find somewhere good - be sure to report back ;-)

    #2 Posted: 11/7/2006 - 17:57

  • neeners

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    I've taken that tour. As Somtam said, most of the time, you'll be in transit. But don't let that stop you from enjoying the trip.

    The catamaran from Mae Nam pier is also the catamaran that goes on to Chumporn. So expect a stop at Ko Pha Ngan to drop off and pick up passengers.

    Your first destination is Ko Nangyuan. You are given time to explore the island on your own. You can choose to snorkel, sunbathe or trek the mountian to go to the viewpoint. It can be a tiring climb (there's a wooden stairs/boardwalk, but at the top, you have to climb on a couple of big boulders), but the view is so worth the climb.

    The buffet lunch starts at 11:30, and you leave the island at 12:30 to go to Ko Tao. You'll be riding a smaller boat, and it takes about 30 minutes to get to Ko Tao. The boat won't be docking in the Ko Tao pier. It'll just stop in a great snorkelling spot and you just dive off from the boat. You'll stay in Ko Tao for about an hour then head back to Ko Nangyuan to wait for the catamaran back to Samui.

    For me, the snorkelling trip was worth the price I paid. I really enjoyed the tour and also met some great people.

    #3 Posted: 11/7/2006 - 19:43

  • bunny

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    hey somtam and neeners - thanks for both of your replies. neeners, i heard you were just there and was hoping you wouldhave taken some sort of trip. anyway, still not sure what we'll do, but now at least we've got a bit more info to go on. we'll be sure to report back on how it goes when we do whatever we do! ~bunny

    #4 Posted: 12/7/2006 - 10:01

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