Go for a spin
Published/Last edited or updated: 15th April, 2017
Kayaks (200 baht per hour) and snorkels (200 baht per day) can be rented at Bulone, Pansand and Panka Bay resorts, among others.
The best underwater scenery directly off the island can be found south of School Beach near Pansand Resort; further west off the rocks forming Mango Bay’s eastern rim; off the western end of Panka Yai Bay; and off Laem Son, a rocky outcrop between Bulone Resort and Panka Noi Bay. At any of these you can expect reefs with modest marine life and decent visibility in the dry months.
For 1,500 baht (per boat, not per person), a longtail boat driver will take you on a four-hour tour with stops at some of the sites mentioned above and perhaps a peek at the Nose Cave off Bulon’s northwest coast. Then you’ll probably chug further out to uninhabited rocky islets like White Rock, Ko Bulon Don and Ko Bulon Mai Pai, for more snorkelling and bird watching.
Longer boat tours can take you as far afield as Ko Lao Liang, the magnificent twin islands to the north, or the natural stone arch and glorious beaches of Ko Khai to the south. If going for these, expect to pay at least 4,000 baht for a full-day adventure by longtail.
Mr Rid, a member of the family that runs Chao Lae Homestay, specialises in longtail boat tours and transfers at reasonable rates; stop by reception or call 086 967 0716 for info.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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