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Kayaking and boat trips

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Rent a kayak or hire a longtail boat to cruise along a mangrove-lined canal or venture to some of Tarutao’s more distant bays and islets.

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The most popular destination is Tham Chorakae, or Crocodile Cave, found a couple of kilometres down the canal running east from the pier in Ao Phante. A sturdy walkway leads into the medium-size cavern with impressive limestone walls, or you can paddle in by kayak at high tide—just don’t forget to bring a torch. Along the way you’ll pass a thick mangrove forest and a rock formation resembling a giant tortoise. You won’t have to worry about saltwater crocodiles, which vanished from the area decades ago.

Rent a kayak and get out and about under your own steam. Photo taken in or around Kayaking and boat trips, Ko Tarutao, Thailand by David Luekens.

Rent a kayak and get out and about under your own steam. Photo: David Luekens

Tham Chorakae is easy to find on your own thanks to a small concrete pier near the entrance. You can rent a kayak at the pier in Ao Phante for 200 baht per hour or 500 baht for a full day (kayaks can also be rented at Ao Molae and Ao Son). Expect to pay 500 baht, round trip, for a longtail boat to Tham ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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