Regular 30B songthaews from 08:00 to 17:30 leave from the market in Phuket and drop you off by the pier, where you can also jump on for your return.
If you miss the songthaew, taxis from Ao Chalong to Phuket town are 350B, open to negotiation. Tuk tuks will charge a comparable rate.
Ao Chalong serves as a popular point to hire a private boat to one of the many islands off Phuket. If you want to cut out the middleman, Ao Chalong is an easy way to go, but certainly not the cheapest. Schedules for ferries or boats are set and you will need your best bargaining skills here or else agree to all-inclusive prices of the charter companies at the pier.
If you are a solo traveller at Ao Chalong pier, the following rates are what you can expect to pay to join a tour:
Speedboat to Coral and Raya islands: 1,500B
Speedboat Koh Phi Phi and additional two islands: 1,800B
Speedboat and kayak tour of Phang Nga bay: 1,500B
If you want to avoid haggling and save some cash, hundreds of agencies around Phuket will be happy to book a tour for you. Phuket Town has the best deals, especially during low season.
If travelling with a large group, it is very easy to charter a boat at Ao Chalong. The following are average rates for some of the more popular destinations on a small speedboat with a maximum six people. Prices vary on the size of the boat and number of people. Speedboats should provide snorkel equipment, lunch and drinks on the boat.
Koh Phi Phi: 11,500B
Phang Nga: 13,000B
Coral Island: 6,000B