the longboats and islands day

Tuesday 15 September 2015

Warning: There are a couple of NSFW photos in this post

We had an early breakfast and were picked up at 7:00am for our longboat trip to a few of the nearby islands.

We were driven to an area about 5km from Ao Nang Beach where all the different tour companies launch their longboat tours from. Once in our longboat we set out for our first destination passing many limestone formations on the way.

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Sailing between two limestone rocks approaching the first destination

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Phranang Bay – you can just see the entrance to the cave near the tree. When we arrived here there were already several longboats with their passengers already here

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Closer view to see some of the details in the limestone rock, the cave is on the left

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The walk from where the boat dropped us at the shore to the cave was about 200m and was a little challenging at times due to the number of people and the waves. As we approached the cave we could it contained an altar or shrine where the Thai people leave their offerings.

This altar was a little different to others I have seen in Thailand – I am not quite sure what they are hoping for when making these offerings.

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We walked back, then past our boat, to have a quick swim in the ocean

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Back in the longboat on the water

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Approaching Chicken Island

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We cruised along Chicken Island for a little while, then stopped offshore for a spot of snorkelling

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Tup Island

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Lookout across the water from Tup Island with Poda Island in the background

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Next we went to Poda Island for the longest stop of the day. First we had lunch which was provided followed by plenty of time to explore or swim.

It seems that quite a few of the longboat tours come here for lunch

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Poda Island is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours

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Bye Poda

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And almost back to the mainland

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We returned to our hotel for a swim and some time at the pool bar.

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