Chantara Junk Boat Cruise to Koh Phangan
Set sail on a traditional style wooden boat (Chantara) on a voyage to the beautiful island of Koh Phangan where you can snorkel, enjoy delicious Thai cuisine, and visit the popular Thong Nai Pan beach on a full day cruise.
Chantara offers a relaxing and pleasurable trip. The locals of Koh Samui have been used to the sight of the red sails of Chantara on their horizon since these traditional style junk ships found home on the gulf of Thailand and became a favorite among the travellers.
It is a full day adventure that will take you to the neighboring Koh Phangan and satisfy all your tastes. On the Chantara, on your way from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan, you will have a relaxing and pleasing cruise. The first stop will be at Koh Ma where you can snorkel and explore the colorful and exotic underworld, as well as see the beach with corals everywhere the eyes can see, along with the beautiful sea anemones and various other tropical fish.
The Chantara will then travel from west to the east toward Ao Thong Nai Pan. At Ao Thong Nai Pan, you will have the chance to do many things, including water sports, relaxing Thai massages, or basking in the sun on the golden sand on the beach.
The final leg of the tour is a gentle cruise along Koh Phangans eastern coastline; there you can see the stunning coves, deserted beaches, and tropical jungles on your way back to Koh Samui.
While the boats are built with modern technology, they have all of the traditional Burmese junk boat’s charm in them. Their teak exteriors and square sails add a majestic touch that can be seen from far away. When travelling on a Chantara, you will be taken back in time to experience it in the same way as the locals have been experiencing and enjoying it for centuries.
And since the traveling will make you hungry, you will be served refreshments onboard. When the breakfast is served, you will have a full view of Koh Samui. After the breakfast, during lunch hours, you will be treated to a Thai lunch buffet, while the soft drinks will be served throughout the day. Alcohol will be also be available and can be bought at affordable rates.
If you are interested in this tour, please book as soon as you can as the places on Chantara fill up quickly. To make sure you get a place, book your tour now with Samuidaytours to ensure your place on the Chantara.
Cruise to Koh Phangan includes:
- Pick and drop from hotel
- Delicious breakfast (or appetizer for sunset tour)
- Non-alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea, espresso
- Lunch buffet
- Pastries and fruits
- Snorkeling gear
- Fishing gear
Chantara’s Koh Phangan Trip Itinerary
08:00 – 09:00 Transfer from hotel to the pier
09:00 – 11:00 Journey to Koh Ma in the North West of Koh Phangan (breakfast includes) and sightseeing
11:00 – 12:30 Snorkeling and swimming at Koh Ma coral reef
12:30 – 13:15 Tasty Thai buffet lunch with 5 delicious dishes
13:15 – 15:30 Stop at Ao Thong Nai Pan and time to relax on the secluded beach or to enjoy water sports and massage
15:30 – 17:00 Sail back to Koh Samui along Koh Phangan’s beautiful east coast
17:00 – 18:00 Arrival at port and transfer back to hotel
- Knowledge Development to understand the basic principles of scuba diving
- Confined water dives to learn basic scuba skills
- Equipment assembly, adjustment, and preparation
- Deep water entry
- Proper weighting
- Snorkel regulator exchange
- Regulator recovery and clearing
- Air depletion
- Alternate air source
- Partial and full mask flooding and clearing
- Mask removal and replacement
- Breathing from a regulator without a mask (60 seconds)
- No mask swim
- Scuba unit removal and replacement at the surface
- Weight belt removal and replacement at the surface
- Cramp removal
- Tired diver tow
- Scuba unit removal and replacement underwater
- Weight belt removal and replacement underwater
- Fin pivot (oral and low pressure inflator)
- Neutral buoyancy (hovering)
- Free flowing regulator breathing (30 seconds)
- Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent
- Exiting the water
- Equipment disassembly & maintenance
- Open water dives to review your skills and explore!
- Wreck Diving
- Night Diving
- Search and Recovery
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Digital Underwater Photography
- AWARE Fish Identification
- Diver Propulsion Vehicles (Underwater Scooters)
- Underwater Videography
- Multilevel & computer diving
- Boat Diving
- Visit Talay Nai, the emerald green lake on Koh Mae Koh
- Go to the viewpoint for a view of the entire park at Koh Mae Koh
- Hiking to multiple view points all the way up to 500m on Koh Wua Ta Lap
- Bua Boke cave featuring impressive stalagmites and stalactites
- Scuba diving
- Snorkeling at Koh Yippon and Koh Wao Yai
- BBQ on the Beach
- Go to the Picnic area
- All transfers
- Thai Buffet Dinner
- Non-alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea, and espresso
- Full breakfast
- Seasonal fruits
- Much faster journey, much shorter day
- Their speed means they can visit dive sites further away
- Speedboats are smaller vessels, so they can moor up closer to dive sites and visit some dive sites that larger boats can’t
- A bit more exciting than a slow boat!
- Slow boats are big boats, which have more space to move around and they’re more stable in the water.
- They also typically have more divers on board making for a good atmosphere where everyone has 1 thing in common.
- Big boats tend to use less gasoline, so the tour prices are typically cheaper.
- Generally as there’s more space, tea, coffee, and snacks are provided and there are better facilities onboard such as a wash tank, shower, and proper sized toilet.