Explorations of Land and Sea
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It is from great heights that Phuket’s Malay name of ‘hill’ begins to make sense. Be sure to visit these blissful capes, overlooks and views for an inspired vantage of this tropical paradise. Hike to Phrom Thep, meaning ‘God’s Cape’, which stretches into the southernmost sea and offers spectacular sunset views. Another must-see is Kata Viewpoint, offering sweeping views of the coast. Delight in the beauty of Phuket’s striking geography.
Exploring Phang Nga Bay
A bay of turquoise waters and thousands of limestone formations jutting high in the sky. Island-hopping and the opportunity to catch the occasional glimpse of a pod of skipping dolphins. Phang Nga Bay is famous the world over for its astounding beauty. Charter a luxury yacht or sailboat and catch the sea breeze. Paddle a sea canoe along small islands and glide on a catamaran under a brilliant blue sky. Revel in nature, explore caves and walk along stretches of pristine beach.
YachtingCharter a luxury yacht from the Royal Phuket Marina (Tel: 07 6360 8114) and set your vision on one of many jewel-like islands along the bay. The marina is one of the finest in the whole region, and is a treasure trove of guidance for your exploration of some 1000 islands, many created from ancient coral reefs dating back some 250 million years old.
Choose a sea kayak tour, where a speedboat whisks you a short distance from Anantara to explore deserted islands, hidden lagoons and mangrove swamps. The ‘hongs’, a beautiful feature to Phang Nga Bay, are caves through the limestone. Gradually created by water erosion over thousands of years, they’re best explored in a sea kayak. Your guides will light the way until you emerge into the midday sun.
Ancient coral reefs, full of nooks and crannies, make for ideal climbing conditions. With the geological formations soaring into the sky, the only way to reach a viewpoint is straight up. Try this exhilarating sport of graceful moves, flexibility and mental agility. There are a few options in Phuket, or head to Krabi province, especially Koh Phi Phi, a stupendous island only an hour boat ride from Phuket. One cliff face has over 30 courses, perfect for the novice or advanced climber. Climbing requires little more than will and determination, and your ability to attain new heights will surprise you.
Diving in the Similan Islands
Raw boulders and jungle-clad island interiors interspersed by long stretches of powder-fine sands. Shallow reef waters of vivid turquoise, full of diverse life. The Similan Marine National Park houses Thailand’s most pristine coral reefs and ensures their longevity for generations. The Similans are ideal for beginning divers, with clear waters stretching to depths of about 40 metres. In addition to abundant sightings of sea cucumbers, sea urchins, butterfly fish, parrotfish and manta rays, you might be lucky to spot the world’s largest fish species – the whale shark – a harmless plankton-eating creature. With the PADI-certified dive courses in all levels, the Similans are the perfect place to start diving or continue your schooling with open water diving, advanced certifications and more.
Khao Sok National Park
Mist-shrouded mountains, freshwater streams and lush mangrove forests make Khao Sok National Park a beautiful immersion in the tropics of southern Thailand. Only a few hours’ drive from Phuket is one of Thailand’s best-preserved sanctuaries, holding diverse wildlife, waterfalls, limestone cliffs and some of the oldest evergreen jungles in the world. Take a luxury drive, sighting fascinating species of birds, monkeys and snakes. Kayak deep into the forest, or join an elephant trek and gain a new perspective of the jungle. Dive into natural swimming holes, surrounded by greenery and majestic waterfalls. Your dream of Thailand comes alive in this enchanting place.
Koh Phi Phi
Lagoons surrounded by jungle-clad hills. White-sand beaches and fascinating terrain. Koh Phi Phi, formed from a section of the biggest coral reef in the world, is now a popular destination for divers, adventurers and sun worshippers alike. While most of the island is lush, rugged terrain, Phi Phi town is packed with dive shops, boutiques, restaurants and nightlife spots. Explore the beautiful scenery of the island and find secluded beaches before setting off on a snorkelling, diving or sea kayaking trip.
Only 20 minutes by speedboat from Phuket, this gem-like island is ringed by coral reefs and is a popular destination for water sports adventures. Seize the day with invigorating parasailing, snorkelling and sailing, or set out on a diving trip. You won’t find seclusion here, but the energy of the island is palpable.