Sea Kayak Tour

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Tarutau Islands: an interesting rock island.

My trip to Thailand was based aound a 6 day sea kayak trip with Paddle Asia.  As you can see from my other blogs to other countries I like to travel to warm climates in search of tranquil waters where I can sea kayak and snorkel.  So I based a trip to Thailand around this. 

So basically for 5 day on the island I went out in a longtail boat with a guide and a longtail boat driver and went snorkeling and sea kayaking around. Usually we would head out and go snorkeling for an hour or so and then go for a sea kayak paddle for a couple of hours, meet the boat on the beach with the lunch, enjoy a nice Thai lunch, go snorkeling again then maybe sea kayak to another spot where the boat driver would pick us up and bring us back to Koh Lipe.

Tarutau Islands: A lionfish while snorkeling.
  Not a bad life.  For some reason nobody else had signed up for this torture so I was the only guest and I could dictate how we were to spend our time. 

I got a lot of hours in snorkeling.  The guide says, and it really is true, that the longer you are in the water looking around the better chance you have of seeing cool stuff and I saw some pretty cool fish.  The highlights were the spotted eagle ray which came swooping out of nowhere and passed below me, some turtles, a scorpionfish and several lionfish.  Lionfish were fairly common but they still are pretty amazing to see even if you usually got to see one every day.

The islands were really nice.  They are fairly spread out so it was nice to have a boat to shuttle us around.  They are covered with a jungly forest and are fairly steep sided.

Tarutau Islands: A beach where we came ashore to snorkel.
  It wouldn't be all that fun to hike around on them without any trails.  There were lots of beautiful beaches.  The islands have a few Chau Ley (Sea Gypsys) living on them out in remote spots.  They can only get to these spots by boat.  The majority of the Chau Ley are living on Koh Lipe in the villages there.  We stopped at one beach that had several Chau Ley cabins on it and the Chau Ley were roasting some sea cucumbers over a fire to sell for Chinese medicine.  Hopefully this is a good business for them because there is not that much else out here that they can do to make a living.  There is not too much boat traffic out in the islands.  We did not very often have to share a a snorkeling spot.

Five days of relaxing on the ocean is a great cure for a vacationless summer and the wintertime blues.  A nice boat ride across the open ocean with the occasional flying fish skittering across the water is truly blissful.

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