Generally when we receive enquiries about private boats we are asked what is the difference between James Bond and Phi Phi Island. The immediate response out of our mouths is they are night and day tours.
The tours while taking place on water are two completely different tours. For example the James Bond Island Private Boat Tour takes place in lagoon like water. There is very little clarity around the waters of James Bond (or Phang Nga as it is known locally). When you go on a James Bond Island Private Boat Tour you go to look at the wonderful limestone rocks, stalactite formations, hidden caves, lagoons and of course the famous James Bond Island.
But when you go to Phi Phi you go see the crystal clear water, the white sandy beaches, the colorful marine life, rocky out crops and if you are really lucky maybe a reef shark or two. The Phi Phi Island Private Boat Tour is really about seeing whats under the water, as well as what’s above where as the James Bond Island Tour is about seeing what’s above the water.
Both tours are equally as beautiful, you just need to decide what kind of tour you want, do you want to go swimming, snorkeling and sit on white sandy beaches or do you want to go sightseeing, sea canoeing and cave exploring?
If you are the adventurous type then you can do BOTH in one time on a Private Boat.
When people who visit Phuket are short on time, they are on a short stay or it’s just one of many stops we are often asked if it’s possible to do James Bond and Phi Phi Island all in the same day.
The answer is simple, yes.
BUT, and there is a big but, you have to rent a Private Boat and experience both Islands from the comfort of your own Private Charter.
The reason being that if you a group tour company attempted to do both locations in one day they could not possibly do it. With up to 90 people on a group tour boat, they could not do each stop with 90 people going on and off the boat all in one day.
By taking a Private Speedboat like our 5 Star Marine Private Boat you will be able to complete both trips in one day as there are less people on the boat (just you and your family or friends) and we can design a program that specifically suits you.
This is a popular program that we have run with clients who visit Phuket only just once in there lifetime so they can see some of the most popular sites as well as some of the hidden gems. When you do both James Bond and Phi Phi in the same day with us, we will create a program that ensures you are not transiting too long on the boat.
Generally the programs we design only have a maximum of 20 minutes travel time between each of the islands. How is that possible?
Again, it’s easy for Private Boats like ours where we can design the program to break up the transit and also ensure you see some spectacular sites.
If you are looking to do both wonderful locations in one day, just contact us for more details.
We often see posts on Facebook forums and Trip Advisor where visitors to Phuket are asking who are the best agents on Phuket to book tours through, or hire Private Speedboats from.
Obviously as a Private Boat Charter provider in Phuket we have agents across Phuket who promote our private boats to visitors, but we always advise our agents to allow the potential customers to talk direct with our boat management team. We advise this so that you, the potential customers can hear the latest news on the weather, wind, wave and tide conditions.
Sometimes people make bookings with Agents and they just don’t realise that the agent may not have been on a private boat before, visited Phi Phi in the last 5 years or even seen the private speedboat that you are booking.
This is why we make our team available to any agent on Phuket who are promoting our private boat charter to potential customers. So when you are talking to your Private Speedboat Agent you can always feel free to request to ask to talk to the boat owner or manager directly so you can get the most up to date information.
When it comes to weather, sea conditions, pick up times and route planning the team who are out on the water everyday are the best people to talk to as they know the most current conditions and what to expect when you are booking.
If you’ve read the history of 5 Star Marine you’d understand that for many years prior to starting 5 Star Marine we operated private tours through our tour agency, Lisa Phuket Tours.
Our Agency was one of the top agencies in Phuket for Private Boat Tours, but on most tours we were using boats that we leased. In 2019 we decided to make a change and invest in building a fleet of our own boats.
The advantage of using boats that we owned is we had full control over the experience you would receive with us. The quality of the boat, the equipment on the boat, the crew, everything we could control, resulting in a better overall experience for you, our customers.
Now with that said, if you read any of the review on the Lisa Phuket Tours facebook page you would realize that we were highly recommended and our tours were much loved.
This is because we were very particular about the boats that we leased. Now we can take our business to the next step, we can enhance our guests experience and ensure 5 Star service across the board.
That’s why 5 Star Marine looks new, when in fact it’s not new. 5 Star Marine is just an extension of our Lisa Phuket Tours business, which has been running for 3 family generations here in Phuket.
So if you’re looking for a Private Boat Charter in Phuket then contact our team at 5 Star Marine, or Lisa Phuket Tours.
We are active members of many different forums in the Phuket area and often see visitors asking for trip recommendations and past visitors often reply with comments like “Go Early Too Miss the Crowds.”
Now this may seem like a good recommendation as this is how some group tour companies market themselves. But it’s important to understand that it’s not necessary to go early to miss the crowds, like it’s also not necessary to go late.
A great private boat tour company can design a program which avoids the crowds at any time. For example the team here at 5 Star Marine design programs that leave anywhere from 6am to 2pm from the pier.
Why such a big range?
The answer is simple, we are designing programs that suit our customers needs and also the wind, sea and rain conditions that we see occurring on the day. As every single private boat tour we conduct here in Phuket is customised and designed to meet you, our customers needs, every single private boat tour is different.
Some tours dictate we leave early, some dictate we leave late. For example, right now we are in Low Season (it’s the rainy / monsoon season in Phuket from mid May to October) which means that we have high winds in the afternoon, starting from around 2pm. This suggests that if we have a route plan that goes out into the open season, we should suggest a earlier leaving time.
How Can You Know What Is Your Best Leaving Time?
Again the answer is simple. Ask an experienced tour provider who cares more about your experience then your money. When you are booking with the tour provider ask what wind, sea and rain conditions they are expecting for the next day. If they answer you without checking any apps, then probably don’t trust them, they just wanted your money. Instead just message us and we’ll let you know even if you’re not booking with us.
Anyone who has been in Phuket he last few days will have noticed that the season is starting to change. For the locals here, that is amazing news considering that our water supplies on the island were starting to run bare.
For Tourists though this can be concerning. If you had grand plans to visit Phi Phi Island, Raya Island or James Bond Island you may be wondering if that’s even possible right now.
The answer to the question is simple, YES you can still go island hopping but you need to be careful to select the right day, the right company and the right tour itinerary.
For example, during High Season when we run our private boat tours most of the time we suggest a later leave and spending sunset on a private beach. This is because typically in High Season we have very low wind in the afternoon, making it great conditions for being on the sea.
During Low Season though, we recommend a sunrise tour or a tour leave time around 7am or 8am because during Low Season we expect a high wind in the afternoon which makes traveling back from the islands a little bumpy and less fun.
This is just one example of how things can change in Low Season. The reality is that most companies in Phuket will go everyday of both High and Low Season as they want to make income.
Here at 5 Star Marine Phuket we care about making your Private Boat Charter a wonderful experience so we will only recommend going out on tour when the weather is right for your selected tour program.
If you’d like to know what we recommend for you, please get in contact with us!