Study Focus: mangrove forests, karst geology and marine tides
- Pick up at Krabi International Airport (or bus depot) and transfer by passenger van to Ao Thalan for basic kayaking instructions and lessons in the ecology of mangrove forests and the influence of tide.
- We then set off to paddle our way through a spectacular limestone canyon that leads from the sea into intricate mangrove channels. Wildlife viewing may include: langurs, crab-eating macaques, river otters, fiddler crabs, mud skippers, monitor lizards, kingfishers and wading birds.
- Returning to our put-in point, we enjoy a hearty lunch at a restaurant built on pilings over the water, then board a charter boat to Koh Hong, a remote offshore island for an overnight adventure camp.
- Koh Hong is one of the most beautiful islands in the Andaman Sea, part of a national park, and our Robinson Crusoe-style home for the night. We will swim in crystal clear waters, snorkel over living corals, enjoy games on the powder white sandy beach and enjoy a fabulous seafood dinner.
- For the most adventuresome, there will be an opportunity to go night fishing before retiring to our beach hammocks and tents for the night.
Overnight: Koh Hong camp
Study Focus: island geology and ecology, coral reefs and inter tidal zones
- The sun rise over the Andaman Sea, as seen from our beach camp, is not to bemissed. Following breakfast and a chance to snorkel over the living reefs, we will set off by boat to circumnavigate the island, discover the secret caves of birds nest gatherers and explore the hidden hong (room) from which the island Koh Hong derives its name.
- Wildlife encounters during our circumnavigation of the island may include: White-bellied sea eagles, Brahminy kites, frigate birds, terns, swiftlets, and possibly porpoise and sea turtles. The hidden lagoon is especially rich in starfish at low tide, while at high tide, it becomes a giant swimming pool.
- Lunch is served buffet-style back aboard our support vessel that transfers us back to the mainland through an archipelago of scenic islands. On one of these islands we may see hundreds of Flying fox (Giant fruit bats) hanging upside down from branches like long furry fruits.
- By late afternoon we check in to nearby Coconut Home bungalows for our second night stay. Here we can explore the vast inter tidal zone, witness one of the most spectacular sunset panoramas in Asia and enjoy a beach barbeque dinner and a bonfire celebration
Overnight: Coconut Home beach bungalows
Study Focus: prehistoric habitation caves and pictographs
- Following breakfast, we set off by passenger van a short drive north to Bor Thor for another great kayaking adventure. This region of the Krabi coast is famous for its caves where prehistoric peoples painted images on the limestone walls in red ochre, crushed seashells and black charcoal pigments. Among the fine paintings are hands, fish, birds and supernatural beings that depict the everyday life and mythical beliefs of people living here 3,000 years ago.
- Returning from our paddle to Pee Hua Cave, we explore Tham Lod – a dramatic cave passageway adorned in huge hanging stalagtites. Lunch is served at a seaside restaurant before our drive back to Krabi International Airport (or bus station) for the return journey home. Rest assured, students will be happier, more knowledgeable and far fitter when they arrive there.