When we speak of Krabi province, it isn’t all about enjoying the beautiful white sand beaches, swimming, sunbathing or island hopping. The truth is, there are so many fun activities to try in this place and one of them is kayaking in Krabi. With the blue lagoon in Phi Phi Leh, the hidden caverns and the unique eco-systems, there’s no wonder more and more tourists would love to explore the province.
Krabi is home to many interior caves or ‘Hongs’ which can only accessed through a kayak or canoe during perfect tidal conditions. Formed over millions of years, hongs were once typical caves that gradually changed due to elemental forces causing alterations in the original form. Using a durable, touring kayak, you can reach this place together with an expert guide to explain the history and natural geography of the cavern. Basic paddling lessons will also be taught during your excursion.
Kayaking in Krabi is a very exciting family bonding experience as it lets you explore the natural beauty of sea caves and lagoons while having fun. The Krabi coastline has a unique characteristic which can only be discovered by doing sea kayaking. There are different ways to experience kayaking. The simplest possible method is to charter a kayak per hour from the nearest resorts or hotels offering kayaks-for-rent. This is very advantageous for short day trips and for inexperienced kayakers because you and your family can privately enjoy the nature trip and return the kayak once the trip is over. Once more, be warned that kayaking requires physical strength and endurance particularly when paddling.
Another option if you can’t find kayaks for rent is to book for a planned full day eco-tour to visit the mangrove forests and other interesting sites out on the sea. This is more recommended as you can explore more remote areas along the mangrove channels, canyons and the coasts. This is also a good chance to witness some jungle animals such as monkeys, giant lizards, birds and eagles. To be specific, the Hong Island is one famous destination for kayaking in Krabi sea because of the impressive interior lagoon. Many offshore operators in Krabi are offering tours in Hong Island. The interior lagoon can only be accessed during low tide and a longtail boat won’t fit inside the cavern. Thus, it’s only through kayaking where you can explore the site. This type of eco-tour also offers additional activities such as snorkeling and island hopping. The typical costs of a sea kayak trip are 1500 baht for a full day trip or 1000 baht for a half day trip.
Although kayaking can be a strenuous task, it doesn’t require muscle power to kayak. If you are skeptical in kayaking yourself, you have to contact your tour agent before booking a full day trip as some may include 2-3 hours of paddling by yourself. If you are too lazy to paddle, you can hire a guide to kayak for you at an additional cost. Kayaking in Krabi is safe because the kayaks used are modern surf-ski models which are more stable compared to the whitewater raft, which is only ideal on rivers. Kayaks may also range from two to three-seaters so ask your agent first before booking.