WINGS OF THE WHITE BELLY SEA EAGLE
TARUTAO (6D/5N) ESCORT BOAT
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We love the romance of our sea kayaking trips, but the conveniences of big
boat trips make the entire experience special. We got it all - shade from
the hot sun and cool rain, dining and galley facilities, shower and toilet -
and it goes with us everywhere we go. Best of all, this six-day escort boat
expedition give a comprehensive look at Tarutao's highlights including Koh
Adang and Koh Rawi.
We first explored Tarutao in 1989. Operations began in 1991, and we now know that Tarutao's best locations are all tidal, so each trip is custom planned according to the tides. We won't know your actual program until you book, but you will get the following activities in a custom-designed sequence. This trip includes paddles and treks into Tarutao's interior you won't get any other way. Please understand we do not announce our interior trekking or camping locations to protect their tranquility. We do not announce our camping locations to protect their tranquility.
5/nts beach camping - For almost two decades we've built our reputation on first-class meals and beach camping in an expedition setting. You are also welcome to sleep on-deck on our escort boat, in your tent if you wish. We include waterproof-tested top quality spacious 3-season tents with a heavy-duty 6" double size air mat with built-in pillows and sleeping sheet designed for hot tropical nights.
Our meal plan prepared fresh on the boat is famous for two decades, right down to fresh brewed coffee and gourmet teas. We often buy seafood directly from local fishermen. Groups of four or more use a cabined escort boat complete with dining deck, galley, shower and toilet. Smaller groups are supported by a longtail boat,
Pante Malacca Mangroves - Paddle from Park HQ or take a longtail deep into the Pante Malacca estuary thick with 10-meter mangroves. We usually see Bramany kites, kingfishers, water monitors and crab-eating macaques while paddling our silent kayaks.
Prison - When we first saw the prison, it was rusty metal pieces scattered through the jungle. Today there's a footpath with reconstructed buildings so antiseptic they can never convey the horrors of this island hell. It still makes an interesting story - and the drive (or trek) across Tarutao's highlands is spectacular. From May-November, we land near the Prison.
Honeycomb Hong can be entered safely only from November-May. Once inside,
the tall but narrow catacombs extend through many different rock channels,
all tidal dependent. One actually makes a hairpin U-turn wit a conveniently
located window where you can watch your friends paddling the other way.
Honeycomb Hong is another Sotar-exclusive entry.
Klong Son/Survivor Site - Klong Son is a multi-fingered mangrove estuary that is appropriate for paddlecraft only. Motors only scare away the wildlife. From kayaks, we've seen mouse deer, crab-eating macaques, otters and wild pigs that never saw us, as many as a dozen reticulated pythons in one day, fish owls and white belly sea eagles. Fresh water streams behind the mangroves host an entirely different ecosystem including hornbills, dusky Langurs and more wild pigs.
Jungle hike - We spend at least one half-day on a jungle trek. We have three favorites depending upon the seasons - central highlands, east coast and west coast. All are packed with wildlife and thick primary growth evergreen forest, often standing 20 meters or more. When we move quietly, we often surprise wildlife on the trail.
Adang/Rawi - A journey to these outlying islands is the reason for this trip instead of a shorter Tarutao-only itinerary. There are excellent camping beaches, wildlife-filled mountain slopes, superb snorkeling reefs, free-jumping sailfish and even a waterfall.
Meet at Pak Bara pier and depart for Tarutao in our escort boat.
- 60 minute run to Talo Wow Bay. Briefing and snacks along the way.
|1130||Return to Escort Boat.|
|1300||North-East East Coast paddle w/ jungle trek|
|1500||Return to Escort Boat|
|1600||West Coast Sunset Paddle|
|1800||Motor to campsite and make camp. Hot dinner on board. Retire to tents.|
|0700||Hot breakfast w/ brewed coffee & gourmet teas|
|0800||Motor to Park HQ|
|0900||Tour Park HQ|
|1100||Longtail boat to Mangrove estuary and Crocodile Cave|
|1200||Hot lunch at Crocodile Cave entrance|
|1230||Explore mangrove estuary|
|1700||Return to Escort Boat|
|1800||Arrive at campsite and make camp. Hot Dinner on board. Camping.|
|0700||Hot breakfast on board w/ fresh brewed coffee and gourmet teas|
|0800||Arrive mangrove estuary|
|0830||Paddle Mangrove Estuary with waterfall hike|
|1400||Return to Escort Boat. Motor to beach camp.|
|1430||Coastal kayaking near beach camp.|
|1600||Late afternoon Nature hike|
|1900||Dinner on Board. Beach camping|
|0700||Optional sunrise Nature hike and paddle|
|0800||Hot Breakfast on board while under-way|
|0930||Arrive Koh Adang. Observe free jumping sailfish.|
|1130||Motor to Koh Rawi. Coral reef snorkeling.|
|1230||Lunch on board|
|1830||Return to Escort Boat at pre-set campsite|
|1930||Dinner on Board. Camping.|
|0700||Optional sunrise paddle|
|0800||Hot Breakfast on board while under-way|
|0900||Koh Adang coastal Paddle and waterfall hike.|
|1200||Return to escort boat. Motor to Tarutao.|
|1230||Hot lunch under way.|
|1400||Return to Tarutao for White Belly Sea Eagle Coastal paddle|
|1600||Motor to pristine beach. Paddle and interior nature hike.|
|1800||Arrive at Park HQ. Farewell dinner on board. Beach camping.|
|0800||Hot breakfast w/ fresh brewed coffee and gourmet teas|
|0900||Arrive Honeycomb Hong|
|1100||Return to Escort Boat. Depart for Koh Yai|
|1230||Koh Yai Rock garden Paddle|
|1430||Triple Entry Hong and sea arch|
|1600||Return to Pak Bara pier. End of JGSC service.|
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