James Bond Island
James Bond IslandJames Bond Island
James Bond Island
James Bond Island is part of Phang Nga bay. We recommend trips to the bay with both Tai Wai Travel and Coral Seekers, but it is possible to rent a longtail boat or speed boat from Rawai beach to get to the bay (this will reduce the price, but it also means that there is not a company arranging the whole tour for you, so it is completely your decision which to do) – although we recommend taking a speedboat and not a long tail boat (if you do not go with a tour company) as the sea can get rough and you are not as safe on a long tail boat going long distances. Cruises to Phang Nga bay and James Bond Island are also available, for example the June Bahtra cruise:
JAMES BOND ISLAND:
James Bond Island, known originally and locally as Ko Tapu or Nail Island, found fame through the 1974 Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun". The film starred Roger Moore and Christopher Lee (as the three nippled arch–villain Scaramanga) but it was the scenic topography that helped make the film into a firm Bond favourite. It also turned the previously unknown Phang Nga Bay into a major tourist attraction.

While the tour bus and long tail boat trips are more commonly promoted in tourist areas it is companies like June Bahtra that offer more exclusive and enjoyable trips. In fact fans of the film may prefer to take the trip they offer as you take a Junk similar to the boat that Scaramanga had. They offer sunset cruises that are famed for their romantic atmosphere and are hugely popular with those that want a more relaxed tour.

JUNE BAHTRA – TRADITIONAL SIAMESE JUNK CRUISE:
If you wish to enjoy a unique experience cruising idyllic Phang Nga Bay in serenity and calm, away from the crowds, then you should consider this tour onboard a traditional Siamese Junk. You can relax on deck cushions admiring the amazing scenery with a gentle sea breeze blowing under the sun canopy while letting the experienced crew take care of the sailing. You will visit James Bond Island, stretch your legs at a Sea Gypsy village perched over the water on stilts, dine on the ship and return to the hotel in time for sunset. An unforgettable experience.

Itinerary:

07:00: Pick up from The Villas by air–conditioned minibus and transfer to the jetty at the Yacht Haven in the north of the Island.

08:30: Board June Bahtra for your cruise through enchanting Phang Nga Bay. Welcome drink on arrival.

11:15: Visit James Bond Island and take a local longtail boat to the Sea Gypsy Village. Explore the fascinating mangrove delta and the Grotto Cave.

13:00: Thai buffet lunch onboard.

14:15: Cruise through Phang Nga Bay, stopping for swimming (weather permitting) before returning at a leisurely pace to Phuket Island.

16:15: Arrive back to pier and transfer back to The Villas, arriving at your Villa around 17:30.

Prices:
High Season: 1 November – 30 April:
Adult: 3,700 Baht

Low Season: 1 May – 31 October:
Adult: 3,200 Baht

Children under 12 years old charge at 50% from adult rate.
Infants (under 2 years old) are free of charge.

Prices include return transfer to and from the jetty, welcome drink on board, Thai buffet lunch on board, tea, coffee and soft drinks an English–speaking guide everyday. A French–speaking guide in on board on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and a German–speaking guide on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Bar on board serving alcohol at normal prices.

Day trip Charters and Dinner Cruises are also available, if you want further information please look at the following website:

PHUKET PATRI TOURS – SHARED CRUISE TO JAMES BOND ISLAND:
If you are traveling individually or in a smaller group, you may wish to join a larger organized Tour to James Bond Island, with a "FOUR IN ONE" or "FIVE IN ONE" trip. The boats are large, spacious, double deck vessels that cruise gently through the water, taking about an hour to get from Ao Por Pier to the fascinating lime stone islands of Phang Nga bay.

Itinerary "FOUR IN ONE":

07:45: Pick up from The Villas in air conditioned minivan.

08:45: Escort boat leaves for Phang Nga Bay from Ao Por Pier.

09:45: Visit "Panak Island" for canoeing in Mangrove Cave and "Mut Cave".

12:15: Visit James Bond Island.

12:45: Thai Buffet Lunch back on the boat.

13:30: Canoeing in Hong Island through lime stone caves and into lagoon "rooms".

15:00: Visit Naka or Lawa Island for swimming and canoeing by yourself.

16:00: Return to Ao Por Pier.

17:00: Transfer back to The Villas.

Prices:
High Season: 1 November – 30 April:
Adult per person: 2,800 Baht
Children per person(under the age of 12): 1,800 Baht

Price includes transfer from The Villas, life jacket, canoe equipment with well trained paddler, Thai buffet lunch on board, seasonal fresh fruit, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee, English speaking guide and insurance.

Itinerary "FIVE IN ONE":

07:45: Pick up from The Villas in air conditioned minivan.

08:45: Escort boat leaves for Phang Nga Bay from Ao Por Pier.

09:45: Visit "Panak Island" for canoeing in Mangrove Cave and "Mut Cave".

12:15: Visit James Bond Island.

12:45: Visit Muslim Village on stilts on Panyee Island followed by Thai Buffet Lunch back onboard the boat.

13:30: Canoeing in Hong Island through lime stone caves and into lagoon "rooms".

15:00: Visit Naka or Lawa Island for swimming and canoeing by yourself.

16:00: Return to Ao Por Pier.

17:00: Transfer back to The Villas.

Prices:
High Season: 1 November – 30 April:
Adult per person: 3,200 Baht
Children per person(under the age of 12): 2,000 Baht

Price includes transfer from The Villas, life jacket, canoe equipment with well trained paddler, Thai buffet lunch on board, seasonal fresh fruit, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee, English speaking guide and insurance.

Contact:
Either contact The Villa Manager to make a reservation or contact Phuket Patri Tour directly:
Phuket Patri Tour Company Limited.
10/326 Jomthong Thani, Vichit Muang, Phuket.
Tel: +66 (0)76 263 588 or +66 (0)76 264 882
Mobile: +66 (0)84 188 0085
ppt-tour@hotmail.com
www.phuketpatritour.ob.tc
PRIVATE SPEEDBOAT TO JAMES BOND ISLAND:
If you wish to enjoy the amazing scenery of Phang Nga bay from the privacy and comfort of your own speedboat, we can arrange this for you. Either you can choose to be transferred by air conditioned minivan to Ao Por Pier, on Phuket's East Coast, or you can depart from Rawai Beach, 5 minutes from The Villas, depending on how much time you prefer to spend on the water. Once you depart Phuket, you are transported to magnificent Phang Nga bay, to be dropped off at James Bond Island and cruise around Hong and Panak Islands. After a stop at a restaurant for lunch, or you can choose to picnic on one of the secluded beaches, there is plenty of time to relax and swim and enjoy the breath taking scenery.

Prices:
A private charter speedboat: 20,000 Baht – plus 200 Baht per person for entry into the National Park where James Bond Island is located.

Lunch is an additional charge, but you are welcome to take your own picnic, fresh fruit and water are provided throughout the day.

Please contact The Villa Manager for further detail and reservations.

CORAL SEEKERS – PRIVATE SPEEDBOAT TO PHANG NGA BAY & JAMES BOND ISLAND:
If you prefer a luxury speedboat tour with everything organized for you, we recommend contacting Coral Seekers, who provide an inclusive trip comprising of roundtrip transfers (not guaranteed private), Private Charter Quality Speedboat with crew, soft drinks, fruit and snacks, picnic lunch, snorkeling equipment, beach towels, English speaking guide and Insurance for EITHER 8 passengers on a single engine boat or 16 passengers on a twin engine boat.

Prices:
Single Engine Private Speed boat (8 Passengers): 25,500 Baht per day
Twin Engine Private Speedboat (16 Passengers): 34,500 Baht per day

Please contact The Villa Manager for further detail and reservations.

Prices exclude National Park Entrance fee of 200 Baht per person and alcoholic drinks
(although they can be provided, price on request).

A 1 hour guided sea kayak tour through sea caves and mangroves can be added for 450 baht per person.

Contact:
Coral Seekers Company Limited.
16 Soi Tueson,
Thanon Hong Yok U-Thit,
A. Muang, Phuket 83000,
Thailand
Tel: +66 (0)76 354 074
www.coralseekers.com
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