THAILAND – Phuket – Immerse in a Local Community at Coconut Island

Guests take a ferry to cross to Coconut island, located next to Phuket, where they will spend time with the locals exploring the island and learning about the authentic way of life that is still untouched by mass tourism.

Theme

Art & Culture, Beach Stay, Classic, Family, Honeymoon, Sustainable

Country - City

Thailand - Phuket

Market segment

Groups, Thematic Leisure

Price Level

$$$$

Max pax

30

Seasonality

Possible all year round, but subject to weather conditions (best period from November to February)

Arrival city

Phuket

Departure city

Phuket

Description

Within easy reach from Phuket’s mainland, a handful of islands have been largely untouched by tourism. One of those islands is Coconut Island, home to a friendly fishing community that still adheres to their traditional lifestyle. This excursion allows escaping Phuket’s developed areas and steps back into the past as guests spend time in the community while getting hands-on experience during interactive moments with the locals. It is the perfect way to get to know local life while still staying within easy reach of Phuket’s convenience and comfort. The friendly atmosphere and the slight feeling make it an unforgettable experience.

Selling points

  • An authentic, community-based experience within easy reach of Phuket
  • Great for a wide range of clients, from families to couples to groups with interest in local life
  • It can be done as a half-day or as a full day with beach time included
  • A combination of fun transportation, using a boat and motorbike side-car

Level Of The Excursion

High – This activity strongly supports local communities and/or helps preserve the culture and environment

The Impact Of This Excursion

Social/cultural Impact

Cultural Conservation

Empowerment and education

Environment Impact

Waste/plastic packaging

Transportation

Economic Impact

Local individual benefits

Community benefits

Time And Transportation

From To By Km  Duration Road condition
Patong Area Laem Hin Pier Car 20 30  minutes
  •  Good 
  • Traffic jams possible
Mai Khao Area Laem Hin Pier Car 30 40 minutes
  •  Good 
  • Traffic jams possible
Cape Panwa Area Laem Hin Pier Car 25 35 minutes
  •  Good 
  • Traffic jams possible
Laem Hin Pier Coconut island Boat 0.8 5 minutes
  • Good

Duration

Approximately 5 hours (half day) or 8 hours (full day)

Min pax

1

Max pax

30

How to sell it

  • As a great excursion to add to a beach stay in Phuket
  • An immersive experience with locals
  • Easily accessible to a wide range of clients
  • Easy to include in a program as both half-and full-day options are possible

Why this activity

  • To offer community-based choices in Phuket.
  • To increase the range of activities available in Phuket, Thailand’s leading beach destination
  • To show a different side to a classic beach destination
  • To promote sustainability and community involvement

Good to combine with

It is best not to combine this activity with any other excursions to keep the atmosphere relaxed and the program not too fully charged.

Do not combine with

It is best not to combine this activity with any other excursions to keep the atmosphere relaxed and the program not too fully charged.

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Competitor comparison

This activity is via a supplier (Tropical Vacations). It is no Easia Signature product. Even though competitors do not offer it yet, we don’t have any exclusivity.

Pros

  • It really stands out from classic excursions on Phuket
  • Community-based and focus on sustainability
  • Easy to include
  • We are one of the first DMC’s offerings this activity

Cons

  • Not Easia Signature
  • Relatively expensive excursion
  • Local surroundings may not be suitable for all types of travellers
  • Relatively expensive for a local experience

Information

Program Itinerary (approximate timing):

08:30 – Transfer from hotel to local jetty near Phuket town.

09:00 – Boarding a local wooden long tail boat for a 5 minutes scenic cruise, crossing the small bay to Coconut Island.

09:15 – Welcome by local motorcycle taxi driver (3 wheels motorcycle with space for 2 passengers in sunroof protection) and start exploring the island by this special modified transportation useful in small road which is just suitable for this small island and it’s community. Some of the stops during the visit may include (depending on situation on spot and availability):

  • Visiting a nice view point at Baan Hin Klue which is an island’s photo spot.
  • Visit a local house–see the unique cooking recipe “Deep Fried Rock Crabs with Chili Powder and local Sauce” a famous recipe of Coconut Island.
  • Visit the cultivation area to see local fruits such as Banana, Coconut and etc..
  • Driving further to visit fishermen house where we can buy fresh seafood such as blue crabs, fish and prawns and bring back to cook in the community center of the restaurant for lunch.
  • Local food cooking work shop (cook the seafood bought from the fishermen house) and enjoy lunch in the community center

14:00 – A motorcycle taxi transfer you back to the pier. (End of half day program) Then, board your wooden long tail boat for short cruise to Rang Island for swimming in blue sea or simply relax on the pristine white sand beach.

16:00 – 20 minutes cruise back to Phuket for transfer back to the hotel.(End of full day program)

Alerts

  • The program is in a real, local community, so there may be unforeseen changes to the program, depending on local conditions such as weather, tide, traffic and other situations that are beyond the control.
  • The village is very local, while it is clean, it may not be suitable for very demanding clients.
  • The community is Muslim; there is no alcohol available during the meal
  • The meal served is simple but delicious; while it can cater to food restrictions, options may be limited.
  • For the full-day trip, the beach is remote, and there are no facilities.

Important information

The half-day and full-day options have the same price.

Price range

starting from 4000THB for 2 pax,

Quotation guideline

ERP –> Phuket – Activity – Tropical Vacations – Community Based Tourism in Coconut Island

Inclusion

  • Round-trip transfer from the hotel to the island
  • English Speaking guide
  • Round-trip by boat
  • Side-car motorbike transfer
  • Lunch and drinks as per program
  • Excursion insurance

Exclusion

  • Any personal purchases
  • Tips for guide or hosts

Possible Extra

  • 3rd language guides are available on request at an extra cost

Special Guide notes

  • Guide is provided by the supplier

Different Choicess

For people who are looking to explore Phuket in a more classic, less immersive way, the following activity can be an alternative

THAILAND – Phuket – Phuket From a Different Perspective

Contact

Tropical Vacation Co., Ltd.

97/293 Virathongyok Road, Moo 4, Vichit

Muang, Phuket 83000 Thailand

Contract person: Khun Pachara Dechhan

Tel: 063 169 9516, email: [email protected]

 

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Immerse in a local community at Coconut Island (Half day)

After breakfast, meets your guide and head to a local pier near Phuket town. A short, scenic boat ride will take you across the bay to Coconut island. This island remains largely unaffected by mass tourism, making it the perfect place to experience local life and mingle with locals. Making your way across the island in a local, three-wheeled motorbike taxi, you will make multiple stops to participate in activities together with friendly locals. Of course, you will enjoy a delicious lunch with fresh local ingredients, and you can even help prepare it if you like! After lunch, you will return to the boat pier and head back to your hotel. Coconut Island’s welcoming atmosphere and authenticity are sure to open a different perspective to your beach stay in Phuket.

Immerse in a local community at Coconut Island (Full day)

After breakfast, meets your guide and head to a local pier near Phuket town. A short, scenic boat ride will take you across the bay to Coconut island. This island remains largely unaffected by mass tourism, making it the perfect place to experience local life and mingle with locals. Making your way across the island in a local, three-wheeled motorbike taxi, you will make multiple stops to participate in activities with friendly locals. Of course, you will enjoy a delicious lunch with fresh local ingredients, and you can even help prepare it if you like! After lunch, you will continue to a remote beach where you can enjoy the warm waters and tropical surroundings before returning to your hotel at the end of the afternoon. Coconut Island’s welcoming atmosphere and authenticity are sure to open a different perspective to your beach stay in Phuket.