Even though Phuket has beautiful beaches and enough to do to entertain yourself for months in a row, it can be nice to visit one of the quieter islands just of the coast of Phuket. Besides pristine beaches and less noisy tourists, you will also find beautiful snorkeling spots and maybe some nice places to shoot some pictures.
About a week ago I found myself some time to visit one of these islands, and based on trip reports and what was on offering at local tour agencies I decided that Maiton island might be a nice place to visit. The island is located only 9 kilometers from Phuket assuring it would be a short boat trip and it offered the opportunity to spot some nice corals and fish while snorkeling.
As I do not own a boat myself I had to book a trip with a tour agency. Based on online reviews it became “Love Andaman” that would have the distinct pleasure of counting me as one of their valued customers.
There are minivans available for pickup from certain hotels on Phuket but I opted to drive to the meeting point myself. Google Maps directed me nicely to Phuket deep sea harbor and from there onwards it was a bit tricky as there was a gate with security guards to keep people off the international container boats. But when they spotted the license plate and checked it on their list we were allowed in. That did explain why the tour company asked for the license plate of the car a few days earlier…
The boat to Maiton island leaved at 9AM and till that time there is not much to do besides eating some of the free snacks and drinks at the meeting point. Once the boat headed for open water it all went rather quick and within 30 minutes we arrived at this beautiful bounty island. The current owners are planning to renovate all structures on the island in coming years but for now it was almost completely deserted. It almost felt a bit surreal with an old-fashioned restaurant and swimming pool without any people on the island besides the ones coming from the speedboats. Luckily some of the tour staff had travelled ahead and prepared snacks and drinks for all the guests which was highly appreciated by me.
The rest of the day would consist of relaxing on the beach, swimming in the pool, eating more of the snacks that they kept refilling, take a walk up the hill for a nice viewpoint, and snorkeling of course. And I must admit that it was all almost perfect. The beach had beautiful white sands and no garbage, the sea was as clear as you could wish for, and while the viewpoint demanded a steep uphill walk it gave a great viewpoint to take pictures and give a glance to Phuket sitting around in the distance.
Besides the snacks, fresh juices, and fruit smoothies, also lunch was included in the trip package. This was mostly seafood and served buffet style. Of course you cannot expect too much from a lunch served to about 25 people in one go, so keep your expectations low.
After a snorkeling trip on the other side of the island we had more time to relax till about 4PM when the trip came to an end. With everybody back on the boat it was time to say goodbye to this little gem of an island near Phuket and return to Phuket itself.
Looking back the price of the trip was a bit on the high side with 2,900 baht per person, but this can partly be explained by the fact that Maiton island is a privately owned island and the owner needs to make money some way. And I must admit that I enjoyed this little trip so much that it won’t be long till I will also explore some other islands in the neighborhood.
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