The Beach, Maya Bay Closing AGAIN and Other Phuket News and Weather MAY 2022

After a big reopening early in 2022, Krabi’s Maya Bay, at Phi Phi, is to temporarily close again on the 1st August for 2 months to allow time for the Thailand authorities to check the impact of the last few months of the bay being open, after allowing tourists back on to the beach, and

Phi Phi Island & Maya Bay Private Boat Tour

Enjoy 5 Star Marine’s Phi Phi Island Private Boat Tour, where you and your select group of friends can experience the ultimate and iconic scenery on your very own luxury day trip. Discover this world-famous location in style, onboard a 5 Star Marine VIP and upgraded speedboat. Maya Bay The renowned Bay reopened to day

Rustic And Blue By The Sea

Rustic and Blue by the Sea is one of Phuket’s top restaurants and Jay Leshark heads down to Rawai to check out the food and chat with the awesome owner K.Meen and gets to try the Pumpkin gnocchi. Rustic and Blue by the Sea is set on a hillside in Rawai Phuket, and has stunning

Testing a Mini Scuba Tank with a Hand Pump That Lets You Dive for 10 Minutes The Scorkl Pro

Scorkl is a mini scuba device that can be pumped up by hand and it allows you to dive for up to 10 minutes. Well, that’s what the marketing words say. SCORKL – Breathe underwater with TOTAL freedom 5 Star Marine YouTube host Jay Leshark spent 2 days testing the Scorkl at Blue Tree Phuket

More Than 1 Million Life Bag Donations Over 2 Years

5 Star Marine has dedicated over 2 years to packing, distributing, and donating of emergency food relief; giving their time and energy by providing continuous support to those in need throughout the Pandemic. This devoted effort has now seen an estimated 1 million life bags go out to disadvantaged and underprivileged communities around Phuket, Krabi,

Krabi Private Tour

With a Krabi Private Tour onboard one of 5 Star Marine’s luxury private speedboats, you will get to experience the stunning beauty of Ko Hong Krabi and the smaller Krabi province archipelagos. Plus, you get to enjoy all of this at your own pace when you book a Krabi Private Tour. The sheer natural beauty

Check out The Phuket Boat Tour to Coral Island Video. Our next Phuket Adventure (WITH 15 Kids)

Host of 5 Star Marine YouTube channel Jay Leshark joins a family-friendly trip to Coral Island. 2 boats and 15 kids, how will Jay cope? The only way to find out is to watch the video below. If you are looking for a perfect family boat tour then this trip is a must. Coral Island,

Phuket Private Tour

Experience stunning seascapes, tropical islands, and limestone karsts around Phuket and the surrounding islands in absolute comfort onboard one of 5 Star Marine’s Phuket Private Tours. On your Phuket Private Tour, we will send a proposal with a suggested itinerary. Why do we say “suggested”? Well, when you arrive at the pier for your Phuket

Khai Islands Private Tour

When you book our Khai Islands Private Tour, you get to experience not just one, but a group of three famous, small islands. Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nai and Koh Khai Nui; each offer something slightly different, and The Khai Islands Private Tour is a mere 15 – 20 minute speedboat ride from our

3 Day 2 Night Tour To Koh Mook [Part 2 Of 3]

Jump back on board with Jay, Alex, and the crew of Lucus 1 as they continue their 3 days 2 night exploration of Koh Mook, Koh Kradan, Koh Ngai, Phi Phi, Railay and beyond. These overnight tours are a special addition that we set up here at 5 Star Marine when the pandemic started. If

How To Avoid the Crowds – Early Bird Phi Phi Tour or Sunset Tour?

So, as we start to see trickles of tourism return to the island, we have been answering lots of questions from many of our 1st time bookers as well as our return guests. Let’s explore some of the most common questions we’ve been asked: Q: What is the tour itinerary? When you hire a private

James Bond Island Private Tour

One of our most popular day trip destinations is the world-renowned James Bond Island Private Tour, which takes you to Phang Nga Bay. This luxury VIP speedboat Private Tour allows you to enjoy famous sights, along with more active pursuits such as exploring caves in the area and taking a canoe out around the formations.

Phi Phi Island Private Tour

Enjoy our Phi Phi Islands Private Tour, where you get to experience the ultimate and iconic scenery on your very own private day trip. With 5 Star Marine, you can discover this world-famous location in luxury, onboard one of their VIP, upgraded speedboats. Our experienced captains and crew know just how to miss the crowds

Looking For A Memorable Experience? – The Official Monthly Newsletter

It’s been another great month of tours. Seeing the smiling faces of our team, our guests and reading the amazing reviews online has really inspired us all to keep fighting forward. We are moving now into some of the best sea conditions of the year so it’s time to get out explore and find new

Thailand Pass Breaking News – Updated Test And Go Measures – March 2022

The CCSA met last week to discuss the further easing of restrictions and to allow the process of entry into Thailand as a tourist easier. In the announcement after the meeting, there were a number of changes to the entry conditions into Thailand. These changes include the elimination of the need for a pre-departure RT-PCR

Phuket Foodies – Smoking Fish In Jay’s Backyard Restaurant

Once a month we like to highlight a local restaurant or local cuisine and this month Jay took on the cooking himself. He brined some fish (with his own homemade brine) and then smoked them on his Smoker (what else does he smoke?). Find out all of this and more in this weeks’ vLog here:

Private Boat Hire Phuket – Reclaim Your Sense of Adventure

Luxury Private Speedboats 5 Star Marine has a growing fleet of VIP, luxury speedboats available for private boat hire in Phuket. Experience stunning seascapes, tropical islands, and limestone karsts around Phuket and the surrounding islands in absolute comfort. Their entire fleet has been custom built and enhanced to ensure you get the most luxurious time

Challenge Jay. BJJ on the beach

This week Jay was with Coach Nando from Gracie Barra Phuket learning Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu on the beach at Surin. As well as learning how to defend himself Jay was challenged to a sparring session with Coach Nando. See it in full here:

Phuket Breaking News – March 2022 – Test And Go Updated, A Stolen Chicken And More

Jay and Shaun give you their view of the Monthly Phuket News. From the changes to the Test and Go Program to a lost chicken. From a new movie production in Phuket to the need for increasing emergency food relief. Catch up on all of the latest news! Watch it here:

Amazing Greek Food In Phuket – Is It Even Possible?

Join Jay as he tours through the different food options available at Blue Tree. On his tour, he stops off at a Greek Food Truck (yes there is great Greek Food in Phuket). By amazing co-incidence, Jay was good friends with the current chef of this particular Food Truck. Watch along below:

Thailand Pass Adventures: Fishing With Jay, His Family And Camera Man Charlie (Or Was It Alex?)

Join Jay and his family on board with Camera Man Charlie (Or was it Alex?) as they head out on a 5 Star Marine Private Boat Tour. In this week’s video Jay is fishing, snorkeling, and exploring the closer in islands around Phuket. See it all here:

What Happened At 5 Star Marine In The Last 12 Months?

It’s been a crazy 2 years. Unprecedented is the word that comes to mind. Global tourism shutdown, we completely changed our business model, we provided over 610,000 life bags to people in need, we started a foundation, moved offices, and delivered over 1000 memorable boat experiences. And that’s just a few of the things that we

Phuket Breaking News – Test And Go, Sandbox, Crocodiles And A New Water Park

Join Jay and Shaun from 5 Star Marine as they discuss the latest news stories on Phuket. From the resumption of the Test and Go program, to Crocodiles being found on Bangtao Beach and a new water park opening up. This is a light-hearted version of the news designed to keep you informed as well

JAYS CHALLENGES: A Day Cleaning The 5 Star Marine Boat

We are pleased to introduce a new series of videos to our YouTube channel called Jays Challenges. Jay has been having way too much fun fishing, snorkeling, swimming with sharks and more so it’s time he does some of the hard work around the office. Shaun asked Jay to complete his first challenge in this

Phuket Sandbox Adventures: Phi Phi Islands, Reef Sharks And Monkeys – All In One Day!

After 20+ months of recovery time, the Phi Phi Islands has restored back to what it was 15+ years ago. In fact, I would say that it is looking better than I have ever seen it in the entire time I have been here in Phuket Island Hopping. That’s why Jay and I feel so

Thailand Pass, Phuket Sandbox, Test And Go – We’re Confused Are You?

We’ve been receiving a lot of messages lately with confused travelers asking us to clarify the current rules on entry into Thailand and more than that, what they can do once they are here in Phuket. Can you go Island Hopping in the Phuket Sandbox? Do you need to stay the full 7 days of

Life Bag Project Summary

As 2022 starts off with a few shaky steps we look back over 2021 with satisfaction knowing that the Food Relief project that we started back in 2020 had a dramatic impact on our local community as well as our staff, team and volunteers involved in the project. Across 2021 we delivered in excess of

Phuket Sandbox – What Can You Do? Where Can You Go? Is Island Hopping Even Allowed?

With Phuket and Thailand changing the rules for entry into the Country in January there has been a lot of questions from travelers around what they can and can’t do, where they can visit by boat, and what island hopping tours are allowed. Shaun took some time to film a video complete with a map

The Ongoing Emergency Food Security Crisis In Phuket

If you are living in Phuket then you would be fully aware of the escalating covid situation here. Cases are going up, workers are being ordered to stay at home, communities are being isolated. This is not something new, in fact it’s something that countries worldwide have been battling now for almost 3 years. The

Thailand Pass Adventures – What To Do In Phuket If You Can’t Go Island Hopping By Boat!

Join Jay as he takes you on a kid-friendly tour around Phuket’s attractions that are not snorkeling, island hopping. Visit the Phuket Aquarium, Monkey Hill and so much more in this video. See more here:

Thailand Pass Adventures – Welcome To The 5 Star Marine Office

Join Jay and Shaun (or is it really Shaun) as they tour the 5 Star Marine offices and show you a little behind the scenes of what happens while you are out on tour. For things to run smoothly on the water the hard-working admin team and management team are always cleaning, preparing, and organizing

BREAKING NEWS – Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi Sandbox Open – Test And Go Closed

Apologies for all the updates lately but as we stay on top of the changing nature of entry into Thailand we feel it is important to keep our customers updated. On Friday the CCSA held a meeting to discuss new measures and restrictions as it relates to Thailand in response to the rising case numbers

Thailand Pass – Test And Go CLOSED – Phuket Sandbox Open – THE LATEST NEWS!

With the latest outbreak of Covid starting to affect travel internationally Thailand has made changes to the entry requirements into Thailand. One of the major changes is that the Test and Go system for entry is now suspended indefinitely. Right now the only way to enter Thailand without 14 days Quarantine is via the Phuket

Phuket Thailand News Update – December 2021 – What’s Happening In Phuket?

Join Jay and Shaun as they discuss the gradual return of tourism to Phuket, how we can tell tourism is returning, and check out one of Jay’s favorite Som Tum Restaurants in Phuket. Oh and for those who are interested Shaun talks about some of the challenges facing the unemployed as tourism returns.

And That’s A Wrap

We are excited to remain open for the entire Christmas and New Year period, and are looking forward to welcoming you on board for a tailor-made and festive private speedboat tour with us during this time! Reflecting on the last 12 months, we would like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU for the level of

As Tourism Starts To Resume Our Food Relief Project Continues.

For over 20 months the 5 Star Marine team has been purchasing dry food supplies, packing life bags, and then distributing them into the community. This project started during the first Covid Lockdown in Phuket. From there it has grown from a few hundred bags a week to a few thousand bags a week. In

Thailand Pass Adventures: Banana Beach, Coral Island And Khai Island, Phuket Thailand.

Join Jay, his little monsters, our crew, and some of our wonderful local customers as they head out on a Private Custom Boat Tour to Khai Island, Coral Island, Mai Ton, and more in this week’s video with Jay. In the video, you will see Jay find a Message in a Bottle on the beach,

Phuket Private Boat Charter

Deciding which company to book a Phuket Private Boat Charter with, as well as which tropical paradise you want to explore for the day can lead to a confusing lineup of different options. To help you consider your choices, we have looked at some of the more important criteria to allow you to determine your

Andy’s Top Tips – Thailand Pass Hints

What Is The Thailand Pass? The Thailand Pass is an online system designed to support the country’s ‘Ease of Travel’ thus making the documentation and process for travelers entering Thailand more efficient than the previous Certificate of Entry (COE). As per the old COE, the Thailand Pass will collect data for entry forms, however, it

Maya Bay To Reopen in January

The Iconic Bay Maya Bay is one of the most iconic areas in the Phi Phi islands, situated on Phi Phi Ley it was made famous after featuring in the 2000 movie, “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio. The Closure The Department of National Parks Wildlife and Plant Conservation shut the bay down completely to tourists

Thailand Pass Fun

Watch our latest video to see the adventures of Lucus, Aswa, Jay, and cameraman Sunny as they head out fishing, snorkeling, freediving, and more around Phuket. After leaving the 5 Star Pier at Boat Lagoon the excited team makes a stop at Koh Mai Ton. This is normally part of our dolphin spotting tour and

Phi Phi / James Bond Combo Day Tour

This is one of our most popular VIP private speedboat day trips. This combination tour has a little something for everyone; from snorkeling with rich marine life, swimming in bright turquoise lagoons, seeing famous beaches and coves; to canoeing, spectacular karst rock seascapes, and of course the iconic James Bond Island. Phi Phi is a

Thailand Pass Adventures: James Bond Island And Phi Phi Island In The Same Day

We are quite often asked if it’s possible to do both James Bond Island and Phi Phi Island on the same day, so we sent Jay out on tour with some of our customers to see if it’s really possible. Ride along with Jay and the 5 Star Marine team as they stop off in

Phuket Sandbox Update – Thailand Pass And More!

As Thailand continues to adopt the “Live With Covid” model the national government announced a staged re-opening to Thailand. 63 countries have been announced as being able to enter Thailand quarantine-free. For those countries on the list, there is still the Sandbox Model as well as the Quarantine Model as well. All of these can

5 Star Marine Launches Living Waters Phuket Foundation

The first united Foundation in Phuket to provide grants in support of vulnerable communities! A Brighter Future For Phuket Shaun Stenning, CEO of 5 Star Marine explains: “Phuket has needed a credible and well thought out Foundation for years, so I decided to set one up with 5 Star Marine being the major funding source

Phuket Sandbox Gone? Thailand Open? What Do The Locals Think?

November 1st, 2021 Phuket and greater Thailand are opening without Quarantine to 46 countries. These 46 countries will not have to complete the Phuket Sandbox, just a single covid test on arrival, and then the travelers are free to explore. Here is the list of countries: Don’t worry if you are not on the list,

Phuket Sandbox Adventures On The 5 Star Marine Snorkelling And Dolphin Experience.

One of our most popular tours during the Phuket Sandbox has been our Dolphins and Snorkelling experience. This is a great family-friendly trip that allows our guests to snorkel the waters of Mai Ton, spend some time spotting the local pod of dolphins, and then onto Coral Island for some lunch. There are a number

Phuket Readies For A Relaxation Of Rules With A Beach Clean At The Khai Islands

The 5 Star Marine team joined with UWC Thailand, Royal Phuket Marine, Sustainable Mai Khao, Phuket Marine Department, and the Koh Yao Yai Village Leaders to clean up the Khai Islands. With the annual monsoon season drawing to a close the Khai Islands were in need of a good clean to prepare them for the

Phuket Sandbox Update – No Quarantine? No More Sandbox? Phuket Is OPEN.

BREAKING NEWS – Thailand Prime Minister Announces No Quarantine For Travellers From Some Countries. As Phuket and Thailand in general move to a “Live With Covid” model and look to restart tourism the National Government are making positive announcements to support the reopening of Thailand. In a recent televised announcement, the Prime Minister suggested that

Phuket Food Relief Update – 19 Months And The Need Is Still High

The 5 Star Marine team is continuing with their food relief efforts here in Phuket. After 19 months of providing emergency food relief to the local community, our team is proud to continue to help those in need. In this month’s update, I took the time to share with you why this Food Relief Project

Phuket Sandbox Update – 7 Day Sandbox, Bars Open, Island Hopping Easier Than Ever!

As Phuket transitions away from its wet season towards the dry (or high) season, the Thailand Government has made a major and positive update to the Phuket Sandbox program. Instead of being a 14-day Sandbox Program or the 7+7 Day Sandbox Model, it is now just a simple and easy ‘7 Day Sandbox’. Along with

Rules for Domestic Guest Speedboat Day Trips – October 2021

The weather is starting to turn, the seas are getting calmer and in addition, the islands around Phuket are still quiet. So, this really is the best time to appreciate a VIP speedboat day out on the water with friends and family. For clarity, 5 Star Marine have broken down the rules per destination for

Island Hopping Here We Go

We are thrilled to welcome a LOAD of new destinations to enjoy from 1st October; and yes, these are going to be open to both Sandbox and Domestic guests. With the change in season, the seas become calmer so let’s take a look at the exciting new destinations which now become accessible; working our way

New Island Destinations for Phuket Day Tours

From the 15th of October 2021, there will be additional day tour options available to both Domestic and Sandbox customers. This time of year brings with it a change from the Monsoon to the Dry Season; where you can enjoy calmer winds and sea conditions which unite for a perfect combination for a day out

The Heart-breaking Shortage of Life Bags

Today we take you along with us to show you the highs and the real lows of what a day out delivering Life Bags really looks like, from the inside. Join Nando from Sutai Muay Thai, Shaun Stenning, Khun Zeera, and the rest of the team from 5 Star Marine on a day in the

Here we go Again! – Phuket Sandbox Rules Update

Today we are thrilled to report good, positive news – now doesn’t that make a change to the negative news cycle? The new Sandbox rules mean that from now on it is easier than it has ever been before for Sandbox guests to explore Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island, Phi Phi, Hong Krabi, and

Phuket Sandbox Day Tours – TAT SHA Plus Approved

Since the initial opening of the Phuket Sandbox scheme, 5 Star Marine have been operating SHA Plus Approved Day Tours for customers who joined the 14 Day Program and 7+7 Program Sandbox initiative. As we continue to provide Day Tours to the islands around Phuket, we have been busy making sure we are up to

What to Look for in a Sandbox Phuket Private Boat Charter?

Deciding where you want to explore on a Phuket Private Boat Charter, as well as who to book the tour with can lead to a confusing choice overload. To help determine what to look for we have considered the more important criteria, so you can focus on what matters when looking for a Sandbox Phuket

Breaking News – Phi Phi, Phang Nga and Khai Islands Day Trips

We have just received updated and encouraging new rules for Domestic and Sandbox guests which make day tours to locations such as Phi Phi and Phang Nga Bay even easier. Here at 5 Star Marine, we have already done the hard work to understand how this affects you getting out on the water, so you

Sandbox Seascapes & James Bond Island

Sandbox Day Tour Enjoy a day sightseeing, caving, and even experiencing a picnic lunch minus the hordes of tourists around the fantastic seascapes of Phang Nga Bay and the world-famous James Bond Island – this is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience James Bond Island in peace and quiet. Here at 5 Star Marine, we have

5 Star Marine Wins 2021 Tripadvisor

Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Award We feel extremely privileged to receive this achievement from Tripadvisor, which celebrates companies that consistently deliver the very best experiences possible to its customers, therefore earning top guest reviews. This award puts 5 Star Marine in the top 10% of businesses on Tripadvisor and celebrates them as the

Food Relief Efforts 1.5 Years In – Biweekly Update

With no end in sight from the devastating community impact, here at 5 Star Marine, we’re working around the clock to make sure more people than ever before receive a vital helping hand. Despite the challenges, we have managed to make August the largest month for Life Bag donations so far, with OVER 17,000 Life

Team Work

The past 2 weeks have been a blur of activity trying to keep up with donation efforts, despite the tighter Covid-19 restrictions here in Phuket. These have unfortunately forced us to pause our mass packing efforts. However, even without our dedicated and fantastic volunteers being able to help out, we still need to pack, deliver

Domestic Vs Sandbox Rules

With all the different rules and regulations depending on if you are a domestic guest or a Sandbox visitor, we thought that this needed breaking down; so here it is:  CURRENT REGULATIONS   DOMESTIC GUESTS SANDBOX TRAVELLERS Pier Boat Lagoon, Chalong Pier Chalong Pier Destinations* Coral Island, Racha Islands, Mai Ton Island Coral Island, Racha

August Updates for Sandbox Guests

There have been a number of brand-new Provincial rule changes, so make sure you are up to date with the latest information. Let’s take a look at what has changed:  WHAT WAS THE 7+7 MODEL? There was previously a planned 7+7 model; this was essentially where Sandbox tourists would have needed to stay in Phuket

Phuket Needs You

So, let’s start with the good news; Phuket Sandbox successfully opened, and tourists are coming into Phuket – this helps start to fill the enormous gap that the island has faced as one of the most travel-dependent economies in the world. However, let’s look at what else is going on here right now – Covid-19

NEWS UPDATE – Sandbox Customers Island Tours

PART 1: New Rules for Sandbox Customers   Phuket recently announced some changes for Sandbox customers; what they can do and where they can go. A brand new update states that Sandbox customers can now go to some other islands after their 7th day of being in Phuket (they were previously only allowed to travel to

Can Sandbox Customers Go Island Hopping?

Here’s what you need to know about the island hopping, the check-in process, the do’s and the don’ts for your first 14 days as a Sandbox customer: Where can you go in the first 14 days? Within the first 14 days of arriving in Phuket, Sandbox customers are currently able to go to: Racha Coral

You NEED to Know This: Can you go to Phi Phi?

“Can I go to Phi Phi?” Well, with some requirements to be aware of, 5 Star Marine have broken these down for you. We know the rules, we have been through the process so that we know exactly what to do and how to do it. . so here is the lowdown: WHO is allowed

We’re On a Roll

With the successful and highly anticipated reopening of Phuket via the Sandbox program on July 1st under our belt, which welcomed fully vaccinated international visitors with no need to quarantine; we have been busy making sure we were ready for our international bookings as well as our continued domestic support.  From the get-go on July

Stamp and You Shall Receive

Here at 5 Star Marine, we love seeing how much our guests enjoy their travels onboard our private speedboats to Phi Phi, the Similan Islands, Hong Krabi, and beyond. For the past 16 months, our loyal residents have kept us busy exploring the islands around Phuket and Krabi, and now we feel that it is

The Need Continues, and So Will We

From July 1st, 2021 we welcomed a positive and critical step in the right direction; with the opening of the Phuket Sandbox. With hopes that this will help jump-start the return of international tourism and the economic benefits that come with this for an island such as Phuket. We are all hopeful that this will

The Life of a Life Bag – Video by Chris Parker

5 Star Marine was thrilled to welcome Chris Parker, (from Retired Working For You), as he joined their usual weekly efforts to see exactly what goes on behind the scenes of each vital life bag. Chris Parker got an inside glimpse of how things work right from the organized packing efforts by volunteers at Sutai

5 Star Marine – TAT SHA Plus Approved

5 Star Marine pride themselves on continuously striving to remain an industry leader in all areas; and they were in fact one of the first private boat companies in Phuket to be awarded the TAT SHA Certification in 2020, followed by the TAT SHA Plus Certification in 2021. As the Phuket Sandbox officially reopened to

Private Charter FAQs

Once you’ve decided to book a Private Boat Charter with 5 Star Marine your mind naturally wonders what should you bring to the boat to ensure you have a wonderful day? FAQ: What is Included Onboard? FAQ: What Should I Bring Onboard Passport Copy / Thai ID (if you have provided a digital copy, there

‘Captain’s Choice’ – A Maximum Flexibility Private Tour

Captain’s Choice is 5 Star Marine’s unique luxury boat tour experience, offering you the perfect combination of maximum convenience plus flexibility. It brings together a new collection of inspired day sea tours tailored to your personal expectations; with an element of surprise thrown in to ensure your day is exactly what you would have wished

What a Year!

We know that uncertainty remains at unprecedented levels globally, but we wanted to take a moment to look back on all the positive experiences from the last year, to realize how far we have come – and wow what a year it has been for us. We took time to regroup and focus on reprioritizing

46800 Meals Distributed In The Last 14 Days

As Covid continues to restrict the local Phuket economy our team here at 5 Star Marine, lead by Shaun Stenning continues to dig deep and help the community. The third wave of Covid created more devastation than any other wave has. This means that our team has had to step up and deliver more life

Paradise in Phi Phi

Phi Phi is infamous in the Phuket region, with one of its iconic islands featuring in the 2000 movie, “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio. A Phi Phi private tour with 5 Star Marine offers crystal clear tropical waters with stunning coral reefs to produce fantastic snorkeling, abound with marine life. Plus, the spectacular and well-known

New Offices, Same 5 Star Service

We are excited to announce that we have been keeping ourselves busy in the last few days by taking a giant (out of water) leap and moving into our brand-new office space. This has been a natural progression for us, as we continue to expand our business to meet new domestic and international market demands. 

A Snapshot Of Our Life Bag Program In May​ 2021

If you didn’t know, for the last 14 months our business has been helping our local community survive through one of the most economically trying times ever seen. As a tourist island, Phuket was devastated by Covid leaving so many without work, businesses closed and the local community needed help. Seeing this need we stepped

No Quarantine in Phuket For Vaccinated Tourists

International Travellers – What You Need to Know Phuket will be the first destination in Thailand to reopen to overseas tourists, from July 2021. This comes after over 15 months of the island being closed off to tourists; and now the local businesses, restaurants, hotels, and shops are looking forward to welcoming travelers back. Thailand

April And May – Toughest Months Of Covid

We are often asked if we are continuing with our donation work during 2021. The answer is YES. Not only are we continuing with our donation work we have increased the amount we are donating and the frequency of our donations. During April Phuket saw a resurgence of Covid with daily case numbers creating concern

Limited VIP Trips Re-Starting on 1st June 2021

During the last few weeks, our private boat tours have been put on hold to help keep Phuket safe. During this time, we have been able to concentrate on our charity efforts as well as finding safe and responsible ways to get our VIP guests back out on the water. Our piers, boats, and office

Community Efforts and Preparing for the Road Ahead

Here at 5 Star Marine, we passed a huge milestone this April (2021) – of over 14 months of continuous efforts supporting vulnerable communities in need situated in and around the Phuket and Phang Nga areas. Over 60-weeks of donations have produced an incredible amount of these Life Bags; more than 160,000 have been paid

360 Degrees, Yes Please

Ko Hong Krabi and the smaller Krabi province archipelagos are typically quieter than the more popular Phi Phi or Phang Nga Bay areas. However, the area provides you with everything you could want from a day out with your friends or family – snorkeling, discovering white sandy private beaches, hiking, or sightseeing – there is

Closure Notice

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of today (Sunday 18th April) 5 Star Marine are pausing all tours for 14 days, in line with the brand-new Government requirement announcement. In summary, these new guidelines outline that: 1. Restricted Activities – underwater pursuits are prohibited, including snorkeling/diving; 2. Restricted Areas – Phuket is a ‘red zone’ which means our

All Good Things Must Come to an End

  Last Chance Tourism isn’t a new concept. The enthralling social and psychological notion has been around for several years, feeding tourists with a desire to visit or experience a place at risk of vanishing, (or altering due to climate change), while they still can. Now, I am not suggesting that Thailand is about to

Important Update on Cancellations – April 2021

Customers At 5 Star Marine, we are proud to say that you, our valued customers, always remain our top priority. This means that if you would like to cancel your April adventure on the sea with us, we will happily provide a refund of your deposit, no questions asked. We understand that right now, with

Complete Guide to Getting into Thailand – Updated April 2021

International Arrivals Requirements Introduction The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced a full list of the requirements for vaccinated international travelers to enter Phuket with reduced quarantine measures.   Stages The new requirements came into effect on April 1st, 2021, and are split into two stages: April 1st, 2021 until June 30th, 2021 –

How do you like my island, Mr Bond?

With virtually no tourists around, why not take some time now to visit one of the (normally) busiest islands in Ao Phang Nga National Park – the one and only James Bond Island.  With a custom Phang Nga Bay tour, 5 Star Marine will guide you around hidden coves and lagoons, as well as stopping

5 Star Marine Supports One Phuket

5 Star Marine together with Sutai Muay Thai continues to collectively pool their resources to assist vulnerable communities in and around Phuket and Phang Nga and has done so for over a year now. To date they have donated in excess of 150,000 life bags; each one containing enough staple supplies to feed a family

UWC Lends a Helping Hand to 5 Star Marine

  5 Star Marine and Sutai Muay Thai continued to support vulnerable communities in and around Phuket and Phang Nga for over a year now, and to date, we have exceeded over 150,000 life bag donations, (each of the bags contains enough staple supplies to feed a family of 5 for around 4 days). 5

Bon Appetit!

With so many stunning locations on offer with our range of private speedboat tours, you might just want to just sit back, relax and enjoy all the experience has to offer – and not worry about what to pack for lunch, or if restaurants will be open or not. With this in mind, 5 Star

In Safe Hands, with 5 Star Marine

5 Star Marine pride themselves on continuously striving to remain an industry leader in all areas, and when it comes to Covid-19 safety this is certainly no exception. They were, in fact, one of the first private boat companies in Phuket to be awarded the TAT SHA Certification in 2020. So, what exactly is this

Overnight Sea Life Safari

Thailand’s local wildlife has been given a much-needed chance to recover since the disappearance of tourists flooding in. Islands and national parks have seen sea and wildlife populations start to return, making right now a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get out and explore.  The Sea Life Safari offers a chance to relax and enjoy the abundance

Covid 19 Donation Update February 2021

As we move towards the end of February I felt it was important to give a quick update to our customers, friends, family, and supporters on our efforts to provide food relief to local Phuket residents.  We are now past the 12-month mark of the devastating effects of tourism here in Phuket.  We are seeing

Welcome Lucus 5 – VIP Speedboat

Due to strong support by our local ex-pat community, 5 Star Marine is proud to announce the arrival of Lucus 5. Adding to our existing fleet of 3 VIP Custom Private Speedboats, Lucus 5 is a 39 feet speedboat complete with back decking, Bluetooth sound, 2 X 250 HP Yamaha Engines, VIP Matting, and full

Volunteers Needed For Saturday 30th January 2021

This Saturday The 30th January 2021 At 9:00 AM We Need Your Help. Due To The Resurgence Of Covid 19 More And More Families In Phuket Are Without Work. For Over 11 Months We’ve Been Packing And Distributing Life Bags. This Saturday We Need Some Extra Hands To Prepare A Donation. There Is No Cost,

Phang Nga Bay Private Boat Tour

I am often asked when I join our customers on tour what is my favorite destination to visit on a Private Boat Tour. The answer to the question is difficult and my answer will change dependent on the season. But one part of my answer will always stay the same and that is that Phang

5 Star Marine Covid Update January 2021

After a pretty rough 2020, we were hoping that 2021 would see a more stable and predictable Domestic Tourism market and the return in a small way of an international tourism market. The reality is that the start of 2021 has seen a lot of uncertainty combined with a resurgence in Covid 19 cases here

Frequently Asked Private Boat Charter Questions

As we continue to grow our customer base and offer more unique Private Boat Charter Experiences it’s important we feel to write a post that offers answers to our most asked questions. Find some of our most frequently asked questions answers below: What Do You Have On Your Private Boat? In all of our Private

Phuket Boat Lagoon Private Boat Charter Office

During this Covid 19 Season, the 5 Star Marine team has been well supported by the local and domestic markets booking private boats and excursions. Combine this with our Donation program that has seen over 100,000 meals donated by the team we thought it was time to move to a location more central to the

Lucus 3 Private Boat Charter Phuket

Here at 5 Star Marine, we have taken the opportunity during Covid to expand our product offerings and also expand our assets.  In the last week, we have been lucky enough to launch our 3rd boat, Lucus 3, into the water and have it out on Charter. Lucus 3 is similar to our Lucus 1

How Long Do We Have A 5 Star Marine Boat For During A Private Charter?

    One of the frequently asked questions I received from customers prior to booking a Private Boat Charter with us is how long they get the boat for. The answer to us is simple, as long as it’s safe to be out on the water. We do not hire out our boats more than

Why Does 5 Star Marine Donate Life Bags To The Local Community Of Phuket?

Avid followers of our social media know that multiple times a week we are out in the local community donating Life Bags to villagers who are in need.  Covid 19 has devastated the local economy here in Phuket where more than 90% of our GDP was reliant on International Tourism. When Covid 19 first hit

Phuket Private Boat Charter

Are you looking for a Private Boat Charter while visiting Phuket?  You may be overwhelmed by the options available to you.  Just a quick google search will show up millions of results from large companies to small, from owner-operated companies to agents.  So how do you decide which is the right Private Boat Charter for

What’s Left To Explore? Some Ideas for The Upcoming Christmas Break!

With travel looking like it will still be restricted in the upcoming Christmas break some of us are looking at what we can do to keep our kids entertained and maybe explore something that we have not seen before. The good news is that in the December / January period we are past the Wet

What Happens To A Private Boat Tour If The Weather Is Poor?

We have been asked a lot the last month or so what happens to a Private Boat Tour if the weather is bad, the wind is high or the sea is rough.  It’s a good question and relevant this September and October as we are still in the Phuket Wet Season. The answer is different from

Why You Should Support Local Businesses During Covid 19 Pandemic

  During this difficult time of the COVID, 19 Pandemic as many as 70% of tourism businesses have not been able to re-open here in Phuket.  Whether that is from a lack of customers, financial problems, or staffing problems it doesn’t matter, what matters is that this means a lot of people are without work.

Raya Island, A Special Place In The 5 Star Heart

  Raya Island also is known as Racha Island or King Island has a special place in the heart of the team here at 5 Star Marine.  You see, the first place that we ever visited on our first ever boat, Lucus 1, was Raya Island. Raya Island is a favorite location of Shaun and

The Different Seasons Of A Phi Phi Island Tour

I often get asked by our customers why some people who book private boats with us go to the same location multiple times a year.  The answer is a little complex but please allow me to explain. Phi Phi Island is a set of 6 Islands and each island has multiple areas to explore.  Depending

Can You Do Overnight Tours With 5 Star Marine?

  I’ve had some interesting conversations over the past few weeks with customers about the types of tours that a private boat company like 5 Star Marine can do. As a True Private Boat company, and what I mean by that is we cater only to the Private Boat Market, we are not a group

When Will Phuket Open Post Covid?

When Will Phuket Open Post COVID? One of the most asked questions on Facebook Groups that are related to traveling to Phuket is "When Will Phuket Open?" The answer to the question until now has been "no one knows". There were reported efforts of a travel bubble, which would allow entry of certain citizens from

Is Maya Bay At The Phi Phi Islands Open?

Is Maya Bay At The Phi Phi Islands Open? One of the highlights of touring around Phuket via Private Speedboat is visiting Maya Bay.  For those of you who may be a little younger, you may not know why Maya Bay is so well known.  You see, Maya Bay was featured in a movie that

The Hidden Features of Phang Nga Bay

The Hidden Features of Phang Nga Bay Having just arrived back from a wonderful day exploring Phang Nga Bay I found myself wondering, is James Bond Island really the Jewel of Phang Nga Bay, or are there other equally stunning locations within the Bay? The answer it seems was pretty obvious. Prior to the Covid

Covid 19 Hotel Specials 2020

Covid 19 Hotel Specials 2020 Here at 5 Star Marine, we have been lucky enough to help happy travelers from Phuket, Bangkok, and surrounds to reach their intended destination.  With the effect of Covid 19 being felt across Phuket, Koh Yao Yai, Koh Yao Noi, Phi Phi Island, and beyond there are a number of

5 Star Marine Transfer Service

5 Star Marine Transfer Service Over the last few weeks as the Covid 19 restrictions in Thailand lift and Domestic Tourism resumes we have had a lot of inquiries about transfer boats from Phuket to Yao Yai / Yao Noi / Phi Phi, Krabi, and beyond. Here at 5 Star Marine, we offer a Private

Covid Safe Private Boats Phuket

5 Star Marine aims to be an industry leader and when it comes to Covid Safety, Health and Cleanliness we have taken extensive measures to ensure that our boats, our crew, our policies, and procedures are industry-leading. Take a look at some of the steps we’ve taken to ensure your safety while on the water

Santhiya Resort Koh Yao Yai Transfers

Santhiya Resort Koh Yao Yai Transfers Our team was lucky enough to recently visit and stay at Santhiya Resort Koh Yao Yai as they are offering Post Covid specials which are simply spectacular.  The Santhiya Resort has been one of our dream places to visit and stay as we often do return Private Boat Transfers

What Is 5 Star Marine Doing To Make Private Boat Hires Safe Post Covid19?

What Is 5 Star Marine Doing To Make Private Boat Hires Safe Post Covid19? We are very aware of how the Covid19 pandemic has affected us locally here in Phuket but also all of our international friends and customers.  Being parents of a 7-year-old boy we are as equally concerned as any other parent about

Family Celebrations and Experiences Done The 5 Star Way!

Family Celebrations and Experiences Done 5 Star Way! You probably don’t know it, but the team here at 5 Star Marine are extensively experienced in creating and executing family celebrations, romantic experiences, and wedding receptions that integrate amazing scenery, beautiful blue water, and private islands. Let me give you a few examples: New Years Day

Cheap Phi Phi Island Tours

Prior to providing Private Boat Tours to island sets like the Phi Phi Islands we were heavily involved in the resale and promotion of Cheap Phi Phi Island Group Tours.  The kind of tours where 35 to 50 people are on a boat and they quickly move from stop to stop. As a reseller of

5 Star Marine Helping The Local Community During Covid 19 Pandemic

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you’d notice that the team at 5 Star Marine are working closely with the local community to help get support to those who need it. Over the last few weeks, we have been donating rice, water, chicken, beef, and more to communities that have been significantly affected

Private Boat Lucus 1 Renovation And Covid19 Deep Cleaning

During the Corona Virus (Covid19) period we here at 5 Star Marine Phuket decided it would be ideal to take our Private Boat, Lucus 1 out of the water for yearly maintenance.  During this maintenance period, we did a deep clean on Lucus 1. What Is A Deep Clean? All fixtures and fittings from the

What Are The Best Private Boat Tours For Young Children?

As a father of a 7-year-old boy, I understand what it’s like to take Children out on tour as a parent.  Lucus, my son, has been coming out on boats since he was 6 months old and I’ve found that as he gets older the kinds of tours that he can join the change. Based

What Is A Traditional Phi Phi Island Private Boat Tour?

Often when we are discussing with potential clients a Private Boat Charter to the Phi Phi Islands we are asked what is a traditional Phi Phi Island tour.  Our answer is generally direct and maybe a little confusing for our guests.  You see, we say we don’t have a traditional Phi Phi Island tour, every

Corona Virus And Phuket Private Boat Tours

All parts of the world are concerned about the current Corona Virus health crisis, which is fully understandable considering the quick growth of the virus and the uncertainty it is creating. Here at 5 Star Marine Phuket, we have been taking steps to help our local staff, local suppliers, and local operators to prepare for

Is It Possible To Request Beachside Or Hotel Pick Ups?

By default, any private boat tour booked with the 5 Star Marine team direct will include a transfer from your hotel across to our pier.  For those of you who are looking for something a little more VIP or Unique, we offer a Hotel and/or Beachside pick-up. For a small additional fee, we will move

Book Tours Before Arriving Or On Arrival To Phuket?

I often see people asking whether they should book tours before arriving in Phuket or on arrival at Phuket at the street vendors.  Whenever someone posts something like this the local community has different thoughts, ideas, and advice for the person writing the post. After 11 years here booking tours myself, being part of a

Does 5 Star Marine Do Group Tours?

We receive a lot of inquiries via Facebook, WhatsApp, and Email from Solo travelers looking to join tours with 5 Star Marine.  While we are aware that the experiences that we provide are extremely unique and memorable it’s important to understand that they are this way as no tour is the same. We customize each

What Is The Difference Between A James Bond Island Private Boat Tour and A Phi Phi Island Private Boat Tour?

Generally, when we receive inquiries about private boats we are asked what is the difference between James Bond and Phi Phi Island. The immediate response out of our mouths is they are night and day tours. The tours while taking place on the water are two completely different tours. For example, the James Bond Island

What Is The Average Group Size On A Private Boat Tour In Phuket?

Often we are asked when we are out with clients what is the average group size we work with on our Private Boat. The answer is generally between 2 and 6 people. We find that generally our clients wish to explore the islands at there own pace, with there own space and the freedom to choose to stay, go or even sleepover if that’s what they want.

Are All Private Speedboats In Phuket The Same?

When I first came to Phuket over 11 years ago I hired a Private Speedboat to take me to Phi Phi Island and also on a separate day to James Bond Island. While the speedboat was ok (not amazing, but it didn’t sink) the tour was no different from a standard Group Tour, just done

Can I Do James Bond Island And Phi Phi Island In One Day?

When people who visit Phuket are short on time, they are on a short stay or it’s just one of many stops we are often asked if it’s possible to do James Bond and Phi Phi Island all on the same day. The answer is simple, yes. BUT, and there is a big but, you

Private Speedboat Agents In Phuket

We often see posts on Facebook forums and Trip Advisor where visitors to Phuket are asking who are the best agents on Phuket to book tours through or hire Private Speedboats from. Obviously, as a Private Boat Charter provider in Phuket, we have agents across Phuket who promote our private boats to visitors, but we

Why Are Private Boat Tours More Expensive Then Group Tours In Phuket?

Here at 5 Star Marine, we specialize in Private Boat Tours, and often customers we talk to prior to joining onboard our VIP Private Speedboat ask us why our tours are more expensive than traditional Group Tours. The reality is quite simple, on a Private Boat Tour we limit the number of people on our

Which Weather App Should I Trust In Phuket?

Often we have guests ask us via message or at one of our agent locations across Phuket why the native weather applications on iPhones or Android devices often predict rain each day but the predictions are incorrect. The answer is difficult, to be honest. When we are running Private Boat Tours we often use a

Why Does 5 Star Marine Private Charters Look So New?

If you’ve read the history of 5 Star Marine you’d understand that for many years prior to starting 5 Star Marine we operated private tours through our tour agency, Lisa Phuket Tours. Our Agency was one of the top agencies in Phuket for Private Boat Tours, but on most tours, we were using boats that

What’s Best, Sunset, Sunrise Or Traditional Day Trip?

We are active members of many different forums in the Phuket area and often see visitors asking for trip recommendations and past visitors often reply with comments like “Go Early Too Miss the Crowds.” Now, this may seem like a good recommendation as this is how some group tour companies market themselves. But it’s important

Can You Still Go Island Hopping During Low (Wet) Season In Phuket

Anyone who has been in Phuket the last few days will have noticed that the season is starting to change. For the locals here, that is amazing news considering that our water supplies on the island were starting to run bare. For Tourists, though this can be concerning. If you had grand plans to visit