5 Star Marine Phuket Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) play a crucial role for several reasons. Firstly, they serve as a valuable resource for potential customers, offering answers to common queries about booking procedures, Phuket tour packages, marine safety measures, and amenities provided by 5 Star Marine Phuket. By addressing these questions proactively, FAQs help streamline the booking process and alleviate concerns, ultimately enhancing the user experience and encouraging conversion.

Moreover, FAQs contribute to transparency and trust-building, demonstrating the 5 Star Marine Phuket commitment to customer satisfaction and clear communication.

In essence, FAQs serve as an essential tool for providing comprehensive information, building credibility, and facilitating seamless interactions between us here at 5 Star Marine Phuket and you as prospective clients.

Right so that’s why we have them, and why did a whole blog post and video about them?

If you see a question below that you would like to be answered then I have two options, firstly, and the one I would love for you to do is watch the video that is linked to this page and of course like and subscribe to our YouTube channel, and secondly you can click here that takes you to our FAQ page where all the questions below are answered.

FAQ page – https://5starmarinephuket.com/2021/06/28/private-charter-faqs/

  • Please take a photo of your data page of your passport and save it on your phone, please bring this with you on the day, it is required for your tour insurance.
  • Towels (we provide cool face towels, to cool off with, but these are not Beach Towels or used for Drying Off. All hotels on the island provide Beach Towels Or Tour Towels, please request from your hotel.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash – National Park Fees need to be paid in cash. Also some restaurants and outlets on the island require cash. Please bring in Thai Baht. There is no currency exchange available on our pier and the rate on the island is very low.
  • Drinks (we provide soft drinks and water, but you are welcome to bring your own alcohol onboard at no additional charge)
  • Snacks (fresh fruits will be served)

Lunch – If you wish to stop for lunch then our experienced team can help you decide where would suit your requirements and desired itinerary.  Our guides know a number of great restaurants on each tour program and can recommend for you.  Alternatively we can organize a beach picnic for your tour; we have a selection of western and Thai sharing dishes to select from. See our menu here.

National Park Fees – Most of our tours do not include National Park Fees. You will need to bring Thai Baht to pay this fee to the Park Rangers on the day. They do not accept card or international currency.

The national park fee is not included in your quoted price. Payment for the national park fee can be made at our office before departure.

Here is a good blog post that outlines the different national parks and there associated costs: National Park Fees – How Much Are They?

The tour timing is flexible. Your guide onboard will help to adjust the timing to suit you on the day. The maximum time onboard is 8 hours. As a guide most of our guests are onboard between 5hrs and 8hrs.

The return time to the pier is flexible, your guide onboard will help to set this with you on the day. As a guide, most of our tours return to the pier between 3pm and Sunset.

We recommend coming to the pier minimum 30 minutes before departure. This will give you time to discuss your day luxury tour requirements with your guide to ensure you get the most out of your day.

Yes, we include private minibus transfers from your hotel / villa / residence to the pier for your private speedboat (unless specifically requested otherwise).

As your boat hire with us is private, timing on your tour is flexible.  If you are an early riser and wish to get out early, we can accommodate that.  If you prefer a leisurely breakfast and to get out later we can do that as well.

Our Guide Team recommend to avoid the crowds a pick up from your hotel at either 06:30 AM or 09:30 AM.  This allows us to design your tour program to miss the group tours.

Please note that some of our tours will have specific timing recommended.

For example our Bioluminescence and Phi Phi and James Bond combined tour have different recommended times.

This will be detailed in your confirmation email.

Our pier is in Boat Lagoon, you can find our location on Google Maps here.

73, 20, Tambon Ko Kaeo, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
73,20, ตําบลเกาะแก้ว, อําเภอเมืองภูเก็ต, วัดภูเก็ต 83000, ประเทศไทย

You will get only a ‘suggested’ itinerary, and this is why; when you arrive at the pier we will talk through the day plan, make suggestions (because there are variables outside of our control like the seawind condition and tide, etc.) Our concept is a joint idea between you and your guide on the day, for the best experience.

For example, if the tide is high on your Phi Phi private luxury tour date, we suggest you go to Phi Phi Ley first (explore Maya Bay, Pi Ley Lagoon, go snorkelling near Viking cave), and then in the afternoon head over to Phi Phi Don. However, for a low tide morning and high tide afternoon; the itinerary would need to reverse in order to see Maya Bay at its most beautiful.

This is why the itinerary is suggested, not set in stone. We allow for you to add in more snorkelling stops if you please, and take your time; there are no set schedules of rushing for the next stop like you might experience on group tours.

The answer is simple, it is however long you want it to be. As it is a private boat, essentially the boat is yours and your captain and crew on the day are there to give you the ultimate day out so they will take into account your requirements and help guide you.

The cost of lunch will vary depending on what you order. You can expect the cost to be similar to a Phuket Restaurant. A good guide is to budget between 100 THB And 700 THB per dish.

We hope to have great weather for your tour. As a private speedboat operator we spend a lot of time studying weather patterns. In the event we predict poor weather for your tour, we would inform you on the morning of your tour. You can then choose to cancel or re-schedule your tour (if available).

Your booking confirmation will include an option to pay a 30% deposit. The deposit is not compulsory. If you prefer you can make payment in full on the day of the tour. Please see our Payment Methods here.

We accept various payment methods for your convenience, including Mastercard, AMEX, Visa, Paypal, bank transfer or cash. PLEASE NOTE:

  1. If you choose to pay via Mastercard, Visa, or Paypal please note we charge a processing fee of 3%.
  2. If you choose to pay via Bank Transfer please transfer 7 days prior to your tour to ensure the funds are received in time.
  3. If you choose to pay via American Express Card there is a 5% processing fee.

At 5 Star Marine, we ensure that our customers remain our top priority. Therefore, we offer a flexible cancellation policy; so, if you need to cancel your tour, we will honor all cancellations made 24 hours before departure with honest, 100% refunds.

While tipping is not compulsary our team would love a tip if you believe the service was worthy of a tip. When asked what we recommended we would suggest 1,000 THB as a good tip.

The Australian Consulate-General in Phuket (also covering Krabi, Phang Nga and Surat Thani) may be able to assist you if you face issues while travelling.

Visit their website for information about the types of services available to you. The latest travel advice for Thailand can be found on the Smartraveller website.

Of course, not all your questions might have been answered in the video or on the FAQ page and if you have a specific question then please just reach out to us here at 5 Star Marine Phuket and we will be happy to answer any question of concern that you may have.

You can contact us here – https://5starmarinephuket.com/#contactus

Phuket’s Beach Bliss: A Guide to the Island’s Best Beaches by Shaun Stenning

According to Shaun Stenning, Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is a tropical paradise known for its stunning beaches that attract travelers from all corners of the globe. With its crystal-clear waters, powdery sands, and vibrant coastal culture, Phuket offers a beach experience like no other.

In this guide, we’ll take you on a journey to explore the island’s top beaches, each offering its unique charm and character.

Patong Beach

Located on the west coast of Phuket, Patong Beach is the island’s most famous and vibrant beach. It’s the go-to destination for those seeking a lively atmosphere, bustling nightlife, and a wide range of water sports and activities. While Patong is known for its energetic vibe, it also boasts a beautiful shoreline where you can unwind and watch the sunset.

 

Kata Beach

According to Shaun Stenning, For a more relaxed and family-friendly experience, Kata Beach is an excellent choice. This crescent-shaped bay is known for its clear waters and gentle waves, making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The surrounding area offers a variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops, perfect for a leisurely day by the sea.

 

Karon Beach

Adjacent to Kata Beach, Karon Beach is the third-longest beach on the island and offers a serene setting for sunbathing and beach strolls. It’s an excellent spot for those who appreciate a quieter atmosphere while still having access to dining options and water activities.

 

Surin Beach

Surin Beach is a luxurious stretch of sand dotted with some upscale resorts. The beach’s azure waters and soft sands are perfect for relaxation. It’s also a popular spot to watch the sunset. It’s a great place for snorkeling during high season at the north end, and when the tide is out it’s a great place for rock pooling with the kids.

 

Nai Harn Beach

Nai Harn Beach is a hidden gem located on the island’s southern tip. Nestled between lush hills, it offers a picturesque setting for sun worshippers. The waters are calm and inviting, making it suitable for swimming and snorkeling. The nearby Nai Harn Lake Park is perfect for a post-beach stroll or a picnic.

 

Freedom Beach

For those in search of seclusion, Freedom Beach is an oasis of tranquility accessible by boat or a jungle hike. This hidden gem boasts soft white sands and clear turquoise waters, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. It’s a paradise for nature lovers.

 

Ya Nui Beach

 

Located near Promthep Cape, Ya Nui Beach is a charming cove known for its snorkeling opportunities and stunning views. The waters here are teeming with marine life, making it a great spot for underwater exploration. The nearby windmill viewpoint offers a breathtaking panorama of the Andaman Sea.

 

Ao Sane Beach

Ao Sane Beach is a hidden treasure comprising small rocky coves perfect for snorkeling and diving. The underwater world here is a kaleidoscope of colors, making it a must-visit for water enthusiasts. Rustic beachfront restaurants provide a cozy atmosphere to relax and savor Thai cuisine.

 

Shaun Stenning said, Phuket’s beaches cater to every type of traveler, whether you’re looking for vibrant nightlife, family-friendly shores, luxurious retreats, or hidden oases of tranquility. No matter which beach you choose, you’re sure to be captivated by the island’s natural beauty and warm hospitality. So, pack your swimsuit and sunscreen and get ready to explore the beach bliss that Phuket has to offer!

Thailand News | No More Masks | 1st July 2022

In the latest Breaking Thailand News, as of the 1st of July 2022, the national mask mandate was lifted and the wearing of masks in most places has been dropped.

In our latest YouTube video Shaun Stenning the founder of 5 Star Marine Phuket and the host of the 5 Star Marine YouTube Channel Jay Leshark, discuss this and then go out and about Phuket to find out what people on the street know about the NEW mask rules.

Why the relaxation?

The relaxation is in line with the fact that over the past few weeks there has been a steady decline in the number of new COVID infections as well as the decline in severe cases and fatalities, which enables the people of Thailand to start to resume a life close to how it was back in 2019.

So, no more masks?

Well, not 100% no more masks, and the Ministry of Public Health recommends that people consider the benefits of wearing them, which can reduce the risks of contracting COVID-19 or other respiratory diseases when they are in a crowded venue.

Regarding mask-wearing in Thailand:

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) recommends that people with underlying conditions, the elderly and pregnant women who have yet to get boosters to keep wearing masks. Those who are healthy can discard the mask when alone, exercising, eating, drinking, or in an open space where social distancing can be practiced, the DDC said.

Due to the decline of COVID-19 cases and fatalities, there has also been a relaxation in other restrictions, the main one for Phuket being the revocation of the “Thailand Pass” requirement for international arrivals effective July 1, which will have huge benefits for Phuket being it so heavily dependent on travel and tourism.

All in all, this is all fantastic news for Thailand

Phuket Private Charter

Introduction:

With 5 Star Marine, you can hire one of our luxury VIP speedboats for an exclusive Phuket Private Charter. Take the chance to experience stunning seascapes, tropical islands and limestone karsts around Phuket and the surrounding islands on board your very own Private Charter.

Your Phuket Private Charter is completely flexible, so you can customize your day with the help of our expert crew and captains to get an experience that is absolutely perfect for you. After understanding your requirements, we are able to put together a suggested itinerary.

Bespoke Itinerary:

The choice really is yours with our custom Phuket Private Charter offering; because when you book with 5 Star Marine, you get to carve out your bespoke and unique itinerary and can enjoy your collaborated itinerary planning on the day, for a perfectly balanced experience. Our experienced crew might also discuss a few suggestions based on variables outside of our control such as the sea, wind condition, and tide on the actual day of your Phuket Private Charter trip.

On your Phuket Private Charter, you might select to explore hidden bays, canoe through caves, relax on deserted white beaches, experience exotic marine life in crystal clear waters or even adventure up to breathtakingly high viewpoints. When you book a Phuket Private Charter with 5 Star Marine, we are able to tailor a bespoke day trip or multi-night tour for you.

Phuket Private Charter Inspiration:

A few examples of tropical journeys you can make with 5 Star Marine on your own bespoke Phuket Private Charter include:

  • Phang Nga Bay to visit the infamous James Bond Island
  • Phi Phi, including getting photos of Maya Bay from the boat- the location of The Beach film
  • Racha Islands soft white sandy beaches and abundant marine life
  • Dolphin spotting at Koh Mai Ton
  • Coral Island with full beach club, massage and restaurant amenities at Banana Beach Club
  • Krabi, Hong Krabi lagoon and the 360-degree viewpoint
  • Koh Ha and Ko Rok for something a little more exotic and lesser known
  • Easy to access and family friendly shallow snorkelling at the Khai Islands
  • Tropical paradise in Koh Lipe

Premium Phuket Private Charter Features:

  • Our crew will be dedicated entirely to you, your family, or friends on board; attending to your requirements for the ultimate Phuket Private Charter
  • We tailor a unique and customized program, to ensure the day exceeds your desires
  • We are flexible on pick-up and drop-off locations to suit you (hotel, pier, beach, etc.)
  • You can choose to remain at a lagoon or private beach for longer if you would like; you never have to fit in with a tour group timetable with 5 Star Marine’s tours
  • With a small and intimate group of people, you get the flexibility to make the day what you want
  • You will get to discover hidden coves and caves that you will not experience on group tours
  • We can organize a private beach picnic for your Phuket Private Charter

Phuket Private Charter Inclusions

We like to look after all our guests, so you can sit back and relax knowing that your Phuket Private Charter will include the following:

Private boat inclusion

Explore the best destinations around Phuket, Krabi, Phi Phi, Phang Nga Bay and beyond in ultimate luxury, with your very own, bespoke Phuket Private Charter.


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Shaun Stenning

+66 (0) 93720 6221

www.5starmarinephuket.com

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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, Koh Samui, Phang Nga, Koh Lipe, Koh Yao Islands, and further afield. Often strategically planned when areas were struck with major isolation or community lockdowns plus the previous lack of tourism due to entry restrictions.

Community Efforts and Preparing for the Road Ahead

In the last year efforts have escalated to meet the growing needs of the communities, often supplying over 1,000+ normal or super-sized life bags per day. These are filled with dried foods such as rice and noodles, canned fish, oils, sauces and household products and help to feed a family of 4 for up to 4 days.

With the ease of entry measures from 1st May, lower reported daily cases, and Thailand opening up more to international tourism, this immense community relief effort will now come to a natural close, after over 2 years. 5 Star Marine will be able to focus back on its core business as a private speedboat operator. The toned-down entry measures are helping more international travelers return, bringing essential tourists back to our tourism-dependent economy.

5 Star Marine has worked with countless people and organizations to make these food relief efforts such a success over the last 25 months. To name just a few let’s start with a shout out to Nando and Amy from Sutai Muay Thai who helped from the very beginning in early 2020 with a makeshift packing base and distribution aid from their gym in Surin, Phuket.

Community Efforts and Preparing for the Road Ahead

Heartfelt thanks to Nina and Pete who have been committed volunteer coordinators for the last year, after previously providing critical support during 2020 to the emergency food relief efforts.

Khun Zeera and her team at 5 Star Marine have responded time and time again to emergency calls to support those in urgent need, often helping community members who were too sick to leave their rooms, homes, or even beds.

Community Efforts and Preparing for the Road Ahead

Thank you to so many others including the Governor of Phuket, the Phuket Red Cross, Phuket Has Been Good To Us, Kru Heidi and Kru Remke from UWC Thailand, Headstart School, BIS, KIS, the Phuket Hotels Association, community packing pods across the island, everyone who has helped pack and distribute – the list could go on and on, but you know who you are and we thank each and every one of you for being part of this incredible community initiative which has literally saved lives across Thailand during the worst years of the Pandemic.

As this chapter draws to a close, 5 Star Marine are humbled that they, together with countless others, have helped thousands of people across Thailand whose lives have benefited from this generosity and commitment.

5 Star Marine remains committed to helping the community recover from the Pandemic and those efforts will continue through their foundation Living Waters Phuket.

Thank you again, one and all for your support and help. Now we will focus on looking forward with optimism, for brighter times ahead.

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 on the sea as a family, couple, or group of friends during your very own customizable private boat hire in Phuket.

5 Star Marine specialize in private tours, whether you want to explore hidden bays, canoe through caves, relax on deserted white beaches, experience exotic marine life in crystal clear waters or even adventure up to breathtakingly high viewpoints; if you book a private boat hire in Phuket with them, they can tailor a bespoke itinerary just for you on your day / multi-night tour.

For the ultimate private boat hire Phuket experience, you can trust 5 Star Marine’s Captain’s Choice to bring you itineraries that are only available to small and private groups, and not offered with any other boat tour company. So, why not sit back and relax whilst you enjoy the bespoke selection of untouched paradise locations on offer with 5 Star Marine?

Private Boat Hire Phuket Advantages

When we talk about a private boat hire in Phuket with 5 Star Marine, you can get so much more out of the experience versus a group speedboat charter:

  • Our Captain and crew will be dedicated entirely to you, your family, or friends on board
  • 5 Star Marine are able to tailor a unique and customized program, to ensure the day exceeds your desires
  • We can be flexible on pick-up and drop-off locations to suit you (hotel, pier, beach, etc.)
  • You have the flexibility on timing; it is your own private boat hire in Phuket
  • You can choose to remain at a lagoon or private beach for longer if you are would like; you won’t have to fit in with a group timetable
  • With a small and intimate group of people, it is a more Covid-19 safe environment, with fewer people on board and more space to yourselves
  • You will get to discover hidden coves and caves that you will not experience on group tours because time does not allow
  • We can organize a private beach picnic to enjoy for your private boat hire in Phuket

In 5 Star Safe Hands

5 Star Marine has been providing private boat hire in Phuket under their TAT SHA approved status since 2020. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) awarded this certification, and the TAT Safety and Health Administration Plus Certificate is proudly held by the company also.

As one of the first tourism services to gain TAT SHA Plus status in 2021, 5 Star Marine was recognized as adhering to public health measures regarding Covid-19 safety. This means that all guests can rest assured and feel safe and secure on board a 5 Star Marine during your private boat hire in Phuket.

Luxury Inclusions

 To make sure you have the best time on your private boat hire in Phuket, 5 Star Marine add in a few little extras for your comfort and convenience during your trip:

  • Tour Photos and Video
  • Masks and Snorkels
  • Fins (Adults)
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Soft Drinks and Water
  • Picnic or Thai Sharing Lunch (available on request at an extra cost)
  • Licensed Guide
  • Life Jackets
  • Beach Mats
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Insurance

Flexible Cancellation Policy

Payments for your private boat hire in Phuket can be made on the day; 5 Star Marine do not take deposits so there is no need to worry about refunds or lost money if the weather turns poor. Obviously, we cross our fingers and toes for smooth seas and bright skies, but in the event that the tour date is predicted to be poor weather, 5 Star Marine will re-schedule with you.

Private Boat Hire Phuket Destinations

Contact 5 Star Marine now to get out and explore, there are so many places to be discovered on your private boat hire Phuket.

We look forward to welcoming you on board for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

From the 5 Star Marine Team


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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 video which is to scrub 3 of the 5 Star Marine fleet and prepare them for upcoming tours.

As always with Jay, he took a little nap, stopped for some tea, and had a shower on the pier. All this and more in today’s video:

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 410,000 life bags, this is a staggering number of life bags when you consider that this project started off in a spare room, at a house, with a team of 3-5 packing 300 – 500 bags a time.

Here’s a look back at some of the key milestones of 2021 in our Life Bag Project:

January 30th 2021 – This was our first large group pack held at the Sutai Muay Thai Gym where we packed over 1000 life bags in a 2–3-hour period with the help of over 80 Volunteers.  This was the start of weekly large group packing sessions that we conducted during the times where Covid was under control and the rules allowed us to. These large group packing sessions led to relationships with the International Schools, Hotels, and alike who proved to be valuable partners in packing life bags across the year.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

February 10th 2021 – We had the Bangkok Mission President visit with his family to help pack and distribute life bags using the Church Members.  This was the start of our project to invite members of the church to be involved in packing life bags and delivering them to their friends and family who are not Church members.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

March 1st 2021 – This was our first official “Packing Pod” where we delivered life bag supplies to the UWCT school who then packed the life bags for us, we then picked them up and delivered them.  This turned out to be invaluable throughout the year with Packing Pods across all of Phuket picking up packing when normal packing operations could not be conducted.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

March 8th 2021 – Throughout the network of village chiefs we discovered a large number of immigrant workers that were in need and we delivered life bags to the immigrant workers.  We also worked on a media campaign to bring awareness to the issues in immigrant worker camps.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

March 10th 2021 – A large pack occurred at Blue Tree Water Park as part of a combined effort between local businesses to work together to provide relief to the villages that their employees came from.  This was further growth on the community packs we started in January.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

April 2nd 2021 – Fulltime Volunteer Coordinators Pete and Nina took over the logistics of all packing, delivery, and supply auditing.  They had previously been providing support from 2020 and this was their move into the role as full-time volunteers on this project and others in the future.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

April 8th 2021 – On a personal note Lucus packed 1000+ life bags and delivered them personally after noticing a community on his own that needed help.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

May 1st 2021 – Packing pods continued with UWCT students and teachers packing over 2000 life bags in a day.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

May 3rd 2021 – The largest ever boat-based island delivery took place with 5 Star Marine providing 5 boats to transfer Life Bags from Phuket to Koh Yao Yai where we were joined with Village Chiefs from across the entire islands.   One of the largest coordination projects ever undertaken in this Project.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

May 5th 2021 – Our Community Isolation program for delivering life bags to community members ordered into quarantine continues with a spike in cases causing greater need in these programs.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

May 20th 2021 – BISP starts their community service project with us, packing life bags with the students as another signed on packing Pod.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

May 24th 2021 – The Governor and the President of the Phuket Red Cross make contact requesting help in the form of Life Bags for residents across Phuket that are registered with the Provincial Government and the Red Cross.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

May 29th 2021 – Hot meals are once again cooked and prepared by the Volunteer team for local communities using left over food supplies from previous packing sessions.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

June 7th 2021 – Covid case numbers are forcing creative ways to pack and prepare life bags with our family home turning into a make-shift packing center and all family members getting involved.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

June 8th 2021 – The President of the Phuket Red Cross contacts us again seeking assistance with communities on Phuket who are in need of Emergency Food Relief.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

June 10th 2021 – The Telegraph from the UK joins us onboard as we work with the Sheriff of Phang Nga to deliver Emergency Life Bag supplies to communities that are isolated on Islands around Phuket.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

June 11th 2021 – The single largest 3-day pack is undertaken by 5 Star Marine and the Volunteer team packing, delivering and preparing 5000+ life bags across 3 bags as a combined project with the Governor and the President of the Phuket Red Cross.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

July 10th 2021 – Incremental weather does not stop the Donation Volunteers and Team packing and delivering life bags in all kinds of weather, across all hours of the day and days of the week.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

July 17th 2021 – Jim and their Family join the volunteer team to pack and deliver life bags across Phuket and the surrounding Islands.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

July 23rd 2021 – Nighttime packing is resumed to keep up with demand for Life Bags across Phuket as the community still struggles despite the opening of the Phuket Sandbox.  Economic effects of the Phuket Sandbox are really low.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

July 28th 2021 – Our community isolation life bag project continues on with our team providing life bags to those that are isolated in communities.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

July 31st 2021 – Some of the most shocking images of our entire Life Bag Project emerge with lines so long we just can’t keep up with demand.  Villagers are upset that we are unable to help them and they have nowhere to turn.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

August 1st 2021 – With large numbers of villages fully closed we are delivering bulk supplies to the Covid Safe staging centers where we have members of the village that are covid negative coming to pick up supplies and distribute with Government Health workers.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

August 2nd 2021 – Lines continue to get longer; need continues to grow and our team are exhausted both physically and emotionally.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

August 11th 2021 – K. Zeera and the team receive an emergency call for support at 10pm at night.  K. Zeera loads up her motorbike and takes life bags immediately to Phuket Town to help out those in urgent need.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

August 14th 2021 – Head Start International school joins our packing pod program and helps to pack life bags onsite at their school.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

August 25th 2021 – Koh Lipe, an island 4hr and 30 minutes from Phuket is isolated with no tourism or means to survive so working with partners in the Marine Industry we organize a boat full of supplies to be delivered to Koh Lipe and surrounding islands.

Life Bag Project Summary 5 Star Marine

September 2nd 2021 – Working with Dave from the Halfway Inn in Patong food relief is delivered into some of the hard-hit areas around Patong and the nightlife areas of Patong.

September 5th 2021 – The 5 Star Marine boat team undertake an even more significant deliver of Life Bags to the outer islands with over 2500 Life bags on boats and delivered.

September 30th 2021 – Our team return from a delivery day exhausted emotionally and physically, having been going for over 18 months they need a rest and break but they won’t take it.

October 10th 2021 – Shaun’s Birthday delivery of life bags, packing and delivering life bags across his birthday and the day after.

October 13th 2021 – Our team goes into some of the hardest-hit covid areas and help community members who are too sick to leave their rooms, homes, or beds.

October 27th 2021Living Waters Phuket with 5 Star Marine The Phuket Red Cross and The Phuket Governor pack and deliver 8000+ life bags across 5 days in the single largest private donation ever given to Phuket communities.

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 problem here in Phuket is that we are an island that relies on tourism for most employment and economic opportunities. In fact over 90% of the the islands population are directly employed by tourism or tourism supporting activities.

When cases rise like this tourism confidence is affected, tourism arrivals decrease, tourism employers lay off workers and food security becomes a huge problem. Unfortunately this is also not a new experience here in Phuket. It is something that our team here at 5 Star Marine have been working to support over the last 20+ months.

Over the last few days our phones have not stopped calling with Village Leaders asking for help. As part of our large scale food security operation over the last 20 months we connected with over 130 village leaders and helped them and there community members to fight through and survive with “Life Bags”

We had hoped in 2022 the need for life bags would decline but this is not the case.

5 Star Marine is following its commitment to keeping helping provide Life Bags and is funding 1000’s of life bags a week. This is all being done through the Charitable Foundation that they founded called Living Waters Phuket.

To find out more about Living Waters Phuket and also this latest rise in need for life bags please take a read of this great article by The Thaiger:

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

ANNOUNCEMENT – Thailand Pass Rules Update Frequently, The Information In The Below Post Is Now Out Of Date For Latest News Please Visit: https://5starmarinephuket.com/phuket-sandbox-rules-and-updates/


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 Sandbox program. To find out all the details join Jay and Shaun as they discuss the latest news: