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 Lisa the Co-Owners at 5 Star Marine. Prior to owning 5 Star Marine, they would often take short Staycation breaks to the Rayaburi Resort which is located on Raya Island.
When Lucus 1 was coming out of the factory and due to go to water it just happened to be Lisa’s birthday and as a celebration for both the boat and Lisa’s birthday, the very first trip on Lucus 1 was to Raya Island.
Some snorkeling, beach time, and lunch at the Rayaburi Resort were all enjoyed, and then off to Mai Ton where they were lucky enough to see Dolphins. It was such a wonderful day for the 5 Star team, Lisa, Shaun, and their friends.
This is why Raya Island Private Speedboat Tours have a special spot in the hearts of the 5 Star Marine team here in Phuket.
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 to understand that it’s not necessary to go early to miss the crowds, like it’s also not necessary to go late.
A great private boat tour company can design a program which avoids the crowds at any time. For example the team here at 5 Star Marine design programs that leave anywhere from 6am to 2pm from the pier.
Why such a big range in private boat tour start times?
The answer is simple, we are designing programs that suit our customers needs and also the wind, sea and rain conditions that we see occurring on the day. As every single private boat tour we conduct here in Phuket is customised and designed to meet you, our customers needs, every single private boat tour is different.
Some tours dictate we leave early, some dictate we leave late. For example, right now we are in Low Season (it’s the rainy / monsoon season in Phuket from mid May to October) which means that we have high winds in the afternoon, starting from around 2pm. This suggests that if we have a route plan that goes out into the open season, we should suggest an earlier leaving time.
How Can You Know What Is Your Best Leaving Time?
Again the answer is simple. Ask an experienced private boat tour provider who cares more about your experience than your money. When you are booking with the tour provider ask what wind, sea and rain conditions they are expecting for the next day. If they answer you without checking any apps, then probably don’t trust them, they just wanted your money. Instead just message us and we’ll let you know even if you’re not booking with us.