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Chilled out Sunset SUP & Cocktails Tour

Bophut Beach Coco Tam's beach bar

Imagine this. You’ve been paddling along the Samui coastline for about an hour, with a light breeze over your shoulder. You can hear the chilled beats coming from a nearby beach bar. There’s oversized bean bags on the beach. And an extensive cocktail menu. Welcome to Coco Tam’s – one of our favourite beach bars.  It’s also the beach where we end our Chilled Out Sunset SUP and Cocktails Tour.

This tour is a destination paddle, which means we start at one beach and finish at another. We start the tour at Bangrak Beach (near Big Buddha) around 4pm. We paddle across the bay for about an hour, and then paddle across to Bophut Fisherman’s Village.  We paddle right onto the beach in front of Coco Tam’s beach bar, claim our bean bags, and order our sunset cocktails.

You’ll be accompanied by one of our qualified SUP Instructors, who will make sure you land at the right beach and also pass on a few tips to improve your paddling.  Our second Instructor drives the car around to meet you in Bophut, so we can pack up the boards and head back after your cocktail.

TOUR NOTES:

  • The Chilled Out Sunset SUP and Cocktails tour starts on Bangrak Beach
  • All equipment is provided – we paddle on high quality Starboard Paddle Boards
  • Tour length: around 2.5 hours
  • Total paddling time: 1-1.5 hours
  • Tour starts: around 4pm
  • Tour Cost: 1500 Baht (includes paddling equipment, drinking water and 1 cocktail).
  • Suitable for experienced paddlers, and those who’ve had a lesson. You should be a confident swimmer if you’re going to join this tour.
  • Complimentary beach transfers provided if you’re staying in the Choeng Mon, Bangrak or Bophut areas.

For more information about our Chilled Out Sunset SUP and Cocktails Tour, email info@isupsamui.com or call +66 92 737 9705.

 

Silent Beach SUP Tour

SUP Tour Silent Beach Maenam Samui

Jump on a paddle board and explore the coastline of Koh Samui at your own pace.  You’ll paddle past empty beaches with countless coconut trees.  And there’s hardly any traffic out on the water.  It sure beats sitting on the ring road waiting for the lights to change to green.

Last week we started the Silent Beach SUP Tour in Bophut.  We paddled for about 30 minutes before stopping for a swim at the beach near the W Retreat.  The W Retreat has a lovely white sand bar sticking out into the sea, marking the start of Maenam.  We turned around the corner and paddled another 30 minutes before stopping for lunch and a swim at The Treehouse on Silent Beach, which is at the eastern end of Maenam Beach.

It’s just a few steps up from the beach into the shady comfort of the restaurant, where we enjoyed drinking fresh coconuts whilst perusing the menu.  There’s lots of Thai food on the menu, along with quite a few western options.  I chose the Larb Gai (spicy chicken salad, Thai style), but next time I’m going to try one of their fresh western style salads.

After a delicious lunch, a swim and some refreshing drinks, it was time to leave the beautiful sands of Silent Beach and cruise back to Bophut on the paddle boards.  Another perfect day exploring the island.

For more information about Stand Up Paddle (SUP) tours and lessons in Koh Samui, contact iSUP Samui on +66 92 737 9705.  Ask us about transfers from your resort/villa -depending on your location, we might be able to pick you up and bring you to the beach for no extra cost.

TOUR NOTES:

  • The Silent Beach SUP tour starts and finishes on the beach in front of The Wharf Shopping Centre, at Bophut Fishermans Village.  Although if there’s a breeze, we will start in Bangrak and paddle one-way to Silent Beach.  After lunch we take a song-thaew (pick up truck / local taxi) back to the starting place.
  • All equipment is provided – we paddle on high quality Starboard Paddle Boards
  • Tour length: around 3.5 hours
  • Total paddling time: 2 hours (excludes breaks for swimming and lunch)
  • Tour Cost: 1500 Baht (includes paddling equipment, lunch, soft drinks, drinking water).
  • Suitable for experienced paddlers, and those who’ve had a few lessons.  You should be a confident swimmer if you’re going to join this tour.

SUP Maenam Samui Starboard Paddle Board Thailand

 

Koh Samui Paddle Tour – Koh Som

SUP Tour Koh Samui Paddle Board Tammy

One of our favourite paddle tours is across to Koh Som (literally translated that means “Orange Island”).  Koh Som is the small island that’s overlooking the north-east corner of Koh Samui.  There’s actually two islands over there, but it looks like one because there’s a small reef joining the two islands (Koh Som and Koh Lum Mu Noi).  Both of these islands are uninhabited.

You’d normally cruise past these islands on the ferry across to Haad Rin, Koh Phangnan.  And a quick Google search tells me could buy the island of Koh Som for a cool $3.8m.  But the good news is we can give you a close up paddle tour around the islands for just 1200 Baht (around US$35).

November is officially rainy season in Samui but we had a glorious sunny day yesterday.  We took advantage of the blue skies and light winds and paddled over to the islands.  We’re having high tides at the moment, which makes it easier to access the the beach in Plai Laem, close to our SUP HQ.  We paddled around 500m across the channel and then went around the north side of the island first.  We found some swell and a little chop, but nothing big enough to make either of us fall in.  Once we got around to the southern side of the islands – facing Koh Samui – it was lovely and flat.  We cruised along the shore and stopped for a water break on the beach of Koh Som, and then kept paddling home.

TOUR NOTES:

  • Koh Samui is just one hour away from Bangkok by plane
  • Paddle Tours operated by iSUP Samui, the only mobile SUP school in Koh Samui
  • Paddle Boards: Starboard Astro 12’6 Touring inflatable paddle boards
  • Paddling distance: 5km

Calm waters to paddle around Koh Som

Koh Samui paddle board tour to Koh Som

The haze creeps up on Samui

Hazy skies paddling in Samui

We have been quite lucky over the past few weeks, and haven’t been affected too badly by the haze caused by the Indonesian fires.  Earlier this month, we had a couple of hazy days where the flights were disrupted, but other than that it’s been mostly blue skies.

Unfortunately the haze has come back to bother us in Koh Samui, and we woke to hazy skies yesterday and again today.  The Air Quality Index (PM10) peaked at 154 this afternoon and fortunately it’s now back down at 72.   Anything over 150 is considered unhealthy, and below 100 is considered moderate with no health concerns.

We were out paddling this morning when it was hazy, but the air quality was still moderate.  It’s quite eery to be out paddling in these conditions, especially when the water is so glassy, like it was today.

Flights in and out of Samui have been affected today.  Some flights were re-directed to Phuket, and others have been delayed and cancelled.

We’ll keep an eye on the conditions over the next few days, and make sure we only take paddlers out when the conditions are right.  Let’s hope we get some rain and wind to clear the skies.

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Note:  Air Quality Index (PM10) readings for Surat Thani, sourced from the Regional Environmental Office website.

Paddle Board FUN-day in Samui

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is a fun and easy to learn water sport that can be enjoyed by all the family and is a great way to improve core fitness.

Come down to Choeng Mon beach on Sunday morning for a free trial on our stand up paddle boards.

When:  Sunday 26th July, between 8-9am

Where:  Choeng Mon beach, in front of Crystal restaurant.

For more information, call Tammy on 092 737 9705.