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Freediving exploring our Underwater World around Koh Samui

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 1047 0

Freediving, advancing your snorkeling skills

Freediving is for travelers who like to explore the underwater world, but snorkeling skills add limitations to depth and duration.

Freediving, therefore, is for you, you new skills will allow you to dive deeper, and for longer durations

Koh Samui is a perfect location to explore your Freediving skills further.

We are fortunate to have the first Freediving PADI Academy on Samui with an experienced Freedivers as a trainer

Sophie, the very qualified and experienced free diver told me why she started free diving, and why it a great sport to learn for those wanting to improve snorkeling skills or for advanced training

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Why did you start freediving?

I took a trip to Mexico 10 years ago. It was the first time I put a mask and snorkel on.
I was amazed by the beauty of the underwater world although a little frustrated not being able to be closer to the marine life

Then I decided to try scuba diving, but I was really not comfortable with the heavy equipment, this was definitely not for me
When I arrived back home to France, I discovered there was a freediving club, so I joined

First I was a little scared, as my career was an accountant and I wasn’t really athletic. I soon came to realize however that Freediving can be enjoyed for anyone, any level of fitness.
Media often pictures Freediving as an extreme sport but in reality only a few practice to these extremes

Where did you start your training?

I spent the first 5 years in a club, back home in France. Mainly we would train in the swimming pool, and during the summer, organize trips to the Mediterranean, or nearby lakes. From, there on all my holidays were dedicated to the sport I love
Freediving has taken me to Egypt, Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand. In Thailand, I advanced my training and discovered much more of the local Marine life


Freediving has really changed my life making and made me a much more confident, happy person
This is why I decided to become an instructor , to share my experiences and the knowledge of freediving to others

Freediving is really a nice practice, you learn a lot about yourself.

How to master your mind, and how to always stay in control
You are aware and pay much attention to the signals that your body sends to you, and you learn to understand your body more.

This can be very helpful and applied our daily life helping you to deal with situations differently like stress and anxiety.


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Hi I’m Sophie


During a freediving course, your instructor  will teach you

  • to relax,
  • how to move underwater efficiently
  • breath properly before a dive

Breath-hold diving provides a lot of well being, just like dolphins or whales. We as humans have strong body adaptations whilst we are underwater.
For example, our heartbeat rate decreases and we feel more peaceful. With freediving you don’t have to carry heavy equipment, so you will evolve underwater in complete harmony with the ocean, no noisy bubbles to disturb the silence.

The first rule we learn during a freediving course is to never free dive alone, this is a very important thing to remember
Freediving is a safe practice as long as you have learned the basic safety principles and you have a certified buddy to dive with.


For more information on Freediving training please contact Michelle on, or see the link below

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Please take time to read our Trip Advisor reviews from previous customers

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Samui Explorer Reviews from our Happy Customers

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 1189 0

Samui Explorer Mission is Simple

Samui Explorer mission is simple, but can sometimes be hard!

When working with tourists, their expectations can be somewhat high, forgetting that they’re in Thailand

However this is Thailand and much of the businesses, do not apply the same standards as other Countries, and this frustrates tourists.

And others are just giving the wrong advice on which tours are best suited for them or the individual, this causes anger and disappointment.

Samui Explorer thrives on making each customers tour, a good one, but choosing the correct tour for them, based on budget, family groups, expectations, and give them honest information regarding each tour, so there are no surprises on the day and disappointment.

We can’t control what happens whilst our customers are on tour, but I can recommend the tours/operators that I have 99% confidence that they will offer a good service to the best of their ability on the day.

As part of our service, we offer free advice, recommendation on restaurants, bars and off the beaten track places to visit.

Where possible we take the time to explore the Island for new places to see, and new restaurants or bars opened to keep the Island interesting for our customers.

Below are reviews we have received that stood out from most, but most importantly the ones that really made us proud of what we, Samui Explorer has achieved

Below was a review sent to me following a surprise Wedding proposal from our customer’s partner. He emailed me secretly after she arranged tailor-made tours, and asked could we change the Itinerary and add in a romantic spot. And so we did



Hi Michelle,

Thank you so much for helping us (and Michael) organize such a special day. We had a wonderful day and it was perfect to have Mr Nong with us. He is a lovely guide. From what Michael says, he couldn’t have pulled it off without your help. Thank you again. We are in the process of writing a trip advisor review also, have been a little busy. We are leaving Samui tomorrow, but this place holds a dear place in our heart and we hope to be back again soon. If so, we will be in touch.

Take care.



Another customer contacted me months before arriving on Koh Samui for a family holiday.

This had been a long awaited holiday to the Island and really wanted it to be perfect.

We spent many emails back and forth getting her tailor-made tour perfect and choosing the right boat tour for her family

And this is how it went

Hi Michelle

Just want to say thank you once again for your help in making our trip to Koh Samui so memorable. Nong was the best tour guide and knew so much about the Island. He was great with our kids and just a lovely person. Was a pleasure meeting him.
Blue Star was fantastic. We enjoyed this very much and so did our kids. They are very organised and professional. The staff are wonderful people, and great with the kids. We all loved the kayaking and would definitely do it again.

We couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend our time on Koh Samui and have just fell in love with the Island. We will definitely be back.

Thank you once again. I will be leaving a trip advisor review on your company.

Hope we get to meet you next time.

And another  –

We booked an island tour on very short notice with Samui Explorer.
E-mail contact was easy and very friendly with Michelle. Our preferred date was not available which was actually the day after we placed our request.
But an alternative was found soon and Michelle booked our guide and filled our program beside the things we requested to see.

Mr. Nong picked us up on time at our hotel and started our sightseeing tour. Nong is very friendly, knowledgeable about Koh Samui and easy to talk to. He was really outgoing and you could ask him whatever you wanted. Even private stuff.

We did out tour as arranged by Michelle and made a few adjustments with Nong which he had no problem with.

Five hours later after seeing the main attractions, Nong drop us off again at the hotel lobby.
He’s a good driver, respectful and we felt in good hands all the time.

Maybe important to know but that does not affect the service anyway. Samui Explorer is only an office and the broker of the tour guide. They don’t provide the tours under their name Samui Explorer but arrange full private tours with local guides.

Would book again with Samui Explorer as the guide they booked for us was very good and the price is too.

As I had a short stay in Koh Samui, choosing Samui Explorer for a 5-hour private tour around the island proved to be an excellent choice. Communicating with Michelle, our tour guide, was very easy and her proposals included both local and touristy views. She also explained to us a lot of things regarding thai mentality. It was value for money and well worth it and I would highly recommend this service to anyone.

We have much more examples like this which you can view on Trip Advisor. If you’re unsure what to do whilst on Samui, or just looking for honest advice please do not hesitate in contacting us

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Michelle from Samui Explorer arranged a bespoke private tour for my wife and I to visit the local temples and Koh Samui Landmarks.
Our tour guide was Mr Nong and he was BRILLIANT. We travelled in his air conditioned car and had plenty of time to explore on our own with the added benefit of our knowledgeable guide.
Mr Nong is a careful driver and we felt safe at all times whilst being driven around the island.
When we had finished viewing the attractions Mr Nong was always close-by to the vehicle ready to answer our questions and drive to the next place.
The highlight of our tour included a visit to The Big Buddha and nearby temple were we enjoyed feeding the fish. By the end of the tour we had seen all the attractions on our wish list and also had time for lunch in the capitol (Nathon).
Mr Nong gave us a restaurant recommendation at no profit to himself and the food was excellent and very reasonably priced at 500 baht for two persons including drinks.
Seriously its not worth hiring a car when you can have a reasonable priced private guided tour with Samui Explorer and Mr Nong.
I don’t normally write reviews, But in this case I have made an exception and would highly recommend you use Samui Explorer for all your tour requirements on Koh Samui.
Many Thanks to Michelle and Mr Nong.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We initially booked airport transfers, then added snorkeling and kayaking day trips. Or transfer drivers were on time and Michelle was great in dealing with our books. She responded to our early morning emails quickly (we were uncertain about the weather due to heavy rain both mornings). I’d recommend using this company and would book through them again.

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Fun In The Sun Exploring Koh Samui

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 668

Fun In the sun with Samui Explorer

Fun times, fond memories and great times is exactly what you will find touring with Samui Explorer

Private Tailor-made tours are built based on exactly what you as, a customers chooses to see, or do

Not what others have chosen for you.

Not everybody comes to Thailand to see Temples or beaches.

Others may enjoy viewpoints, local village life, or maybe a local school

This is all possible with Samui Explorer

Listen to a testimonial from one of our recent customers – We enjoyed a fun day out exploring Funky bars, and beaches.

I made an itinerary covering mountain views, culture, Temples, beaches, Funky Bars and much more. Had lunch in stunning locations

We have so much to see and do on Koh Samui which most be tourist miss because they are not guided correctly or given the correct information

Get as much out of Samui on your holiday as possible!

Contact Michelle at

Or visit Michelle and Jack at our office in the Big Buddha Temple, The Big Buddha Coffee Shop

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Big Buddha Coffee Shop Samui Explorer office


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2017 Planning Your Tours on Koh Samui

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 650

2017 Samui Explorer is planning ahead for our customers

2017 Will bring new tours, new plans, and great discounts

Samui Explorer will be much more interactive with our customers

Tours which we sell, we have always carefully chosen for our customers, and recently added some exciting adrenalin rush activities off road, and on the water

2016 we added Luxury Yacht tours and Half Day Traditional Long Tail Boat tours to secluded Islands . Snorkeling, kayaking or simply beach-time

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Longtail Boat to Koh Taen

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But 2017 we will offer fantastic discounts on most tours, and an agency inside our coffee Shop – The Big Buddha Coffee Shop Inside the Big Buddha Temple

2017 Big Buddha Coffee Shop

We will incorporate coffee’s and tour special deals, comfortable seating and fabulous views to enjoy relax and enjoy choosing the right tour for you

You Should Be With Us!

Travel Samui Explorer Tours
Big Buddha Coffee Shop – Michelle
Alternatively you can contact us by via our website


Watersport Tours Extreme Package from 5250 baht

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 708

Watersport package and Safari’s at affordable prices

Watersport are activities that many of us do not the opportunity to do in our own countries because of the weather and the expense.

On Koh Samui we can offer such activities at affordable discounted prices, with a reliable honest tour operator.

All tours or packages include return pick up from your resort, instruction by an experienced guide on all equipment, so no need to worry if this is your first time

You can choose from the Extreme Package

2hrs – 2.5hrs Duration
Return Resort transfer
15 Minutes Flyboard –
20 Minutes Jet Ski
15 Minutes on sofa
15 Minutes on ixo
Watch the video below to see how much fun you’re missing

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JetSki Safari from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan – 3 hrs tour

You will explore secret waterfalls and relax at a tranquil bay before heading back on the ski.

This is a fantastic way to see the bays of Koh Phangan without taking a boat tour, and so much more fun.

The price is for 1 x Ski which seats 2 persons

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Experience that adrenaline rush whilst on Koh Samui

For futher information or bookings contact Michelle or Jack at


Pop into our office inside the Big Buddha Temple, Big Buddha Coffee Shop

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Samui Explorer office, Big Buddha Coffee Shop

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