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Freediving exploring our Underwater World around Koh Samui

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 1257 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 samuiexplorer@hotmail.com, or see the link below

For more activities visit our website below

https://www.samuiislandexplorer.com/group-tours/

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

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g293918-d6563650-Reviews-Samui_Explorer-Ko_Samui_Surat_Thani_Province.html

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Angthong Marine Park VIP Speedboat Simply Spectacular

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 2343 0

Angthong Marine Park what a wonderful place

What a spectacular place, peaceful, tranquil surroundings, still unspoiled by tourism.

Apart from the wonderful Marine Park, the next wonder of the day was the staff and the organization of 100 Degrees East

From start to finish the whole day was organized very well, the safety was paramount, service levels so high they were flawless, and at the end even when the weather changed the Captain ensured we all arrived back safely and as smoothly as possible.

They also care about the Marine life and the effects, before leaving the office we all had an explanation about why certain actions are detrimental to the environment and Marine life.

Our fins and mask were sized out and ensured all fitted comfortably before leaving for our tour

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Only 12 persons maximum on the speedboat leaving much room to be seated where you choose. I chose to sit up front and be a little explorer seeking that adrenaline rush. Life jackets were handed to each person and explained at all time that they must be worn whilst traveling on the boat.

Our 1st stop was snorkeling at a quiet area just on the outskirts of the marine park. As we arrived we passed numerous boats of all sizes moored with customers, our location was away from the crowds.

The sea life was in abundance however, I must admit that the waters were not as clear however visibility was still clear enough to see the sea life below.

At all times the guides stayed in the water, staying close by inexperienced snorkellers. The guides had with them floating rings for those feeling tired or frightened in the water.

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Our next set of activities was at the headquarters of the Marine Park – Kayaking to an unspoiled beach. Only a short journey approx 15 minutes each way.

Our time was relaxing, swimming and simply taking in the breathtaking surroundings. The staff again were very attentive for those feeling uneasy in the kayaks. They spend time taking family photos, for each group which never seemed at all an issue for them simply brilliant.

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After kayaking, we enjoyed a delicious Thai buffet which included, curry, vegetable dish, fried chicken, Thai salads, and spring rolls. Plenty of food to go around everyone and more

For those more adventurous were offered additional trekking which was more like rock climbing, which was great fun. The views from the top were just amazing that left you drifting somewhere else for moments.

The last group of activities was the trek to the Emerald lake viewpoint, which wasn’t so far in the boat.

The trek was an easier one, and the views were somewhat different than the 1st, but just as amazing.

Our trip was cut short due to weather change. We watched the black cloud move over us, so for safety, the Captain decided we should leave early to make our journey home safely.

This was a decision much appreciated by all on board as the weather changed so much so the waters were very choppy, and some onboard suffered seasickness.

The staff showed genius concern for their customers on board and even took the time to massage one of the customers who seemed to be distressed.

As an agent on Koh Samui, I recommend this tour highly, simply because of the staff on board and the organization of the operator. You can’t offer this level of service which 25 + passengers on board a speedboat, or spend the time and receive such a personal touch from the staff.

Samui recommends and will only book operators offering tours on the Island that offer such fabulous service for their customers.

For more information on how to book Angthong Marine Park VIP Tour and prices for this fabulous tour please contact us directly

https://www.samuiislandexplorer.com/

Angthong National Marine Park VIP Speedboat Tour

 

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Samui Explorer Reviews from our Happy Customers

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 1397 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.

Regards,

Myra.

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.
Regards
Amanda

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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Reviewed today

I had the pleasure of taking a private tour around Koh Samui with Samui Explorer’s guide, Yai. From the get go, preparing for the tour was amazing. Michelle was incredibly responsive to every e-mail and allowed me to completely customize the tour. And, Yai is an amazing, exceptional guide, with a great knowledge of Thailand and Koh Samui. He was a monk for 11 years (!!!) and was able to provide an in depth insight into not only the magnificent Buddhist temples we visited but also life in Koh Samui and Thailand. I couldn’t have asked for more. Sitting down to lunch with Yai was the best part of the day, getting to know the insights of a Thai local and truly making a friend.

I also got to meet Michelle in person when she transferred us from our villa to a nearby resort to attend a wedding. She is such a spectacular woman with an adventurous life story that you must ask about!

I am truly grateful for my experiences with both Yai and Michelle, and I highly recommend Samui Explorers to anyone looking for a spectacular LOCAL experience but also to feel like a part of the family. Thank you Yai and Michelle for the incredibly Koh Samui experience!

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Tours , Trips Activities on offer around Koh Samui Thailand

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 1141 0

Tours, Trips, or Activities, what is your fancy?

Tours, Koh Samui has a vast range of things to see or do, for a wide range of age groups

Whether you’re searching for a Private Island Tour, Snorkeling trip, Kayaking, hiking/trekking, Island Safari, or Watersport Sea Safari we have it all. We take pride in our name, and the credibility we have achieved by that we sell to our customers the best tours on the Island offered by the highest rated tour operators

Our customers will pay for value for money, safety at all times, a high level of customer care, and reliability

The most popular trip from Koh Samui is the Angthong Marine Park, which is made up of 42 Islands.

You can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, hike, beach time or simply relax on an unspoiled beach

This tour is a must if only joining one tour is in your holiday budget.

With a choice of boats, Speedboats and Luxury yachts to choose from, with an option for every budget

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Or explore the surrounding Island Koh Phangan, Koh Som, Koh Taen, or Koh Mudson

Choose to book a private charter Catamaran, or Longtail Boat, or simply join a group tour

The choice is yours

If trekking or hiking is your thing then why not explore out stunning waterfalls, experience some spectacular views, and trek through the natural beauty of Koh Samui.

Cycling, ATV, SUP and much more are on offer for those searching for activities rather than chilling

We have a wide range of Extreme Watersports available, and a fabulous Sea Safari Jet Ski tour to Koh Phangan to explore beautiful bays and secret waterfalls

There is definitely something for everyone

Why not contact Samui Explorer today for some great recommendations. If you cant see what you like, or cannot decide then email Samui Explorer for a little assistance

Grab yourself a bargain and receive honest advice, based on your wants and needs

Or visit us at our office in the Big Buddha Coffee Shop located inside the Big Buddha Temple

https://www.samuiislandexplorer.com

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

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293918-d6563650-Reviews-Samui_Explorer-Ko_Samui_Surat_Thani_Province.html

 

Catamaran Tours Samui Explorer

Catamaran Private Tours Around Islands Surrounding Koh Samui

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 1034

Catamaran private tours are simply the best!

Private Charters are what make wonderful holiday memories

Picture this – Idyllic beaches, crystal clear waters, and only your friends and family to enjoy it all with.

Catamaran – Turbo Cat [stag_video src=”https://youtu.be/VE1mmPvRao4″]

With the capacity of only 12 persons, Turbo Cat is a small but comfortable catamaran perfect for small groups

You can explore the surrounding Islands of Koh Samui or Koh Phangan on a private Catamaran, doesn’t get any better than this

Angthong National Park is also available but on request and at an additional charge

Included in the private charter

Activities

Stand Up Paddle Boards

Snorkelling

and if requested – Fishing Rods and bait

This is a delightful day out exploring the Islands, snorkeling or simply relax on Turbo Cat. Exploring some secluded bays around Koh Phangan, with crystal clear turquoise waters, perfect for snorkeling, and delicious Thai food to sample in funky restaurants built in the rocks

Enjoy some family fun time whilst on your vacation, or maybe a Ladies day, or Honeymoon?

Catamaran Tours Samui Explorer Gallary

ladies day package samui explorer           Ladies day koh phangan

 

ladies day package           ladies day tour

 

For further information or to book, contact Michelle @ samuiexplorer@hotmail.com

Or

https://www.samuiislandexplorer.com/en/contact/

For all other tours available please see below

Private Tailor-made Island Tour From 2250 baht

Hiking Tours around Koh Samui From 2500 baht

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2017 Planning Your Tours on Koh Samui

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 734

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

https://www.samuiislandexplorer.com/blog/samui-explorer-private-tour-company-koh-samui/

 

Watersport Tours Extreme Package from 5250 baht

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 758

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
Includes
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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Or,

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 samuiexplorer@hotmail.com

or,

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

Samui Explorer Tour agent
Samui Explorer office, Big Buddha Coffee Shop

Read our reviews on Trip Advisor and read what others have to say

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293918-d6563650-Reviews-SAMUI_explorer-Ko_Samui_Surat_Thani_Province.html

 

 

 

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Samui Explorer Doing It The Right Way

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 708

Samui Explorer is a small family run Tour Agency

Our office is situated inside our coffee shop The Big Buddha Coffee, located in the Big Buddha Temple.

Samui Explorer has been Trading since 2012 we have grown rapidly becoming one of Koh Samui’s reputable Tour Agencies and Private Tour Company.

Samui Explorer specializes in Private Tailormade Island Tours, Private Drivers, and Private Airport/Pier Transfers to and from Resorts and Private Villa’s around the Island

 

Samui Island Explorer recommends and makes bookings for only the highest rated operators on Koh Samui that offer excursions and activities.

Koh Samui’s Tour Operator’s offer the same  Itineraries for all excursions, making it difficult to choose. Samui Explorer chooses the excursions based on the boat, yachts, and speedboats, emphasizing on comfort, value for money and the level of service our customers will receive rather than the Itinerary.

Our Mission – To ensure all our customers go back home with fantastic memories of their holiday on Koh Samui

Contacting Samui Explorer is easy, via email samuiexplorer@hotmail.com , by Facebook  Samui Explorer, or  contact us via our website www.samuiislandexplorer.com or pop in and see us at our office inside the Big Buddha Temple, in our coffee shop – The Big Buddha Coffee Shop ( see below)

Samui Island Explorer

 

Please take time to read Trip Advisor reviews from previous customers

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g293918-d6563650-Reviews-Samui_Explorer-Ko_Samui_Surat_Thani_Province.html

Below are a choice of a few recommended tours, to take part in whilst on the Island

Hiking Tours around Koh Samui From 2500 baht

Private Tailor-made Island Tour From 2250 baht

Speedboat VIP Tour Angthong National Marine Park

Koh Tao Island Snorkeling VIP Tour 2700b

 

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Trips Tours around Koh Samui Luxury, VIP, Private Catamaran

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 925

Trips and Tours in Luxury are a must around Koh Samui

Treat yourself and explore Koh Samui as a VIP, or on Luxury Trips, or Private Catamaran Tours

On board, the Luxury tours you can relax on a stunning Yacht, enjoy delicious food, whilst watching the World go by and all at competitive prices

The VIP Trips are on a Speedboat which seats the maximum of 12 persons. 5 staff are on board to tend to your every need. Lunch is served on an Idyllic beach

 

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When customers ask me ” how can you justify the difference for the luxury or VIP trips” I simply reply

Payless, receive less

Pay more, receive much much more

You will receive value for your money,

100% guaranteed,

Avoidance of the crowds,

Tours start later to avoid the crowds and arrive back onto Samui later than all other group tours

You get for what you pay for!

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See the links below for our VIP Speedboat tours, Luxury Tours and Semi Private Yacht Tours to Angthong Marine Park and Samui’s surrounding Islands

https://www.samuiislandexplorer.com/tours/vip-speedboat-angthong-national-marine-park-tour/

 

https://www.samuiislandexplorer.com/tours/luxury-yacht-islands-surrounding-koh-samui-3350-baht/

Alternatively contact Michelle at samuiexplorer@hotmail.com

https://www.samuiislandexplorer.com/

Please take time to read our Trip Advisor reviews below

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g293918-d6563650-Reviews-SAMUI_explorer-Ko_Samui_Surat_Thani_Province.html