Day 7: Phuket. No Rain.

We woke up to the most PERFECT weather for sea kayaking. The breakfast at the hotel was bliss then we set out with John Gray's company for a day in Phang Nga Bay.

{phang nga bay is full of these little islands that have lagoons called hongs. you'd never know it but half of them are actually hollow on the inside and the only way to get inside is by kayak at low tide.}

*A quick shout out to John Gray's  -- they are AMAZING. We got this recommendation from Jesse's cousin and I'm so glad we followed her advice. What we loved about it: fewer people allowed each day {the other tours we saw out on the water looked like a zoo with so many people crammed on the boat}, they fed us twice {like, a TON of food}, they tried to pick up any trash we found in the bay {littering is a big deal there and they are trying to do their part to clean up the bay -- we were picking up other tour boat's trash}, they respected the land/wildlife {again, the other tours we saw were super crazy and noisy -- our tour actually took a few different routes so we could basically be the only ones out there to enjoy the peace}. Obviously we'd highly recommend doing a tour with John Gray!

Annnyywaayyys. This day is just one of those that will be unforgettable. Definitely one of my top 5 favorite memories of all my days!

We were a little disappointed that we had a "guide" with us on our kayak, but when we entered the caves and it was PITCH black with tons of tricky corners I realized they were totally necessary. And Sun, our guide, ended up being amazing.

We asked if we could try and be first inside one of the hongs next time for a great picture {just thinking he'd paddle a few feet ahead}. Well, he told us to just always be the first to the kayaks then he hauled into the caves before anyone else and would take different routes so half the time we felt like the only people out there! Because of this we got to see some really cool wildlife and just feel the peace before all of the other tourists came around. He had so much to tell us and was just very sincere in how much he loved the land.

From Kim's Lens:

{we brought headlamps but they didn't hold a candle to what the guides had. it was so eerie when they'd turn them off and it was pitch black!}

{inside the first hong}

{snuck up to the front of the boat}


From Jesse's Lens:

{inside one of the hongs}

{sun was also our personal photographer! he actually got us in focus!}

{during the free time we paddled out to the ranger's house}

{our retirement plan}

{we made kratongs -- part of a festival held in november}

{sun made a few love birds!}

{pictures just don't do the sunsets justice}

{we paddled out for the 4th time deep into a cave to make a wish and release our kratongs. i didn't love the bats flying overhead but it was so cool to see all of the kratongs floating in the dark. sun turned off his headlamp and told us to swish our hands in the water to make the bioluminescent bugs light up. awesome.}

{sun was freakin out while we were in one of the caves because a fish jumped in the kayak. he kept saying "don't feeeeel good! where is it?!" after setting off the kratongs another one jumped in the kayak. he thought we must have good luck because the "food just comes to us!" i hope that's true!!} 

Jesse tracked the trip via gps on iPad. {Gaia GPS app}
The swirls are where we went in and out of the hongs.

That evening we checked on our painting and decided to finally do the whole peach fish thing.

{honestly, it's disgusting. i just couldn't stand it...not even long enough to get a pic}