Phuket sea canoe in Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
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 Sea Canoe in Phang Nga Bay

It's difficult to imagine that it was only ten years ago that John Gray was the first man to explore the limestone caves in Phang Nga Bay by an ocean kayak which he called a sea canoe.

Today, hundreds of visitors head off each day for these caves or "hongs" to explore these quiet cavern sculpted by centuries of erosion from the sea. The first visitors to these caves were probably Chinese fishermen who many centuries ago found valuable swallow nests worth a fortune in China for their medicinal value. The business of harvesting these same nests continues to this day along side a sea kayaking industry which brings hundreds of tourists into these pristine caves each day.

John Gray established his Sea Canoe company while living and exploring the waters around the Hawaiian Islands in 1983. By 1989, he was travelling in Southeast Asia and his instincts directed him to the forgotten caves around Phang Nga Bay.  He first entered these dark holes with trepidation but soon discovered light at the other end. 

He then moved his operation to Phuket leaving his life in Hawaii far behind.

"I've always been an environmentalist since traveling with my parents in Mexico as a child. I've seen what poor tourism management can do to a beautiful natural environment.

At Sea Canoe we offer ecotours, experiences which excite but also inform our clients on the importance of caring for these delicate ecosystems," explained John.

Sea Canoe is only one of many companies which offer sea kayak trips to Phang Nga Bay. But this company stresses staff training and water safety that far exceed the competition.

John has structured Sea Canoe to pursue community involvement, environmental education, enlightened human resources and social responsibility, all principles of ecotourism.

Sea Canoe offers day trips to the caves in Phang Nga, two day, one night adventure trips to remote areas near Phuket and a package of Millennium kayak trips around the Andaman region scheduled for the end of 1999. Read more about Kayak in Phang Nga Bay.

More info about Phuket Seakayaking at Phuket Travel

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