Banyan Tree Krabi in Thailand has launched a new luxury tour option on a custom-made island-hopping luxury longtail boat.
The White Pearl was built by local craftsmen using materials sourced from around Krabi Province, and with specific modifications to enhance luxury and comfort on board. The boat will cater to day trips and island-hopping, not only for guests at Banyan Tree Krabi but for private bookings. The White Pearl is ideal for a romantic getaway for two, but can take up to eight passengers. Visitors can choose from either a half-day longtail boat trip to nearby Koh Hong or a full-day (eight-hour) “4 Islands Tour” among the tranquil islets of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park.
While few travelers will recognize the name of the national marine park, most will recognize the iconic picture postcard of the limestone cliffs that jut from the Andaman Sea, popularized in the 1974 James Bond movie "The Man With the Golden Gun" and, more recently, in "The Beach," starring Leonardo di Caprio. As locations such as Maya Beach and Ko Phi Phi have become inundated with tourists in recent years, the "4 Islands" have eluded the crowds. Uninhabited but for sea birds, monkeys and monitor lizards, it is in these bays that The White Pearl anchors, allowing guests the opportunity to swim and snorkel in undisturbed clear waters.
Perhaps the best known of the four islands is Koh Hong, which faces Tubkaek Beach, and is famed for its volcanic lagoon in the center of the island, providing Instagrammers and influencers with some of the most idyllic beach snaps.
All day trips on The White Pearl include fresh coconut, fruit and soft drinks, snorkelling equipment, life vests, toilets, and an English-speaking Boat Host. Good to know: Each of the 72 suites and villas at Banyan Tree Krabi faces west to the sunset and the islands mentioned.