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John Gray's Sea Canoe, Phuket Town

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Kayaking / Canoeing · Nature / Wildlife Tour
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After 12 years designing and developing one of the World's most highly awarded Ecotourism companies, John "Caveman" Gray goes his own way by forming "John Gray's SeaCanoe" with 18 of his most loyal and experienced guides. "After 12 years in Phuket, the experiment ran its course and I was packing for Polynesia," says Gray, "but when all these guides showed up, I had no choice but to stay and do another start-up."

"I owe it to the guys for their loyalty, honesty and pride, and to Thailand, which has yet to see our best." Unlike his old experimental company where Gray gave away the shares to local people, Caveman is managing director of the new company. "In the economic laboratory, I played consultant/observer. Now I'm director of the movie - it's a different story."

Gray, known as Ling Yai (Big Monkey) to his friends - takes pride on being the Original kayak explorer and operator in each of his sites. ("If we are there, we are the first.") The Big Monkey was doing OK before he formed his own company. (Caveman still owns the SeaCanoe trademark.) Gray's economic demonstration project was a classic Ecotourism business model, and his local enfranchisement concept and stunning trips led to a string of six major Ecotourism Awards from 1995-99. "All I do is paddle into crazy places. If it's interesting, I show it to my friends."

Almost immediately after "Caveman" started "Natural History by Sea Kayak" in Hawai'i (1983), the World began to notice the effort. Gray teamed with Gary Sprinkle and Mike May to produce "Moloka'i's Forgotten Frontier", and won a 1985 EMMY award. The honors continue right up to the National Geographic Adventure Magazine giving SeaCanoe Vietnam a "World Top 25 Adventures" listing.

Now you can truly put yourself into your own "Natural History by Sea Kayak" documentary in Thailand, Vietnam, Fiji, Philippines and Hawai'i. The combination of experienced guides, new equipment and creative freedom takes you to new levels for even a "Ling Yai".

What's new?

Try Caveman's "Wings of the White Belly Sea Eagle" seven-day South Thailand program. It only starts with the Phang Nga Mini-Expedition, already considered South-East Asia's best adventure by many guidebooks and websites, then adds four days more... See a "Wings" highlight featured in a Discovery Channel documentary in Spring, 2002.

Hotel-dwellers mumble something about Phuket's "Hongs By Starlight" being a "spiritual experience". More orthodox day trips include "Hornbill Island" where you can actually cackle with these personable freaky flyers.

Polynesia Freaks? Try Taveuni, Fiji's Ravilevu Coastline or Caveman's Hawai'i Local Boy (August) for Polynesia's most dramatic cliff-coasts. .

See you on the water (since 1983).
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  • Wow, what a beautiful and unique experience! This entire day was completely fabulous. Exploring the hidden caves and lagoons all while learning about the animal life and ecology from our fun guides... 
    Wow, what a beautiful and unique experience! This entire day was completely fabulous. Exploring the hidden caves and lagoons all while learning about the animal life and ecology from our fun guides...  more »
  • Fantastic day on the Hong By Starlight tour. Friendly and knowledgeable guides, wonderful food and family friendly. 
    Fantastic day on the Hong By Starlight tour. Friendly and knowledgeable guides, wonderful food and family friendly.  more »
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  • We did the Hong at Starlight tour. Everything about this tour is excellent! It is very well organized, and the food (lunch & dinner) is delicious and comes in a buffet, all you can eat style. The boat crew has friendly, knowledgeable guides who speak decent English. Exploring the sea caves and lagoons by canoe is an extraordinary experience. The evening/night program gave a chance to partake in a cultural Thai tradition, and to witness the bioluminescent plankton at night - so cool! We highly recommend taking this tour with John Gray Sea Canoe!
  • Very well run tour that goes through different islands, lagoons, and sea caves, and gives tons of free time for swimming and kayaking too. They also provided us with unlimited buffet-style food that was pretty yummy and unlimited cold water that was much needed during the April heat! The only thing that could be improved is we waited a longgggg time (everyone was getting restless waiting in the boat) to see the sunset and the bioluminescent organisms (which honestly weren’t as impressive as the ones in Mexico) — so I think they can start the tour a bit later.. Overall, though, it was a well-run tour with great guides, good food, and beautiful sights!

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