Simba Sea Trips is based in Phuket and privately owned by husband and wife team Geoff (American) and Jenny (Australian). They have two boats, Simba II and Simba III. While the boats can hold up to 26 people, Simba limits the number of passengers to 15. We booked the Phi Phi Sunrise trip, which is designed to start earlier in an effort to beat the crowds and provide optimal snorkeling conditions. Jenny led our small group along with a licensed local Thai tour guide and two other staff members, all of whom were incredibly friendly.
|Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi Leh|
|I just love that this fish photobombed me.|
|Fish like bananas.|
After snorkeling for a while, we boarded the boat again and cruised further around Ko Phi Phi Leh to Pileh Lagoon, another picturesque cove where we jumped off the bow of the boat (I’m not sharing that picture) and floated in the water under the bright sun.
|Can someone tell me if Thailand or Family Guy came up with this monkey first?|
I happened to find a picture of this sign on the Internet before our trip and made sure Romeo packed his shirt.
Simba Sea Trips offers multiple tour choices, including Phi Phi, Phi Phi Sunrise, Phang Nga, and Krabi trips, as well as private charters. Prices are provided on their website and include round-trip transfers from hotels in Phuket’s Patong, Kata, and Karon areas, beverages, snacks and lunch, and snorkeling equipment (we brought our own snorkels and masks but used their fins). I suggest booking ahead, since these are small group tours that can sell out. When booked ahead, a deposit is required.
Jenny and her team were wonderful people, and the company provided excellent customer service. When planning our day of snorkeling Thailand's Ko Phi Phi Islands, I was choosing between two companies. I reached my final decision through my research on Trip Advisor. My decision was influenced more by the two companies’ responses to traveler reviews than by the reviews themselves. Both companies had excellent reviews, but had also received negative comments from travelers who were upset excursions had been cancelled because of weather (obviously something neither company could control and a matter of safety), but I felt Simba Sea Trips' responses were more professional, even if the reviewer was potentially being unreasonable, while the other company’s responses were not as nice. I believed this was a good indicator of the customer service that would be provided by Simba Sea Trips. When I corresponded with Simba Sea Trips via email to make our reservations, all emails were responded to professionally and promptly.
I used Lonely Planet Discover Thailand to plan our Thailand trip.