Eco Cruises for the Differently Abled

About this tour

Being differently abled, unfortunately, is always a bit of a problem with travelling, but with some adjustments, it is doable with River Rovers. Certainly those with different abilities are not incapable. There are many ways people compensate for a reduction in abilities, and those with these reductions may have special strengths that exceed that of the general population.

We Are Not Disabled, We Are Differently Abled!

Certainly those with different abilities are not incapable. There are many ways people compensate for a reduction in abilities, and those with these reductions may have special strengths that exceed that of the general population.

Making Eco- friendly cruises accessible to differently abled people is one of our aims at River Rovers. Our boat the “Pitta”, with its flat bottom, is designed especially for easy access and wheelchair travellers find our cruises trouble-free and always have lots of fun.

Furthermore, you will be helped during your trip with all the different activities we have on offer, in making them easily accessible for your individual abilities.

River Rovers Eco Tours Caters to All

According to us, virtually all types of tours are possible. Obviously, the preparation and assistance require more attention. But with your collaboration, we do not classify which tours are possible or not, as almost all of our trips are adaptable to the needs you may have.

People with different abilities Live, Navigate, Play, Work, Travel and Love!

A fantastic review by one of our differently abled guests!

Gordon and Luck really run a special and private river/ocean tour. Gordon has his own purpose built calm water and river boat. He takes you on a personalised day trip along the southern coast of Phuket.

While all the speedboats filled with 50+ passengers are racing at breakneck speed to get to "The Beach" at Phi Phi (which they will share with 150 other boats) you will be taking in the Phuket coastline in a relaxed manner.

We saw and fed Macaque monkeys, who will amaze you as they dive into the river for fruit, we went swimming at 3 beaches (two of them deserted), we swam in deeper ocean water and whenever we were stopped we could take the twin seat kayaks for a wander.

It has been mentioned before but the food is amazing... At no time were we without something to snack and drink the whole day (about 7.5 hours). The lunch was a divine smorgasbord of Thai treats cooked on board by “Luck”. There was also fresh fruit, chips (hot and cold) and fried chicken wings... Washed down with your choice of water, soft drinks, juice or beer... Honestly, find me someone else who can match that!

Gordon even arranged the taxi in which we shared the return fare to Patong.

And yes, I am a wheelchair user and having seen many websites happy to say NO to wheelchairs, it was great to see that Gordon and River Rovers were up to the task.

I am a paraplegic with a manual chair and the short distance across the sand and on board (about 20m) was handled with ease by Gordon, my brother and one of the other passengers. They simply lifted me and the chair directly onto the back of the boat. The deck is flat and there is room for at least 2 wheelchairs (and as Gordon mentioned, 4 if the table is moved) along with your mates. Up to 10 people altogether.

You will need to have your own ablution plan as the toilet is below deck. This was no problem for me as I use a spilpruf pee bottle. I went swimming 4 times by getting out of my chair and throwing myself off the back of the boat. I got back in with a first lift onto the kayak and a second with help onto the deck, a third onto the deck seating then a simple jump to my chair.

No matter what you ability, I am sure Gordon will have a crack at making it happen with your guidance and a flexible mindset. Even if you don't go swimming the views, the relaxed pace and the food are awesome!

Reviewed November 5th, 2013, Trip Advisor

Tour information

Start (depending on tides): 9am (9:00)
Tour duration: You choose
Maximum guests: up to 10 person
Departing from: Departure
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Pricing? No set pricing!

We don’t offer set prices for each of our tours. We give excellent value for money and believe and trust in our guests to offer us what they consider each tour is worth.

We offer you complete flexibility and the ability for our guests to plan their tours. In return we expect that our guests will understand that no other tours in Phuket offer the chance for their guests to negotiate what they want to pay. We have selected a variety of local Charities for you to choose from, and a generous 5% of your total tour cost will go to the Charity of your choice. Please remember this when deciding on your tour quote, as we kindly ask you to understand that even though most of our guests provide a satisfactory quote; in other circumstances one of the River Rovers team may need to contact you to negotiate a price that better matches your chosen tour itinerary and budget.

River Rovers over delivers – We will live up to our reputation of overdelivering for the price you offer - just have a look at trip advisor and you’ll see all the people who have taken the time to congratulate River Rovers on such a memorable, one of a kind experience.

River Rover’s Eco Tours provides services that no other tours in Phuket can offer… we are truly one of a kind. You may have experienced holidays, where the tour schedule is so rigid and over-planned that at the end you walk away feeling dissatisfied and overcharged. Even though River Rover’s Eco Tours does not provide discounted tours, we do provide our guests the opportunity to plan their perfect vacation:

Where you want to go - no more sitting around waiting at boring places or places you don’t wish to see.

How long you want your tours to last for - if you book in advance you will be able to choose from 1 day to even week long tours. As the boat is amazingly comfortable and our staff are friendly without being overbearing- you will surely have a chance to relax and take control of your holiday as you wish...

What you want to pay - River Rovers has a Charity focus, because we strongly believe in supporting the healthy growth of Phuket. We would like the local human and animal citizens of Phuket to benefit from tourism, and help give them the opportunities to prosper outside of the tourism industry.

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By the way

All our 1-day trips are available at a reduced rate on a Long Tail Boat which is the traditional way of getting around on the water by the Thai People.

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