The Mangroves EcoSystem

About this tour

The rivers and the deltas of Phuket and Phang Nga are diverse and natural wonderlands. The west coast is fringed by white sandy beaches while the eastern coast is wilder and oriented towards Phang Nga Bay. In fact, the bay is protected by its own geographical situation. The hundreds of small islands are surrounded by shallow waters and the delta of the Phang Nga’s river is a mixture between fresh and salty waters.

A trip through the mangroves is a rare experience!

This delta has many interests from a tourist point of view, but also from a botanical one.

Mangroves are tropical seashore trees that can survive flooding with salt water at high tide and grow on inter tidal rivers of Phuket and the delta of the Phang Nga mudflats – which is the area where the sea meets the land. It is a unique ecological zone. Natural plants find it impossible to become established on inter tidal mudflats. However, mangroves have a unique way of adapting to this harsh environment. The roots have the function of feeding, breathing and anchoring for the trees.

The mangrove tree has a special desalinating method – the sap inside the tree is less salty than the water surrounding it. To excrete salt, one species accumulates the salt in the bark – the bark dies, and is shed. Another species excretes excess salt through their leaves via leaf glands, which is then washed off by the rain. Next time you’re close to a mangrove tree, pick a leaf, lick it and taste the salt. Nature is extremely incredible!

Why are these mangroves so important you may ask? One reason is to prevent erosion, another is that it supports and protects an amazing ecosystem teaming with life. The mangrove forests are the breeding, spawning and nurseries for mollusks, crustaceans and fish on which coastal villages and fisheries depend.

Mangrove debris provides an important source of nutrients for the inshore and neighboring estuaries ecosystems. The fauna found living in this amazing ecosystem is both beautiful and funny to observe. Take the Fiddler Crab – the male has one large colourful claw. Then there are the mud skippers, a fish which has adapted to live out of water for short periods. During high tide, they stay submerged like any normal fish. During low tide, they breathe by carrying a mixture of water and air in enlarged gill chambers. The mudskippers lever themselves forward on the mud using their pectoral fins and their tail can be stiffened to lash themselves forward on mud and water.

The crab-eating Macaques which are monkeys, who eat crabs and fruits, live in groups and are fearless of water, can swim and dive under water. They love an audience and show off their dexterity by swinging, clambering up rocks and flying through trees, hanging on to the flimsiest of branches, while you watch with your heart in your mouth, sure than at any moment now, they’ll fall, but of course they don’t. They are funny and entertaining – and they know it!

Before World War 2, 70% of Thailand was covered by primary forest. Today, less than 15% of the forest remain intact. Under the Forestry Department, Thailand has established about a hundred parks and nature reserves and is carrying out a concerted policy of nature conservation.

The Phuket and Phang Nga mangroves can be visited all year round!

Tour information

Start (depending on tides): 9am (9:00)
Tour duration: 8 hours
Maximum guests: 11 people
Departing from: Departure
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Each boat trip has its minimum cost. This includes: charter fee, fuel, water, fruit and drinks and the wages for the crew. This value is divided equally by the number of guests. Therefore, the best prices for Eco Tours in Thailand are achievable when the number of visitors reaches 8 to 10 people. However, the minimum cost of the tour is greatly enhanced for couples, lovers and small groups of travelers. RiverRovers eliminates this disadvantage and makes Private Boat Tours on Phuket more accessible. We use an individual approach to pricing and apply different pricing policy for small groups of travelers or newlyweds who are willing to spend their honeymoon with us.

Price list: Eco Tours in Ao Chalong
Group Price per person Tour price
1-4 people 3990 THB 15960 THB
6 people 2995 THB 17970 THB
8 people 2500 THB 20000 THB
10 people 2200 THB 22000 THB
11 people 2175 THB 23925 THB

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