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“Banana Island: Cheap Tour but...”
Review of Laguna Tours

Laguna Tours
Ranked #114 of 475 Tours in Phuket
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: To make the most of your stay on Phuket, Laguna offers a full selection of tour options including scuba diving, snorkelling, game fishing, elephant trekking, adventure safaris, stage shows, city tours and much more. With a fleet of private luxury speedboats and top-of-the-line vans at our command, we offer our guests the opportunity to experience the same activities and destinations as offered by Phuket’s mainstream day trip operators, but we avoid the crowds.
Reviewed 9 April 2017

I was actually very much impressed with the value for money with this tour group. The price wasn't too bad and they took good care of us.

Some of the highlights were...
- Kind, helpful and well intentioned guides
- Price was decent/good value for money
- Great place to snorkel for beginners

BUT...
- Banana Island has potential to be a pristine island but it was depressing as it was assembly line tourism...pack as many people to the island as possible with minimal regard for the environment. Gorgeous sand filled with cigarette butts and other garbage (that being said, it was not the worst beach I've been too).
- Garbage receptacles were not obvious and our tour guides said NOTHING about not damaging the coral or bothering the sea life (people were walking/literally breaking off parts of the coral/one guy was even jamming a sea urchin with a stick before I asked him to stop).

In short, I wish that the company would put in at least some effort to even just pretend like they cared about the environment that provides their jobs.

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Reviewed 16 February 2017

We booked 2 tours with Laguna tours and both of the days we had an amazing time. Possibly slightly more expensive than other similar tours on offer but definitely worth that little extra spend. First of all there boats are much nicer.....sitting at the front whilst racing over the water and watching the breathtaking islands go past is amazing...you probably can't do that with the other boats as they are either smaller or overcrowded. Laguna tours take less guests than other boats so you get that little bit extra attention. The boats are very clean and fruit and drinks are served frequently during the day trips. We had Alex as our guide. He was brilliant, great with kids and adults alike. Funny and friendly without being overbearing. He is an excellent photographer and is very obliging in taking amazing Picutres of all the family. We asked to have Alex again on our 2nd trip as we were so happy with him. He is also very knowledgable as he is an experienced guide. Laguna tours, definitely book them again, and Alex top marks to you.

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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Phuket & Big Budda negatives first. Felt rushed not enough time in one place. Cashew factory, saw nothing of factory. Two ladies sit on very old machines shelling nuts one at a time. .. only selling of products chocolate cashews sesame cashews etc very disappointed. Finally, felt extremely uncomfortable at last unscheduled stop...definitely not on agenda...as confirmed by others in trip and also checked in Laguna tour brochure. Hides under the name of Jewellery Factory..ushered onto lobby area and a numbered sticker put on our clothing. Told people who show you how gems cut at lunch. Quickly moved into a vast room with an array of jewellery in cabinets everywhere and a Thai lady (tried to hard sell) attached to my husband and I. She was so close to us at all times and just wouldn't leave us alone!!!@

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Comfortable transport, guide informative. Big Budda.

Phi Phi Day Trip wonderful. Go by speedboat worth the extra around 1 hr plus there and a little quicker back. High season all Phi Phi busy, but worth going.

Thank Susan H
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

This tour was the highlight of our trip....just beware of Monkeys! Ask for KiKi and enjoy a perfect day!

Thank Dennis K
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Went on a James Bond island tour, which included canoeing going through the caves and white beach. Treated us with royalty. Speed Boat was great, and so was our crew. Our Tour Guide KOM was so helpful and welcoming, he was so amazing didn't want the trip to end. Laguna tours gave us a wonderful day.
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Saleh Family

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