I highly recommend this day trip. My husband, daughter (who is 22) and I went on the excursion. The food is all cooked on board by two amazing ladies. It is authentic, fresh and delicious. The trip includes lunch and dinner. The kayaks hold 3 people, two guests and a guide. Because we were a group of three, Sun matched up my husband with one of the other guests. Names of guides were drawn by each group of two. We had Done and Min. These gentlemen were awesome! Knowledgeable, funny and able to answer any question we had. We quickly felt comfortable and relaxed with them.
Most of the caves we went into led to lagoons that are on the interior of the large stone islands. These were beautiful and so interesting! We saw monkeys, smallish monitor lizards and these little fish that could move themselves on the sandbars with fins that were more like arms. Before dinner, the guides turned the kayaks upside down and tied them together end to end. We took turns trying to run all the way to the end. Everyone cheered on the individuals attempting to make it to the end. It was so much fun and a great way to make everyone on the boat feel like a team.
There was plenty of staff on the boat to answer questions and they were always offering interesting tidbits of information. What you see on the kayak trips was amazing, but the staff on the boat was the icing on the cake. One of the comments I had seen in reviews for excursions was that with bigger boats, it would take longer to get everyone in and out of the kayaks. That was absolutely not my experience. Sun and the guides had the process perfected and it moved quickly. I had also heard that getting in and out of the kayaks was hard. I am a 58 year old woman who carries more weight than I should (thank you Covid). I was able to get in and out of the kayaks without a problem.
Our day with John Gray tours ended with the bioluminescent plankton. It was amazing. I can't think of a better way to spend a day. Make sure you bring baht to tip the guides and boat staff. They work hard and deserve it.