We spent a few days in Patong Beach and used this as our base to experience a few one day tours visiting various small islands, remote beaches and lagoons.
For anyone planning these trips I highly recommend Phuket Sail Tours, a small owner operated tour group whose groups are much more smaller. Our group totalled only 6 tourists! Halal snacks and being a smaller group we were able to visit more areas and get to other beaches well before the crowds. Normally I’d expect these type of tours to cost an arm and a leg due to the small numbers, but surprisingly Captain Mark’s company is extremely competitively priced and their packages were only 20 to 30% more then the others packages out there. The downside of them taking small groups is you MUST book in advance. We were lucky to get a last minute booking being off season and a weekday. I’m told in peak times they are fully booked nearly a month in advance!