I also went on Tour C, another highly recommended excursion. On the itinerary is Helicopter Island, which got its name from its shape, for some snorkelling, and then Hidden Beach – a beautiful, serene beach concealed behind some cliffs; also Secret Beach, another beach that can only be reached by swimming underneath a tiny rock opening. The highlight of my day though was going to Star Beach. We did not dock on the beach itself but rather stayed afloat and snorkelled for hours seeing the most abundant and colorful marine life in some of the clearest waters I have ever seen. Visibility could easily have been more than 30 meters that day. We then had the most mouthwatering, delicious lunch on board the boat which had grilled vegetables, seafood, and meat; topped by beautifully carved fruit for dessert (these Tour Operators actually have carving competitions to enhance their abilities).
I was quite impressed that the boatmen practiced environmental consciousness. At the beginning of the tours they instructed us not to touch any of the corals or sea life, nor bring home any shells with us. Boats also need to dock at least 50-70 meters away from the shoreline and are not allowed to anchor on corals, only on sand. The local townsfolk are also not allowed to burn plastic as this is harmful to the environment.