Find peace and tranquillity amongst the dramatic scenery and beautiful beaches of Phuket.
Lying just 8° north of the Equator, Phuket is a wonderful sailing area in the Andaman Sea. Phang Nga Bay lies between the island of Phuket and the mainland of Thailand and is a protected, very dramatic sailing area, with a fantastic gallery of giant limestone sculptures rising out of emerald waters.
With 42 islands in Phang Nga Bay, there are many miles of beaches, creeks and anchorages. The beaches are palm fringed, with pristine white sand and crystal waters. The snorkelling is exceptional, with stunning coral reefs to explore. You may find yourself being escorted by some of the local dolphins, if you are lucky.
Add to that the renowned friendliness of the Thai people, their magnificent cuisine and culture and Phuket has deservedly become South-east Asia’s premier sailing destination and home to the Phuket Race Week, King's Cup Regatta and several marinas.
Embark at Phuket Yacht Haven Marina in the North East of Phuket. Sail into the majestic and magical Phang Nga Bay with limestone cliffs and islands offering spectacular views.
Visit James Bond Island, the location for the film “The Man with the Golden Gun”, and anchor at Koh Yang. Or visit Sea Gypsy Village at Koh Panyi (12nm), set on stilts over the water.
Swim at the fascinating Koh Hong Island, named for its large internal lagoon, and visit Panak Island. Continue sailing to Krabi, another great sightseeing destination, ideal for swimming and relaxing on beautiful beaches. Anchor for the night at Ao Nang Beach and go ashore for shopping.
Sail to Phi Phi Islands, renowned as paradise islands. Discover the magical landscape of Maya Bay where you can enjoy snorkelling on colourful coral reefs in emerald sea. The movie “The Beach” was filmed here.
South of Phuket, these islands are best known as excellent diving and snorkelling destinations. Racha Yai has a strip of fine white sand tucked deep into the long bay, called Ao Tawan Tok or Ao Bungalow. Racha Noi is uninhabited but there is some great diving in the area.
A hidden gem with superb shallow snorkelling. Good anchorages on Koh Yao Yai opposite this island.
Supplied by Cheryl Jenner, Nautilus Yachting
Best time to travel to Phuket is during the cool NE monsoon season from November to March when the weather is sunny and dry with calm seas, though the NE winds are ideal for sailing and keeps things comfortable. The temperatures range from 24-32°C.
The hottest time is from April to May with temperatures 27-36°C and a lack of wind makes it feel very humid. From June through to August, the SW winds pick up, though sailing is still sheltered in most of the cruising area. Brief but heavy showers but the area is less crowded. During September and October there are heavy rains.
The area is tidal with a range of approximately 2m. We have rated this destination a 'Level 1-2' (levels info)
British Airways and Thai Airways have direct flights to Bangkok. Thai Airways have daily flights to Phuket.
We recommend all clients pre-book transfers from the airport to the base. A transfer from Phuket airport to Yacht Haven marina takes approximately 20 minutes.
"Our two weeks in the BVIs lived up to expectations and beyond, the wind was consistently 13-18 kts with the odd period in the 20s but the icing on the cake for all of us was the snorkelling which was diverse and absorbing with rays, turtles, squid and an array of fish to mesmerise. Thank you to your team for putting it all together for us."
|2023 GB£ per yacht||Dufour 520 GL(2018)||Sun Odyssey 479 - 4 cab.(2018)|
|Dates||5 cabins/3WC||4 cabins/4WC|
|25 Feb-03 Mar||8871||7390|
|18 Mar-14 Apr||6481||5395|
|29 Apr-05 May||4219||3514|
|13 May-30 Sep||3424||2848|
|28 Oct-03 Nov||5810||4838|
|11 Nov-22 Dec||7824||6514|
|2023 GB£ per yacht||Bali 4.1 - 4 + 2 cab.(2020)||Bali 4.5 - 4 + 2 cab.(2019)||Fountaine Pajot Saba 50 - 6 + 2 cab.(2020)||Lagoon 42 - 3 + 1 cab.(2019)||Lagoon 52 F - 6 + 2 cab.(2019)|
|Dates||4 cabins/4WC||4 cabins/4WC||6 cabins/6WC||3 cabins/3WC||6 cabins/6WC|
|25 Feb-03 Mar||10900||14262||18595||10357||20457|
|18 Mar-14 Apr||7971||10571||13738||7571||15114|
|29 Apr-05 May||4829||6610||8952||4676||9843|
|13 May-30 Sep||3790||5486||7257||3790||7981|
|28 Oct-03 Nov||6505||9081||11929||6367||13119|
|11 Nov-22 Dec||8890||11800||15338||8448||16871|
Outboard for tender, bedlinen & towels, and snorkel gear included
Refundable deposit €3000-€9000. Non refundable deposit on request.
End Cleaning; Monohulls; 39' to 45' €180, 46' to 49' €215, 50' and above €240.
Catamarans; 41' to 45' €255, 46' to 49' €280, 50' and above €310.
Starter Pack and fees: €70. Fuel used (fill up on return)
Outboard for tender, bedlinen & towels, cleaning, and snorkel gear included
Refundable deposit €3000-€5500. Non refundable deposit on request.
Not included; Fuel, Transfers, National Park fees.
Prices may be subject to change.
To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.
For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.
RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.
For Seychelles the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.
For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.
If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?
Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.
Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.
Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.