PLAN YOUR PHUKET BOAT CHARTER

Sailing Phuket the first time?

Do you want the perfect itinerary?
I assume your answer is “of course”.

We are happy to help you with this and thus put together these itineraries for sailing Phuket and its surroundings.

I myself sailed in this area for over 25 years and would consider myself fairly knowledgeable about the sailing grounds here in Phuket.

Are you looking for the best snorkeling?
Do you want the best sightseeing?
Or do you want the most stunning sunset?

After uncountable Phuket boat charters, I can tell you where the most secret and best spots are for an unreal adventure.

Let’s get right started!

Day trip itineraries - what do you like to do?

The best snorkeling in Phuket

An easy rule of thumb is the further south you go from Phuket, the better is the visibility in the water.

There are many great snorkeling spots around Phuket beaches, but we highly recommend leaving Phuket for an even better snorkel adventure.

The quality of snorkeling is usually determined by 2 factors:

  1. Water clarity – this is quite an obvious one as if you can only see 2-3m, you cannot see much. The better the visibility in the water the more fish life you can see.
  2. The amount of sea life in the water.

 

These 2 factors are influenced by for example:

  • Wind direction 
  • Current direction 
  • Coral spawning (corals release sperm and the water gets milky)

          Just to name a few!

The reefs around Phuket are home to an incredible array of marine life, including nearly 300 varieties of hard and soft corals and 1,200 fish species. In a few meters of water, you will easily spot clownfish, sweetlips, angelfish, moray eels, and butterflyfish, among hundreds of other colorful species.

Unlike scuba diving, which requires more gear and more courage, snorkeling is a breeze for underwater sightseers. All it takes is a mask and a snorkel, a pair of fins and a sense of adventure.

Easy to master and too much fun not to try, floating near the surface of the water is so mesmerizing that it may become the focus of your island vacation. 

Add snorkeling to sun, sand and sea and you’ll hear a whole lot of oohs and aahs courtesy of spectacular submerged landscapes, and schools of crayon-colored tropical fish cavorting in clear calm water.

Ok, let’s come back to the best snorkeling around Phuket.

The closest destinations for the best snorkeling are Maithon Island, Racha Islands, followed by the Phi Phi Islands, the Butang Islands, close to the Malaysian border, and last but not least the Similan Islands, close to the border of Myanmar.

This does not mean you can only snorkel at these places, but they are the best ones!

The order goes from the closest to furthest islands away from Phuket: 

Snorkeling in Maithon
Snorkeling Racha Islands
Snorkeling Phi Phi islands
Snorkeling Similian islands
Snorkeling Butang islands

Phuket boat charter sightseeing

  • Undoubtedly the number one thing to do in Thailand and Phuket is to see the amazing islands!
  • From the 250-500 Million-year-old limestone formations, over secluded beaches, bays, lagoons, tiny islands up to man-made sightseeing spots, you can see all on a boat charter in Phuket.
  • Phuket and its surroundings are full of sightseeing points. It is impossible to cover all in one day, so you can either choose from it or discover all of them on an overnight tour.
  • I list here my Top 5 (not ranked in order – it is too hard to choose a number 1) sightseeing points after sailing Phuket for more than 25 years.

1. Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga bay, consisting of 42 islands, this 400 square kilometer bay offers some of the most stunning views of the world. If you are passionate about nature and/or photography this is the place to go.

The whole bay is a protected national marine park and known for the steep limestone rocks of which are some sticking out higher than 100 m  from the ocean.

Phang Nga Bay is a must-go as well for all the different mangrove trees and rare species of animals like birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. Some very endangered species like dugongs, the white hand gibbons, and many more find shelter in this protected area.

Note:
Phang Nga Bay is very shallow with slow water movement, hence the visibility of the water is mostly quite low and therefore not suitable for diving and snorkeling.

Phang Nga Bay

2. James Bond Island

James Bond Island

The original Thai name is Ko Tapu, which translates to spike or nail. This steep limestone rock known as James Bond Island appeared in 1974 in “The Man with the Golden Gun” with Roger Moore in the lead role as agent 007.

The movie helped to get Thailand a spike in tourism in these early years and has laid the foundation for Thailand to become one of the most traveled countries in this world for its stunning beauty.

James Bond Island is located in Phang Nga Bay and will be of course in almost every route going through the national park.

3. Koh Phi Phi Leh, also called "Maya Bay"
("the Beach" of Leonardo DiCaprio)

Another famous movie site from the year 2000.
Leonardo DiCaprio came for an adventure to find himself in Thailand, like millions of backpackers did after him.

He enjoyed the ultimate beauty and untouched nature before the unforeseen happened! We highly recommend you to watch this movie before you go on an overnight adventure, you will recognize many of the movie sights.

Maya Bay or Koh Phi Phi Leh, the official name of this place, is always worth a visit. An amazing beach with beautiful rock formations and incredible high limestone rocks makes the perfect scene for relaxing.

Koh Phi Phi Leh

4. Railay Beach/Ao Nang

Railay Beach/Ao Nang

Railay, often confused as an island as you can reach only by water, is a peninsula with several secluded beaches and surrounded by high limestone rocks.

It is a paradise for climbers and you can just literally let go (if you are not too high of course) and let yourself fall down in the 30-degree warm water after a climb.

5. Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands, stretching 9 golden beaches along the west coast, calling it the sunset beaches.
Koh Lanta Islands consist of Koh Lanta Noi ( the small Lanta Island) and Koh Lanta Yai (the large Lanta island), which is the most beautiful one.
It sticks out with a wild look, virgin rainforests, amazing beaches and interesting rock formations between the bays.

Koh Lanta is unique in its own style and always worth a visit.

Koh Lanta

6. The Similan Islands

The Similan Islands

Besides being one of the best places for scuba diving and snorkeling, the Similan National Marine Park offers the famous gin-clear waters and white fine sand beaches with huge granite boulders.

These huge boulders do not really fit the small sandy islands but make them unique in their own way.
Additionally, they make the underwater world even more stunning and offer plenty of space for marine life to hide.

Unfortunately, there is no good accommodation on these islands, but this is the best way to cruise on one of our yachts to enjoy pure nature far away from civilization.

Best sunsets around Phuket

sunset in phuket
Scuba Diving the pristine reefs of the Mergui Archipelago
Snorkelling Butang islands

Such a romantic dude you might think…
And yeah I have to admit I rarely miss a sunset. The pink and yellow colors when the sun sets over the ocean and the clouds are illuminated by the last sun rays still give me goosebumps.

Colors as unreal you would say this must be photoshopped. I saw uncountable sunsets while sailing the oceans of this world and especially on the boat charters around Phuket, and still, the best ones stay in my memory.

The good thing about sunsets is, there is a guaranteed one per day!

You should not miss out on your chance to see one.

Such a romantic dude you might think…
And yeah I have to admit I rarely miss a sunset. The pink and yellow colours when the sun sets over the ocean and the clouds are illuminated by the last sun rays give me still goosebumps.

Colours as unreal you would say this must be photoshopped. I saw uncountable sunsets while sailing the oceans of this world and especially on the boat charters around Phuket and still the best ones stay in my memory.

The good thing about sunsets is there is a guarantee of one per day!

You should not miss out your chance to see one.

My favorite places for seeing the sunset while sailing Phuket area are:

  • The open ocean – whenever you see the endless ocean in front of you and the way the sun dives into it, it is magic!
  • Similan Islands – looking to the west you cannot see anything in the distance. The Andaman Islands are hundreds of nautical miles away and you can see an undisturbed touchdown.
  • Nai Harn Bay – in the south of Phuket is Nai Harn Bay and probably the most stunning place for sunsets around Phuket is being on a boat there!
  • On the way from the south – we usually plan our full-day trips so you return with the sunset on the way. A nearly undisturbed view, sailing in the sunset while having a sundowner. I hope this does not sound too teasing! 
  • Anywhere on the west coast of Phuket, where there are no obstacles or islands in your view – A quite easy requirement, but mandatory to see an amazing sunset!

Dolphin spotting around Phuket

Phuket and its surrounding islands are truly blessed if you want to see dolphins.

Dolphin spotting is arguably one of the “must-do” things when going out on a boat trip.

When sailing with us, you have several options to see dolphins:

  1. On the way to Phi Phi Island, you will have a chance to spot them at Maithon Island.
  2. Again when you do a day charter out of Phuket you have the choice to sail to Maithon with an 80% chance to spot them.
  3. If you book a Phuket day trip with us to sail to Koh Racha, you also have a good chance to spot the dolphins on the way.
  4. Another good chance to see them is on the way to the Similan islands, way out in the open ocean.
  5. We once came across a pod of several hundred dolphins on the way to the Andaman Islands.

Did you know there are dolphins and porpoises? Both are quite similar and all are very intelligent.

Altogether there are 32 dolphin species, but only 6 porpoise species, with the main difference being:

  • Dolphins have long peaked and cone-shaped noses, while porpoises have smaller mouths.
  • Dolphins have cone-shaped teeth, while porpoises have spade-shaped teeth.
  • The body of dolphins is generally leaner with a curved or hooked dorsal fin
  • Porpoises bodies are bulkier and their dorsal fins are more triangle-shaped

The most common dolphin to spot is actually called like that: Common Dolphin! It is relatively small and is the most populous dolphin in the world. It can be found around the globe.

Not to confuse with the bottlenose dolphin, which is larger and far better known from the TV series “Flipper”

The second most famous dolphin is the Spinner dolphin, which got its name from leaping out of the water and performing acrobatic acts.

Conclusion for your boat charter in Phuket

P.S.
The sunrise on a boat on the ocean is often at least as beautiful as a sunset, if not even better. If you want to see plenty of these amazing destinations you should go for an overnight trip.

P.S.S.
Enjoy your holiday in Phuket!!

Overnight Itineraries

Note:

High Season Itineraries

From November till April

Day 1: Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

We start ca. 10 am at Chalong pier, Phuket. From here we have a short sail to Ko Kai for swimming, snorkeling & lunch before we go for a long stretch to  Ko Phi Phi Don, with trawl fishing, snacks and fruit on the way.

After arriving in Ko Phi Phi you can go for a swim and snorkel at the famous spots around Phi Phi. Of course, you can as well visit the island and have the option to go out dancing and partying on this famous party island.

Day 2: Koh Phi Phi to Phuket

We depart early for Phi Phi Leh for photos, swimming and snorkeling.

On the way to Koh Maithon, you can have breakfast and relax.
At Maithon we stop for lunch, swimming and snorkeling and hope to sight some dolphins, before we finally depart for  Chalong Bay, Phuket.

Day 1: Phuket to Koh Panak
After leaving ca. 10 am. We head for Koh Kai, a small sandy island with the opportunity to jump into the clear waters and go snorkeling. Koh Kai is only 12 Nautical Miles (NM)  from where we started. 

After having lunch in Koh Kai we sail ca. 17 NM to Koh Panak. Here the hongs are deep within the island and we’ll need flashlights when going through the caves to see in the dark. There are several caves to be visited, all of them featuring stalactites and stalagmites. 

After exploring the hongs (caves) we have dinner and spent the night in Koh Panak

 

Day 2: Koh Panak to Koh Yao Noi
After breakfast we head even further North to Koh Hong, which is close by, to explore this fascinating island. There, kayaks come in handy and you can explore the hong (a room inside the island). 

James Bond Island is just close by and it was featured in a James Bond movie with Roger Moore, called “The man with the golden gun” The surroundings are just stunning, one of the surreal landscapes in Southern Thailand. 

For lunch, we go to visit Koh Panyi only about 6 NM away from James Bond Island. We need to head East and then into the channel where this village is located.

Partly on a small island and partly on stilts the village consists of a community of around 1600 people, descendants from Indonesia, who settled here over 200 years ago.  Besides the great restaurants here, Koh Panyi recently became famous for its floating football field! Just imagine some of the boys have to jump into the sea, to retrieve the ball!

Later in the afternoon we set sail and will arrive at Ko Yao Noi for the night anchorage.

Day 3: Koh Yao Noi to Phuket 

In the morning it is very quiet here and one can hear the birds in the jungle nearby. After breakfast, we head off to Koh Bak Pia for more views of stunning scenery and a swim. 

Then we head a bit further south to Koh Hong II, which belongs to Krabi province, different than the one in Phang Nga Bay. This one has much clearer waters and 2 stunning beaches. 

With Kayaks you can explore the “hong” and we will have lunch on the beach, in the shade of some large trees or on board.


After this, it is time to go back to Chalong Bay, Phuket. 

Day 1: Phuket to Koh Panak

We are leaving ca. 10 am from Chalong Bay, Phuket and head east to Ko Kai, a small sandy island with the first opportunity to jump into the clear waters and go snorkeling before having lunch. 

After this, we set sail for Koh Panak where we will explore some of the caves. We can enter the caves by walking if there is low tide or we can enter them by kayak. 

We will spend the first night here.

Day 2: Koh Panak to Koh Gai

Before breakfast, we can get the kayaks out and investigate some more caves of Ko Panak. There are plenty of them.

 

On the way to Koh Hong, which is nearby, you can enjoy breakfast and we can explore the “hongs” (Thai for “room”) with kayaks again. It is possible to get into the island by waterway, which is like a high room.

After visiting and discovering Koh Hong you can have lunch on board before we head for Chicken Island (Koh Gai).

Chicken Island is the last destination of the day and we spend the night here. 

   

Day 3: Koh Gai to Koh Phi Phi

In the morning we can visit Railay Beach, quoted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. It is the surrounding limestone cliffs, which make this place so special. Famous for rock climbing, this peninsular has no road access, all supplies and people have to come here by boat.

After the stop at Railay beach, we go for Koh Phi Phi. We will first arrive at  Phi Phi Leh with Maya Bay, where parts of the movie “The Beach” were filmed and enjoy lunch here. 

Just next by Pile Bay is another highlight to visit by kayak. It is accessible only at high tide and one of our favorite bays.

Before the sun sets we sail towards Phi Phi Don to Tonsai Bay, where we will spend the night.

Tonsai Bay is famous for partying, but you can also go out for a massage and enjoy yourself, alternatively if you don't want to step into the party scene, another secluded quiet bay can be chosen according to your wishes.

Day 4: Koh Phi Phi to Phuket

We have the entire morning in Koh Phi Phi for discovering, snorkeling, swimming and enjoying before we need to leave before lunchtime to get back to Chalong Bay, Phuket. 

 

Day 1: Phuket to Koh Yao Noi

At 10 am we meet you at the pier in Chalong Phuket. 

First, we head east to Koh Kai Nok.

You will fall in love with this small Sandy Island and crystal clear water. You got the opportunity to go swimming and snorkeling. We stay here for lunch and to relax.

In the afternoon we set sail for Ko Yao Noi where we will spend the night. 

It is the classical tropical island, where the coconut trees are hanging over the sea for perfect pictures!

Day 2: Koh Yao Noi to Koh Hong
While entering Phang Nga Bay you can enjoy breakfast on board.

A short sail later we arrive at Koh Hong (Phang Nga Province). 

Kayaks come in handy and you can explore the “hong” (Thai: “room”) inside the island and also paddle around the corner to one of the beaches. 

Then it is time to set sail to James Bond Island, famous for the movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ for a quick photoshoot.

The next stop is Ko Panak for some more kayaking. Here, the hongs are deep within the island and we’ll need flashlights to see in the dark. There are several caves to be visited, all of them featuring stalactites and stalagmites. 

This busy morning is followed by lunch while sailing to Ko Kudu which is also a very picturesque limestone island.

The last stop of the day is another Koh Hong (Krabi Province), which features some amazing beaches and a great “hong” to explore with the kayak. We will spend the night here.

Day 3: Koh Hong to Koh Phi Phi

In the morning we sail to Railay Beach while having breakfast. Railay beach is voted in the top 10 beaches of the world regularly. It is a true paradise. 

You have time to walk around this peninsula, which has no road access, due to the high mountains surrounding it. The only way to visit is by boat.

Railay Beach is a world-known rock climbing center and you will see climbers at several locations when you walk around.

At lunchtime, we head for Koh Kai (Chicken island) and will arrive there in the early afternoon.

Here at this small island, we make a quick break for a jump in the crystal clear water before we finally set sail for Koh Phi Phi Don.

We stop at Long Beach for snorkeling with totally harmless Black Tip Reef Sharks, which are moving very gracefully through the water.

With sunset, we sail to our night anchorage at Tonsai Beach. You can head out to one of the beach bars to dance the night away if you like. Alternatively, we can also anchor in another bay for a relaxed evening on board.

Day 4: Koh Phi Phi to Koh Maithon

If you like you can have an early start to walk up to Phi Phi Island viewpoint. One of the main attractions not to be missed! Once you are up there you can see the 2 bays of Phi Phi Don in front of you and Phi Phi Leh in the background!

Followed by this you can have some swimming, snorkeling and breakfast.

Later on, we depart for Phi Phi Leh, the smaller one of the Phi Phi island group and it is not inhabited, only a couple of park rangers stay here overnight to keep a watchful eye on their nature! The last stop at Phi Phi is the famous Maya Bay for lunch. The place where Leonardo DiCaprio got famous in the movie “The Beach”.

After lunch, we set sail for Maithon Island.

If we are lucky we will spot some bottlenose dolphins which call the surrounding waters off Ko Maithon their home. 

And finally, spend the night at Koh Maithon.

Day 5: Koh Maithon to Phuket

After snorkeling in Maithon's crystal clear waters and a delicious breakfast we sai to Racha Yai island.

There are several bays to explore and we spend a leisurely day here before it is time once again to head back to Chalong Bay, where your journey began. 

Arrival in Chalong Bay is around 17:00.

Day 1: Phuket to Koh Phi Phi 

We are leaving Phuket ca. 10 am and sail to Koh Maithon, where you get the first opportunity to enjoy the warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean and have lunch with an idyllic view. Maybe we can even spot some dolphins!

After this, we go for a long journey to Koh Phi Phi Don, where we arrive in the late afternoon. 

Here you can have a swim in the crystal clear waters of Phi Phi.

For the night you can either choose to enjoy the busy party life of Phi Phi, when we anchor at Tonsai Bay or if you like to relax onboard for the night we can also anchor in one of the quiet bays around. 

Day 2 – Koh Phi Phi to Koh Lanta

If you feel energetic after a relaxed night or want to get rid of your hangover, we highly recommend hiking up to the famous Phi Phi viewpoint! Your reward will be an amazing view over the island, its 2 beautiful bays and surroundings. 

Upon return, it is time for breakfast while sailing to Kantiang Beach in Koh Lanta. Koh Lanta is one of the larger islands and it offers great beaches. The island is covered with natural forests, inviting you for a scenic walk to a waterfall or romantic beach. 

For our night anchorage, we choose an idyllic bay a bit further south, where relaxation is guaranteed.

Day 3: Koh Lanta to Koh Rok Nok

This morning we leave a bit earlier and breakfast will be served on the way to Koh Muk.

Here you can visit the Emerald Cave, where a breath-taking surprise awaits you.

After visiting Koh Muk, we will leave for Koh Rok Nok while having lunch.  

Koh Rok Nok is famous for its snorkeling and diving, and it has the most beautiful beach in the Andaman Sea. The water is crystal clear, and the range of sea life in the corals will amaze you. 

We highly recommend watching the sunset at this amazing beach, but of course, you can enjoy it onboard as well. 

Day 4: Koh Rok Nok to Koh Phi Phi Leh 

After the last dip in this gorgeous natural setting of Koh Rok Nok, we sail to Koh Ha for some more snorkeling and swimming and of course breakfast. 

On the last leg to Koh Phi Phi Leh, you might be able to catch some tuna and eat very fresh sashimi along the way.

Just before the end of the day, in time for a spectacular sunset, we arrive at Maya Bay. This is where the film “The Beach” was shot. The bay’s main beach is closed at the moment to give the reef a chance to recover from tourism, but we are still able to pick up a mooring and stay at this spectacular place for the night.

 

Day 5: Koh Phi Phi Leh to Racha Yai

In the early morning, we depart before breakfast to another secluded place on the West coast of Phi Phi Don, to enjoy snorkeling and breakfast there. If you want, you can try the SUP or grab a kayak to paddle to the beach. 

Later on, we set sail for Koh Racha Yai, while having lunch on the way. 

With some luck, we spot some bottlenose dolphins which are regulars in that area. Again, the waters there are crystal clear inviting you for a swim and snorkel. We have several anchorages to choose from, all of them feature stunning beaches.

Day 6: Koh Racha Yai to Phuket

In the morning we sail to the East side of Koh Racha Yai, to Lucies Reef, a well-known snorkel spot. You are welcome to enjoy the beach here as well before we head for our last stop before returning to Phuket.

On the way to Phuket, you can enjoy your lunch while sailing to Yanui Beach in Phuket, another beautiful beach on this journey. 

Last, but not least we sail the last leg from the southern tip of Phuket to Chalong Bay to finish another unique tour at ca. 5 pm.

Day 1: Phuket to Similan Island No 5

We start at Chalong Bay, Phuket and sail 70 Nautical Miles (NM) to the Similan Islands. The entire day will be spent on the boat. 

Day 2: Similan Island No 5 to Donald Duck Bay

Waking up in the morning, surrounded by crystal clear water, you can spot the fish and reef around you. You can spend the morning snorkeling, taking a walk to the viewpoint nearby.

And in the late afternoon, we sail to "Donald Duck Bay", which also has a fantastic viewpoint, easy to climb and gives you the best view for the sunset point.

Day 3: Donald Duck Bay to Koh Tachai

In the morning we depart early to Koh Tachai, which has probably the greatest beach in Thailand! The sand is pure white and the beach is at least 1 km long.

Also, the waters around this area are amazingly clear and the snorkeling is absolutely stunning.

As the beaches face a NE direction, we proceed in the late afternoon, to make sure we have a calm anchorage for the night. 

Day 4: Koh Tachai to Surin Islands

Again we depart early for the Surin Islands, while you can enjoy your breakfast on board.

The distance to the islands is 27 NM. 

The Surin Islands are famous for their great hard coral and diversity of fish life.  

They are a small group of only 5 islands and one can see the islands of Myanmar from our night anchorage.

Day 5: Surin Islands to Koh Tachai

We will visit several Surin Islands for snorkeling, enjoying the beaches and relaxing, while having lunch while sailing. 

At the end of the day, we need to reach Koh Tachai again for the night anchorage.

Day 6: Koh Tachai to Similan island No 6

In the morning you can discover more about Ko Tachai.

Right afterward, we head for the Similan islands once again.  

We arrive at island No 6 before the sunset, well in time to enjoy the scenery and clear Similan waters and of course another stunning sunset.

Day 7: 

After another morning dip in the beautiful water, we have to head back the 72 NM to Phuket. 

Day 1 : Phuket to Koh Ha

Start at Chalong Bay, Phuket and we depart to Koh Ha. 

After sailing a distance of 40 nautical miles (NM) you arrive in the afternoon and have the possibility to swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water with an amazing variety of fish and coral life awaiting you here.

The first night we spend in Koh Ha.

Day 2: Koh Ha to Koh Rok

After a quick dip in the morning and breakfast, we depart for Koh Rok. The distance is only 16 NM. Koh Rok is a national park and the waters are protected, so you can expect to also find an abundance of fish life here.

Several snorkel spots are available and can be visited. 

In the evening you can go onshore. Look out for the large monitor lizards, which live on the island. There is also a nice walk to a viewpoint, which we can recommend.

Day 3: Koh Rok to Koh Tarutao

After finishing the morning routine of swimming, snorkeling and breakfast, we depart to Koh Tarutao. The distance from  Koh Rok to Koh Tarutao is 37 NM. 

Koh Tarutao is one of the largest islands in Thailand and it is all a national park for you to explore! You can take the kayaks for miles inside mangrove rivers and further down on the west side are pristine beaches, where you will not find another soul. 

The night will be spent near one of these beaches where you can hear the jungle noises at night time.

Day 4 & 5: Koh Tarutao to Butang islands

We depart early from Koh Tarutao for the Butang islands, which are  25 NM away. 

This group of 14 islands has only recently been “discovered” by tourists and is therefore still pristine, with deserted beaches, waterfalls and great fish life for snorkeling.  

We stay here for nights 4 and 5. 

This will be the highlight of the trip and we can adjust to your wishes of snorkeling, discovering beaches and sailing around the islands.

Day 6: Butang islands to Koh Rok 

We will leave early while having breakfast on the way. We head back to Koh Rok where you will arrive in the afternoon after sailing a distance of 43 NM. 

Koh Rok is also one of the best fishing grounds in Thailand and we will for sure have the lures out to catch tuna for sashimi or a nice large king mackerel for dinner!

The night we spend here. 

Day 7: Koh Rok to Koh Phi Phi

We enjoy a nice morning swim and snorkel after breakfast before departing for Koh Ha. The distance is 16 miles and we arrive there in the late morning. 

You can have another swim or snorkel in Koh Ha before we leave again. 

Now we head for Koh Phi Phi Leh and pick up a mooring in the famous Maya Bay for our night anchorage. This is a small bay surrounded by sheer limestone cliffs, which make Maya Bay so spectacular. We spend the night here - it is a perfect sundowner anchorage!

Day 8: Koh Phi Phi to Phuket

Last stop in Koh Phi Phi Don with its main bay called Tonsai Bay.

There is enough time to take a walk around town and go up to the viewpoint, which is spectacular. 

Upon return to the boat, a healthy breakfast will be served on the way to Koh Maithon, famous for its dolphin sightings. A pod of bottlenose dolphins congregates here nearly all year round to the delight of visiting yachts! 

After this, we go for our last leg and head back to Chalong Bay, where your trip started.

We will finish the trip around 5 pm. 

Green Season Itineraries

From May till October

Day 1: Phuket to Koh Racha Noi

We start at Chalong Bay, Phuket. 

From here we sail first to Koh Racha Yai. 

In Racha Yai, you can have your first swim/snorkel in the beautiful clear water.

After this, we are going to Koh Racha Noi, while you can have lunch on the way. 

We will have the fishing rods ready when sailing to Koh Racha Noi.  

Tuna, Barracudas, Mahi-Mahi are not rare to catch and can be directly served as sashimi. 

When we arrive right before sunset, you can have another dip in the water. 

Koh Racha Noi features a small beach on the east side of the southern tip of the island. 

We stay there for the night.

Day 2: Koh Racha Noi to Phuket

In the morning we have plenty of time to discover Koh Racha Noi with its several bays for snorkeling and swimming. 

After lunch, we head back the 6 Nautical Miles (NM) to Racha Yai. 

Before we head back to Phuket you have time for the last dip into the water at Siam Bay, which is situated on the northern part of Racha Yai.

Day 1: Phuket to Koh Panak

We start our trip at Chalong Bay and head east for ca. 12 Nautical Miles (NM) to Koh Kai, a small sandy island with the opportunity to jump into the clear waters and go snorkeling. 

We will stay here for lunch, enjoy swimming and snorkeling.  

In the afternoon we set sail for Koh Panak, which is 17 NM away. Here the hongs (Thai for room) are deep within the island and we will need flashlights when going through the caves to see in the dark. There are several caves to be visited, all of them featuring stalactites and stalagmites. 

The first night we spend at Koh Panak. 

Day 2: Koh Panak to Koh Yao Noi
After breakfast we head even further north to Koh Hong (Phang Nga) which is close by, to explore this fascinating island. With the kayaks, you can explore the hong (a room inside the island). 

James Bond island is also close by. This rock was featured in a James Bond Movie with Roger Moore, called “The man with the golden gun”.

The surroundings are just stunning, one of the surreal landscapes in southern Thailand. 

At lunchtime, we will visit Koh Panyi, a Gypsi village on the sea, just 6 NM away from James Bond.

Partly on a small island and partly on stilts the village consists of a community of around 1600 people, descendants from Indonesia, who settled here over 200 years ago.  Besides the great restaurants here, Koh Panyi recently became famous for its floating football field! 

Later in the afternoon, we will sail to Koh Yao Noi for the night anchorage.

Day 3: Koh Yao Noi to Phuket

After a quiet night in the bay of Koh Yao Noi, where you can hear the jungle noise nearby we head off to Koh Bak Pia. 

This island has even more stunning views of scenery and is a great place to swim. 

After Koh Bak Pia we had a bit further south to Koh Hong (Krabi province), it is different than the one in Phang Nga Bay, this one has very clear water and 2 stunning beaches. 

Again we can use the kayaks to explore the beautiful “hong” (Thai for room). 

On the way back to Chalong Pier, Phuket you can enjoy lunch and we will be back at ca. 5 pm. 

Day 1: Phuket to Koh Racha Noi

After meeting at Chalong Bay, Phuket we  first sail to Koh Racha Yai, which is great for snorkeling and swimming. 

Later in the afternoon we sail to the second of the two Racha Islands -  Koh Racha Noi and hope to catch some Tuna on the way, as this is a famous fishing area. 

For the night we stay in Racha Noi. 

Day 2: Koh Racha Noi to Koh Phi Phi 

After breakfast and a morning swim, we have a bit longer leg to Phi Phi island, which is 30 Nautical Miles (NM) far away. 

Again we will  have the fishing rods ready to have a good chance to catch some nice fish for lunch or dinner. 

At Monkey beach we check out the crab eating macaques, the local monkeys, which never get enough fruit from visiting tourists. 

Then we proceed to Tonsai Bay, where we stay for the night.

This is a great opportunity to go on shore to explore the island and explore the famous party life of Phi Phi or just a relaxing massage. 

Day 3: Koh Phi Phi Don to Koh Phi Phi Leh

We highly recommend to hike to the viewpoint in the morning. It is a “must do” when visiting Phi Phi Don. The view of the 2 large bays in front of you and Phi Phi Leh in the background is just awesome! 

When you come back, you can  have breakfast onboard and we head to Long Beach. This is the best place to snorkel with the totally harmless Black Top Reef Sharks (small and not dangerous at all).

The last activity of this day will be visiting Phi Phi Leh aka Maya Bay. Leonardo DiCaprio got famous for starring in the movie  “the Beach” which also made this beach a famous destination for visitors. 

There are many more bays to explore around this area. We will spend the afternoon around here and anchor here for the night.

Day 4: Koh Phi Phi to Koh Maithon

After some nice snorkeling and breakfast in the morning in Koh Phi Phi Leh we head to Koh Maithon. The distance is 18 NM. 

Koh Maithon is one of the favorite places for spotting dolphins! Pods of 20 to 30 of them stay there year round and it is a pleasure watching these playful animals. 

We will stay for lunch at Koh Maithon and later sail to Koh He for a last possibility to go on the beach. 

We return back to Chalong bay, Phuket where we arrive around 5 pm.

Day 1: Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

The tour starts by meeting at 10 am at Chalong Pier, Phuket. 

We will sail to Koh Maithon first. This island is well known for its sightings of bottlenose dolphins, which seem to have made this island their home.

After lunch, we set sail for Koh Phi Phi.

We will explore Phi Phi Leh first, where the movie “The Beach” was filmed, then the Viking cave and visit Monkey Bay at Phi Phi Don. 

In the evening you can visit the busy party life of Koh Phi Phi, get a massage or just relax onboard. We anchor in Tonsai Bay for the night. 

Day 2: Koh Phi Phi to Railay

In the morning I would recommend a walk to the viewpoint of Phi Phi island, which takes around 90 minutes up and back and is extremely scenic. 

Once you come back to the boat, you can have a quick swim and we will sail to Koh Kai (Chicken Island) while you can enjoy breakfast on the way. 

Chicken island offers a great bay, nice snorkeling and a great landscape. 

Later in the afternoon, the yacht will move to Railay Beach, which is famous for rock climbing and is one of the most interesting places to party between the huge limestone rocks. 

We anchor in front of Railay beach for the night. 

Day 3: Railay to Koh Yao Noi 

This morning we start with sailing to Koh Hong (Thai for “room”) while you can have breakfast.

There are two different Koh Hongs and we visit the one that belongs to Krabi province for lunch to explore the island with kayaks. 

Phang Nga Bay has flooded millions of years ago, leaving limestone karsts fully submerged.

Nowadays this beautiful part of Southern Thailand is home to some of the most striking karsts in the world! 

After this, we continue to Koh Pak Bia, which is another gem in the bay surrounded by lush limestone islands, which look as if randomly placed there in a cluster.

 

The night we spent at Koh Yao Noi, which is very idyllic.   

Day 4: Koh Yao Noi to Koh Panak

We leave early across Phang Nga Bay towards the west. 

The first stop is  Koh Hong (again!), this one is part of Phang Nga province and very different from the one in Krabi province. It has no beaches, but a labyrinth of nooks and crannies, which you can explore by kayak only.

We later proceed to James Bond Island. Besides its natural beauty, it became famous for the James Bond movie “The man with the Golden Gun” with Roger Moore.

In the afternoon we will explore Ko Panak. It is the largest of the island group here and riddled with caves and “hongs” open to the sky.

Some of the caves can be entered by kayak, others at low tide to just walk in. Both ways are an experience on their own and we do have flashlights with us to light up the caves on the way to the opening inside the island, a large open space, called “hong” in the Thai language.

We spend the night here and can visit one of the caves at night time, which creates an extraordinary atmosphere and will be a total contrast to visiting during the day!

Day 5: Koh Panak to Phuket

After Breakfast it is time to set sail for Ko Kai Meaw, or cat island, which is 18 NM away. 

Dozens of cats were brought to the island to get rid of the rats and multiplied over time. Nowadays they are the kings of the island with about 70 cats calling it their home. Don’t worry, they are well looked after and well-fed by visitors and locals alike! 

Here the water is very clear again, great for some swimming and snorkeling. 

We will leave after lunchtime and head back to Chalong Pier, Phuket and will arrive around 5 pm.

Day 1: Phuket to Koh Racha Yai

We start at 10 am at Chalong Pier, Phuket. 

Koh Racha Yai, one of the clear water islands in the south of Phuket is our first destination. 

During the day we will discover the different bays of the island. 
The snorkeling here is stunning and you have a perfect calm anchorage here for the night.

Day 2: Koh Racha Yai to Koh Phi Phi 

After breakfast and a last snorkel, we depart for Koh Phi Phi Leh, where you can visit Maya Bay, where the movie “The Beach” was filmed. 
The distance is ca. 30 Nautical Miles and it will take till the afternoon to arrive in Koh Phi Phi. 

You continue later in the afternoon to Koh Phi Phi Don, the main island, or if you find it too touristy, your captain will anchor the yacht on the east side of Phi Phi Don in front of a small beach for the night.

Day 3: Koh Phi Phi to Railay

If you stay at Tonsai Bay for the night, then it is a must to walk up to the viewpoint of Phi Phi Don. Both Bays lay in front of you with Phi Phi Leh in the background to the left – plain postcard view!

On the way to Railay, we can stop at Bamboo island or Mosquito island. Both are great options for swimming and snorkeling and it will depend on the weather which one we choose. 
The captain will advise, but both are equally nice. 

After this, we sail to Chicken Island, which is very picturesque and features some pretty snorkeling.
The last stop of the day is Railay Beach, which has some nice restaurants and amazing nightlife.

Day 4: Railay to Koh Yao Noi

In the morning you have the chance to discover Railay. It is world-famous for rock climbing and you can watch them or participate.  

Afterwards we sail to Koh Hong (Krabi province), where you can use kayaks to explore the lagoon, which is inside the island. Also, 2 great beaches invite for a stroll.
 

Later in the afternoon you sail into Phang Nga Bay and anchor at the top of Koh Yao Noi. The landscape becomes dramatic with the limestone formation in the background!

 
Day 5: Koh Yao Noi to Koh Panak

In the morning we set sail to visit the second Koh Hong (Phang Nga Province), where you can explore all the nooks and crannies.

Later we stop by James Bond Island, famous for the movie “The man with the golden gun”. 

After lunch, you sail to Koh Panak which offers several caves. They are accessible by kayak, or at low tide by foot. 
Entering one of the caves at night time is also an adventure on its own.  
We bring flashlights and you will get to hear different noises of the insects, which are roaming around at night.

We will anchor at Koh Panak for the night.

Day 6: Koh Panak to Phuket

After breakfast and a  swim, it is time to depart for Koh Kai, which is a small island with a great beach and nice snorkeling. 

Here we will have lunch and you can go for a swim and some snorkeling for the last time.

After finishing the swim we head back to Chalong Pier, Phuket and will arrive there around 5 pm. 

Day 1: Phuket to Koh Racha Noi

We start the trip at 10 am at the Chalong Pier in Phuket. 

First, we will sail to Koh Racha Yai, where you can have the first jump in the crystal clear water. 

Later we continue further south to Koh Racha Noi, a quiet spot and very secluded, where we will stay for the night.

Day 2: Koh Racha Yai to Koh Ha

We will depart early from Koh Racha Noi for Koh Ha, which is around 40 Nautical Miles (NM) away.

Koh Ha is a pearl in the middle of the ocean with 5 small islands. Here you will find the best snorkeling and you will spend the rest of the day discovering Koh Ha.

Day 3: Koh Ha to Koh Phi Phi

The next stop will be the Phi Phi Islands. After a quick jump in the water in Koh Ha, we will go to Phi Phi. 

First, we explore Koh Phi Phi Leh, where the movie “The Beach” was filmed, then the Viking cave and last Monkey Bay in Phi Phi Don. 

We will either anchor in Tonsai Bay if you like to enjoy the busy party life of Koh Phi Phi or we can anchor at any calmer bay if you prefer to stay onboard to relax.

Day 4: Koh Phi Phi to Koh Kai (Chicken island)

In the morning we highly recommend a hike to the viewpoint of Phi Phi island, which takes around 90 minutes up and back and will give you a stunning view over the amazing area.

Once you come back to the boat, you can have a quick swim before breakfast. 

We depart for Long Beach, which has a nice reef in front.  This reef is famous for snorkeling with blacktip reef sharks. No worries, it is 100% safe. 

After this, we sail to Chicken island, which also offers a great bay, nice snorkeling and a great landscape.  

We will spend the night here. 

Day 5: Koh Kai to Koh Yao Yai

Early in the morning, we will move to Railay Beach to explore this peninsular, which has no road access to the rest of the mainland. All goods and people have to arrive by boat only. 

Railay Beach is world-famous for rock climbing on the amazing limestone rocks. Give it a try if you want. 

Halfway between the island of Koh Yao Noi and Railay is Koh Hong (Krabi province). Koh Hong is a truly pristine island destination, uninhabited except for gibbons, birds, and lizards, where two powdery white sand beaches line twin bays. The name translates from Thai to “room” and this might refer to the tranquil lagoon hidden inside the island. Here we can take out the dinghy or a kayak and explore the sea caves. 

The last leg of the day will be going to Koh Yao Yai to spend the night in one of the beautiful bays. 

Day 6: Koh Yao Yai to Koh Panyi

After breakfast in Koh Yao Yai, we will sail to Koh Phanak, which has plenty of caves to offer. We visit some of the caves in the morning and proceed to Koh Hong (a different one in Phang Nga province) and the world-famous James Bond island. 

Next, we visit the Sea Gypsy village Koh Panyi. A 200-year-old village built with stilts on the ocean between the limestone rocks. 

We will spend the night here.

Day 7: Koh Panyi to Phuket

When you get up early in the morning you will have a breathtaking 180-degree eastward panorama for the sunrise.  You look out to a chain of islands stretching out of sight to both the left and right in the waters of Phang Nga Bay.

In the morning we aim for Koh Naka Noi, which has a great beach and you will have the opportunity to take a walk. 

In the afternoon Koh Kai Nok gives the last opportunity to stop for snorkeling before heading back to Chalong Bay, where your trip began.

We arrive there in the late afternoon, around 5 pm.

Day 1: Phuket to Koh Racha Noi 

We will meet around 10 am at Chalong Bay to start the trip and head first for Koh Racha Yai.

Koh Racha Yai is a pretty little island, great for swimming and snorkeling and you will have the first taste of our cook’s cuisine. 

Later on this first day, we continue further south to Ko Racha Noi. Koh Racha Noi has very clear water and is a quiet spot where we spend the first night.

   

Day 2: Koh Racha Noi to Koh Rok

We will depart early for Koh Rok, which is ca. 47 Nautical Miles away (NM). 

Koh Rok is a pearl in the middle of the ocean,  consisting of 2 small islands. Here you will find the best snorkeling, the super clear water will invite you at any time for a swim and there is plenty of marine life to discover. 

The night we will spend in Koh Rok. 

Day 3: Koh Rok to Koh Phi Phi

In the morning you have enough time again for snorkeling before breakfast and leaving this paradise. 

We will set sail and aim for Koh Ha, which is 16 NM away. This is another small group of 5 islands with some great snorkeling and a weird but stunning-looking landscape. 

Here you need to look out into the blue when snorkeling, Manta rays and whale sharks have been sighted here many times. Imagine a 10-meter whale shark passing right next to you! They are plankton feeders and totally harmless.

After this adventure, we depart for the Phi Phi islands in the afternoon and we reach Tonsai Bay just before sunset. If you like, you can visit the busy party island at night or we can alternatively anchor in another calm bay if you want to relax. 

Day 4: Koh Phi Phi to Bamboo Island

In the morning we recommend a walk to the viewpoint of Phi Phi island, which takes around 90 minutes up and back and offers you an amazing view over this stunning area. 

Once you come back to the boat, you can have a quick swim and then the cook will have breakfast ready. 

The next stop is Long Beach, which has a nice reef in front. This reef is famous for snorkeling with blacktip reef sharks. It is 100% safe to swim with them. 

Later we proceed to Phi Phi Leh, one of the most dramatic-looking islands in Thailand, with Maya Bay, which became famous for the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo Di Caprio as the star actor.

When you enter the bay you will understand why this Bay was chosen. 

Pileh Bay will be our lunch stop and we need to get the kayaks ready for exploration of this deep bay with dense vegetation growing up the steep cliffs. 

After this, we will leave the Phi Phi Island behind and depart for Bamboo Island for the night. It is a low sandy island, a total contrast to the previous islands and very quiet. 

Day 5: Bamboo Island to Koh Yao Noi

We will visit Bamboo Island in the morning. To walk on the squeaky fine sand is an experience on its own! It also offers great snorkeling on the south - and west side of the island.

Later in the morning, we sail to Chicken Island which consists of two islands with a sand bridge in between during low tide.

In the afternoon we will move to Railay Beach. This peninsula has no road access to the rest of the mainland. All goods and people have to arrive by boat only. Railay Beach is world-famous for rock climbing on the steep limestone rocks. You should give it a try. 

At night you can enjoy the busy party life of Railay beach if you like. 

Day 6: Railay Beach to Koh Yao Noi 

The first stop of the day will be Koh Hong (Krabi province). It is an amazing island destination, uninhabited apart from gibbons, birds, and lizards. 

The name translates to “Room” and this might refer to the lagoon hidden inside the island. 

Here we can take out the dinghy or a kayak and explore the sea caves.

In the afternoon we will stop by Koh Pak Bia. You will wonder how nature formed this formation or limestone rocks. It is beautiful to see.

For our night anchorage, we sail to Koh Yao Noi with its beautiful bays.

Day 7: Koh Yao Noi to Koh Panak

After breakfast, we will start to discover the western part of Phang Nga Bay.

First, we visit is Koh Hong (Phang Nga Province), where you can explore all the nooks and crannies of this limestone island. 

Next to Koh Hong is James Bond Island, also called Koh Tapu (Nail Island) famous for the movie “The man with the golden gun”.  

 In the afternoon we will visit the Sea Gypsy village, called Koh Panyi. Parts of the village are on stilts as the growing population ran out of space. There is even a floating football field here for the kids.

In the early evening, we sail to Koh Panak and stay here for the night.

Day 8: Koh Panak to Phuket

In the early morning, we get the kayaks ready for cave exploration which you must have seen. The caves of Panak are accessible by kayak or at low tide even by foot. We will bring flashlights for orientation when passing through the cave and you will spot a light at the other side opening up to a huge open space to the sky with dense forestation creating its own climate within. 

After discovering the caves and lunch we set sail for Koh Kai

You will have the last opportunity to snorkel before sailing back to Chalong Bay. 

We will arrive back at Chalong Pier, Phuket at around 5 pm.

ACTIVITIES

Scuba

Scuba Diving

Kayaking

Kayaking & Paddle-Boarding

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Wing Foiling

Wing Foiling

Scuba Diving

Thailand has much to offer the visiting diver and snorkeller. There is a vast range of exhilarating sites of many different kinds, providing something for everyone, regardless of their qualification levels or experience.

Around phi phi island

Around Phi Phi Island

Around koh lanta

Around Koh Lanta

Similan Islands

Similan Islands

Kayaking and Paddle-Boarding

Kayaking is a great way to explore the amazing coastline of Phuket and nearby islands. Get out on the water and experience the beautiful scenery. It is an excellent way to get some exercise while being outside. Stay active and explore the caves of the Andaman Sea and the beautiful bays.

Paddleboarding (SUP) is a lot of FUN, promotes balance and it’s an amazing full-body workout that improves your core strength, cardio fitness, and flexibility. SUP gives you a real sense of freedom, gliding over the water with a great view. The reason behind its popularity as a sport is that it is so easy to learn.

Kayaking

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Snorkeling allows anyone to have fun quickly and at no risk. There’s no need for hours of training before giving it a try; it is instant fun from the very first time you get in the water! Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to dive deep underwater in order to admire the aquatic flora and fauna.
Snorkeling is the ideal activity for your vacation at the water’s edge. Whether with family or friends, you will share unforgettable moments while enjoying physical activity.

Wing Foiling

Wing Foiling is the new hype. A sport of riding a foil board – or a standard SUP – while carrying a hand-held inflatable sail.

Wing Foiling is not supposed to replace windsurfing, kiteboarding, and surfing. It’s a compliment, an addition, an alternative, and a subgenre of wave riding and sailing.

Wing Foiling was not designed to ride faster or jump higher. That’s not the point.

It’s all about carving around, having fun, and bringing the wind element to watersport enthusiasts that have only experienced wave riding and have never sailed before.

We offer Wing foiling on S/Y Full Steam:
SY Full Steam, Phuket Crewed Charter, Faraway Yachting

Wing Foiling

DESTINATIONS

Thailand
The Andaman Sea

Myanmar
Mergui Archipelago

Thailand - the Andaman Sea

Thailand’s Cruising Grounds cater to all tastes. To the SE of our base in Phuket, you find open water with a few dotted islands such as Koh Racha and Koh Rok Nok. In the SW monsoon sailing can be quite exhilarating here. In the NE monsoon, there is usually a steady moderate breeze of around 10 to 15 knots.

To the east of Phuket, there is a 100 nautical mile string of inshore islands, stretching from Koh Yao Noi to Koh Phi Phi to the Malaysian border. They offer tranquility and many opportunities for exploring. 

Northeast and east of Phuket Island, the fabulous Phang Nga Bay, Krabi, and Phi Phi, together form an area of about 500 square miles. Here you will find sheltered sailing in all seasons.

The entire area is dotted with impressive limestone formations, honeycombed with caves and fringed by mangroves. Three major rivers plus a couple of smaller ones flow into Phang Nga Bay.

This is very much a catamaran country, one could cruise here for many months, exploring creeks, rivers and drying out in the mangroves.

A typical feature is the hongs, high limestone islands which have collapsed in the middle leaving a landlocked lagoon. Several of these lagoons are accessible by dinghy or kayak at low tide through caves.

A further attraction is Railay Beach, a peninsula just around the corner from Ao Nang on one side and Krabi town on the other side said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There is no road access to Railay Beach, you can visit only by longtail boat or via sailing yacht.

 About 15 miles further south the well-known Phi Phi Islands offering impressive surroundings as well as great nightlife. Phi Phi Leh and its Maya Bay became world-famous after producing parts of the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio there.

North and northwest of Phuket one finds the Similan Island Group. Well known for its world-class scuba diving and gin-clear waters, the Similan Islands consist of 9 Islands.

 In between the Similan Islands and the Surin Islands, you will find Koh Bon, just a small island, but well known for scuba diving with Manta Rays. Another 13 miles further north is Ko Tachai, also with excellent scuba diving.

 The Surin Islands are located close to the Myanmar border. You can see the islands of the Mergui Archipelago clearly from the Surin Islands!

All these Northern Islands offer the best diving and snorkeling in Thailand.

South West - Krabi and Phi Phi Islands

To the SW of our base Phuket you find open water with a few dotted islands such as Koh Racha and Koh Rok Nok. In the SW monsoon (May – October) sailing can be quite exhilarating here. In the NE monsoon (November – April) there is usually a steady moderate breeze.

Koh Racha Yai
Koh Rok Nok
Phi Phi Islands
Koh Phi Phi Don

East and North East of Phuket Island - Phang Nga

Phang Nga Bay is 15 miles NE of Phuket with 220sq miles of breathtaking surroundings. Here you will find numerous limestone formations rising vertically up from the seabed to as high as 350 m (1150 ft) making up the scenery that is unique in the world.

Several of the pinnacles shaped islands feature hongs (Thai for room). A hong is a large space inside such an island with a chimney-like opening to the sky. Try to imagine being inside the crater of a long-dead volcano.

Access to hongs is mostly by kayak or dinghy at certain heights of the tide. The atmosphere inside a Hong is one of strange tranquility and sheer beauty. Phang Nga Bay’s limestone islands and cliffs are riddled with caves, many of which can be safely explored on foot or again by kayak or dinghy.

On the shores, you will find prolific flora and fauna. In the late afternoons, you will often see and hear crab-eating macaques (monkeys) on the beaches hunting their favorite prey.

Phang Nga Bay

West Coast of Thailand Koh Lanta to Tarutao and Malaysia

To the south of Phuket there is a 100 nautical miles string of inshore islands, stretching from Koh Phi Phi to the Malaysian border. They offer tranquility and many opportunities for exploring.

 
Koh Lanta/ Koh Po
Koh Muk
Koh Ha Yai
Koh Rok Nok & Koh Rok Nai
Butang Islands
Koh Tarutao
Langkawi Island & Surroundings
Penang Island

West Coast Thailand Phuket to Ranong

Here one finds the offshore Similan- and Surin Islands, the latter close to the Myanmar border. They offer the best diving and snorkeling in Thailand.

Surin Islands
Similan Islands

Myanmar - Mergui Archipelago

Myanmar Mergui Archipelago

Enjoy a trip to The Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar), a unique area both above water as well as below. There are over 800 islands, all but two of them uninhabited plus several luxury resort hotels have been built at some of the most stunning islands.

The Mergui Archipelago was strictly closed to all foreigners until 1997. Faraway Yachting was one of the first companies granted permission to undertake adventure dive charters in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Since then we have built up a wealth of knowledge in the area that we enjoy sharing with our guests because of The Mergui Archipelago’s isolation it is only superficially charted. The interior of many of the islands has never been surveyed at all. Wildlife is abundant, as is the vegetation on the rainforest-clad islands. Beaches are clean and stretch for miles. Pure nature!
Our adventure sailing and diving charters in Myanmar take you to remote areas where you will rarely see any other yacht. The only humans you are likely to encounter are the friendly Moken Sea Gypsies who roam the area in their small boats like their ancestors have done for centuries.

Scuba Diving the pristine reefs of the Mergui Archipelago

Underwater there is world-class diving to be found with reefs, drop-offs, seamounts, caves, and tunnels, which sometimes cut right through islands with exits on both sides.

There is enough to keep every adventure diver very happy. Fish life is abundant.

Scuba diving in the Mergui Archipelago usually means diving with sharks, manta rays, and large swarms of eagle rays.

The occasional whale shark can also be encountered. We have five yachts fully equipped for diving charters in Burma.

Scuba Diving the pristine reefs of the Mergui Archipelago

The yacht and cruising

Faraway Yachting caters to any size of groups. As we own our vessels we can draw up personalized itineraries suited to guest’s interests. There are no restrictive set departure dates to adhere to either further enhancing the planning of a customized charter.

All Myanmar sailing trips start from Kawthaung just across the river from Ranong. Ranong is Thailand’s most northerly port on the Andaman Sea.

Your cruise will start in the afternoon of your arrival if traveling from Phuket. Transfer from Phuket by air-conditioned minibus along with lunch on the way occupies part of the first charter day. You can also fly direct from Bangkok to Ranong airport where you will be met by our representative and taken to complete immigration check-out procedures before joining our longtail boat for the trip across the river to join your charter vessel in Kawthaung.
Sailing and diving in Burma/Myanmar is a most unique experience.

Come and join us for the adventure you will not forget.