⛵A guide to charter a yacht in Phuket
Located off Thailand’s western coast, the region of Phuket is blessed with more than 30 beautiful beaches, as well as numerous smaller islets and natural wonders surrounding the main island. Thanks to its amazing climate, fascinating landscapes, and rock formations, Phuket has become one of the major sailing grounds in South East Asia. It is also one of the most affordable yacht charter destinations in the world.
For Phuket, we offer more than 100 yacht charter options for all preferences, ranging from catamaran, motor yachts to sailing yachts and even gulets. Our yachts are located in some of the biggest, most well-equipped marinas on the main island, including Yacht Haven Marina, Ao Po Grand Marina, Chalong Pier, and many more. These marinas are strategically located at the starting points for two main sailing itineraries around Phuket: the northern route to the world-famous Phang Nga Bay, James Bond island, and Krabi; and the southern route to the famous Phi Phi island, Koh Lanta, and Racha island.
Owing to its geographical location, Thailand is considered a year-round sailing destination. However, the best time for sailing is the Northeast Monsoon (or dry season), which lasts from the beginning of November to the end of April. During this time, sailors can expect dry, sunny 30-degree weather with the stable wind blowing from the northeast, at the speed of 10-20 knots. From May to October is the Southwest Monsoon (or rain season), during which the southwesterly wind can blow at the speed of 10-27 knots, making it more exciting and challenging to sail. Weather is also more unpredictable in the Southwest Monsoon season, especially in September and October when sailors should expect a long period of heavy rain.
⛵Top sailing destinations in Phuket
Located nearby some of Thailand’s most magnificent natural wonders, a Phuket sailing itinerary offers every aspect of a perfect sailing holiday in South East Asia, from gorgeous golden sand beaches, shimmering emerald sea, traditional fishing villages to unique limestone pinnacles, impressive hidden caves, and incredible diving spots. Phang Nga Bay is one of the most popular sailing destinations in Phuket, whose scenic limestone islands were featured in the James Bond movie - “The man with the Golden Gun”. The area is also known for Koh Panyi, a 200-year-old “floating fishing village” where houses are built entirely on stilts over the sea. Another interesting destination is Krabi Bay, where boaters can set sail in between gorgeous limestone towers, or swim inside some of the most impressive stalactite caves such as Phra Nang Beach.
Sailors also love coming to the Phi Phi islands for the stunning bays of Ao Pileh and Ao Lohsama, the famous Viking Cave, as well as numerous superb snorkeling spots and overall laid-back atmosphere. But the most popular destination for snorkelers and divers in Phuket has to be the Similan islands, often listed amongst the best diving and snorkeling grounds in the world. Thanks to its extremely rich marine life, the archipelago was declared a marine national park, where visitors can find more than 200 species of hard coral, numerous colorful reef fishes, and even whale sharks.
⛵How to get there?
The Phuket International Airport (HKT) is very well-connected to Bangkok with daily domestic flights. Visitors can also find direct flights to Phuket from Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai, Singapore, Melbourne, and Frankfurt.
From the airport, the most convenient means of transportation is the metered taxi, which can be found outside both domestic and international terminals. A trip from the airport to one of our bases takes roughly from 16 - 35 minutes. Some of our partner charter companies also offer excellent pick-up services for customers from the airport to their base.
- The best time for sailing is the Northeast Monsoon, which lasts from the beginning of November to the end of April.
During the Southwest Monsoon season, it is recommended to anchor at the east coast of Phuket or in protected bays.
Night-time sailing is forbidden in Thailand. All vessels should be in the anchorage by 4 pm.
Boaters should be mindful of locals’ fishing nets underwater. These nets are often placed further down underwater (from 6-30 meters) to avoid contact with sailboats, but errors happen. We’d advise not sailing too close to big trawlers, or between 2 trawlers as the nets are often attached there.