As we spend our winters in Thailand we have been able to source some yachts for charter from Phuket. The companies we prefer to use provide customised bareboat and crewed charters to cover everything and more that you would expect from your sailing holiday.
Based from Ao Po Grand Marina, Phuket. We are at the centre of one of the world’s most beautiful cruising grounds, stretching north from the famous dive sites of the Similan and Surin Islands, down to the southern Thai islands of the Butang group, Tarutao and the duty free island of Langkawi, Malaysia.
With the stunning limestone rocks and hongs of Phang Nga Bay and Krabi, the crystal clear waters and white sands of Phi-Phi and Racha islands, this will certainly be a sailing holiday you will never forget.
Travel: Phuket International Airport has many daily direct flights from Europe, Australia, The Middle East and Asia. As well as regular daily services from the main hubs of Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong. The transfer from Phuket airport to the Ao Po Grand marina takes approximately 30 minutes. If you have booked a transfer with us your driver will be waiting outside the Phuket airport arrivals gate with a sign with your name on it to meet you and take you to directly to the office in the marina, or directly to the yacht.
Charter Start Time: Charters can start on any day at 14:00. If you arrive earlier we will give an area briefing and you can visit the local supermarket for provisioning, as soon as the yacht is ready we will get you on board. The latest time that a yacht can depart the marina is 17:00 as it is half an hour to the nearest anchorage and all yachts must be anchored for the night by 17:30
At the End of Your Charter: Charters can finish on any day at 1200 but whenever possible we offer a late departure. If you have flights booked early morning you will need to return the yacht to the marina on the afternoon before their charter finishes, if you have later flights, whenever possible, you will be able to spend the last night on board at a nearby anchorage and enter the marina on the last morning .
Information about Ao Po Marina: The Ao Po Grand Marina is all tide access for departures and returns. The latest departure from the marina is 17:00 as it is half an hour to the nearest anchorage and all yachts must be anchored for the night by 17:30. Therefore we encourage all of our clients to arrive early, we will get you on board as soon as the yacht is ready and whenever possible get you off the dock that day. We advise that you to book a flight departure on the afternoon or early evening of the day the charter finishes so you can return to the marina on the morning your charter finishes, maximising your sailing time. We can also arrange a hotel for the night before and after your charter should you wish to explore some of the island.
Weather in Thailand: There are two seasons in Thailand. The North East Monsoon, which is the drier season, runs from November to April. The weather is consistently sunny and dry with wind speeds of Force 2-5. Temperatures are generally in the region of 30 centigrade. The South West Monsoon, which is the wet season, runs from May to October. Rainy periods, which normally last approximately an hour and a half, may be experienced at this time generally in the late afternoon or early evening. Winds of Force 2-6 are normal with some squalls. A lightweight waterproof jacket is advisable for protection from any rain showers.
Food & Drink: Prices vary from restaurant to restaurant, however the following is a guide for your reference. A bottle of wine costs about 700 baht in a supermarket and at least twice that in a restaurant. A bottle of beer costs about 35 to 45 baht in a supermarket and from 70 baht up to 150 baht in a restaurant. Good quality Thai food can cost as little as 200 baht per person in a local restaurant where a meal in a resort can cost anything from 1000 baht+ per person and more.
Snorkelling & Diving: The diving in Thailand is excellent. Clients must carry a PADI or equivalent qualification to be able to dive on organised trips and unqualified divers can do courses or resort dives. Prices range from 1500 – 2500 baht per person for two dives including lunch. The main centres for diving are Ko Phi Phi, Ko Racha and Ko Lanta. The Similan Islands are a world class diving destination and are accessible between November and April, subject to weather. These islands are situated 60 miles Northwest of Patong beach on the West coast of Phuket, due to the distance it is only possible for charters of 7 days+. Diving equipment can be supplied if ordered in advance and clients can get tank refills at dive shops or dive boats in the Similans.
The Similan Islands are National Park and are subject to a daily entry fee which will be collected on site. You will be asked to complete a waiver of responsibility form prior to departure from the base if intending to cruise to the Similans.
Fishing: Fishing with rod and reel or hand lines is permitted in all of the cruising area. There have been no recorded instances of Ciguatera poisoning. Spear fishing is not permitted.