Whether you choose to enjoy a day aboard a sailing yacht or a luxury motor boat charter, cruising around the Phuket islands is an unforgettable experience for everyone.
You may choose an action packed day of snorkelling, swimming and beach hopping, or perhaps you prefer to simply relax with friends or celebrate a special occasion in onboard style as you enjoy spectacular scenery on a tailor made cruise. Either way, sailing Phuket is a must-do vacation experience.
Charters depart from Chalong Pier, the main departure point for the island which is easily accessible from all central and Southern points of Phuket. Alternatively you can choose to start your experience at Ao Po marina in the North East of Phuket. Cruising the Phuket shoreline provides a host of opportunities for day charters, from snorkelling, and swimming to sightseeing and sunbathing, from the unsurpassable luxury of your own yacht or motor boat.
Promthep Cape on the Southern point of the Island is the perfect spot to watch the sunset, while neighbouring Nai Harn Beach is considered one of the best on Phuket, nestled in a bay that is popular with yachts in the High Season.
If you want somewhere a little livelier make your way to Kata Beach, home of the 2010 Quicksilver Surf Competition, Karon Beach’s 5km of white sands, watersports and often an impromptu game of beach volleyball – as holidaymakers and locals relive the 2010 Swatch World Volleyball Tour action that took place here. Patong is probably Phuket’s busiest beach, stretching for 2km and mixes sunbathing with a party atmosphere, watersports and beachside dining on the West side of the Island.
The Surrounding Islands of Phuket
Koh Khai Nok - Tucked away in Phang Nga Bay, is more commonly known as Egg Island after its distinctive shape. Some 30 minutes off the East Coast of Phuket, the small island boasts amazing shoals of tropical fish and some beautiful coral formations a mere 100 metres out from the each. Snorkelling is particularly rewarding at Egg Island as the dozen or more varieties of fish will surround swimmers and will erupt in a colourful frenzy of activity when fed.
Koh Lone - If you are looking for quiet attractive beaches in easy reach of Phuket then Koh Lone is a great destination. The mountainous island has a relaxed feel with several great beaches and some excellent snorkelling.
Coral Island - One of the most popular islands to the South of Phuket, Coral Island offers a variety of attractions including shallow coral reefs, numerous tropical fish, and great snorkelling, kayaking and even parasailing.
Koh Hae - Has three beaches; the quieter Banana Beach is best for snorkelling, while the larger Long Beach is the most popular with day trippers and has everything from jet skis to beach volleyball. Freedom Beach, on the island’s south side is in a quiet bay and offers superb snorkelling and an impressive coral formation close to the beach.
Koh Yai - Offers visitors the chance to glimpse back in time – although reasonably populated, the local Muslim population lead an unspoiled existence relying on fishing, farming and handicrafts. The main two of a group of 44 islands in the Phang Nga bay half way between Phuket and Krabi, the islands offer visitors the opportunity to see firsthand a simpler, slower paced way of life while enjoying some pleasant beaches and stunning scenery.
Koh Maiton - With just one resort, Koh Maiton, or Honeymoon Island, provides a perfect tropical getaway. Renowned for being an undisturbed natural paradise, Koh Maiton has a beautiful sandy beach and clear waters as well as some superb fishing opportunities.
Koh Yai Noi - has four main beaches, Tha Khao, Pa Sai, Klong Jaak and Ao Kian, the latter forming part of the Phang Nga Bay National Park and surrounded by forested land. Neighbouring Koh Yao Yai’s pier at Loh Jaak adjoins the beach and despite being an important trading point has clear waters and shoals of resident tropical fish. Other beaches worth a visit for swimming and snorkelling include Klong Son, Ao Thi Kud and Loh Pa Read.
Koh Kai Nog - Just a short cruise or sail away are home to a school of dolphins, Koh Rang Nok which is known as a breeding ground for swallows and as such is usually viewed from the sea, Koh Kai Nai part of the Marine National Park with lots of coral and sealife to be seen by snorkelers and Koh Phi Phi; with excellent diving, a cave of sea gypsy skeletons and another recognised swallow breeding ground.