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Sailing the Andaman Sea

Best For

November to April

Sailing, Island Hopping, Swimming, Snorkeling

7 days/6 nights

About the trip

Island hopping in Thailand is perfection for the ocean lover: jungle-clad islands, iconic tropical beaches backdropped by rainforest, and all the shades of blue water all around. This route takes you sailing in the Andaman Sea from Koh Lanta to Tarutao National Park and will touch some of the most beautiful islands and ocean scenery in the country, if not all South East Asia

One of our favourite routes

This island hopping cruise stars and ends in Phuket, which has an international airport with lots of flight options. It is perfect for people who love the ocean and off the beaten track destinations, as most of the islands in this cruise are.

The lovely Koh Pu, also called Koh Jum, is a really beautiful and tranquil little island with very friendly locals and wonderful beaches. It’s a great spot to stop for a swim and a snorkel.

Much bigger Koh Lanta boasts beautiful quiet beaches all along the coastline, and a very relaxed, layback atmosphere. Anchor the catamaran and go for a short walk in the rainforest, in about 15 minutes you’ll get to a lovely waterfall. Spend the night at anchor here, you’ll also have the option of getting ashore for a meal or a drink in one of the beach restaurants.

Koh Ha Yai, the bigger is a cluster of five – in Thai “ha” means five and “yai” big – Koh Ha Yai is a good day stopover with a small beach and a shallow bay facilitating easy snorkeling and kayaking in crystal clear waters with excellent coral formations.

Koh Muk is a gorgeous island with a fabulous inland lagoon “hong” known locally as “The Emerald Cave”. Swim through the cave and find your own private beach oasis against the backdrop of shear cliffs protruding from all sides. Koh Muk has a protected coastline with bays, caves and sandy beaches, easy to explore by kayak – we particulary like the incredibly beautiful Sivalai Beach and Charlie Beach!

Not far from Koh Ha Yai, Koh Rok Nok & Koh Rok Nai have a number of excellent beaches with crystal clear waters, and a protected channel flowing between the two islands that makes for easy swimming and snorkeling or drift diving.

Set on the Thai/Malaysian border, the Butang Islands are the southernmost group of Thai islands part of the Tarutao National Park, some 40 nautical miles southwest of Rok Nok. Most of the islands are uninhabited but for lovely Koh Lipe, which has become somewhat popular in the past few years. Koh Lipe has beautiful white sandy beaches and coral reefs all around, which makes it a freat place for diving and snorkelling – the visibility is amazing! In fact, the water is generally very clear all around the Butang Islands. Dives can be organized from Koh Lipe.

Located on the Malaysian border 30 miles north east of the Butang Islands, Ko Tarutao has a distant history as pirate’s nest, and later penal colony during World War Two, of which remains can still be found. Now part of the Tarutao National Park, the island is beautiful and wild – if you have watched the “Survivor” series, you know what we are talking about, it was shot here! In the north a river can be navigated upstream by dinghy deep into the mangrove forest. You will find several hiking trails, a chance to bathe under a waterfall, a number of excellent anchorages, and one small restaurant at the national parks station.

A great catamaran to sail in the Andaman Sea

This beautiful catamaran motors at 8 knots effortlessly running at 1700RPM on her twin 54HP Yamaha Diesels. Top motoring speed is around 10 knots and sailing speed is up to around 15 knots +.

She has a big rig and sail area and responds to the helm very well. Guests are more than welcome to join in and even helm if they wish from the upper helm station. All the sailing controls run to the helm location with 2 x ST54 Lewmar electric winches and 2 x manual ST40 Lewmar winches for mainsheet and traveler control.

She comes with three fridge freezers, big commercial stainless galley, reverse-osmosis water maker 140LPH, generator 2KVA, 6 x 135W solar panels and 4 x 175W solar panels – so lots of power supply aboard including the main engines which each have 120Amp Balmar alternators and smart regulators.

Facilities on board include 4 x guest toilet showers, 2 x deck showers, 5 x doubles, 1 x twin which is in the saloon area. Crew have 2 x singles forwards with their own shower toilets. Each cabin has multiple fans and LED lights as well as big opening hatches and side ports – lots of ventilation.

The cockpit seats around 12 and has three removable dining tables. Access is easy to both boarding transoms as they are both walk through. There is a diving/snorkeling ladder on the starboard side for easy swim access. Over the cockpit is a huge fixed alloy awning.

There is a 49″ flat screen and DVD player and DVD and music library. A USB station and with connections to plug your I-pod or I-phones into, also a big set of 4 speakers and amplifier to pump up the volume. The catamaran has controls for all her sailing and motoring functions at the upper starboard helm so no ropes in the guest area in the cockpit. Access from the cockpit to the saloon is via a remote control aluminium retractable roller shutter. Once the shutter is in the up position you have a 2.4 metre opening. Over the bow netting there is a giant shade cloth awning which is great for lazing under and sipping a cocktail or two.

We recommend this sailing trip to include:

  • All meals and snacks
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks
  • Insurance covering accidents aboard
  • Transfer between hotel or airport and pier (within same province only)

You may want to add:

  • The price of this cruise does not include any international or domestic airfares to and from our start and end points, however, our reservations specialists are more than happy to help arrange flights on your behalf and advise on scheduling
  • General health and travel insurance
  • National Park fee need to be paid in cash, in the correct currency. These fees are collected on site or en route by government authorities.
  • Wine, beers, cocktails, liquors
  • Traditional Thai massage
  • Leisure equipment
  • Crew and tour leader gratuities

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