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.