This April, we're headed to Thailand with our very own Captain Joy! We'll depart Phuket Island in two 45' catamarans - each with four guest cabins. We'll sail for seven days to the most beautiful coves, islands, caves, and bays along the Thai coast. We'll visit the famous "James Bond Island," saunter down the stunning Krabi Island beaches, and snorkel the Bamboo Islands. Along the way, we'll savor homemade Thai food prepared daily by our own Thai chef. Join us for the pre-trip extension, and spend two days at a luxury Phuket resort with your own plunge pool and a stunning view of the sea. Explore Phuket town and visit an elephant sanctuary, the Big Buddha, and local Hindu temples. Commune with nature, let your hair down, and relax as you watch breathtakingly dramatic scenery roll by, in this, the ultimate island escape!
Day by Day Itinerary
If you'd like to spend some time ashore exploring Phuket, plan on arriving two days early and join us for the Pre-Trip Extension. Fly to Phuket from Bangkok (or wherever is convenient). Grab a taxi from Phuket Airport to the Melia Resort or ask us and we can have the hotel send a driver for you. The drive to the resort takes about 45 minutes.
Check-in and relax, get settled and take a dip in your own pool.
We'll meet at around 6:30 pm for a welcome cocktail followed by dinner at the resort. Then you're off to bed to dream about the next day's adventure.
After a lovely breakfast at our hotel, we'll head out for a full day's adventure discovering Phuket Island, perhaps the most famous of all the islands in Thailand. We'll have the opportunity to visit the Big Buddha, spend some time at an Elephant Sanctuary, visit a temple, and stop for lunch in Old Phuket Town leaving some time to walk around and shop.
Then we'll head back to our resort to enjoy free time in the late afternoon. Why not relax with a treatment or two in the spa or simply read and rest a bit before dinner?
Tonight's dinner will be more casual at one of the other restaurants at the resort.
This morning, those who joined us for the pre-trip extension and those just arriving will meet at the Yacht Haven Harbor for a pre-sail briefing with Joy and the Thai crew. Then we'll load the boats and take off.
We'll depart for Phang Nga Bay anchoring along the way at Koh Phanak. From here, we'll take the dinghy and explore the caves enclosed on the island. Lunch is onboard.
After another sail, we'll anchor amongst the beautiful limestone casts of Koh Hong at Phang Nga Bay. Here, we'll toast our first day under sail and enjoy a scrumptious Thai meal. Languish under the starry sky before bedtime.
After breakfast aboard, we're sailing north to the world-famous “James Bond Island” from the 1970s movie "The Man with the Golden Gun". We'll go ashore and take photographs before the crowds arrive.
Later on, we'll sail southeast through stunning topography towards the Paradise Resort, where we'll anchor for the night surrounded by dramatic cliffs. Enjoy the beautiful sea views with your homemade meal.
After a leisurely breakfast, we'll sail down the side of Koh Yao Noi towards Koh Hong Krabi.
Here, we'll swim in crystal clear, turquoise water and explore the large lagoon at the back of Koh Hong Island.
Tonight we'll have a relaxing evening eating on board and taking in the beautiful bay - just us and a few neighboring yachts.
After breakfast, we'll set sail, heading southeast to the exceptional beaches of Krabi Island. We'll stop at the famous “Chicken Head Islands”. At high tide, they're separate islands, but at low tide, they're joined by a sandy isthmus that you can walk across.
We'll relish our lunch and swim in the crystal clear waters, and we'll have time to snorkel around the island.
This evening we'll have a quiet night watching the stars from the boat in preparation for our upcoming adventures on Phi-Phi Island.
Today our itinerary takes us from the Chicken Head Islands to the east coast of Phi Phi Island. On the way, we'll have time to enjoy Bamboo Island, a reef-edged island that boasts pristine beaches and a tiny bar.
After lunch, we'll have time to discover the east coast of Phi-Phi Island.
Time to rest, read and relax on the boat before watching the sun dip into the sea. Another night aboard with our private chef - aaah this is the life!
Today our route goes from Phi Phi Island's East Coast to Ton Sai Bay. This allows us to have a leisurely sail around the coast of Phi-Phi island.
We'll arrive in Ton Sai Bay around lunchtime. After eating, we'll enjoy an afternoon snorkel adventure followed by a rest and then sunset cocktails on board.
This evening we'll take our dinghy ashore and eat at one of the many lovely restaurants. We'll have a chance to explore the narrow streets and stock up on souvenirs. Take the opportunity to watch a fire dance show as we soak in the party atmosphere on this side of the island.
Then it's back to the boat for a relaxing rest after a fun night out!
After breakfast, we'll depart early from our Phi Phi paradise and head towards the Koh Kai Islands. The plan is to head towards our last snorkeling stop at the Kai Islands.
After a vigorous swim, we'll enjoy a healthy lunch and then sail north to Koh Nakka Island where we'll anchor for the evening.
Tonight is our last evening together - so a celebration is called for!
After breakfast, we'll enjoy a leisurely sail from Koh Nakka Island back to our starting point at Yacht Haven Marina where we'll disembark and say our sorrowful goodbyes. However our hearts will be full of friendship and our memory banks are now complete with pictures, sights, sounds and smells of a true Thai paradise.
Arrange your flight from Phuket for the late afternoon or early evening. If a morning flight is best, we can assist with arrangements to stay the night on land so you can depart in the morning
Everyone will enjoy their own private berth with your own head (toilet).
If you join our pre-trip for two nights in Phuket before boarding the boat, you'll relish staying in a deluxe villa complete with a stunning sea view and your very own pool located in a stylish 5-star resort.
Joy Sherman has sailed thousands of nautical miles. She spent her childhood sailing on Long Island Sound, and her father instilled in her an inspiration for boating and a respect for the sea. “There has never been a time in my life where boats were not part of it.” Joy has her USCG Master 100 ton license and maintains current certification in American Red Cross First Aid and Infant/Child/Adult CPR, US tow and sail endorsement and Life Raft certification.
Considered the best sailing experience in Southeast Asia
Nestled in the azure waters of the Andaman Sea,Phuket and the surrounding islands offer a myriad of enchanting destinations for sailors to explore. The coastline is adorned with stunning limestone cliffs, hidden coves, and idyllic beaches, providing a picturesque backdrop for sailing excursions. As the warm breeze caresses your skin and the sun paints the sky with vibrant hues, you'll be immersed in a sense of tranquility and wonder.
All meals except where mentioned
Two glasses of wine or beer with dinner
A private chef on the boat and an experienced captain
All excursions as noted
Joy your captain, guide and facilitator who had led hundreds of charter trips all over the world
Trip Insurance and Medical - required
Additional spa treatments
Additional alcohol beyond what is provided
Since most of this trip takes place on a sailboat, you must feel comfortable on the water, moving about the vessel, including the use of stairs, and know how to swim.
Catamarans are relatively spacious, but compared to being on land, living spaces, cabins, and bathrooms are smaller. Still, you’ll spend the most of your time above board in the open air.
Please note that sailing is dependent on the weather, so itinerary changes may occur at the last minute if the weather becomes unfavorable. If any changes are made, you can trust your knowledgeable skipper to choose an alternative route or activity.
Flying into Bangkok and take a connecting flight to Phuket Island is the easiest route for most people. Reverse your steps to get home. There's an optional Pre-Trip Extension for two nights to see Phuket Island (by land). If you'd like to explore Bangkok, build in time before or after the trip.
Over the many years we've operated we've been able to work with almost every diet or allergy from vegan to lactose-free.
The weather in Thailand is always warm, ranging from 78-93F - ideal for swimming and sailing. Bring a hat, swimsuits, and lots of reef-safe suntan lotion. April is still in the dry season, but there can be brief rain occasionally.
We'll have a pre-trip call about 2 months before we leave so everyone can meet one another and we'll talk about logistics including exactly what to pack. But in general, less is more. You'll spend much of your day in a bathing suite.
Catamarans are very stable, with far less side-to-side rocking than a traditional monohull sailboat. As a result, most people are comfortable aboard a catamaran. Your “sea legs” will come naturally, but some people have a more difficult time adjusting to boat life. There are effective preventative treatments if you’re worried about seasickness.
A zodiac (small inflatable boat) transports passengers ashore, with landings taking place at docks (dry landings) and on beaches (wet landings). Zodiacs can sometimes be awkward to climb into and out of, but a sense of humor and a can-do attitude is all you need.
Time on the water also means time in the sun. Remember to pack sun protection, like sunscreen and a hat. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.