Phuket enjoys a reputation as one of the most sophisticated travel destinations in the world, renowned for its world-class hotels and resorts, friendly people and magnificent nature. Large enough to entertain for weeks, yet small enough to tour on your own, the island caters to a variety of visitors, from the group of friends wanting to explore the island's many recreational activities and happening night life to the newlyweds on their romantic honeymoon. The island is also an ideal destination for families with many of the large resorts offering fun programmes to keep the little ones entertained.
Often dubbed Pearl of the Andaman Sea, Phuket is one of Asia's most popular holiday destinations, as evident in its visitor numbers (almost five million visitors arrived through its international airport in 2012). The growth of the tourism industry has undoubtedly changed the island, but in recent years, the local government has made efforts to minimise the negative effects of tourism through various building regulations and the implementation of stricter environmental policies relating to water, waste and natural resource management. Chic beach clubs, fine dining venues, luxurious resorts and a host of recreational activities and attractions have helped Phuket evolve and continue to attract a diverse array of discerning travellers. The growth of the yachting industry is just the latest step in making Phuket a truly international lifestyle destination.
The yachting industry on Phuket is supported by four modern, world class marinas with state of the art facilities. Concentrated on the east and northeast of the island with easy access to the famous Phang Nga Bay, Phuket's main marinas, Royal Phuket Marina, Boat Lagoon, Ao Po Grand Marina and Yacht Haven, offer services to sailing as well as motor vessels visiting the region. Between them, they have several repair facilities, dry and wet berthing as well as a host of supporting industries such as maintenance, repair work, staffing and chartering and leasing. As a testament to the growing popularity of the yachting lifestyle, the marinas also offers hotel and resort accommodation as well as private residences, some of which with private berthing, and integrated resort-like facilities such as dining, wellness and retail.
The waters around Phuket provide the picture-perfect backdrop for yacht charters. The most famous is perhaps Phang Nga Bay, with its iconic Koh Tapu, or James Bond Island, made famous by the film of the same name. Its nail-like shape graces many a post card but the area offers plenty of other opportunities for that quintessential tropical snapshot and there is no shortage of activities on and around the islands themselves. Explore the hidden caves or the inland lakes or pay a visit to Koh Panyi where an entire fishing village is perched on stilts.
A bit further south of Phang Nga Bay are the Phi Phi Islands, whose idyllic natural surroundings have been featured in the 2000 movie The Beach. Popular with backpackers and divers, the islands' white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are still considered some of the most beautiful in the Kingdom.
Off the northwestern coast of Phuket and speckled in the Andaman Sea are the Surin Archipelago, a protected national park consisting of five main islands popular for their dive and snorkelling sites, the most famous being Richelieu Rock. Divers come to the dive site for its impressive soft corals but also for common sightings of the gentle whale shark and gracious manta rays.
South of the Surin Islands are the Similans, also loved for their pristine underwater environment. Also protected as a national marine park, the Similan islands – comprising nine islands – are famous for their high diversity of fish and plant species; during high season the visibility can be up to 40-50 metres which is the best anywhere in Thailand. The national park is closed from approximately mid-May to mid-November, and best time to go for diving is between December to March, when the waters are clear and calm.
Due to the many diving and snorkelling sites around Phuket, many of the chartered yachts have diving gear on board as well as trained staff who can assist with maintaining the equipment. Other water sports equipment such as kayaks, jet skis, dinghies and snorkelling gear is also very common.
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Length : 13.48 M (43' 5) | Guest/Day 12 | Guest/Sleep 4 | Starting Price/Day 105,000 THB
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Length : 54 (16.57 m) | Guest/Day 14 | Guest/Sleep 6 | Starting Price/Day 7,000 USD
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Length : 61’1”(18.61m) | Guest/Day 14 | Guest/Sleep 6 | Starting Price/Day 180,000.- THB
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Length : 64' (19.7 m) | Guest/Day 18 | Guest/Sleep 8 | Starting Price/Day 8,000 USD
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Length : 6410' (19.70 m) | Guest/Day 2 | Guest/Sleep 8 | Starting Price/Day 215,000 THB
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Length : 20.09 M (68') | Guest/Day 18 | Guest/Sleep 8 | Starting Price/Day 155,000 THB
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Length : 21.56 M (68') | Guest/Day 12 | Guest/Sleep 8 | Starting Price/Day Upon Request
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Length : 74" 11' (23 m) | Guest/Day 18 | Guest/Sleep 8 | on request
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Length : 26.82 M (80') | Guest/Day 15 | Guest/Sleep 8 | Starting Price/Day Upon Request
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Length : 26.82 M (80') | Guest/Day 15 | Guest/Sleep 8 | Starting Price/On Request