Sailing holidays near Phuket

Best places and sailing routes for your sailing trip near Phuket. Sailing season details, trade winds and everything you need for perfect sailing holidays.

Marinas in Phuket

Phuket is a city in Thailand. It is located on a beautiful island. Vacation on a yacht near Phuket is an opportunity to see the rocks that hang over the water.

 

You can visit the grottoes and sunbathe on the shore of one of the hundreds of lagoons. Some places can only be reached by kayak.

Sailing season
December — March
Travel season
May — October
Marinas in this location
3
Boats in this location
37

Main facts about region

Telephone code:
+66076
Language:
Thai
Timezone:
UTC+7
Currency:
Thai baht (THB)
Population:
416,582

Phuket Sailing Nuances

  • All foreign boats arriving at the island must first visit Ao Chalong Pier in Phuket to travel around.
  • If you plan to arrive on a boat here from Malaysia (the journey takes 7 days in brief), there may be difficulties in passing customs. The customs fee rules are not settled here, and the fee can grow into a bribe. All you can do is to bargain for an amount not higher than 200-300 baht or offer to go to the Phuket main customs office to discuss the amount. Most people arrange to pay the right sum of money.
  • Starting January 1, 2016, all yachts in Thailand must be equipped with an AIS - Automatic Identification System. The device should be active when you enter or leave Thailand. In the marina, the system can be turned off. Reluctance to use AIS leads to a fee.
  • Most of the free moorings are located in Chalong Bay to protect the local underwater life from yacht anchors. Before mooring, make sure that the mooring space has not been reserved for anyone. For example, the excursion boat, which is supposed to arrive in the evening.
  • The place north to Phuket Yacht Harbor is ideal for anchorages. Just do not moor near the outer pontoons to have enough room to turn.
  • There are marinas in the Yacht Haven, the Boat Lagoon, and the Royal Phuket Marina near Phuket Town. It is advisable to book all marines in advance because of their large traffic.
  • Boat Lagoon Marina is not recommended for boats longer than 50 feet and draft more than 2 m: you can get stuck there even at high tide. Yet, the channel entrance to the marina is not highlighted, and it is better not to sail here at night.

Festivals and events in Phuket

  • Thao Si Sunthon Fair is held on March, 13 annually in honour of the liberation from the Burmese invaders
  • In late September - early October, the festival of the Nine Imperial Gods takes place on the island. For 9 days, Chinese residents of the island follow a vegetarian diet to overcome the difficulties of the coming year. Large-scale street performances accompany them.
  • In July and August, there is a festival of spirits in Phuket, worshipping ancestors.
  • The Royal Phuket Cup Regatta runs every December and starts near Kata Beach. Those who are interested can rent a boat and take part in this great event.
  • Laguna Phuket Triathlon also takes place in December and attracts athletes from around the world.
  • The Travel Fair, or Patong Carnival, startson November, 1st with parades, sporting events and beauty contests.
  • The Chao Le Boat Floating Festival takes place twice a year, in the middle of summer and late autumn. The goal of the festival is to sail in small boats to drive away evil spirits bring good luck to the island.
  • Phuket Bike Week is the most ambitious motorcycle festival in all of Asia. Exhibitions, motorcycle parades, competitions, beauty contests and fairs are held here.

How to get

Phuket International Airport is the second largest airport in Thailand. It holds both domestic flights and international flights from around the world, including China, Singapore, South Korea and Europe. Also, there's a lot of charter flights from Russia and Kazakhstan to Phuket.

Visa: Citizens of most countries are allowed visa-free entry from 30 to 90 days. If your country is not included in the visa-free list, you can issue the visa to Thailand online.

Phuket - Yacht Charter Sailica
Phuket - Yacht Charter Sailica
Phuket - Yacht Charter Sailica

Phuket Sailing Routes

Take a sailing yacht on Phuket to see all those cliffs hanging over the water, visit a couple of grottoes and relax alone on the turquoise lagoon shores. You can only get on a kayak or a dinghy in most places. That divides your yacht trip into plenty of small adventures and distinguish Phuket from other sailing regions.

 

Sailing route around Phuket, 7 days:

  • Phuket — Phang Nga Bay — Krabi — Koh Lanta — Phi Phi — Racha Islands — Phuket.

Yacht routes are designed for a week. Example:

  • Phuket — Fang Bay — Poda — Ko Kai — Phi Phi Don — Phi Phi Lei — Phuket.

Yachting season and weather in Phuket

 From November to April there is a high season in Phuket. The wind speed is 2 to 4 points in the northeast. The air temperature on the island is + 30 °C during the day and + 24 °C at night. The weather in Phuket is clear during the dry season. The sunniest month is February. The rains begin in November and April. The sea during this period of the year is very calm and warm. The water temperature near the island is + 28 °C degrees. This is the only season we recommend visiting the Similan Islands. 

 

From May to October, there is a monsoon season. The air temperature is the same as in the high season. Phuket's climate is influenced by the southwest monsoon. The wind strength ranges from 2 to 6 points. Showers are short (1-2 hours) and begin in the afternoon. On some beaches on the west coast, there is a strong undercurrent. Therefore, we do not recommend swimming.

Water temperature in sailing season +28...+30 °
Air temperature in sailing season +25...+32 °
Wind speed in sailing season 10−20 knots

Weather forecast for yachting in Phuket

Upon arrival at the marina, you are usually given the forecast for the next day. You can also get storm warnings over radio links.

 

You can also use the following services to get information about weather conditions:

  • windy is the most progressive and updated website and mobile weather forecast app for yachtsmen
  • windfinder is a service for tracking winds, viewing water and air temperatures.
  • Thai Meteorological Department is the official website of the Thai Meteorological Department.