Catamaran Charter Koh Chang
On a Koh Chang catamaran charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the Thailand and main islands within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a Thailand yacht charter, from its white sand beaches and excellent food to its vibrant culture, a Koh Chang Island sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.
A catamaran charter out of Koh Chang is to visit the authentic Thailand. While on the Andaman Sea off the west coast you will encounter tourist traps like James Bond Island and Phi Phi Island, and still see large numbers of tourists in Ao Nang and Koh Lanta, you won't largely find such issues in the Koh Chang archipelago. OK, Bang Bao Bay on Ko Chang has gone too far in that direction but the rest of the islands aren't like that...
What you will fid is a mix of islands that have tourism as an income but focus on their traditional economies such as rubber, fishing and agriculture. Beautiful beaches like White Sand Beach and Lonely Beach are a definite draw here, with their under-developed economy yet quietness giving you a real sense of sense of authenticity. If you can handle the heat, bring your walking boots - a hike up the mountainous interiors of Koh Kut and Koh Chang will be well rewarded! Equally if beaches are your thing, then across the Koh Chang archipelago from the main island to Koh Wai, Koh Rang and Koh Mak will leave you utterly spoiled for choice.
Not all the islands have cars, and a battery scooter is often the best way to get around. That said, not all the islands have mains electricity so a bicycle or your luxury yacht / tender will often be the best way to explore the coastline and villages in comfort. Speedboat and ferry is the best way for those without yachts to get about between the islands, but you will of course have your charter yacht and tender to get from A-B on your Thailand yacht charter.
Snorkeling and diving are a must here. The marine park locally has loads of dive spots and there are companies that can arrange a day diving over one reef or another, some just off the beautiful beaches that abound here, and others off rocky coasts. These aren't as exclusive as Similan Island or Surin Island off the east coast of Thailand, but are far easier to get to and less busy with other divers.
If there is any drawback to a Koh Chang catamaran charter, it is that yachts aren't catered for very well. Though undoubtedly a draw for the adventurous, those who want to enjoy beach bars and entertainment their entire stay may find Phang Nga Bay more comfortable!
Crewed Catamaran Charters from Ko Chang
You don't need to worry about being an experienced sailor or even sailing the boat out of Koh Chang with Borrow a Boat! A Koh Chang crewed catamaran charter on a motor yacht or sailing catamaran can mean you do as much or as little physically sailing the luxury yacht as you like on your Ko Chang yacht charter holiday.
A skippered yacht charter or will mean that the skipper will be aboard with their own cabin to attend to all your needs. A crewed yacht charter or gulet charter will involve one or two crew on the charter boat who will cook, sail and make suggestions as to your best destinations on your sailing itinerary. With their local knowledge, even if you're an experienced sailor you can enjoy a perfect yacht charter holiday.
One of the advantages of a crewed yacht charter holiday is that you can go longer distances from the yacht charter base. Koh Samui to the SE and Ko Samet to the N, both on the Gulf of Thailand are within reach for example, with the crew handling everything as you go.
As to you? You can just enjoy the breezes and views on your luxury yacht charter, or if you fancy learning a bit about sailing, help the skipper or crew to get the boat from A-B.
A Koh Chang crewed catamaran charter will cost a little more (typically $150 a day for a skipper and $100 per crew member) and it's the done thing to thank them with a tip at the end of the week.
Bareboat Catamaran Charter From Koh Chang
A bareboat yacht charter holiday will mean that you can take the charter yacht out on your own. Generally for vessels up to 20 metres LOA on a sailing license such as an RYA Day Skipper or ASA 104 Bareboat certificate, you will have total responsibility for the yacht.
You will need to think about your itinerary, victualling, possible secondary ports should a marina be full, as well as issues like weather and mooring fees.
On a bareboat catamaran charter you will be asked to pay for insurance in the form of a security deposit to the chartercompany on departure or through buying charter insurance before you leave the yacht charter base.
Types of Catamarans Available For Rent Or Charter In Koh Chang Island:
When searching a geographical area on Borrow A Boat you can filter by the below charter yacht types. There is also the option to further filter your searches by price, the number of guests, cabins or bathrooms, what year the catamaran was launched, the boat length and the boat manufacturer.
Types of Catamarans Available:
Sailing Catamarans: Luxury catamarans are stable and spacious type of sailing boat, with quick sailing performance, and and have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Better for larger groups, they have lots of room for water toys, and are big enough for a little privacy. A catamaran charter luxury yacht is easy and comfortable for novices not used to heeling and are loved by families due to their extra space when compared to a monohull sailing yacht. Typically far more luxurious than a sailboat, the larger catamarans have en suite toilets and showers in the cabin as well as ample entertaining space in the saloon and on deck.
Power Catamarans: These motor yacht catamarans are relatively new but have also been gaining in popularity as the two hulls keep the motor boat more stable when compared to a monohull. The wider beam of these motor boats also mean more deck space and as they don't have sails or a mast, they have a lot more space on deck than a sailing catamaran boat rental or monohull. For a luxury catamaran charter, consider taking a crewed catamaran charter sailingvacation with an experienced skipper.
Catamaran Sailing Itineraries From Koh Chang
On a shorter Gulf of Thailand yacht charter out of Koh Chang Island you can explore the Koh Chang Archipelago, while on a longer crewed catamaran sailing holiday you can go further south to the Koh Samui archipelago too. Let's look at a 7 and 14 day sailing holiday on your charter boat:
7 days - Ko Chang Archipelago: As a first day's sail, head down the west coast of Ko Chang and moor off the coast, perhaps enjoying a meal at Bang Bao Pier. Koh Mak will be your next day's sail, just a short hop south past some smaller islands worth a pause such as Koh Kam on the way to the desert island of Koh Mak. Take a couple of days to explore Koh Kut, seeing the very different east and west coasts. Head to Koh Rang the next day - an almost uninhabited island that is well worth a trip. Up the east coast of Ko Chang for another evening in Salak Kok before handover on the final day.
14 days - Ko Samui and the Gulf of Thailand: With long legs south and then north, this sailing. As a first day, head down to the almost uninhabited island of Koh Rang where you get your first evening away from the real world. The next leg will take at least 24 hours - a night/day sail the 200 or so NM down to the Koh Samui archipelago. Likely making landfall at Koh Phang Nga, you then visit Ko Samui and the smaller islands for a week. It is worth pointing out that there are no marinas at all locally so again, local knowledge from the skipper will make life easier. After exploring the archipelago, head to the mainland town of Dom Sak and then Chumphon, and then Prachuap Khiri Khan for an evening ahead of visiting Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park with its excellent diving and caves. A final long leg, this time NE back to Ko Chang for handover.
**Do You Need A Licence To Charter A Catamaran In Ko Chang?
If you are on a skippered catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail out of Koh Chang, you can just turn up at the marina and go.
You do need a license if you are on a bareboat catamaran charter and in some countries such as Thailand a RYA Day Skipper or ICC may not be enough for boats over 45 feet in length, you will need to check with the charter agent but here are some examples of typical sailing qualifications that will allow you to charter in most countries:
International Certificate of Competence: This is issued on request by your European sailing authority and you should automatically qualify with certain national sailing qualifications.
RYA Qualifications: If you have the following qualifications you will typically be able to take a bareboat charter out of Rhodes (but it is worth checking as per above), these include Day Skipper (sail or motor endorsement), Coastal Skipperor Yachtmaster.
American Sailing Association (ASA): The ASA 104 Bareboat certificate is commonly accepted but also check as per above
US Sailing: The International Proficiency Certificate is widely accepted and The Bareboat Cruising Certificate is also accepted in many cases.
Popular Destinations For Hiring A Catamaran
Below we've picked some of our favourite destinations worldwide for hiring catamarans with something to suit every type of sailor.
Catamaran Charter in Greece: Enjoy the amazing culture and cuisine while island hopping in Greece.
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Catamaran Charter in St.Lucia: Enjoy beautiful sandy beaches on this luscious green island in the hear of the Caribbean.
Catamaran Charter in France: From the stunning coastlines of the Cote d'Azur and French Riviera in the south of France to the island of Corsica or feisty Atlantic coast, this is a diverse and beautiful country for a sailing holiday.
Catamaran Charter in Grenada: Enjoy a fantastic Caribbean sailing experience on the 'Island of Spice' in windward islands
Catamaran Charter in Italy: A catamaran charter in Italy has got to be close to the top of every sailor's bucket list, enjoy the stunning cuisine and culture
Catamaran Charter in Turkey: A catamaran charter in Turkey is more of an adventure and a chance to explore a unique culture where East meets West on the cultural and geological border between Europe and Asia.
Catamaran Charter in Martinique: Charter around wonderful Martinique and enjoy stunning the Caribbean landscapes
Catamaran Charter in The Bahamas: The ideal location for a luxury catamaran charter in crystal clear waters
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I consider when hiring a Catamaran?
The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Catamaran in Koh Chang?
You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the catamaran hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual chartercompanies themselves.