Catamaran Charter Phuket
On a Phuket catamaran charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of Thailand and main islands within an easy sail. Whatever you want from an Western Thailand yacht charter, from its white sand beaches and excellent food to its vibrant culture, a Phuket yacht charter is going to be an unforgettable experience.
Arguably the most beautiful island in Thailand, off the west coast of the Malay Peninsula, Phuket is perfectly located for you to explore many of the other islands and mainland tourist hot spots of the Andaman Sea. The added advantage on your Phuket yacht charter is often being able to moor up and enjoy the sunsets when all the tourist boats have disappeared for you to spend the night with the destinations all to yourself.
Here are five suggestions for your sailing trip:
- Phang Nga Bay lies between Phuket and the Malay Peninsula. Renowned for its limestone spires and jaw-dropping scenery, and is a protected as a national park. The James Bond movie The Man With the Golden Gun was filmed here, as was Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. You can also sail to 'James Bond Island' on your sailing cruise.
- Krabi is the mainland province to the east of Phuket and includes the major tourist destination of Ao Nang. Do try to get to Rai Leh Beach - a white sand beach well away from the mad crowds of Ao Nang.
- Among other Andaman Islands, The Phi Phi Islands have two sides to them - Phi Phi Don's no limits nightlife on Phi Phi Island's sandy beaches and nearby Ko Phi Phi Lee. Here you can chill out at Monkey Bay where monkeys come out of the forest to feed on crab, and also visit Maya Bay made famous in the Hollywood movie The Beach. This is all a protected national park.
- The Similan Islands and Surin Island, northwest of Phuket on the Andaman Sea are a forgotten paradise that you will visit to enjoy nature at its best. This is probably the best location for snorkelling and scuba diving using the gear you're carrying on your boat charter.
- The Tarutao Islands, the most southern islands of Thailand are also a bit of a trek (perhaps better as a crewed yacht charter) but are also a world-class diving resort with their rare and beautiful marine life. Another Thail tropical island paradise!
About the only really good sailing trip destinations you can't make from Phuket are Koh Samui and nearby Koh Pha Ngan. With these five destinations in mind, as well as cruising Phuket itself, you will be almost spoiled for choice when it comes to a Phuket catamaran charter. Where you go really is a case of choice and available time!
Crewed Catamaran Charters from Phuket
You don't need to worry about being an experienced sailor or even sailing the boat out of Phuket with Borrow a Boat! A Phuket 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 Phuket 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. The Similan Islands and Surin Islands are all 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 Phuket 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 Phuket
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 Phuket 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 sailingcatamaran boat rental or monohull. For a luxury catamaran charter, consider taking a crewed catamaran charter sailingvacation with an experienced skipper.
Catamaran Sailing Itineraries From Phuket
On your Phuket crewed catamaran charter or bareboat charter you can explore the Andaman Sea or head out to the Similan Islands on a longer run. Here we suggest a 7 day sailing holiday and a 10 day yacht charter holiday on your charter boat:
7 days - Phang Nga Bay and Ko Phi Phi: This seven day Phuket yacht charter might be better as a bareboat yacht charter holiday. On this sailing vacation you can explore the islands immediately around Phuket. Head for Phang Nga Bay on the first night, then onto Koh Hong, Ko Kai, and Ko Phi Phi, this is an opportunity to take in the best of the Andaman Sea in a week's easy sailing. The limestone cliffs and places like Maya Beach will make for an unforgettable week's holiday.
10 days - Similan Islands and Surin Islands: Only open outside of the Monsoon season, this is perhaps better done as a crewed charter holiday. Heading up Thailand's west coast you will visit the heavily protected, beautiful islandarchipelago. As well as the sometimes challenging sailing, there are no resorts or marinas in the Similan Islands and as such it pays to have a skipper or crew aboard who knows the waters. The reverse of this is that you may well find you have a beach or even bay to yourself as most of the islands are uninhabited. With the rare marine life over the reefs, this makes for world-class scuba diving grounds and while a bit of a trek getting here, will be worth every moment.
Do You Need A Licence To Charter A Catamaran In Phuket?
If you are on a skippered catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail out of Phuket, 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.
Catamaran Charter in Croatia: Take in the delights of the Adriatic sea along with the rich history of Croatia.
Catamaran Charter in BVI: Excellent sailing conditions along with unspoilt natural beauty make this a must sailplace.
Catamaran Charter in Spain: With just under 5,000km of coastline and 60 islands on the Atlantic ocean and Mediterranean there's a lot to get excited about.
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 Phuket?
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.