Browse Month: May 2008

Sailing from Phuket to Bali

Next week the Raja Laut will be sailing from Phuket, Thailand, to Bali, Indonesia.

The cruise will take us throught the Straits of Malacca, with calls at the ports of Langkawi, Penang, Malacca — a highlight due to its vibrant Chinatown and maritime history as a major port — as well as Singapore, one of Asia’s most modern, beautiful, and commercially successful cities. That is all the reason we need to pull the anchor, hoist the sails, and cast off with fair winds and a light heart.

From Singapore, we sailed to Bali via the north of Borneo (Sabah), along a route we like to call “Conrad’s Voyage”, after the late great writer who has had so much influence on the naming of the schooner.

Sabah is a state located in the North East corner of the island of Borneo. If one were to draw a triangle over the whole of South East Asia, then Sabah would be located in the centre of that triangle. In Sabah, known as the “Land Below the Wind” is you will find a multitude of tropical islands, including coral atolls and oceanic islands, as well as giant rivers, dense tropical jungle, high mountains, and abundance of wildlife. In scuba diving circles, places like Sipadan, Layang Layang, Mabul, and Sangalaki are all very highly rated. The people of Sabah, as many have discovered, possess genuine warmth and hospitality towards visitors and form one of the highlights of a visit to
this lush part of Borneo.

From Sabah, one can sail north to Palawan, the best cruising area in the Philippines, or south towards Indonesia’s 17,000 islands.

We had some fantastic experiences the year before, sailing and scuba diving between Bali and Komodo. And with the yacht Raja Laut now fully equipped to cater for up to 10 divers, and with water sports including wakeboarding, fishing and kayaking.

If a private yacht charter cruise through the idyllic islands of the Andaman Sea is the answer to your dreams of relaxation, rejuvenation, and adventure, then you will also love chartering a yacht in Indonesia.
See you there!

Best regards,
Team Raja Laut