Browse Month: November 2012

Cruising in Phuket

Phuket is the ideal base for sailing the Andaman Sea and there are few places on earth that compare to the Andaman Sea when it comes to tropical cruising..

The Andaman Sea, with Phuket as its hub, will always be Thailand’s reigning maritime jewel. Here we find some of the most beautiful islands and beaches in the region, crystal clear waters and stunning geography. The diversity of this geography is also a powerful attraction.

Beautiful beaches, a warm winter climate and isolated islands are the core attractions that lure millions of tourists from colder climates each year. These are exactly the kind of attractions that those on boats are much better positioned to seek out and enjoy.

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5 Great Sailing Honeymoon Destinations in Asia

Getting married?  If you are thinking of a chartering a yacht for a sailing honeymoon excursion, here are our picks for the best 5 spots in Asia:

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1. Bali & Komodo, Indonesia

Enjoy culture and nightlife in Bali before setting sail for the Komodo National Park.  Stunning scenery ranges from volcanic peaks and sparkling lakes to emerald rice terraces and beaches of silvery sand; perfect as a relaxing honeymoon vacation.

2. Langkawi, Malaysia

An archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. The islands are widely regarded as the most beautiful in Malaysia and has some gorgeous resorts, plenty of do-nothing type beaches and activities such as fishing and snorkelling.

3. Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar

Burma’s delightful Mergui Archipelago lies in splendid isolation 120 miles north of Phuket. It offers peace and tranquility in a glorious tropical setting – the ideal retreat to relax and unwind after a hectic wedding period.

4. Andaman & Nicobar, India

These remote archipelago in the Bay of Bengal lie largely undisturbed by tourists except for the odd passing cruise ship. They are prolific with aquatic life and have some of the best diving and fishing in the world. Perfect for lounging honeymooners.

5. Phuket, Thailand

Commonly referred to as the ‘Pearl of the South’, and the largest island in Thailand, it is also a true tropical wonderland for honeymooners. Diving, golf, sailing and sun tanning are just some of the activities to enjoy.

 

5 Destinations to Sail in the Andaman Sea

The Andaman Sea is the home to Thailand’s most glorious islands, surrounded by white sandy beaches and myriad coral reefs.  Here’s a list of 5 destinations in the Andaman sea to sail to:

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1 – Railay Beach Krabi

Limestone cliffs overpassing incredible beaches is the defining image of Krabi, and the most beautiful is Railay. Isolated from the mainland, the peninsula of Railay is surrounded by the warm Andaman Sea, and a lush jungle. The scenery is beautiful and the rock climbing is particularly incredible.

2 – Phang Nga Bay

The sheer limestone cliffs that climb vertically out of the emerald green water are the best feature of Phang Nga Bay. James Bond Island is a big tourist attraction in this area and found fame through the 1974 Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun”.

3 – Racha Yai Island

Racha Yai island is best known as a diving and snorkelling destination. If you’re looking for white powder sand, crystal clear sea, beautiful coral, viewpoint, tranquility, Racha Yai is your answer.

4 – Similan Islands

Similan consists of 9 islands known for superb diving, white coral sand beaches, crystal blue waters, warm tropical nights and cooling breezes coming of the Andaman Sea.

5 – Phi Phi Islands

A must visit for everyone travelling to Phuket. The scenery is magnificent. If sailing there by yacht, be sure to stop off at the various islands found around this area, including Maya Bay, Pi Lei Cove, Viking Cave, and Monkey Beach.

Stop dreaming – It’s time to sail to the Andaman Sea!

Top 3 Diving Spots in Malaysia

We love Malaysia.  It does not have the same fame or magnetism as neighbouring Thailand and Indonesia, but we think Malaysia is underrated in general, and certainly when it comes to sailing and diving.  And it really does have some fantastic dive spots! Listed below are 3 of the best.

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Layang Layang

Lying 300 kilometres north of Sabah, in the South China Sea, If you want to see hammerhead sharks, Layang Layang is the best place to be. This man-made island is no tropical paradise but in the waters, its isolation lends itself to some of Malaysia’s healthiest reefs and clearest waters. Attracting marine life and the place for pelagic action, Layang Layang’s pristine environment teems with groupers, sweetlips, and snapper, and is home to resident barracuda, hammerheads and manta rays. Even rarer species, such as whale sharks, orcas and melon headed whales can be sighted here.

Sipadan

Is definitely in the top 10 in the whole world.  Rising 700 meters from a chasm in the seafloor. Located in the Celebes Sea, Sipadan is one of the best places in Malaysia to encounter breeding hawksbill and green turtles and is famous for its spectacular reefs and 600-metre wall dives, where schools of barracuda and mackerel swarm over the drop-offs. Under strict conservation controls, staying overnight on the island itself is prohibited, so visitors tend to sleep on nearby Mabul island, or in Semporna (Sabah) and enjoy boat dives around the island.  You must book at least 2 months in advance as there are limited permits each day.

Tioman

This jungle-clad, mountainous island, located off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia is surrounded by coral reefs that are seething with underwater life. Well known for its spectacular hard corals and stunning sea fans, Tioman’s appeal also lies in its diversity of dive sites, dive schools and suitability for all levels of diver. Explore underwater labyrinths and coral-encrusted wrecks, soar over kaleidoscope reefs and volcanic pinnacles, chill-out in sheltered bays and get swept along in dramatic drift dives. Expect to see everything from puffer fish and napoleon wrasse to groupers and green turtles.

Top 3 Sailing Locations in Malaysia

For a relaxed sail by motor or canvas, Malaysia has plenty of ports to offer.  From the popular waters along the coast from Langkawi and the multi-cultural attractions of Penang Island to the seas around Malaysian Borneo, there is much to explore.

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There are busy ports with wonderful street food and fresh seafood waiting for you. And there are deserted beaches and quiet coves for peaceful anchorage.  Three top sailing locations in Malaysia:

1. Langkawi

Langkawi is actually a cluster of approximately 100 islands and here you will find some of Malaysia’s most exclusive resorts, including the one on Pulau Pangkor Laut, and duty free shopping. Duty free is quite an essential and rarity in Malaysia, stock up!! The main island has an international airport and at least three yachting marinas, great area to island hop and stop anywhere you want as the islands are uninhabited.

 

2. Tioman Island

The island of Tioman is just one of a group of nine that are part of a Marine Reserve protecting stunningly abundant coral reef life. There are many top dive sites to explore with up to 30 metres visibility in places and white, sandy beaches to enjoy.

3. Sabah

Sabah is the most northerly part of Borneo and off the coast sailors will find tropical islands and coral atolls surrounded by the clear waters of the South China Sea, the Sulu Sea and the Celebes Sea. On Borneo itself there are luxuriant jungles, rivers leading to a mountainous interior and a wealth of wildlife. In Kinabalu National Park there are a range of nature experiences from hiking in the mountains to seeing the world’s largest flower.