Sailing Holidays

Sailing Holidays in Malaysia

The 99 tropical islands in the Langkawi archipelago offer a fabulous sailing holiday with luxury resorts, beautiful beaches and idyllic bays.

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 tropical islands off the north-western coast of Malaysia. The archipelago has some of the world's most pristine rainforests, limestone and karst formations, caves with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, and among the world's most beautiful beaches washed by clear emerald waters teeming with marine life. It’s a unique paradise for a sailing holiday and Langkawi was declared a Geopark by UNESCO in 2007.

The outstanding natural landscape is covered in lush ancient rainforest and framed by blue skies. The snorkelling is superb, especially at Coral Garden at Pulau Payar Marine Park. The island of Langkawi is an exotic sailing holiday destination that offers world-class accommodation and amenities sitting side by side with idyllic beaches, ancient rainforests and quaint villages. Head up the thrilling new cable car to the summit of Mount Mat Cincang - Langkawi's second highest mountain - for an unrivalled view of the entire main island and beyond.

To book your next sailing holiday in Langkawi, give us a call or fill out the Quick Quote Form.

Langkawi is a haven for yacht charter. Three marinas have modern international-class facilities, including the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club and Rebak Marina on the island of Pulau Rebak Besar.

The islands south of Langkawi are within easy reach and include the developing fishing village of Pulau Tuba where you’ll find many good basic Malay style restaurants. Pulau Dayang Bunting has small beaches with access to a cave and stream. From here sail to the beautiful freshwater Lake of the Pregnant Maiden, which has many good anchorages.

You can sail north of Langkawi across the border to Thailand where you’ll find Ko Tarutao and the Butangs – a world famous scuba diving area where enthusiasts and first time divers find fish and colourful creatures of all kinds in the warm crystal clear water.

Langkawi on the west coast s a very pleasant sailing destination all year. There are two seasons. During the November to April season, the weather is consistently sunny and dry with calm seas and the NE winds 10-15 knots are ideal for sailing. In the May to October season, the SW winds pick up, though sailing is still sheltered in most of the cruising area. The area is tidal with a range of approximately 2m. 


DAY 1 : Embark at Telaga Marina, in the north-west of the island. .
DAY 2 : Pantai Chenang (7nm). Moor at Monkey Beach, a beautiful fine white sandy beach. All along the Pantai Cenang beach, the most popular in Langkawi, there are restaurants and shops.
DAY 3 : Pulau Dayang Bunting (8nm). Visit the "Pregnant Princess Lake", the biggest fresh water lake of Langkawi in an exceptional natural environment famed for mysterious legends.
DAY 4 : Pulau Payar (20nm). A marine reserve with superb snorkelling, especially at Coral Garden, where you'll see fabulous corals and multicoloured fishes. Superb sandy beach for sunbathing.
DAY 5 : Kuah Town (20nm). Mooring in front of capital of Langkawi, with numerous restaurants, shops and duty free shops in the city. 
DAY 6 : Kilim Natural Park (25nm). You enter in another world, a billion years old,  cliffs emerging above verdant mangroves. Possibility to dine in the middle of mangrove at "fish farm".
DAY 7 : Datai (16nm) Tanjung Rhu Beach on North Cape of Langkawi has a great view of surrounding islands. Moor in front of the stylish Datai hotel.
DAY 8 : Return to Telanga Marina (5nm).

Yachts are based at Telega Marina on Langkawi all year. Charters start and finish any day (minimum 5 nights), giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates. 

Marvellous Malaysia

Marvellous Malaysia

Book any yacht or catamaran from Langkawi more than 6 months in advance and get
5% OFF 1 week + extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.


Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

British Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines have direct flights to Kuala Lampur  and Singapore. Malaysia Airlines have daily flights onward to Langkawi. Transfer time Langkawi airport to Telaga Harbour Marina 20 minutes.


Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. We have given all the sailing areas a level with 'Experience Level 1' suitable for less experienced crews and 'Experience Level 3' for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: Whitsundays

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: Thailand, Malaysia

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3: Seychelles, Tahiti

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper.

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School 


Multihulls World Magazine featured "Langkawi, the ultimate destination" in the September 2009 issue. Click here to read>> 

They say: "The Asian light, the scenery which is as beautiful as at the origin of the world, the kindness of the inhabitants. Everything is there to make this destination become a great classic." 

Pulau Payar- a  jewel of an island, is one of Langkawi's major draws, famous for its spectacularly beautiful coral gardens. You can either dive or snorkel to be among the fishes and explore the corals. If you don't wish to get wet, the special Underwater Observatory allows you to experience a close-up view of marine life.

The Langkawi Cable Car is an exhilarating 20 minutes journey to the Peak Station. The 360º panorama from the peak offers a breathtaking view of the islands, the rural lowlands and the seas as far as Thailand. Take in the great vista of hillside flora, a bird's eye view of the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls and an occasional glimpse of the wildlife.

"Our whole time in the Grenadines could not have been better. After two days on Bequia visiting friends, a brilliant four to five hour sail with a perfect wind took us down to Salt Whistle Bay on the island of Mayreau. A very busy anchorage where locals acted as parking attendants to squeeze in as many boats as possible to maximize customers for their shore barbeque where they fed us an excellent dinner. The following morning we did the very short passage round to the Tobago Cays. There followed two nights of gorgeous weather, lovely snorkelling with turtles cruising about everywhere and lobster dinners ashore. Could not have been better. "
St Vincent 2017 - M.M


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