An exciting new flotilla for 2020 exploring the picture perfect islands in the Andaman Sea lying to the south of Phuket.
A fabulous flotilla for more experienced sailors, the Thailand flotilla promises to deliver stunning scenery, delicious food, friendly locals, fantastic snorkelling and mile upon mile of white sandy beaches. You will visit many iconic spots such as "James Bond Island", made famous by its feature in "The Man with the Golden Gun", the Phi Phi islands and the laid-back island of Koh Yao Noi.
For sailors wanting to venture further afield but wanting the reassurance and expertise of a lead crew, the Thailand flotilla is the perfect option. The area offers excellent tidal sailing in protected waters, winds averaging force 3-5 and average temperatures of 28 degrees. Setting sail from Yacht Haven Marina in Phuket means joining the flotilla is easy with an array of international flights and only a 20 minute transfer from Phuket International Airport to the marina.
The flotilla skipper and hostess are on hand with support and advice to help you make the most of the cruising area.
This flotilla is run in conjunction with Seafarer Holidays.
Embark at Yacht Haven Marina, a modern marina in Phuket. Do your yacht briefing and then take a taxi to Tesco to do your provisioning.
An enchanting island with a beautiful natural lagoon surrounded by 100m limestone cliffs. The lagoon can only be accessed by tender/kayak/swimming through a cave and is a truly magical spot. Explore the island on foot or relax on one of the many beaches.
En route to Koh Panyi we stop at the famous "James Bond Island" before continuing to the floating fisherman village. This is a great place to pick up some fresh seafood for dinner onboard.
A laid-back island paradise with fishing villages, mangroves, rubber plantations and beautiful beaches. The slow pace of life here is contagious! The island is surrounded by coral and dive sites which are bound to keep you entertained for hours.
Famous for being a fantastic rock climbing destination, the limestone cliffs at Railay Beach are truly a sight to be seen. The beaches are some of the prettiest in Thailand backing straight on to the jungle.
An early start to explore Koh Phi Phi Leh with her many caves and great snorkelling spots. We moor at Tonsai Bay on Koh Phi Phi Don, a perfect spot for exploring the island's restaurants and nightlife.
After breakfast we depart for Koh Kai Nai, a small island with a beautiful white sand beach which makes a perfect swim stop. We carry on to Lawa Island for an afternoon of swimming or hiking. A great spot to witness a fabulous sunset over dinner.
Disembark at Yacht Haven Marina.
Routes and places may vary during the season due to weather conditions & other factors.
National Park fees are not included (approx. €8-10/person and €2.50 for the yacht). Fuel is excluded – payable locally at the end of the charter.
TUI Airways have direct flights from Gatwick to Phuket. Indirect flights can be found with multiple airlines including British Airways and Emirates.
Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer 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. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016.
Airport transfers are not included in the flotilla rate but can be added at an extra charge. Return group airport transfers are £20/person. Please let us know if you would like us to arrange these for you.
"I was planning my 60th birthday lunch for family and friends with my daughter, when she said "what do you REALLY want to do Mum?" The reply...."sail". The lunch booking was cancelled and I made contact with Nautilus. Friends told me that I would never manage a 36' Bavaria and certainly not stern to mooring. Wrong! I was introduced to sailing late, at 53, and certainly did not feel confident but the Ionian flotilla is easy. I spent hours watching stern to mooring videos on Youtube but you don't need the Sailing Virgins when you have flotilla crew to hand!! Live your dreams, book it, do it. It's been one of the best events of my life. Thanks Nautilus, you'll see us again."
Fuels used (fill up on return)
To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.
For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.
RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.
For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.
If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?
Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.
Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.
Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.