Sailing Around Phuket

Phuket Coast Sailing Guide

The west coast of Phuket offers some of the clearest water and most beautiful beaches in the region. Consequently, here you find the biggest concentration of hotels and beachside activity in the Andaman Sea.

In the southwest monsoon, the anchorages are totally exposed, with a short swell (as much as 2 metres), a beach break, and the occasional strong, onshore squall. There are no recommended anchorages on this coast during the southwest season (June-October). In the northeast monsoon season, these anchorages offer perfect shelter in depths of 4 - 12 metres on a sandy bottom. 

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West Coast Anchorages, from South to North

Anchorages at Nai Harn Beach

This southwest facing beach is particularly attractive, but with only two hotels here it is never crowded. This bay is one of the favourite gathering points for cruising yachts over Christmas and there are a few local style beach restaurants.

Anchorages at Kata Beach

This bay offers one of the best beaches on Phuket, with many hotels and restaurants ashore. For a passing yacht looking for a beautiful beach, with activity at a quieter pace than Patong, Kata is difficult to beat.

Anchorages at Karon Beach

This lovely 2-mile sand beach, backed by salt ponds and dunes, provides protected anchorage in 6 - 10 metres on a sandy bottom along its entire length.

Anchorages at Patong Beach

Patong is the most popular anchorage on the west coast, particularly around Christmas, New Year and the Songkhran water festival. Although this bay provides for all the basic needs of a cruising yacht, including a rollicking nightlife, it's a noisy, hectic anchorage.

Anchorages from Patong to Bangtao Beach

Discover all mooring spots between Patong Beach and Bangtao Beach: Kamala, Leam Singh, Surin, Pansea Bay.

Anchorages from Bang Tao to Sarasin Bridge

From Bang Tao to Nai Yang Beach, there are three idyllic white sand beaches nestled between the rocky headlands. Seldom visited by large numbers of tourists, these three hideaways are a welcome change from some other west coast beaches, where jet skis and the like can be a real nuisance.

Year-Round Anchorages

Anchorages at Chalong

Ao Chalong is the only year-round anchorage at the southern end of Phuket. It is the big shallow bay facing south and is protected by the large island of Koh Lon at its entrance.

Phuket Marinas

The Boat Lagoon was Phuket's first marina complex. It has been fully operational since 1994. This circular, 168-berth lagoon was originally a tidal flat at the head of a shallow, meandering 2-mile creek, Klong Tha Rua.

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