Cruise with Offshore Sailing School in Thailand
Offshore Cruising Club Flotilla Bareboat Cruise in Thailand for Offshore Sailing School Graduates
December 6-13, 2014
For this exotic bareboat cruise, Offshore Sailing School has chartered five yachts from Sunsail - two 44i's and three 43's. The total number of cabins available is 16. For this cruise you will need a valid passport, good up to at least six months prior to renewal.
About Cruising in Thailand - The Land of Smiles
The Kingdom of Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles. Thailand is one of the strongest Buddhist countries in the world. The Thai way of life encompasses peace, generosity, tolerance and the search for enlightenment. Life is approached with happiness, respect and a calm nature. Our flotilla takes you to an area of unparalleled tropical beauty, cruising in a protected swath of the Andaman Sea off the east coast of Phuket. You will enjoy a mix of island hopping among marine preserves and exciting open-water passages. All the necessary charts and pilot books will be on board your yacht.
Each day takes you to areas of stark beauty with thousands of miles of beaches. You'll see towering pinnacles of limestone jutting out of emerald waters, anchor in scenic and secure coves, swim in crystal clear water off the boat or relax on pristine white-sand beaches, explore rugged uninhabited islands and mysterious caves, snorkel and dive on spectacular reefs, and experience lively nightlife.
With verage temperatures around 82° F, tides of less than a meter and line of sight navigation, cruising Thailand's tropical paradise with the Offshore Cruising Club is truly a glorious bareboat flotilla adventure.
Your Itinerary and More Details
Below is a preliminary itinerary - subject to change before or upon arrival. A whole page of "essential details" to help you plan your sailing vacation with Offshore Sailing School can be found here.
Arrival Day - Ashore at a nearby hotel
Included in your package is a one-night stay ashore before and after the cruise at a Phuket hotel near the marina. More information on the exact hotel will come later. On arrival eve, we will all gather for a welcome reception at the hotel where you will meet your cruise leader - Kevin Wensley - and the rest of the Offshore Sailing School grads sailing in the flotilla. During this party, Kevin will review our itinerary and discuss how the week will unfold. On arrival day or the following morning, we all gather for a pre-cruise chart briefing at the Sunsail base.
Day 1 - Phuket to Koh Hong - 10 nm
After stowing provisions and gear, and going through a boat check-out, and with great anticipation our flotilla sets sail. As we head north to Phang-nga Bay, the shoreline of Phang-nga Province appears to the east, and Krabi Province to the west. This area is part of the Ao Phang-nga National Park where our first stop is the beautiful Koh Hong group of islands, anchoring between towering limestone pinnacles. "Hong" means room, and here we'll find naturally formed, magnificent "rooms" as we dinghy through a tunnel into an enclosed lagoon. Swimming, snorkeling, exploring the caves and relaxing in this beautiful setting sets the mood on our first night at anchor.
Day 2 - Koh Hong to Koh Roi - 10 nm
Today we sail through the tropical paradise of Phang-nga Bay, westward from Koh Hong to Krabi Province. To starboard is the big island of Yoa Noi, extending to the south. We'll anchor at the north end of Koh Yao Noi for more intriguing caves and hongs. A primal sight evocative of ancient times, at dusk we may see thousands of fruit bats with three-foot wingspans take flight on their quest for food in the dense jungles of the mainland.
Day 3 - to Koh Hong Krabi, 10 nm
As we set sail south along the eastern shores of Koh Yao Noi, the Koh Hong Krabi archipelago comes into view. These islands are incredibly beautiful, remote and ideal for swimming, snorkeling and fishing. There's a beautiful beach and an enormous hong with sheer cliffs on every side. The water is crystal clear and warm. A small restaurant ashore may be serving lunch and nearby is a scenic, coral fringed bay. You may want to consider a longtail boat tour to James Bond Island - where scenes from the 1974 classic The Man With the Golden Gun starring Roger Moore, were filmed. The tour can also include a visit to a traditional fishing village built on stilts over shallow water.
Day 4 - to Rai Le Beach, 10 nm
This next stop is on the mainland, with gorgeous beaches and secluded bays. Rai Le Beach has excellent snorkeling on a magnificent reef teaming with sea life and colorful coral. Relaxing in the shade on the coconut palm lined beach, enjoying a delicious meal and cool drinks, is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon here. Limited provisions and water (by jerry can) are available ashore too.
Day 5 - to Koh Phi Phi Don, 15 nm
Heading due south takes us to the Phi Phi Islands, one of the most beautiful archipelagos in Thailand. Phi Phi Don is the largest of this group of islands, with a nice anchorage and facilities at Ton Sai Bay. Here you'll find restaurants and bars with lively nightlife, water at the floating dock and limited provisions. For snorkeling addicts, this is another spectacular area. Ashore you can explore the village, dine at the restaurants, browse the shops; and you might just want to take a longtail boat tour to the spectacular caves, hongs, rocky inlets and beautiful beaches. The Beach, a movie released in 1999, was filmed at scenic May Bay.
Day 6 - to Koh Rang Yai, 25 nm
The Koh Rang group are a cluster of islets along a bight in the coast. Setting a course to the north back to Phuket's east coast takes us past islands with breathtaking scenery. Mangrove forests along high hills on shore are a striking contrast to the emerald waters offshore. The anchorage at Koh Rang Yai is spectacular with tons to do - swim at the beach, walk scenic footpaths, play miniature golf, rent a mountain bike, and enjoy a tasty lunch at the restaurant.
Day 7 - back to Phuket, 10 nm
The final leg of our cruise takes us on a short passage back to the Sunsail base. That night you'll stay ashore again and savor fond memories at an end-of-cruise party with new found friends.
Costs Per Person
- Single in a private cabin - $2995
- Double (two sailors sharing a cabin) - $2495
- Your cabin - private or shared on one of the Jeanneau yachts
- Two nights ashore - before and after the cruise - (hotel to be announced)
- Provisioning including all breakfasts, lunches, snacks and three dinners
- End-of-cruise celebration party
- Olympic donation and damage waiver
- Fuel and one 40 liter ice box
- Signature Offshore Cruising Club Thailand Adventure cap and polo shirt
- Welcome get-acquainted party and end-of-cruise celebration
- Transportation and transfers to and from Sunsail docks - can be arranged through Sunsail
- Mooring fees and taxes - 200 to 400 Baht per person per night when in National Park Areas
- Any meals and beverages ashore, including dinners ashore during the cruise
- Beverages other than water and juice (placed aboard with provisions)
- Any commodities bought during the cruise
- Refundable security deposit of $150, due with final payment, refunded if no damage or loss to any of the boats in our fleet
Payment and Other Terms
- Deposit of $1,700 per person shared cabin, $2,000 single private cabin due with reservation
- Final payment due by August 15, 2014 - $795 per person double shared cabin, $995 single private cabin
- $150 security deposit per person is also due by August 15, 2014
- If making your reservation (provided there is still space) on or after August 15, 2014 - full amount is due
- No refunds allowed after April 1, 2014
- Please protect yourself with travel insurance for any unforeseen changes in your plans
Call 888-454-7015 or email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com today!
Just 16 cabins available and several are already sold!