South West: Krabi & Phi Phi Islands

To the SW of our base Phuket you find open water with a few dotted islands such as Ko Racha and Ko Rok Nok. In the SW monsoon (May – October) sailing can be quite exhilarating here, In the NE monsoon (November – April) there is usually a steady moderate breeze.

Koh Racha Yai

Koh Racha Yai is located 12 miles south of Phuket. It is a very popular anchorage with an excellent beaches, crystal clear water and a new resort with restaurants.
Racha is also popular for snorkeling, kayaking and is a good dive destination near Phuket.

Koh Rok Nok

48 miles South of Phuket these twin islands are separated by narrow channel. Anchorage is in the channel with gin-clear clear water, good snorkeling, plenty of beaches to explore by kayak, a trek ashore to a lookout and diving. There is a shrine on the shore surrounded by phallus effigies.

You will find minimal facilities at the National Parks station. Expect to see some day tourist boats with the place to yourselves early morning and later afternoon and over night. Pure Relaxation.

Phi Phi Islands

The two main islands, Phi Phi Lee and Phi Phi Don are 28 miles ESE of Phuket.

Koh Phi Phi Lee is where we find Maya Bay, made famous by the movie “The Beach”. Phi Phi Le lays 20 miles east of Phuket Island. Maya Bay is a picturesque bay with majestic limestone cliffs.

Phi Phi Lee makes a pleasant stopover before Phi Phi Don.Phi Phi is a great place to partake in a traditional Thai massage.

Koh Phi Phi Don is an excellent anchorage in most if not all conditions and is protected by huge limestone cliffs. Facilities ashore include numerous restaurants catering for all tastes, low- key nightclubs and the mandatory clothes and souvenir shops.

There are an abundance of activities ashore to keep one occupied. One of the most pleasant walks in the area can be found here, to a lookout above the two bays, Tonsai Bay and Yongkasem Bay. Picture postcard quality photos can be taken here.

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