Summer travel inspiration
Sailing holidays need not be grand, expensive, month long trips to the Mediterranean and Europe! There are so many fabulous destinations that are not only closer to home, but offer a different type of sailing experience - one that brings you back to the simplicity of a holiday on the water. Think white sand beaches, incredible food, snorkelling, swimming and lounging about on deck with a sun-downer. Sound like you? Here, we countdown our top 3 summer sailing destinations.
1. Malaysia Yacht Charter
A sailing holiday in Malaysia allows you to disconnect completely. Explore untouched beaches, rainforests, and jungles so ancient and exotic that they are home to plants and animals found nowhere else on earth.
Begin your charter on Langkawi Island, the largest of the archipelago and home to rainforest walks, a cable car ride, resorts, shops and conveniently, an airport. The Langkawi archipelago sits off Malaysia’s northwest coast, in the Andaman Sea and there are over 100 islands to explore. There are plenty of protected anchorages for all wind and sea conditions with the northernmost anchorages and beaches being particularly beautiful. Swim in a freshwater lake, or visit the wildlife sanctuary to see monkeys and sea eagles. If you like to indulge in a bit of 5 star treatment before or after your sailing holiday, Langkawi is also home to some fabulous resorts including The Danna and The Datai (currently under renovation).
Invite some friends, charter a yacht and set off on your own adventure. Catamarans are generally the preferred option in this area and our team will find you the best charter solution available for your group size and budget. You will need sailing qualifications to charter a yacht, or we can hire a professional skipper to sail the yacht for you and act as your local tour guide.
Whether you charter a yacht in the Mediterranean, South Pacific, Caribbean or South East Asia, the up-front costs are typically the same worldwide. The average cost for a 7 day charter in Langkawi on a 40ft catamaran starts at 7.450 Euro (approx. AU$11,460) per week in peak season.
2. Thailand Crewed Charter
If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive sailing holiday then look no further than Thailand and the islands in spectacular Phang Nga bay and the Andaman Sea. This cruising ground boasts thousands of lush tropical rain-forested islands surrounded by the famous limestone cliffs, sea caves and incredible rock formations. Think lazy days sailing and snorkelling, exceptional and inexpensive food, welcoming locals, and incredible beaches.
Begin your charter at Yacht Haven Marina in Phuket where most charter vessels are based. Phuket is fine for a night or two, but the best sites are within Phang Nga bay and the Phi Phi Islands. If you have more than a week to spare you can sail as far south as Malaysia taking in the incredible Tarutao National Park and Butang islands.
We recommend joining a small group catamaran cruise, just book a cabin and away you go! Our cruise program offers both 3 and 7 nights sailing options from Phuket on a 60 foot catamaran with 6 guest cabins. Your double cabin comes with your own private bathroom, just like any cruise ship, but instead of a thousand new acquaintances you’ll just have a few new friends. The professional crew manages the sailing, and a chef prepares your meals from fresh local products, including fish caught right on board!
3 night cruises start from 770 Euro (approx. AU$1,185)
7 night cruises start from 1.215 Euro (approx. AU$1,870)
Prices are per person in a twin share, standard cabin and includes all meals. Enquire for more details.
3. Myanmar Adventure on Meta IV
Myanmar is the new kid on the South East Asia tourist block. If you are traveller at heart, crave a culture shock and live for authentic travel experiences then this one's for you. The food is superb as well!
Yangon city is a must, it's the cultural and artistic heart of Myanmar and there is development on every street corner. Formerly Rangoon, this city reflects the new Myanmar best...although random blackouts are still a frequent occurrence here!
After your city break, take to the Mergui Archipelago. Located in Myanmar's remote south, the Mergui are a group of 800 deserted islands that only opened to foreigners in the late 1990s. Think white beaches lined with palm trees and dense jungle, swimming in azure water amongst colourful reef fish, spotting corals. Now, picture eagles circling above, gibbons and monitor lizards eyeing you from the thickets, while a sundowner is being mixed for you on board the yacht.
There is literally no other way to experience the Mergui than on a crewed yacht. We recommend 'Meta IV', a classic wooden two-master made entirely of Thai teak. With 4 guest cabins and 4 crew you will be completely spoiled! You can book a cabin on a guaranteed departure or charter the whole vessel yourself! Best of all, you have this entire experience to yourself. You can sail for days on end and meet not a soul but the odd fisherman in a dugout canoe.
Meta IV offers weekly, 5 night / 6 day sailing cruises around the Mergui. Cabin prices start at USD 2,600 per person and include all meals.
There are still a number of cabins available during December and January. Enquire for details.
For advice on your options and availability on the destinations above call us on +61 2 9966 1244 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our team are happy to provide you with tailored advice to help you on your way!