As the morning sun peers over the horizon and over the craggy limestone islands dotting Phang Nga Bay, our group gathers on the sleek deck of a luxury catamaran getting ready to set sail for a day of island hopping with Ombre Yachts. There is palpable excitement building among first-timers and repeat visitors alike as we prepare for a private charter to take us beyond the horizon to emerald waters surrounding smaller gems like “Koh Hey” and “Racha Island” just off the coast of Phuket.
For anyone looking for an unforgettable Thai island experience that offers a glimpse into exotic coves and beaches only accessible by boat, a customized trip with Ombre Yachts delivers this in spades. Their exceptional crew caters to guests seeking either a relaxing, laidback journey or a more adventurous sailing expedition across the glittering Andaman Sea. As we leave the marina, gentle breezes catch the yacht’s billowing white sails and we’re off gliding through the glassy teal shallows of northern Phuket.
Our skilled captain expertly navigates his way around the limestone pinnacles dotted across Phang Nga Bay, many towering hundreds of feet above our mast in jagged formations with lush jungle foliage creeping down steep cliffs. “Over there is James Bond Island,” our first mate points off the starboard side at one such crooked pillar that juts vertically from turquoise shallows, so named after being featured in The Man with the Golden Gun.
As we sail further out into open water, playful dolphins begin racing alongside our bow wake. The on-board chef heads below deck to begin preparing a mouthwatering Thai lunch feast, the aromas of coconut curry, sticky rice, and wok-seared veggies soon reaching our noses. By early afternoon, we drop anchor at a pristine white sand cove on Racha Yai island, surrounded by sloping palms. The more adventurous passengers dive in with snorkels to explore vibrant coral reefs in crystal clear bathwater warmth, while others opt to swim ashore for a beachcombing stroll.
After a satisfying meal on the open aft deck, the crew breaks out paddleboards and kayaks for mini-excursions from our anchorage, leading to friendly races and laughs all around. By late afternoon when the captain determines it’s time to cruise back toward Phuket, a combination of sea air, ocean breezes, gentle rocking of the yacht on the Andaman swells has relaxed us into blissful calm. Swapping stories and photos from our island adventures, new friendships have been kindled amongst previously unacquainted passengers now bonded through sharing such exhilarating sights.
As the sun begins sinking closer to the horizon ahead, Phuket’s forested peaks reappear in the distance with golden hour light silhouetting their undulating forms. We pass the luxury resorts and bustling beaches of the island’s southwest coast for one last spectacular sunset view. Camera shutters flutter to capture these final magical moments before the sky transitions to dusty pinks and purples, then velvety darkness dotted with stars.
Exhausted yet exhilarated from our sailing island hopping foray, we disembark back at the marina still reminiscing about the picture-perfect memories made with Ombre. Their outstanding service offers first-timers and loyal repeat customers alike the quintessential private yacht experience sailing Phuket’s aquamarine paradise. Anyone planning a trip to the Land of Smiles simply must reserve an excursion to this exotic tropical wonderland with Ombre Yachts. Just contact their exceptional team today to start your own Andaman adventure over the horizon and way beyond! We at Ombre are here waiting for you to explore your options and what we have waiting for you on the Andaman Sea.