Sailing the Anamdan Islands

July 14, 2016

In the coming season, we will be organising private charters and scheduled cruises to India’s Andaman Islands, one of the most remote islands groups in the world. Only 25 foreign yachts visited the region in the past season. This is one of the last areas on earth with uncontacted tribes.

Cruises will be starting in Ranong at the west coast of Thailand. After sailing the Indian Ocean for two days, we will reach Port Blair and begin to explore the 325 islands. The marine life around the Andamans is amazing, as commercial fishing has been banned for over 40 years and the fish there now die of old age.

A Taste of Freedom

Commercial fishing has been banned around the Andaman Islands for more than 40 years: in these waters, fish now die of old age.  360 nautical miles lie between Thailand and the Andaman Islands and they are teaming with sea life. There is an abundance of dolphins, whales, dugong, sea turtles, sailfish, tuna, and other fishes and marine cultures. If you love nature, you should join us.

We’re only sailing to the Andamans during the calm southeast monsoon, well-known for its dry, warm and pleasant conditions.

Discover what freedom tastes like and sail across the big blue in the comfort of a fully-crewed catamaran. Whether you want to take the helm and navigate yourself or kick back with a cocktail while watching the dolphins – this is your dream time on the ocean.

2016/2017 Departures
11-21 February — Thailand – India
24 February – 6 March — India – Thailand
11-23 March —Thailand – India – Thailand
15-27 April —Thailand -India – Thailand

Cruising Itineraries

10 nights: Thailand – India or reverse (one way)

Day 1-2 We depart in Thailand and spend the first 2 nights at sea sailing into the sunset. On Day 3 we arrive in Port Blair and explore the old town with its colourful markets. From here we set sail for Havelock Island and slowly cruise along the east coast of Ritchie’s Archipelago. We spend the days fishing, snorkelling and exploring deserted beaches with pristine turquoise water. After circumnavigating tiny North Button Island and an overnight stop at Wilson Island, we sail along Havelock and visit the quaint port village. There are stunning mangrove forest on the island, which we explore with the yacht’s tender boat and by canoe. We meet a retired working elephant on the beach. While the mahout tells us his fascinating story, the yacht’s crew prepares cocktails and dinner on the beach for us. On Day 7, we set sail for a longer passage to theCinque Island Group further down south. We spend 2 more days sailing, swimming and snorkeling in beautiful waters, exploring the rain forests and relaxing on picture-perfect beaches, which we have all to ourselves. On Day 11, we arrive back in Port Blair. It’s no easy farewell after a trip to paradise.

12 nights: Thailand – India – Thailand

On this cruise, we have two days more on the water and will sail both legs together, from Thailand to India and back. Until Day 9, our cruise is just as described above and on Day 11 we arrive back in Port Blair. While the captain takes care of the paperwork, we spend some more time exploring the historic port town. In the evening, we set sail for our final ocean passage back to Thailand. We see dolphins and wales on the way and enjoy the last 2 nights of complete peace on the water. On Day 13 we arrive back in Thailand’s Ranong. Nobody wants to be back on land.

 

Getting to the Andaman Islands

For our trips to the Andaman Islands, we offer 2 departure and arrival ports: Port Blair, the capital of the Indian Province Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Ranong in Thailand

Traveling via Port Blair

Port Blair is well-connected by several airlines offering daily flights from the Indian mainland. Flights take between 2 hours from Chennai to 3 hours 20 minutes from Delhi. We work with a local travel agency in Port Blair to make sure you will be picked up at the airport and brought to the yacht.

Traveling via Ranong

The small fishing town of Ranong in Southern Thailand is the other port of departure and arrival. There are several daily flights between Ranong and Bangkok, operated by the Thai airline Nok Air. Tickets can be booked on Nok Air’s website www.nokair.com. Phuket International Airport is a convenient and well-connected place to fly to. From there, it’s a scenic 3-4-hour car ride to Ranong. Here, too, we are happy to assist you.