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10 reasons why Racha Noi is our favorite sail getaway from Phuket

Exploring Racha Noi, Thailand

Racha islands! Our perfect island getaway!
Who doesn’t love exploring islands with a sail boat?

Phuket is beautiful, but it does get a little too hectic sometimes. After launching the boat back into the water we couldn’t wait to get out of the marina for a few days. We needed a few hassle free, tourist free and city free days!
Weather was looking good, destination was confirmed, boat was ready, coconuts were loaded and sails were up.

Ko Racha (or Raya) Yai and Ko Racha (or Raya) Noi are 2 beautiful islands about 7 miles southeast of Phuket. They are known for their crystal clear waters, good dive sites and white sandy beaches- like most islands around Phuket!
But what made these 2 islands so extremely special for us was the crowd factor. Although they are only a few kilometers away from Phuket, we had most of the days to our self’s.

Racha Yai is becoming very popular and is expanding quickly. The island offers accommodation, restaurants and even some local shops. Boats run daily from Phuket to both islands for an all inclusive day tour for snorkelers and divers. Racha Yai – the bigger island of the two – is extremely busy compared to Racha Noi. Expect speedboats entering the bay every half an hour! Racha Noi is a different! We only had 2 boats mooring for the time we spend there. After a good few hours of snorkeling and diving the boats left and we had the whole bay for ourselves again!
Don’t expect to find any facilities at Racha Noi! It’s uninhabited!

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01 |  Crowd Factor

Compared to all the other islands we have sailed to in Thailand, Racha Noi is an absolute treat!

 

 

02 | Day Sail Away

The Racha Islands are only a few hours of sailing away from Phuket.

 

 

03 | Anchorages and Moorings

Moorings are so much easier then anchoring.
There are a few moorings on both islands. But don’t rely too much on them. We ended up dragging on one!
Racha Yai: 07°36.421’N 098°23.135’E Map It!
Racha Noi: 07°29.954’N 098°19.510’E Map It!
Racha Noi Day Anchorage: 07°28.125’N 098°18.590’E  Map It!

 

04 | Snorkeling

Enjoy the crystal clear waters and go for a salt water dive. Expect lots of colorful reef fishes!

 





 

05 | Fishing and Spear Fishing

We caught ourselves some dinner trawling between the two islands.

 

06 | Relaxation

Soak up the sun, enjoy the moment and take a moment to relax on the boat.

 


 

07 | Coconut Time

Does it get any fresher and better than this?

 

 

08 | Fish for Dinner

Home cook meals are the best. Especially if you have just caught a fresh fish!

 

09 | Sandy Toes

Explore the beautiful white sandy beaches and take a stroll around the island.

 

 

10 | Stand Up Paddle Board

We had so much fun with this inflatable board! Defiantly a must have in these locations!

 

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Log Book Entries

Departure: Boat Lagoon Marina, 02 August 2015 at 11:30
Depth: 3.2m High Tide at 13:15
Arrival: Racha Yai, 02 August 2015 at 15:50
Total miles: 25nm
Time underway: 4hrs 20minutes
Average Wind: 8kts

Departure: Racha Yai, 03 August 2015 at 07:30
Arrival: Racha Noi, 03 August 2015 at 08:15
Total miles: 8nm
Time underway: 45 minutes

Amazing anchorage at 6m depth, with an insanely beautiful beach and crystal clear water. Ready to spend the day in salt water. 07°29.954’N 098°19.510’E 

 

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How to get to the Racha Islands:

Feel like checking out the islands by going on an all inclusive boat tour? Hop onto a speedboat, dive boat or Long-tail boat from the Chalong Pier or Rawai. Or book directly online here. How about exploring both islands on a luxury yacht? Make your booking here.

Meet Sandrose, our 39ft Sailing Yacht. We also sailed from Phuket to Langkawi and will be posting about our sail and surf adventures in Indonesia soon.

Yes, you can surf in Phuket! Don’t expect the barrel of your life but do expect some fun and mellow waves!

We love making use of travel guides. Make sure to purchase any of these amazing guides from LonelyPlanet.com for more travel recommendations and information about Thailand.

Lonely Planet Travel Guide: Thailand IslandsLonely Planet Travel Guide: Best of Thailand Thailand_travel_guide

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