Discover the Beauty of Boating in Phuket

Yacht enthusiasts from all over are discovering the beauty of boating in Phuket. The weather is divine, the scenery is beyond breathtaking, and the Andaman Sea, with its amazing deep-blue waters, is scattered with tropical islands and deserted beaches, and is undeniably one of the most amazing places for cruising on Earth. And Phuket, which is now known as the sailing capital of Asia, has certainly stepped up to its growing popularity among boaters. Today, the island nation has already established four major marinas for local mooring and is also home to some of the best annual yachting events around.

This increasing interest has also stimulated growth in various marine services and suppliers, such as the international boat transport industry, where companies have been busy shipping boats and yachts at record rates year-round to the island from every corner of the globe. People are excited about boating in Phuket and once you experience it for yourself, it’s easy to see why.

Phuket is an ultimate sailing location and allows easy passage to extraordinary nearby places such as Phang-Nga bay, with its stunning limestone karst scenery, the Phi Phi Islands (Leh and Don), and the relatively unexplored and pristine Andaman Islands that lie between Thailand and India. Phuket is also very conveniently placed as a base from which to explore further south, down the Malacca Strait towards Singapore, with the chance to stop at other worthwhile locations on the way past Malaysia.

Without a doubt, Phuket is truly making a big splash when it comes the leisure boating world, not only for its noteworthy cruising conditions and beautiful scenery, but also for hosting some great boating events. There are three annual sailing regattas: The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta (in December), The Bay Regatta (in February), and the Six Senses Phuket Race Week (in July). Although the King’s Cup is by far the most popular, each of these regattas attracts many local and visiting participants and onlookers alike, all seeking a taste of some of the world’s finest sailing.

Another happening is the annual SEA Property International Phuket Multihull Championship, which is the biggest firefly race in Asia, and takes place during monsoon season when unpredictable weather makes for extra added excitement and suspense as well as inconsistent race results year after year. There is also the Asia Super Yacht Rendezvous, which is an exclusive international event for motor and sailing super yachts. This three day event is the longest running of its kind in Asia and brings together the largest gathering of super yachts in the region. And lastly, the PIMEX Phuket International Boat Show is yet another major boating event that highlights up to 40 yachts and super yachts from all over the world, and even if you’re not buying a boat you can surely appreciate this events luxurious ambiance combined with the spectacular backdrop.

Many yachters are even opting to moor their boats in Phuket year-round, rather than places like the Med. Apparently, it is much more affordable and just as appealing, if not more appealing than other popular year-round mooring destinations. In fact, in 2007, the Thai government dropped the boat import tax altogether, from 200 percent to 0 percent, which contributed to this increase. “The sailing in Phuket in incredible,” commented Bo Brighton, a yacht owner from Australia. “It is by far our favorite boating destination, and we’ve been all over the world. We actually dock there year-round.”

In recent times, Phuket has certainly shaped itself as one of the top international yachting and sailing hubs of the world. Boat transport companies, such as Yacht Exports of South Florida, have been tracking this growth through the high volume of shipping requests to the island, and are doing all they can to accommodate their clients. “We have recently expanded our boat transport services to the Far East,” said Alon Ezra of Yacht Exports. “Phuket is definitely one of the hottest destinations in the East right now, and we are always adapting to give our clients exactly what they want.”

Ride in Paradise Using Kettuvellams in Kerala

The best and most appropriate way to explore and enjoy the serenity of nature in Kerala’s backwater is the traditional houseboats named “Ketuvalloms” found in Kerala. It helps the tourists to have complete glimpse of rural life and have the panoramic view of nature closely. Actually these routes of backwaters was used for all transportation needs and the wooden houseboats were used for trading rice, coconuts etc long back from centuries. But with time these houseboats started to attract tourists for holiday tours and became available in all budgets from common to the luxury one. Houseboats Kerala are of different shapes and sizes available in simple to royal patterns which can be hired by anyone according to their needs. With the aim of giving complete luxury of home environment to the tourists the houseboats are converted into floating resorts having cozy bedrooms, modern toilets of different kinds, dining room where people can taste the mouth watering flavors of Kerala. These boats move all day through the beauty of backwaters except the time when food is served and also when night descends. It has been usually found that the boatman of “Kettuvallom” to be singing the famous folk songs of Kerala while rowing. While getting the ride of these houseboats one feels lost in the paradise of nature having most romantic time of life amidst of greenery. The backwaters cover the villages which are also the major trading centers like Allapuzha, Kuttand, Kumarakom, Kasargod, etc.

Kumarakom in Kottayam district is the best and ideal holiday destination of Kerala. It is a village evolved from many small islands stands by the bay of Vembanadkayal. During the tours houseboats Kumarakom one can have the scenic view of the paddy fields, the mangrove and coconut trees and also other natural heritage of Kerala, and not only these one can also explore the exotic beauty of historical pleasures of Kottayam. It has been observed that more than the “Kettuvallam” ride; the tourists are attracted towards the resorts available in Kottayam where tourist can enjoy ayurvedic massage, beauty treatments, and other luxurious facilities like a five star hotel.

Well it can be said that Kerala’s backwaters is one of the holiday spot where one can really relax out the tensions of life and can enjoy the exotic and romantic beauty of nature through the rides of the houseboats.

While backwater places of Kerala cannot be explored or enjoyed in true sense without touring by the houseboats traditionally known as “Kettuvallams”. It has its own charm which makes tours in the backwaters more romantic and pleasant. When the boats sails by the dazzling beaches, the tourists are able to have the panoramic view of the nature in its stunning beauty. The tourist s explore the nature all day long by lying on the deck or by standing in the balcony of the boat. They observe the local people busy in their daily and rustic routine life of fishing and farming, they mesmerizes the picturesque view of greenery all around with coconut, palm and mangrove trees and they pleasantly escape to the refreshing environment of backwaters. These houseboats are made with the aim of giving complete comfort to the tourists with modern bedrooms and toilets and even serve nice food where tourist test dishes of kerelan flavor. Not only this Kerala backwater cruises are seem giving luxurious facilities like spa, sauna, massage, etc to grab the heart of the tourists.

Beirut Charter at Zaitunay Bay

This year Beirut yachting action is in the heart of the city at the newly opened Zaitunay Bay, an eclectic development of retail outlets, restaurants and cafes which line the water front all the way from the old St. Georges Hotel to the not yet open Le Yacht Club Beirut.

An updated incarnation of Avenue des Francais, once the palm fringed sea front promenade at the centre of smart Beirut, it offers a chance to fully embrace the yachting lifestyle with privately owned and charter yachts berthed in gleaming rows in front of the Riviera style cafes and restaurants. A haven from the pressures of day to day life, the marina is ideally positioned for Beiruti locals as well as visitors staying in the Downtown area. Stroll along the extensive board walk around the marina’s edge to get a better feel for this vibrant project, or even better arrive for an early cappuccino in one of the waterside cafes as a precursor to a day out on the water.

Chartering from the marina allows visitors the benefits of easy taxi drop-off, or convenient covered parking, only a few steps away from a selection of yachts ranging in size from 30 to 100ft. Plan a break from city living or a demanding sightseeing schedule and make the most of being right next to the sea with a surprise afternoon out for a loved one, a day with the family, or an onboard party – there is a yacht to suit every occasion. The marina is just a short cruise from the rocks at Raouche, the wide expanse of Jounieh Bay, and a number of thriving beach clubs which offer a pick-up service for guests on anchored yachts who want to come ashore for a taste of the chillout beachfront ambience. Back onboard, there is no better place from where to appreciate the full panorama of the Beirut coastline against its dramatic mountain backdrop.

Returning to the marina as the sun sets over the Mediterranean, there are plenty of reasons not to rush home. Restaurants and cafes are serving everything from traditional Lebanese fare to unpretentious French cuisine, and a glass of nicely chilled Chateau Musar as you enjoy the evening finale is a must.

The new Zaitunay is going to be a great success – it’s accessible, it’s stylish, and it manages to capture the fun loving international flavour of pre war Beirut whilst remaining strictly contemporary – it’s really not to be missed!