Phuket is famed for its marinas and is considered the sailing mecca of Asia for several reasons. Bestowed with spectacular landscapes and crystal-clear waters, the tropical appeal of this exquisite island attracts thousands of sailors annually. Many of them end up investing in exotic luxury pool villas in Phuket. The marinas here are popular for their warm temperatures all year round. Phuket’s marinas are known for their secure anchorage points and moorings.
Currently, Phuket has five marinas that have welcomed about 1,500–2,000 recreational boats a year pre-pandemic. While four of them, the Yacht Haven Marina Phuket, Ao Po Grand Marina, Royal Phuket Marina, and Phuket Boat Lagoon, are privately owned, Ao Chalong Sport Yacht Marin, built by the Marine Department, is operated by the provincial administrative organization.
Featuring panoramic seascapes, high-end facilities, and luxurious waterfront establishments, let’s look at the four harbors that are considered the island’s top marinas:
Ao Po Grand Marina
Located at the gateway of the breathtakingly beautiful Phang Nga Bay, Ao Po Grand Marina features 24-hour access and no tide restrictions. The marina can accommodate 300 berths of yachts of up to 100 meters in length and has a 10 m wide walkway. Ao Po Grand Marina is perfect for yacht shows and boats as it has a minimum depth of 3 m inside the marina and 7 m on the seaward side of the outer dock. Therefore, it proudly hosts the annual Thailand Yacht Show. It is also ideal for cruising. The marina also boasts several world-class eateries including the Port of Call Restaurant and the D’ Deck Bar.
Royal Phuket Marina
Located at the entryway of the iconic Phang Nga Bay on Phuket’s east coast, the Royal Phuket Marina is a premium marina that features 100 wet berths and 50 dry berths. The marina has been awarded the 5 Gold Anchor Award from the British Yacht Harbour Association. With the banner of ‘luxury lifestyle marina,’ the marina stretches across 30 hectares and has 350 berths for yachts up to 35 meters long. This is the only marina on the island with private doorstep moorings, a non-tidal deepwater basin, and boat locks.
Due to its proximity to Asia’s best cruising waters, is the perfect place for cruising and is a great starting point for island hopping. As the marina is close to the white sandy beaches of Koh Phi Phi and the limestone cliffs of Krabi visitors can choose to enjoy a range of activities such as cruising, sunbathing, or exploring the limestone cliffs of Krabi. For the more adventurous, the Similan islands located a few hours away from the marina are splendid for diving and are. The marina has a vast selection of restaurants and bars for fine dining under the brand name “on the boardwalk.”
Phuket Boat Lagoon
Located in the Koh Kaew on the Eastern outskirts of Phuket Town, the Phuket Boat Lagoon Marina established in 1994 was Phuket’s first marina complex. The marina has 180 berths accommodating up to 144 vessels. It also has dry dock storage that can provide space for 20 speedboats. Therefore, this is a versatile marina ideal for yachts and cruising. The marina is also equipped with a swimming pool, Wi-Fi, and a fitness center. This is also a great place to start touring the different islands near Phuket and has a wide selection of dining options serving international and local cuisines, from Thai to French cuisines.
Phuket Yacht Haven
The Phuket Yacht Haven Marina is situated on the Northern tip of the island and is 15 minutes away from Phuket International Airport. This is a perfect marina for sailors and travelers looking for a port of call. The marina’s berthing accommodates vessels up to 60 meters in size. The minimum depth of two meters is available while their outer berths have depths from about four to five meters.
Facing a channel of water that separates the mainland from the island of Phuket this marina boasts world-class amenities that include a gym, massage parlor, and air-conditioned bathrooms. Its location at the furthest northeastern tip of Phuket makes it an ideal port for exploring other islands near Phuket. The marina also houses one of the most established restaurants on the island.
Phuket’s marinas sector is recognized as a potential driver of economic growth, that including health and wellness, sports, and events. Three more marina projects in Phuket are already in the pipeline.
The Green Port Marina Project: Located in the Thalang district, it is the first of the marinas planned to serve up to 219 recreational boats at the same time.
Ao Kung Marina project: Located in tambon Pa Khlok, it is the second upcoming marina aiming to accommodate up to 75 boats.
Makham Bay Marina Project: Located in tambon Wichit it is the third marina planned with a provision aiming to serve about 70 vessels.
With the addition of more marinas on the island, it is expected that more tourists will visit the island to enjoy its natural attractions and also explore Phuket pool villa investment opportunities close to the marinas. Located at a strategic geographic location, Phuket is an ideal stop for cruise ships and yachts.
Exquisite luxury pool villas in Phuket with a range of high-end amenities are available for property investment. Therefore many yachting enthusiasts prefer Phuket making it famous as a yachting destination. If you are interested in buying luxurious yet affordable pool villas Phuket, connect with our team at SKHAI to learn about attractive deals on some of the most exquisite properties at spectacular locations across the island.