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The latest on Covid in Phuket

sunrise sailboat

Update: Thailand’s new Test n’ Go program is a go!  Keep on scrolling…

30th Jan 2022

As the Omicron wave passes through Europe,  countries such as the UK, the Netherlands & Denmark are leading the charge in downgrading Covid to an “endemic”.   Travel restrictions and mandatory mask-wearing are being withdrawn, and life seems to be heading for something akin to “normal” again.

After these past two dark years, should we see this as the beginning-of-the-end to Covid ?  Opinions vary, of course – but it’s hard not to pop the champagne and celebrate a little….even if cautiously!

Last summer in Greece, we already popped several bottles with our intrepid SeaScapers; this coming summer, it looks like we will be ordering multiple cases of champers!  With the outdoor lifestyle of the Greek islands, and our preference for avoiding crowded places anyway – sailing is a wonderful way to take a big breath of fresh air and freedom.  Entry conditions to Greece are just a negative PCR test on arrival.

James Bond island

In Thailand, the new Test n’ Go scheme is in operation as of March 1st.

It is now just one night in a “quarantine hotel” (there’s some gorgeous ones, not exactly any great hardship).  You wait there until your airport PCR test results are delivered – and that’s it!  You really can then Go….. Sailing !!

Thailand’s “Test and Go” deal

Here’s the latest scoop on Phuket’s “Test and Go” scheme.

OR –

“Can I go sailing in Thailand yet ?????”

sunrise sailboat

31st Jan 2022

As the Omicron wave passes through Europe,  countries such as the UK, the Netherlands & Denmark are leading the charge in downgrading Covid to an “endemic”.   Travel restrictions and mandatory mask-wearing are being withdrawn, and life seems to be heading for something akin to “normal” again.

After these past two dark years, should we see this as the beginning-of-the-end to Covid ?  Opinions vary, of course – but it’s hard not to pop the champagne and celebrate a little….even if cautiously!

champagne and sailing

Last summer in Greece, we already popped several bottles with our intrepid SeaScapers; this coming summer, it looks like we will be ordering multiple cases of champers!  With the outdoor lifestyle of the Greek islands, and our preference for avoiding crowded places anyway – sailing is a wonderful way to take a big breath of fresh air and freedom.  Entry conditions are just a negative PCR test on arrival.

James Bond island

In Thailand, we were all super-enthused about the re-introduction of “Test and Go” on Feb 1st; a PCR test on arrival and a one night stay in a quarantine hotel, awaiting test results.  Assuming negative, you’re free to wander off where you like! Except…. here comes the bummer for us sailing folks – Day 5, another night in a quarantine hotel + another test. No big issue if you are staying in well populated areas; not so convenient if you’re in the middle of nowhere on a sailboat!

Given the rate at which changes are happening, it’s widely hoped here that the Day 5 requirement will be canned soon; but of course, there’s no guarantees on that.   But not to be deterred – we still have ideas & options to deal with this !

My Beach resort, Phuket

PLAN A:

1. Day One – on arrival, stay at a gorgeous beachfront hotel very close to our base in Phuket.  It’s an ideal way to chill after a long flight and get over jetlag anyway!  We pick you up in the dinghy from the hotel the next morning, and off we go for 8 days around our favourite spots.  For Day 5 – we organise our route such that we are in Ko Lanta  – loads of nice quarantine hotels there.  You get a test, unlimited hot water showers and a night of aircon :),  before coming back to the boat the next morning.

PLAN B:

2.  For those with plenty of vacation time…. and needing as much therapeutic tropical sunshine as possible  – go for the land-AND-sea option. Stay for your first 5 nights in our favourite waterfront resort, on our gorgeously quiet and tranquil beach of Kao Khad.  After your initial PCR test on arrival, you can explore wherever you like around Phuket for the next 4 days.  On Day 5 , you do your second test – after which you are free to come sailing or go wherever else you like, with no limitations!

Rok Nok - national marine park

Soniya

Soniya is a Dean 44 catamaran. She combines the best of two worlds – all the comfort and convenience of cataramans (no danger of that g n’t falling off the table!), but still has great sailing performance.

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skipper at work  - Soniya
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Soniya - skipper at work
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Sunset Soniya
Black rock beach
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She has 2 double guest cabins up f’ard; one of the aft cabins can be a (cosy) double bed, or probably better used as a bunkbed cabin. The 4th cabin is a large single.  The owner/skipper Kareem has a huge range of fun “water toys”  – check out the video of us trying out some yoga moves on his enormous SUP.  (Yes, of course – we all went into the water like dominos! Beer o’clock on the SUP turned into a better idea…

Like all other boats in the Philippines, Soniya  charters out just to full groups. However, when our SeaScape team put together one of our shareboat groups, there’s chance for you to join as a single/couple, etc – you don’t need to worry about recruiting a whole group of friends!

With the current Covid crisis, we had to put all three of our shareboat trips last year on hold; but as soon as global travel resumes, we’ll be back there again with SeaScape shareboat groups – usually around the April timeframe. 

Of course, if you already have a group of buddies ready and rarin’ to go – you can pick whatever dates are available!

Soniya layout

 

Layout

  • 4 cabins in total
  • 2 double forward cabins
  • 1 small double / bunkbeds aft cabin
  • 1 crew aft cabin

Owner/skipper on Soniya – Kareem

Kareem - Soniya

Having spent most of his early professional life in the media business in Hong Kong, Kareem picked up a love of sailing there. 

He soon realised, however, that dodging containers and other various vessels around the crowded Hong Kong waters wasn’t really his style… and “living the dream” was something he wanted to do whilst he was still in his prime years, no waiting around for retirement!

So from one extreme of shoulder-to-shoulder population to the pristine, open waters of the Philippines – Kareem and his sometime first mate have now made these islands home; cruising and chartering for the past 6 years! 

Soniya comes with a cook and first mate; but Kareem has been known to cook up a storm in the galley too! That’s when he is not kite-surfing or editing his latest drone movie…

 

Skipper Informal sailing instruction available too, if desired.
First mate / cookTop class food, both local and Western. Our cooks do all the provisioning, cooking and cleanup for meals on board
Soft drinks, tea, coffee, bottled water Always available
Fresh fruit Always available
Breakfast, lunches & dinners all onboard, except the final night dinnerOur grand finale dinner is often ashore, at the gorgeous Al Faro (the "lighthouse")
All boat running costsMooring fees, fuel, water, local taxes, end-of-trip
cleaning
Airfares and transfersOur local knowledge is at your service, though we don’t directly book travel
Personal insuranceWe very, VERY highly recommend travel insurance. It is not yet obligatory, but new laws may soon require at least medical coverage.
Optional onshore excursions
Food and drink ashoreThe last evening's dinner is usually ashore (not included in "package" cost)
Marine National Park fees. Payable for some environmentally-protected beaches and bays. It's a nominal amount by our western standards.
Scuba dive package (full equipment + compressor supplied onboard40 euros per dive. Usually one dive/pp/day, additional by special requestIncludes full scuba kit and dive leader
3 person kayak(s)15 euros/day
Stand Up paddle board15 euros/day

Some of Kareem’s stunning drone shots

hong 1
Palawan hongs
three boats sandspit
Palawan sandspit people
Soniya alone - Palawan
Philippines sandspit people
Palawan couple on beach
Philippines swimmer
Bamboo island, Palawan
yachts rafted up, Palawan
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three boats sandspit
Soniya alone - Palawan
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Techie Specs

  • Built in Cowes, UK specifically for chartering in the tropics. Full refit in 2009.
  • Length: 60′
  • Beam: 18′
  • Guests: 8
  • Crew: 2
  • Fuel capacity: 1,400 litres
  • Fresh water: 2035 litres
  • Watermaker 60 l/hr
  • Engine: Perkins 128hp
  • Rigging: Slab-reefed main, furling genoa
  • Electricity: 12V / 220V
  • Fans in all cabins

Boat toys

  • Tender + 30 engine hp
  • Flat screen TV and movie library
  • Optional sea kayaks & SUPs
  • Snorkelling & fishing equipment
  • 4 full sets of scuba gear, plus dive compressor
  • Towing “donut” for the kids
  • Wakeboard

 

Orion

A beautifully traditional yacht, with class and character++

Happy Hour
Di on deck - Orion
Orion dawn
bean bags on Orion
Orion cockpit 2
on the beach
Orion's cockpit
Orion & Soniya
Thalie on deck
Happy Hour
Di on deck - Orion
Orion dawn
bean bags on Orion
Orion cockpit 2
on the beach
Orion's cockpit
Orion & Soniya
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Di on deck - Orion
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Orion was custom-designed by her owners specifically as a charter yacht, and she is just perfect for the job!

With 60′ of space, there’s tons of room both above and below decks. A spacious cockpit, big enough to invite the neighbours over for Happy Hour, and later enjoy dinner-under-the-stars, with a feast rustled up by Skip and Thalie, a mix of Phillipino and western cuisine.

She has 4 double guest cabins, two of which can convert to bunkbeds for singles. The crew cabin is up f’ard, with their own facilities. Onboard there is plenty of snorkelling equipment; the tropical underwater world is just stunning, that snorkel gear is going to get a lot of use! Fishing tackle is also included; sea kayaks and SUPs are available on request also.

Orion normally charters out just to full groups; however, we also run an annual shareboat trip there, usually around the March/April timeframe. Contact us for the latest lowdown on each year’s shareboat trip.

(Else bring your own group of buddies, then you can come explore this tranquil, tropical paradise whenever you like!)

 

Layout

  • 5 cabins in total
  • 2 double aft cabins
  • 2 double / bunk forward cabins
  • Double crew cabin up f’ard

Your hosts on Orion – Skip and Thalie.

Ray SeaScape Sailing

Hailing originally from California and France, Skip and Thalie have lived aboard their gorgeous S/Y Orion for over a decade now. Skip is the archetypal “man of the sea”, having lived aboard yachts for most of his adult years. He is also a very dab hand in the galley – don’t expect to lose any weight on this trip!

Thalie is the mermaid of the team; dive instructor and expedition leader, whether we’re exploring under the water, or hiking up to dramatic peaks.

 

 

Prices

No. of guests6 Jan - 19 Dec20 Dec - 5 Jan
2 - 4 10801280
5 - 6 12801480
7 - 8 14801680

 

Skipper Informal sailing instruction available too, if desired.
First mate / cookTop class food, both local and Western. Our cooks do all the provisioning, cooking and cleanup for meals on board
Soft drinks, tea, coffee, bottled water Always available
Fresh fruit Always available
Breakfast, lunches & dinners all onboard, except the final night dinnerOur grand finale dinner is often ashore, at the gorgeous Al Faro (the "lighthouse")
All boat running costsMooring fees, fuel, water, local taxes, end-of-trip
cleaning
Airfares and transfersOur local knowledge is at your service, though we don’t directly book travel
Personal insuranceWe very, VERY highly recommend travel insurance. It is not yet obligatory, but new laws may soon require at least medical coverage.
Optional onshore excursions
Food and drink ashoreThe last evening's dinner is usually ashore (not included in "package" cost)
Marine National Park fees. Payable for some environmentally-protected beaches and bays. It's a nominal amount by our western standards.
Scuba dive package (full equipment + compressor supplied onboard40 euros per dive. Usually one dive/pp/day, additional by special requestIncludes full scuba kit and dive leader
3 person kayak(s)15 euros/day
Stand Up paddle board15 euros/day

Sailing around Palawan

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Palawan cliffs
Banka 1
Hot springs
Phillipines "hongs"
sandspit 1
Orion Lagoon
Village kids 1
Village kids in water 1
Banka & Orion
Sunset beach walk
Bird's eye 1
Palawan cliffs
Banka 1
Hot springs
Phillipines "hongs"
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Orion Lagoon
Village kids 1
Village kids in water 1
Banka & Orion
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Palawan cliffs
Banka 1
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Techie Specs

  • Built in Cowes, UK specifically for chartering in the tropics. Full refit in 2009.
  • Length: 60′
  • Beam: 18′
  • Guests: 8
  • Crew: 2
  • Fuel capacity: 1,400 litres
  • Fresh water: 2035 litres
  • Watermaker 60 l/hr
  • Engine: Perkins 128hp
  • Rigging: Slab-reefed main, furling genoa
  • Electricity: 12V / 220V
  • Fans in all cabins

Boat toys

  • Tender + 30 engine hp
  • Flat screen TV and movie library
  • Optional sea kayaks & SUPs
  • Snorkelling & fishing equipment
  • 4 full sets of scuba gear, plus dive compressor
  • Towing “donut” for the kids
  • Wakeboard

 

Maralyn

Brand new n’ sparkling Lagoon 42

Maralyn happy hour
Maralyn bow
Maralyn cockpit people
Maralyn - Lagoon 42
Maralyn prawns BBQ
Maralyn lunch
Maralyn bow girl
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SUB's Maralyn
Maralyn sunset
Maralyn happy hour
Maralyn bow
Maralyn cockpit people
Maralyn - Lagoon 42
Maralyn prawns BBQ
Maralyn lunch
Maralyn bow girl
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Maralyn - Lagoon 42
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Maralyn bow girl
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If tons of light, space and air are the things that float your boat, then this brand new Lagoon 42′ could be a great choice for you! This Lagoon catamaran is specifically designed for the charter market, making the most of every last inch to give her spacious cabins & saloon on the interior, and loads of socialising / lounging areas outdoors.

Maralyn has 4 double guest cabins, all with en suite bathrooms; crew cabins are separate. Whilst she can be chartered with just a captain, we’d highly recommend taking a cook with you as well – who wants to be cooking and doing dishes on their vacation, when a superb Thai cook could be conjuring up feasts for you every day!

 

 

Layout and boat specs

  • Lagoon 42 – brand new!
  • 4 large double guest cabins.
  • En suite bathrooms
  • Average cruising speed 7-8 knots, more if you catch a good breeze!
  • Watermaker
  • Aircon
  • Snorkelling gear
maralyn layout
 

Prices

Price in euro per day "Covid special" - same rate throughout the year
For up to 8 guests1195
24 hours private use of yacht, no sharing with others
Skipper, first mate and cook
All meals onboard
Coffee, tea, iced waterAlways available
Fresh fruit and snacksAlways available
All boat running costs Mooring fees, fuel, water, local taxes, end-of-trip
cleaning
Snorkelling and fishing gear
One sea kayak
One inflatable SUP
Linen and bath towels
Use of generator for 10hrs/day (180 baht/hr for additional)
Airfares and transfersOur local knowledge is at your service, though we don’t directly book travel
Personal travel insuranceAt a minimum, medical evacuation cover is compulsory. We highly recommend a comprehensive insurance to cover the unexpected whilst travelling.
Optional onshore excursions, national park feesThere are opportunities to visit local temples, visit elephant sanctuaries
etc. We can organise these for you at the time if you would like.
Food and drink ashore
Marine National Park fees. Vary between 200-400 baht/pp.Payable for some environmentally-protected beaches and bays.
Alcoholic drinks

 

On board – Lagoon 42

Lagoon 42 saloon
Maralyn saloon 2
Lagoon 42 cabin
Maralyn 2 saloon
Lagoon 42 heads
crew on bow - Lagoon 42
Lagoon 42 saloon
Maralyn saloon 2
Lagoon 42 cabin
Maralyn 2 saloon
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Back to Thailand yachts

Schooner Dallinghoo

 

 

A Classical Lady with grand style and character

Dallinghoo anchored
Dallinghoo - people on bowsprit
Dallinghoo deck cushions
Dallinghoo stern & dinghy
Blondes at lunch on Dallinghoo
prawns on deck - Dallinghoo
Dallinghoo sailing dinghy
Dallinghoo at anchor
Wedding couple on Dallinghoo
Sunset happy hour on Dallinghoo
sunset wine on Dallinghoo
wedding group - Dallinghoo
Dallinghoo anchored
Dallinghoo - people on bowsprit
Dallinghoo deck cushions - ex
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Dallinghoo stern & dinghy
Blondes at lunch on Dallinghoo
prawns on deck - Dallinghoo
Dallinghoo sailing dinghy
Dallinghoo at anchor
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Blondes at lunch on Dallinghoo
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Dallinghoo at anchor
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Stepping aboard 30m Schooner Dallinghoo is like taking a trip back in time, to Ye Olde Days of gaff-rigged tall ships, in all their splendour and style. She was built in 1990, then treated to a top-to-toe refit and facelift in 2014-16.

Now she combines all the glamour and traditional feel of a classic yacht, with the latest in modern technology and interior design to make her super-comfortable as a liveaboard sailboat. She still features original Burmese teak fittings and flooring, with bright, cheerful Thai silk adornments to add to her character.

The yacht usually sleeps up to 8 guests in total, with a huge master suite aft; two other spacious double cabins plus a 4th guest cabin which can be a double or twins. All have en suite facilities and air-con. Or for those who prefer their sleep to be more au naturel, each cabin has quiet fans and plenty of ventilation.

Down below, there is a large, semi-circular dining area, which can seat 8 guests with plenty of space and comfort. Or of course, dining under the stars is always a magical option; to match the “magic” of what comes out of the galley, from her amazing Thai chef!

You are more than welcome to get involved in the sailing, and learn about the old art of sailing a gaff-rigged yacht; or sit back and relax on her expansive, shaded deck; taking in the stunning scenery surrounding you. When at anchor, there are plenty of boat toys to play with; kayaks, SUPs and a small sailing dinghy. For certified divers, there is a compressor and dive gear onboard; if anyone is a little “rusty” on their scuba skills and needs a refresher, a divemaster can be added to the crew also.

Layout

  • 6 cabins in total
  • 1 mega master cabin with en suite facilities.
  • 3 large double cabins
  • 1 twin bunkbed cabin
  • 1 quad crew cabin, f’ard.

Sleeps 8 guests in total, either 4 doubles or 3 double + 1 twin.

All cabins have their own heads (toilet + shower)

Dallinghoo layout
 

Prices

Prices per nightHigh season (Oct-May)Peak season (21 Dec-4 Jan)Summer season (Jun-Sept)
1-6 guestsUSD 3,480USD 3,950USD 3,480
7-8 guestsUSD 3,830USD 4,180USD 3,830
SkipperCaptain Bruce - see bio below
Thai cookTop class food, both Thai and Western. Our cooks do all the provisioning, cooking and cleanup for meals on board
4 other crewmembers; engineer, stewardesses and deckhand
3 main meals per day onboardPlus fruit and snacks during the day
Iced water, tea, coffee Always available
All boat running costs Mooring fees, fuel, water, local taxes, end-of-trip
cleaning
4 sea kayaks & 2 SUPs
Small gaff-rigged dinghy
Snorkelling and fishing gear
Dive compressor and scuba gear
Linen and bath towels
Airfares and transfersOur local knowledge is at your service, though we don’t directly book travel
Personal travel insuranceAt a minimum, medical evacuation cover is compulsory. We highly recommend a comprehensive insurance to cover the unexpected whilst travelling.
Optional onshore excursions, national park feesThere are opportunities to visit local temples, visit elephant sanctuaries
etc. We can organise these for you at the time if you would like.
Food and drink ashore
Marine National Park fees, permits, personal visas Payable for some environmentally-protected beaches and bays.
Soft drinks, beer, wine, spirits, cocktailsAvailable for purchase onboard, or BYO.
DivemasterHighly recommended if your scuba skills are a little rusty

 

Life on board

Dallinghoo saloon 2
Dallinghoo saloon 1
Dallinghoo deck cushions
Dallinghoo double cabin
Dallinghoo twin cabin
Dallinghoo kayak
Thai chef on Dallinghoo
Prawns
Dallinghoo saloon 2
Dallinghoo saloon 1
Dallinghoo deck cushions
boom
Dallinghoo double cabin
Dallinghoo twin cabin
anchoring - ex
Dallinghoo kayak
Thai chef on Dallinghoo
prawns 2
steak
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Dallinghoo saloon 2
Dallinghoo saloon 1
Dallinghoo deck cushions
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Dallinghoo double cabin
Dallinghoo twin cabin
anchoring - ex
Dallinghoo kayak
Thai chef on Dallinghoo
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Techie Specs

  • Dudley Dix design, 1990
  • Total refit 2014-16
  • Length: 30m
  • Guests: 8
  • Crew: 6
  • Watermaker
  • Cruising speed 8 knots
  • Electricity: 12V / 220V
  • All cabins have en suites
  • Double fans & reading lights in all cabins
  • Full air-con available
  • Wifi onboard whenever in cell signal range

Boat toys

  • Tender
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Fishing gear
  • 4 sea kayaks
  • 2 SUPs
  • Small gaff-rigged sailing dinghy
  • Dive compressor and scuba gear available for certified divers