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Island Hopping on the Best of Phuket’s Azure Andaman Sea

Cruise into Sunsets

Over The Horizon

As I step aboard the luxury catamaran at Ao Po Grand Marina and greet Captain Mark, the anticipation for my private charter with Andaman Signature is palpable. This trip promises to showcase the quintessential turquoise vistas and sandy idylls Phuket is revered for by whisking new visitors like myself beyond the horizon to exotic locales inaccessible except by sea. I’m filled with childlike wonder about what spectacular islands filled with jungle-clad karsts, hidden coves, and platinum-sand beaches await across the glittering Andaman Sea.

North Cruise Beauty

My knowledgeable guide points out unique Phang Nga Bay landmarks as we set sail, like Koh Panak dubbed “James Bond Island” for its cameo in The Man with the Golden Gun. But it’s the uninhabited islands on the itinerary that spark my imagination most as the crew hoists the sails to catch brisk ocean breezes. By early afternoon I’m snorkeling electric-blue shallows at Hong Island, marveling at psychedelic fish swirling around kaleidoscopic coral gardens.

After an alfresco feast of freshly caught seafood on board, we lower the dinghy and head ashore to discover aptly-named Paradise Beach, its white powder sand giving way to emerald jungle. I beach-comb for shells while reminiscing how this once-in-a-lifetime sailing trip with Andaman Signature has already exceeded expectations, though I know more breathtaking visions over the horizon await.

Horizon Vacation
Horizon Vacation

As the catamaran gracefully turns back toward Phuket, its sails and sleek hull painted in the warm, golden hues of the setting sun, I find myself still pinching myself, trying to affirm that this breathtaking experience has indeed been real – the embodiment of idyllic tropical daydreams brought to life. For first-time visitors to Phuket seeking the ultimate island hopping escape, they need not look any further than the private charters offered by Andaman Signature. Their exceptional crew seamlessly combines the epitome of luxury, adventure, and indulgence, whisking you away on a journey to discover exotic worlds that lie beyond the horizon, worlds that will linger in your memory long after the tides have returned you to your home shores.

From the moment you step aboard their impeccably appointed vessel, you are enveloped in an atmosphere of refined elegance and personalized service. The attentive crew anticipates your every need, ensuring that your experience is nothing short of sublime. As you set sail, the gentle sea breeze caresses your skin, and the crystal-clear waters of the Andaman Sea beckon you to immerse yourself in their embrace.

Horizon Lunch

Each island along your voyage unveils its own unique charm and natural wonders. One day, you might find yourself exploring secluded coves and hidden beaches, where the powdery white sand meets the turquoise waters, offering the perfect setting for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. The next, you might delve into the vibrant underwater realm, donning your snorkel gear and marveling at the kaleidoscope of colorful marine life that calls these waters home.

As the day winds down, you can indulge in the ultimate pampering experience, savoring a sumptuous meal prepared by the onboard chef, who masterfully blends the flavors of local and international cuisines. Sip on a refreshing cocktail as you watch the sun dip below the horizon, painting the sky in a breathtaking array of hues that will forever be etched into your memory.

With Andaman Signature’s private charters, the magic of the Andaman Sea and its enchanting islands become your personal playground, offering an escape that transcends the ordinary and immerses you in the very essence of paradise. Long after the tides have returned you home, the memories of this extraordinary journey will linger, a constant reminder of the beauty and wonder that awaits those who dare to explore the world beyond the horizon.

Horizon Sailing with friends