Draco Charters

Taking to the high seas from the shores of Phuket is a must on any bucket list.  Imagine exploring hidden coves and magical islands under the guidance of an experienced captain.  Escape the madding crowds of tourists that flock to the island each year in search of sun, sea and sand.

Draco Charters have various ways to explore the pristine, turquoise waters that surround Thailand’s largest island.  Choose from half or full day cruises, a sunset voyage or long-term charters.  Draco will create a truly memorable journey for you.

Draco Half Day Charters

Choose to leave the marina early in the morning or after lunch and set sail to Maiton Island for a local experience with the opportunity of watching wild dolphins twirling in your wake. 

Draco Full Day Charters

Can’t choose your favorite destination for a day trip, and feel like escaping to the open seas for a little longer?  Experience breathtaking sunsets, being rocked to sleep on gentle waves and rising early to peaceful sunrises.  Combine all the ‘day trip’ destinations and set sail for a week of unadulterated bliss.  You will be the master of your own destiny.  

Draco Long-term Charters

Can’t choose your favorite destination for a day trip, and feel like escaping to the open seas for a little longer?  Experience breathtaking sunsets, being rocked to sleep on gentle waves and rising early to peaceful sunrises.  Combine all the ‘day trip’ destinations and set sail for a week of unadulterated bliss.  You will be the master of your own destiny.  

Destinations

Maiton Island

Maiton, a private island, just nine kilometers off the south-east coast of Phuket.  Be one of the privileged few and watch wild dolphins riding in the clear waters of the yachts wake.  Beneath the turquoise waters that encircle the island, is a thriving coral sanctuary, which is home to over 400 species of fish and magnificent marine life.  Alternatively, head to Koh Rang Yai, a peaceful island five kilometers from the east coast of Phuket.  Rang Yai has a mysterious southern drift-current that takes you from one end of the island to the other.  Try it, it’s great fun.  Here, you can also wander through the shady, tree-lined paths of the island.  

Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi

Maiton, a private island, just nine kilometers off the south-east coast of Phuket.  Be one of the privileged few and watch wild dolphins riding in the clear waters of the yachts wake.  Beneath the turquoise waters that encircle the island, is a thriving coral sanctuary, which is home to over 400 species of fish and magnificent marine life.  Alternatively, head to Koh Rang Yai, a peaceful island five kilometers from the east coast of Phuket.  Rang Yai has a mysterious southern drift-current that takes you from one end of the island to the other.  Try it, it’s great fun.  Here, you can also wander through the shady, tree-lined paths of the island.  

Koh Hong and Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is probably best known for its towering limestone karsts and the famous island which was named after James Bond where the movie, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, was partially filmed in 1974. 

Koh Hong is a cluster of four, closely knit islands which hide the beautiful Hong Lagoon from the outside world.  An inflatable kayak will allow you access into this Aladdin’s cave of natural beauty.  The islands are protected by the National Park.  The lagoon is only accessible at low tide.  Draco captains recommend that you get there early to avoid the peak times of day.

You will probably have noticed Koh Panyi on your flight into Phuket.  A seemingly floating settlement, that was established at the end of the 18th century by nomadic Malay fishermen.  During these times, it was forbidden for any other nationality, other than Thais, to own land here, so this fishing village was built on stilts.  In more recent years a mosque for this Muslim community was built.  Also, on this island is a football pitch that hosts Koh Panyi FC.  The local boys created a football team which is now one of the most successful youth clubs in Thailand.

Further past Koh Panyi, you will reach spectacular mangroves, where you can take to a kayak and explore this incredible world where you are likely to explore caves and shimmy through the roots of these ancient trees.  Keep your eyes open for walking fish, families of otters, bats and monitor lizards.

This full day trip is vibrant and brimming with contrast.

Koh Phi Phi

There are six islands in the breathtaking archipelago known as Phi Phi and pronounced pee-pee.  They lie 50 kilometers south-east of Phuket and are part of the Hat Nopparat Thara-Ko Phi Phi National Park.  This is home to an abundant coral and marine life, limestone mountains with cliffs, caves and endless white sandy beaches.  From various archaeological discoveries, it is believed that Phi Phi was one of the oldest communities in Thailand, dating back to the prehistoric period.  When approached by boat, the islands seemingly rise from the sea as an impenetrable stronghold.  The towering cliffs are met by powdery beaches and swaying palm trees.  It really is paradise.  Phi Phi has a rich heritage and houses a melting pot of nationalities and religions including Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims and even Chao Ley (sea gypsies).

In 2000 it became famous for its appearance in the British-American film, ‘The Beach’, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  An increase in tourism was attributed to the film’s release, whilst sadly resulted in environmental degradation and the closure of Maya Bay in 2018.  The good news is, that nature is returning in droves, but the bay will remain closed until the eco-system has recovered completely.  2004 also saw intense devastation on the islands that resulted from the disastrous tsunami.

Your captain can take you to the main attractions of the island, but also to explore Phaya Naak (Viking Cave) which is adorned with cave paintings and where edible birds nests are collected for the famed Birds Nest Soup.  Did you know that edible bird’s nests are the most expensive animal-made products consumed by humans?  Nests are sold for prices up to US$3,000 per pound!  Secret bays only accessible by boat can also be explored.

Krabi

Krabi is a spectacular province that is packed with limestone karsts, over 200 islands and virtually endless, softer-than-soft, white sandy beaches on the southern coast of the Andaman Sea.  Along the coast are various inlets which are crammed with lush mangroves and ceaseless wildlife.  Kayak adventures are one way of exploring nature, silently moving through the deep-rooted trees and cave systems which are home to some unusual fish, bats and several varieties of swift.  From Ao Nang, these trips can be booked.

Further south from Ao Nang is Raleigh Beach, a great destination for those with a streak of adventure.  Raleigh is renowned for its challenging rock climbing up towering limestone karsts.  There are hundreds of routes to choose from, the climbs vary and accommodate all levels of expertise.  Try your hand at deep water soloing, perhaps more aptly known as psycho bouldering, these are challenging solo climbs with no harnesses – you fall, you end up in turquoise waters and very wet!

Throughout this more touristy region are plentiful restaurants, bars and markets.  Head back to the peace and tranquility of your boat and watch the action from afar.