Island Spirit Sailing Thailand

Island Spirit Sailing Thailand

Island Spirit Sailing Thailand
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Established in the 2001, Island Spirit is the most experienced yachting company in the Gulf of Thailand, weather you’re looking to learn to sail, charter a yacht, buy or sell a yacht or just looking for in on cruising here in the Gulf, we’re happy to help. Our Sailing school operates year round from our base in Ocean Marina Pattaya.Our charter yachts operation in Koh Chang from Oct thru May and Koh Samui June thru Sept.
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  • Rbalsmeyer
    Da Nang, Vietnam12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cruising Heaven from Koh Samui
    I was intrigued to learn that there was good sailing even in the SW monsoon season in Gulf of Thailand. Got in touch with Island Spirit, who I had used to earn my Intl Skipper Certificate. Let me start out by saying this was probably the best bareboat charter I've had in over 20 years of chartering! The cruising grounds: Samui, Ang Thong Natl Park, Koh Tao, and Koh Phangnan, are some of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. And almost no other cruisers! Makes me think maybe this was what BVIs were like 50 years ago. Snorkeling right off the boat! Amazingly beautiful. And the boat was terrific. We had an older monohull, but it was perfectly maintained and everything worked (rare for a charter boat)! Some extras: in-mast furling, power windlass, Highfield dinghy. The IS team was great! Daily weather check-ins, quick answers to questions. This is a pretty remote charter base: no marina, boats are on moorings. But the IS crew made the whole on/off-boarding process totally painless. We would like to sail this boat again in the winter season from Koh Chang. And we would definitely do the Samui charter again, as in two weeks time, you would never repeat yourself. So many places to explore! Overall, a wonderful experience!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Alex-Kit
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beam reach to broad reach! Thank Raymond!
    The region for yachting is not easy and requires the attention of the skipper. Navionics charts are often incorrect. Currents and tides as the additional element of risk. Special thanks to the staff of the charter company, provided us daily weather and tide information. As well as for their recommendations for safe anchorages. There are only two fresh water filling stations in the region, so you need to carefully plan your route. When travelling with children, you should be extremely careful: undercurrents, jellyfish, sunburn. Anchorages at 2-3 meters depth. And it's at least a mile to the shore. We need to closely monitor the fuel consumption of the Dinghy. Оtherwise the region is extremely exotic and has its own charm. Excellent restaurants. Good diving with clear water in Koh Tao area. Elephants, monkeys, squirrels, wild boars - there are a lot of living creatures on the islands. The region is safe for tourists. The yachts are in good condition. If you have experience - a great place to stay.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Günther O
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I definitely will be back and book again. Hope we see us soon :-)
    Thanks to Island Spirit Charter, we had a perfect sailtrip around the Koh Samui archipelago. Koh Samui and the area is great for sailing tropical islands. We had a very friendly and professional service thanks to Raymond and his crew. Excellent briefing and good communication during the trip - always direct response when questioning. The boat was well equipped and in good condition.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Franz E
    Siem Reap Province, Cambodia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excelent holidays, excelent support,
    My wife and I chartered a Catalina 375 beginning of June, starting our 10 day journey in Koh Samui. It was great all the way through, starting with making the booking ahead of time and then during the trip (very helpful with groceries shopping, getting our gear on board, getting us set up with information about the boat, the area we would be sailing in, returning to Koh Samui at the end etc.). Communication and effort to support us was excellent from Base Manager Raymond and his team. Daily updates were sent including weather details which made us feel supported. A few days into the trip we had a minor electrical motor problem. Raymond and his crew came to our location, fixed everything and we could continue on our route. The sailing area was great and we would go there again, but for more than 10 days. We liked the more quiet bays, which you find easily when you leave the tourist areas. Thank you again to Raymond and his team, who made our sailing trip a great one and wanting to come back!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
  • oregonianinthailand
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well managed charter service
    Despite a relative lack of wind I was impressed with how clean and organized the boat and departure was handled. Efficient and highly professional. The briefing was probably the best i have had across the 11 charters I have taken. I particular, Raymond really explained the electronics exceptionally well. I learned a lot when I didn’t think there was much I didn’t already know. Appreciated the daily weather reports and friendly service. Highly recommended!!!!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Peter W
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Adventurous and Enlightening Sailing Experience
    As a sailor with a few years of experience navigating the Gulf of Siam on my own yacht, I embarked on this journey with a friend who had just begun to dip his toes into the sailing world a few months prior. Our adventure was aboard a typical charter monohull through a bareboat charter, setting the stage for what was to become a trip filled with both unexpected challenges and remarkable learnings. The Good: Our trip was highlighted by moments that tested our resilience and sailing knowledge. Notably, our sail broke while we were making good speed, an incident that turned into an exhilarating experience for my friend and a testament to our ability to remain composed under pressure. The base team's prompt and efficient repair work was commendable, allowing us to continue our journey with minimal disruption. Another memorable moment was when water began gushing in through the propeller shaft. Despite the potential stress of the situation, the timing coincidentally aligned with our plans to hike to a nearby waterfall, turning a challenge into an opportunity for an unplanned adventure. The base team's swift response and repair were once again impressive, showcasing their skill and dedication. The Learning Curve: The trip served as a crash course for my friend, not only in sailing but in resilience and leadership through my MindKaizen program. The technical challenges we faced on the slightly worn boat provided real-world lessons in handling unexpected situations, a crucial skill for any sailor and leader. Tips and Recommendations: For those considering a similar sailing adventure, it's worth noting that while the boat may show signs of wear, the expertise and friendliness of the base team more than compensates for any shortcomings. Their ability to handle repairs quickly and efficiently cannot be overstated. Final Thoughts: Though our sailing time was limited by weather conditions—an uncontrollable factor—the overall experience was invaluable. The trip may have been short, but the lessons learned, and the memories made were rich and fulfilling. It's a reminder that sometimes, the journey's challenges are what make it truly memorable. I eagerly look forward to setting sail again soon.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 February 2024
  • Richard C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vagalame charter out of Koh Samui
    Vagalame, a Catalina 375 is a perfect yacht for a couple. We sailed out of Koh Samui, through the national park, around Koh Tao then Koh phangan and back to Koh Samui. Vagalame is well maintained, sails beautifully and heads upwind exceptionally well. Autopilot makes her a breeze to sail single handed. Simple no hassle charter, great service from Raymond and team.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2024
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segev s
Modiin, Israel31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
consider start yacht sailing ?
Dont hesitate
zero to hero is best way to learn and expiriance yacht sailing
the 11 days zero to hero is built the right way
Any one can learn, as the team is so professional and nice
boats are in great shape
and Thailand is perfect location for isalnd holiday
evefy thing worked well for our guys
they know what they'r doing and they know how to make you love it
Written 19 June 2024
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Richard C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Vagalame, a Catalina 375 is a perfect yacht for a couple. We sailed out of Koh Samui, through the national park, around Koh Tao then Koh phangan and back to Koh Samui. Vagalame is well maintained, sails beautifully and heads upwind exceptionally well. Autopilot makes her a breeze to sail single handed.
Simple no hassle charter, great service from Raymond and team.
Written 8 June 2024
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Peter W
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
As a sailor with a few years of experience navigating the Gulf of Siam on my own yacht, I embarked on this journey with a friend who had just begun to dip his toes into the sailing world a few months prior. Our adventure was aboard a typical charter monohull through a bareboat charter, setting the stage for what was to become a trip filled with both unexpected challenges and remarkable learnings.

The Good: Our trip was highlighted by moments that tested our resilience and sailing knowledge. Notably, our sail broke while we were making good speed, an incident that turned into an exhilarating experience for my friend and a testament to our ability to remain composed under pressure. The base team's prompt and efficient repair work was commendable, allowing us to continue our journey with minimal disruption.
Another memorable moment was when water began gushing in through the propeller shaft. Despite the potential stress of the situation, the timing coincidentally aligned with our plans to hike to a nearby waterfall, turning a challenge into an opportunity for an unplanned adventure. The base team's swift response and repair were once again impressive, showcasing their skill and dedication.

The Learning Curve: The trip served as a crash course for my friend, not only in sailing but in resilience and leadership through my MindKaizen program. The technical challenges we faced on the slightly worn boat provided real-world lessons in handling unexpected situations, a crucial skill for any sailor and leader.
Tips and Recommendations: For those considering a similar sailing adventure, it's worth noting that while the boat may show signs of wear, the expertise and friendliness of the base team more than compensates for any shortcomings. Their ability to handle repairs quickly and efficiently cannot be overstated.

Final Thoughts: Though our sailing time was limited by weather conditions—an uncontrollable factor—the overall experience was invaluable. The trip may have been short, but the lessons learned, and the memories made were rich and fulfilling. It's a reminder that sometimes, the journey's challenges are what make it truly memorable. I eagerly look forward to setting sail again soon.
Written 12 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alex H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
It was one of the best trip we`ve ever had, beautiful country, excellent islands, many thanks for Raymond and all the staff
Written 14 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

oregonianinthailand
bangkok3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Despite a relative lack of wind I was impressed with how clean and organized the boat and departure was handled. Efficient and highly professional. The briefing was probably the best i have had across the 11 charters I have taken. I particular, Raymond really explained the electronics exceptionally well. I learned a lot when I didn’t think there was much I didn’t already know. Appreciated the daily weather reports and friendly service. Highly recommended!!!!
Written 31 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Franz E
Siem Reap Province, Cambodia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
My wife and I chartered a Catalina 375 beginning of June, starting our 10 day journey in Koh Samui. It was great all the way through, starting with making the booking ahead of time and then during the trip (very helpful with groceries shopping, getting our gear on board, getting us set up with information about the boat, the area we would be sailing in, returning to Koh Samui at the end etc.). Communication and effort to support us was excellent from Base Manager Raymond and his team. Daily updates were sent including weather details which made us feel supported. A few days into the trip we had a minor electrical motor problem. Raymond and his crew came to our location, fixed everything and we could continue on our route.
The sailing area was great and we would go there again, but for more than 10 days. We liked the more quiet bays, which you find easily when you leave the tourist areas.
Thank you again to Raymond and his team, who made our sailing trip a great one and wanting to come back!
Written 15 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Günther O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Thanks to Island Spirit Charter, we had a perfect sailtrip around the Koh Samui archipelago. Koh Samui and the area is great for sailing tropical islands. We had a very friendly and professional service thanks to Raymond and his crew. Excellent briefing and good communication during the trip - always direct response when questioning. The boat was well equipped and in good condition.
Written 2 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Trip24494272937
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We booked a Lagoon 400 S2 for 2 weeks.
Island Spirit Sailing send us upfront details to the region and good place to go. On the day of arrival Island Spirit Sailing managed for us the transport from the airport to our chartered yacht. Due to the fact that in Ko Samui no yachting infrastructure (like harbor or docks are availabvle) Island Spirit managed an excelent onbording using the dinghy. Further the handover of the yacht and instructions to use was done excelent and easy.
During the whole vacation we received daily from Island Spirit Sailing in the morning weather and tide informations via Whatsapp - In case of potential dangerous weather situation (like squalls) further updates where provided.
For questions during the charter Island Spirit Sailing answered in short time via Whatsapp as well - Real good support.
Some remarks to the area round Ko Samui: Beautiful beaches, after leaving Ko Samui very low other yachts, region very shallow (max. 50m, mostly only some meters deep), very beautiful irlands, many nice animals,...
Only 2 topics negative topics for that region:
-) very limited sight under water (except Ko Tao) - therefore snorkling was nearly not possible
-) We found nearly no locations where we could litter our trash - The necessry infrastructure in Thailand seems still missing -> But Island Spirit Sailing supported us to litter our trash...
Overall: Excelent vacation, excelent support, excelent environment
Written 31 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alex-Kit
Dubai, United Arab Emirates2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The region for yachting is not easy and requires the attention of the skipper. Navionics charts are often incorrect. Currents and tides as the additional element of risk. Special thanks to the staff of the charter company, provided us daily weather and tide information. As well as for their recommendations for safe anchorages.
There are only two fresh water filling stations in the region, so you need to carefully plan your route. When travelling with children, you should be extremely careful: undercurrents, jellyfish, sunburn. Anchorages at 2-3 meters depth. And it's at least a mile to the shore. We need to closely monitor the fuel consumption of the Dinghy.
Оtherwise the region is extremely exotic and has its own charm. Excellent restaurants. Good diving with clear water in Koh Tao area. Elephants, monkeys, squirrels, wild boars - there are a lot of living creatures on the islands. The region is safe for tourists. The yachts are in good condition. If you have experience - a great place to stay.
Written 20 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kristen H
Woking, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Raymond and the support team exceeded our expectations. From scheduling taxis to recommending anchorages, we felt supported every step of the way. We cannot wait to come back for more sailing!
Written 19 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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