A trip to Koh Samui is bucket list gold in and of itself. But how about kicking things up a notch? There’s no better and certainly not a more luxurious way to experience Koh Samui and the surrounding islands than a cruise on a private yacht or catamaran. Depending on how many people you’re planning to set sail with, there are a few options for renting a yacht in Koh Samui. Check out our guide on how to rent a yacht in Koh Samui and where to explore once sailing the Andaman Sea.
Where Can I Rent a Yacht in Koh Samui?
The majority of Samui’s cruises depart from the Fisherman’s Village on Bophut Beach. Depending on the company, you’ll find a variety of yachts, catamarans, speed boats and sailing boats to choose from. The most trusted operators include Boutique Yachting, Samui Boat Charter and Samui Luxury Boat Rental, all operating from Bophut.
Which Vessel Should I Choose?
If you are staying in Koh Samui with a group of friends or family, you might consider renting a smaller fast boat. This is a great option for a private day cruise. Samui Boat Charter offers speed boast for up to 35 passengers.
It’s also worth considering if you prefer a speed boat or a sailing boat. For a more “authentic” experience, we recommend booking a sailing boat with an experienced skipper. One gorgeous option are the traditional “junk” boats offered by Chantara Junk Boat.
If you’re planning to sail overnight, you should consider renting a larger vessel. A yacht will be able to accommodate large groups and allows for overnight charters. With Samui Boat Charter, you can rent a yacht in Koh Samui for up to 50 passengers. Boutique Yachting offers yachts that are able to accommodate up to 50 passengers on a daytrip and a maximum of 10 guests overnight.
Where to Sail from Koh Samui
When you set sail on the Andaman Sea, the available destinations are as boundless as the horizon! One popular option is to sail to the neighbouring islands – Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Koh Phangan is famous for its Full Moon parties, while Koh Tao boasts some of the most vibrant marine life on the planet.
Those looking to experience Thailand’s natural beauty at its most pristine should set your course for the Ang Thong National Marine Park. Here you can lower your anchor and try out snorkelling, diving, kayaking and more. The park is made up of some 40 islands and the views that a private boat tour affords you are out of this world.
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can simply request the local skipper to bring you to a beautiful secluded beach, where you can relax in blissful privacy. The surrounding waters also offer countless options for epic snorkelling, diving and water sports.
Hosting a Wedding on a Private Yacht
If you need a once-in-a-lifetime excuse to rent a yacht in Koh Samui, why not celebrate your nuptials on board private charter? Boutique Yachts offers wedding packages aboard their stunning vessels, which are able to host up to 40 guests. Choose between a half and full-day wedding charter and say “I do” surrounded by your loved ones – and the endless Andaman Sea.
Boutique Yachts’ wedding packages include transfers to/from your Koh Samui villa, one full meal on board, snacks and beverages, insurance and an English/German/Russian speaking guide. Prices start at THB 45,000+ (USD $1,355) for 20 guests.
How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Yacht in Koh Samui?
The price of renting a yacht or speed boat in Koh Samui depends on the company, the type of vessel you choose and the number of passengers aboard.
Boutique Yachting offers a four-hour cruise along Samui’s northern shores for up to 20 passengers for THB 45,000+ (USD $1,355). This price includes transfers and breakfast or lunch on board, as well as coffee, tea, beverages, towels and insurance. A full day charter is priced at THB 80,000+ (USD $2,400) for up to 20 guests.
Samui Luxury Boat Rental offers a variety of cruises and excursions. Prices start at THB 16,000 (USD $480) for a two-hour cruise departing from Koh Samui. A full eight-hour private charter is priced at THB 38,000 (USD $1,140). The prices are for Gulf Craft 36ft which can accommodate up to 17 passengers and inclusive of transfers, drinks (including wine, beers and cocktails!), towels, life jackets, snorkelling and fishing equipment, snacks and insurance. For a full day cruise, lunch is also included.
There is no better way to experience the Andaman Sea than to rent a yacht in Koh Samui. Do some research beforehand and make sure the operator you’re using follows safety measures and provides the necessary insurance. Once these basics are covered – anchors away!