Today was the day that we needed to make the most headway to get to Phuket, with eight hours of cruising. The decision had been made to push on for the whole distance rather than break up the journey, so we would have time for activities on arrival. After an early start we quickly got underway.
Morning views from the yacht
Although it was a long cruise, it was very pleasant and there was plenty to look at because there were yet more wonderful landscapes, island and beaches as we went by.
One of these islands was Ko Phi Phi, made famous by the film The Beach. Rounding the island, the landscaping was mostly impressive sheer vegetation topped cliffs until the beautiful lagoon where filming took place came in to sight. As a major tourist spot, the lagoon was humming with boats. They were packed so tight that if you were in the lagoon you probably could have walked from boat to boat and reached the shore that way.
Ko Phi Phi from one angle
The very busy lagoon - those little specks in the distance are all tourist boats
We didn’t stop at Ko Phi Phi, but even with the hundreds of tourist boats there it was impossible not to appreciate the natural beauty of the lagoon, which was stunning. Fleur and I reflected on what an amazing job it would have been to be the location scout for The Beach, tasked with finding the perfect lagoon. But then again, our jobs are pretty enviable most of the time too!
We continued onwards, with lunch on board while we were underway. Today the theme was Balinese, with Chef Liz continuing to show her versatility and skill. I spent an enjoyable hour or so sunbathing on the upper deck during the last section of our journey, before we arrived and moored off a resort island near to the coast of Phuket
Our beautiful setting for the night
Gaye, Pierre and Kirsten decided to go ashore by tender and explore the resort and island, and Vilena and Alex did the same but took the kayaks as their mode of transport. Sara had already hopped on to a stand up paddle board and headed off to explore the bay, so Fleur and I decided to do the same. This was my first time on a paddle board and I am happy to say I did not fall in!
CJ and Ben waiting patiently for us to get ready to go ashore.
Once we had got back to the boat, we decided we would also go ashore and have a look around the island, so Fleur, Sara, Vilena and I were taken in by tender and had a look round the island before having a cocktail at one of the resort bars which had a very nice view out across the water.
By the time we made it back to the jetty it was dark, and CJ and Ben came to pick us up in the tender, with a jokey ‘Yee Hah’ ringing out across the water as they approached as the water had become quite rough with the wind picking up. Safely delivered back to the yacht, we quickly changed before enjoying some coconut shrimp and cocktails in the main saloon before dinner which was to be at the inside dining area because of the wind. After yet another gastronomic feast (a serious diet looms as soon as we all get home) it was off to bed again. Tomorrow is our last full day and plans include kayaking through caves and hopefully a go on the yacht’s brand new water slide.
Northern Sun looking majestic from the tender
MENU – Day Four
Cheddar and onion scones Fresh fruit and yoghurt Banana waffles with pecans