Lying about 16 kilometres south of Phuket, the Racha Islands consist of Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi (yai means “big”, and noi means “little”). The islands are very popular with divers and snorkelers offering a wide range of sites both for professionals as well as for beginners.
Racha Islands Private Yacht Charter
Koh Racha Yai is growing in popularity with its expanding accommodations ranging from bungalows to resort facilities.
The Racha Resort in Batok Bay on the north-east is the first and only 5-star development of its kind on the island. Visiting the resort for dining you are welcome to tie your dinghy to the floating jetty installed there in the high season when the sea is calm (from November to April).
Batok Bay is the most popular bay on this quiet island. And the beauty of the place is amazing! The fine white sand beach is framed by a bay fringed with coral on both sides. The clear waters are vivid aquamarine tending to turquoise.
If diving and snorkeling are what you want to try on your Racha Islands private yacht charter then Racha Yai is the right place! The large sandy areas and reefs are covered in colourful corals, with plenty of marine life and sometimes a visiting turtle.
The evenings here are peaceful after the day-trip boats are gone, making it a delightful night anchorage following a spectacular sunset in the west-facing bay.
Most of the shallower part of the bay now has moorings and the only anchorage opportunity is in 15-25 meters on the sand and calcified coral in the outer bay though damaging the coral reef should be avoided.
The best way to explore Racha Yai Island is by foot or by quad bikes available for rent. The island has a small network of dirt paths that link all of the beaches and resorts.
You can easily walk from Batok Bay to Siam Beach and back again. It takes about 10-12 minutes to walk to the 2 small beaches on the east side of the island. The beaches offer excellent snorkeling and diving, although sometimes there are strong currents.
Looking for a seafront dining on the west coast head to the aforementioned The Racha Resort for the 5-star service, or Bungalow Raya Resort for a cheaper food overlooking the bay. On the east, there is Ban Raya Resort. And Rayaburi Resort on the northern Siam Beach.
Koh Racha Noi, 10 kilometers from Racha Yai, is the result of coral reef build up, and there are more rocks than beaches. The deep-water anchorage is 10-20 meters close to the small gap in the island, both on its western and eastern sides.
The waters at Racha Noi are emerald green. Bottom fishing and trolling here are unmatched, and definitely something to try on your Racha Islands private yacht charter. Koh Racha Noi is uninhabited and has no services or accommodations.
Contact Boat in the Bay to experience the Racha Islands private yacht charter.