Ko Roi via Ko Hong and Ko Pak Bia

Martin and Elizabeth Bevan
Sat 26 Dec 2015 17:10

Position           08:11.49 N 098:36.56 E

Date                1710 (UTC+7) Saturday 26 December 2015

                        And the morning of 27 December


Distance run    24.7nm over the ground


Today we sailed north via Ko Hong which looked too busy and with the fine sailing wind that we had both sides were looking exposed.  This took us on 2nm north to anchor at Ko Pak Bia for lunch.


Ko Rok Bia is a delightful spot when the beach is not cluttered with longtail boats bringing day tours.  Note the distinctive” signature” mushroom shaped rock to the right


From Ko Rok Bia we sailed, with good wind north and west around the top of Ko Yao Noi where we spent New Year’s Eve 2004 with Andrew and Alice after the tsunami and past the anchorage at Ko Ku Du Yai which is between two hongs.  We used Ko Ku Du Yai during our charter in 2003.  It is beautiful anchorage especially if you have it to yourself; this time there was a boat anchored in the middle of the passage so we sailed on the extra mile to the ,larger anchorage at Ko Roi where there is a hong to explore in the morning.


When we arrived there was just a fine wooden schooner at anchor but as dusk fell a number of charter boats appeared out of the dusk having sailed over the bank to the west which we had considered too shallow – perhaps we will try this route in the future on a rising tide.


A chart showing these wanderings will appear in tomorrow’s entry.


Ko Roi in the morning with an early visitor boat to the hong


Emerging from the swim/walk through cave into the hong.


The inside of the hong on Ko Roi


Looking out at the entrance suggests that this is not a high tide route