Chong Koh Yao is the passage between the Yao Islands, used extensively by local vessels en route to Phuket from the Krabi area. Always approach the anchorage from the east. The west entrance can be crossed by a shoal-draft boat at the peak of the tide, but it is not a recommended approach without local knowledge.
A ferry service leaves several times daily from the jetty on Koh Yao Noi, landing on Phuket at the inlet called Bang Rong just south of Ao Po.
Chong Koh Yao
Good overnight holding can be found in 7-10 metres to the east of the low rock in the middle of the passage (Hin Klang Rong).
The largest village in the area is on Koh Yao Noi, a kilometre in from the jetty, and this is the best bet for topping up stores. Visit the little local restaurants or get a ferry to Phuket from the all-tide floating jetty.
South of this anchorage is a long sandy spit ideal for swimming at high tide. Three other villages perch on the north shore of Koh Yao Yai, one of them with a jetty.
A visit ashore is an interesting experience, but please note that the people are Muslim and women should cover up, and alcoholic beverages are not available (neither should they be taken ashore).
A reasonable road traverses the length of Koh Yao Noi and sometimes small motorcycles are available for rent.
Tucked in, as it is, behind the neighbouring small islets and rocks, this spot offers limited protection in the northeast monsoon season.
To the north, a sandy spit runs out in shallow water towards some rocks. Excellent as a stopover on the way to the Koh Hong island group or Krabi, this beach is also good for swimming, with water much clearer than that found in the passage.
Sabai Corner and Long Beach
The rustic Long Beach and Sabai Corner bungalows to the south also have small restaurants, operating all year round and offering a welcome opportunity to dine out on seafood after several days of cooking on board. However, their beaches are fringed with drying coral banks at low tide, giving limited access.Anchor in 4-6 metres off the southern end of the small bay