Reasonably well sheltered, particularly in the southwest season, this anchorage is in 5 metres on a muddy bottom, tucked in 100 metres southwest of the small rocky outcrop.
The Paradise Koh Yao is a boutique resort nestled in the palm trees behind the beach. There is a floating dinghy jetty in the north of the bay and yachties are welcome to use the restaurant ashore. There is a regular transfer speedboat to The Yacht Haven several times each day.
The bay just to the north, Ao Pho Noi, is great for dinghy excursions, and features several small beaches for landing and swimming against a backdrop of mangroves overhung by towering limestone cliffs. Ashore there are plans for an exclusive boutique villa resort.
North West Bay
This is a pretty anchorage on the outer fringe of a deep bay backed by mangrove swamps and flat ground. Anchor well out in the bay in 4-5 metres and allow enough swinging room to accommodate an onshore breeze.
The northwest bay offers protection in both seasons, with good holding on a muddy bottom.
Dinghy trips ashore are possible at high tide, where there is a beach with a few huts at the back of the bay. The bay dries a considerable distance from the beach at low tide.
Koh Yao Yai and Six Senses Resort
The recently opened 56-pool-villa Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi is built around a small hill and is the first ultra-luxury hotel on the island. Situated on a tiny crescent-shaped alltide beach between Ao Muang and Long Beach this property brings a new level of luxury to this once sleepy island. The resort has built a wooden jetty on the north point for ferrying guests to and from the island.
Anchorage for the resort is in 4-6 metres on mud outside the hotel moorings near the jetty on the north point.
The established Koh Yao Island Resort is just south past the southern headland and there is a walkway through the mangroves at the back of the outcrop joining the properties.
Anchor in 8-10 metres on the muddy bottom in front of either of these stylish boutique hotels.