Many of the Islands off the Pattaya coast are protected by the government of Thailand and under the control of the Thai Navy to protect the turtle population and to encourage turtle breeding. The consequence is that we are fortunate to have an number of unspoilt islands with no inhabitants or tourist visitors. Here we can drop anchor and enjoy the warm tropical ocean and snorkel over the coral reefs uninterrupted by jet ski or tourist boats.
The Gulf Charters sailing school has a good reputation with the Thai Navy and shares its concerns about the protection of the environment and as a consequence we are welcome to come to visit the islands with our students.
In addition to these protected islands there others like Koh Larne and Koh Si Chang that are inhabited and have very pleasant restaurants and resorts that we visit on many of our courses for an excellent dining experience on a night anchorage.
Also we are fortunate to have right up the coast the major port of Leam Chebang which is a busy freight and passenger liner port of entry to Thailand offering a wide variety of ships of all size and types coming into and out of the port and its offshore anchorages. Navigation in these waters is a challenge and our students will have no difficulty in handling their vessel in the Singapore and Malacca straights or the straights of Dover after a night or two navigating around the Bangkok bar pilot station and the traffic separation zone off Leam Chebang.
All the courses include at least one night on the boat. Crew courses are at an anchorage off an island but Watchkeeper and Skipper course involve night sailing and navigation exercises.