At some times of the year, it can be tricky to sail in Phuket waters
. . . especially for the beginner. There is a very viable option,
however: Laguna Phuket. The resort, comprising some five hotels,
is on the west coast of the island, amidst a wonderful mixture of
fresh-water lakes, beaches and eye-catching scenery. So . . . why
recommend this in an article about watersports? No matter what the
weather, the Hobie Cats and other craft available at Laguna can
be safely sailed on their inland waterways . . . and it's great
September is potentially the wettest month in Phuket, but like
the rest of the “rainy season” there can be “mini high seasons”.
In some areas, however, it is recommended not to venture too far
into the sea. At Laguna Phuket, the freshwater lagoons provide the
perfect alternative. At the Allamanda Laguna Phuket, Hobie Cats
are available year-round.
Hobie Cats are basically lightweight catamarans, ideal for fun
sport on the water. The first Hobie product was designed as a surfboard
and built in 1950, by a High-School student (Hobie Alter) and his
father, in their garage. They were faster and lighter than any other
surfboard on the market.
Hobie Cats originated in 1967 and revolutionised the sailing world.
The fibreglass design enables people to single-handedly enjoy exciting
sailing in the surf . . . or take pleasure in the calm of a lagoon.
As Ms Abigail Brown, Sports and Recreation Manager of Allamanda
says, “the lagoon is protected by buildings and trees, so the wind
is lessened, but is enough to enjoy good sailing”.
Staff members are fully trained to teach guests the art of sailing
a Hobie Cat or any of the other water craft on offer. Sailing lessons
are available year-round and the lagoons provide the ideal setting
. . . even in the rain! As Abigail says, “we also provide windsurfers,
canoes and paddle boats, all available with instructors. These activities
are popular with guests of all ages and families especially enjoy
going on the water together.”
Each hotel in the Laguna complex has Hobie Cats, most are used
in the sea but return to the safety of the Allamanda's lagoon during
the low season. The lagoons are actually old tin mines and although
they are very deep (40 metres in places) the depth is regulated
by a dam near the Laguna Beach Resort.
Hobie Cats are really good fun, to the extent that some 100,000
are in the water worldwide. Some even refer to the love of the craft
as “the Hobie way of life”.
To try the experience (whether you are a novice or a seasoned pro')
Contact the Allamanda Laguna Phuket on
(66 76) 324 359, fax (66 76) 324 360 or
E-mail them at: email@example.com
attention of the Sports and Recreation Department: Good