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Yacht Cruising routes in SE Asia, the NW Pacific and Indian Oceans. 

 

A wide variety of cruising experiences and activities are available in SE Asia, created by the unique cultures, the diverse geographical features and the varying level of economic development; in combination with the local history and lifestyles.

Cruising yacht crews can create an experience that ranges from highly commercialised mass tourism in Bali and Phuket, to the total isolation of Chagos in the Indian Ocean, the pristine anchorages of Palawan, and infinite variations between. 

Some of the world's most important cultural and natural heritage areas lie within SE Asia and currently present great opportunities for low-cost and inspiring cruising.   These areas include BIMP-EAGA, the Coral Triangle and the Heart of Borneo.

All these beautiful locations are within BRUNEI BAY RADIO's service area for reliable HF/SSB radio email. 

If your definition of cruising is:

  • Shopping, nightlife, cafes, yacht clubs and marinas. You'll probably spend a lof of time in the congested Singapore to Phuket region along the Malacca Straits. Or in Manilla, Subic Bay, Kota Kinabalu or Bali.
     

  • Climbing mountains, sleeping in longhouses, experiencing native lifestyles, spotting jungle wildlife, rafting rivers and seeing mountain sunrises. Your yacht will probably spend time in marinas and protected anchorages in Thailand, Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Palawan while you explore ashore.
     

  • Diving and snorkelling crystal clear water to see incredible coral and an amazing density of marine fauna.  You'll probably spend a lot of time in the Coral Triangle, which covers a little over 1% of the earth's surface, but contains 76% of known coral species, 37% of known reef fish species and provides 30% of the world's Tuna catch.
     

  • Living like Robinson Crusoe on a desert island, catching fish, growing vegetables and being self-sufficient. You'll probably spend two to six months each year anchored in an atoll of the Chagos Island group; mid Indian Ocean.
     

  • Exploring pristine rainforest, camping beside jungle creeks, photographing Orangutans, Hornbills, Civit Cats, Clouded Leopards, Pygmy Elephants, Borneo Rhinos, Proboscis Monkeys and lots more. You yacht might be anchored up the Kinabatangan River, or off Royal Brunei Yacht Club or left in a marina in Miri or Kota Kinabalu, while you journey into the Heart of Borneo.

It's easy to spend years enjoying the delights, the diversity and the warm hearted people commonly found living simpler lives away from the modern commercialised areas. Some yacht crews have spent years exploring such areas and months at a time living with local communities. The self-sufficiency of a cruising yacht creates these opportunities.

Those cruisers who take the opportunity to explore locations such as the west coast of Borneo and Palawan enjoy pristine marine parks, crystal clear water, friendly communities and a less pressured lifestyle than commonly experienced in the highly commercialised Singapore-Peninsula Malaysia-Phuket strip.

Cruising Programmes:

Cruisers on a strict circumnavigation schedule with limited time. This  programme capitalises on the prevailing winds to bring yachts to experience the popular attractions and unique diversity in the BRUNEI BAY RADIO service area is:

OPTION 1:

Year 1:

  • April-May - Great Barrier Reef and across the top of Australia

  • June-November - EQUATOR  ASIA cruise - Darwin-Kupang-Komodo-Wakatobi-Spice Is.-Manado-Sulawesi-P. Maratua-Tarakan-Semporna-Kinabattangan R.-Sandakan-Mapun Is-Puerto Princesa-Brooke's Point-Kudat-Labuan-Brunei.

  •  November-December - West Borneo cruise - Brunei-Miri-Kuching 

  •  December - Singapore-Penang-Langkawi-Phuket

Year 2:

  • January - haul-out in Penang, Langkawi or Phuket.

  • February-March - Phuket-Sri-Lanka-Maldives-Chagos OR east with the NE Monsoon to Bali

  • April-July - Chagos  OR rest in Bali then sail to Christmas Is and Cocos-Keeling Is.

  • August-December - passages across the Indian Ocean (from Chagos south or from Bali SE) to Mauritius and South Africa.

OPTION 2:

Year 1:

  • April-June - Great Barrier Reef and across the top of Australia

  • July-October - Sail Indonesia - Darwin-Kupang-Komodo-Bali-Kalimantan-Singapore.

  • October-November - Sail Malaysia - Johor-Penang-Langkawi

  •  December - Langkawi-Penang-Phuket (haul-out)

Year 2:

  • January- Langkawi-Penang-Singapore

  • February-March - sail east (using the NE Monsoon) to southern Borneo (Kalimantan), then to southern Sulawesi, Wakatobi, Bone rate Is, Komodo NP, and onto Bali as the NE Monsoon begins to fade. 

  • April-May - enjoy Bali while preparing for the Indian Ocean passage, and waiting for the arrival of the SE Trades in the Indian Ocean.

  • May-June - sail to Christmas Island, then Cocos-Keeling.

  • July to October - Indian Ocean passage from Cocos-Keeling to Mauritius & Reunion then to South Africa for Christmas and New Year.

 

Circumnavigating yachts with three or four years to explore BRUNEI BAY RADIO's service area:

Year 1:

  • May-June - across the top of Australia

  • June-November - EQUATOR  ASIA cruise - Darwin-Kupang-Komodo-Wakatobi-Spice Is.-Manado-Sulawesi-P. Maratua-Tarakan-Semporna-Kinabattangan R-Sandakan-Mapun Is-Puerto Princesa-Brooke's Point-Kudat-Labuan-Brunei.

  • December - explore NW Borneo by land (or fly home for Dec/Jan Christmas/New Year period)

Year 2:

  • January-March - Borneo-Palawan cruise - Brunei-Labuan-Kudat-west coast of Palawan-Coron

  • March-June - cruise southern Philippines, or yacht haulout/repairs in Subic Bay, Maya-Maya YC or Cebu area

  • July-August - Mindanao/Sabah-Indonesia cruise Dakak-Zamboanga-General Santos-Davao-Manado

  • August-September - EQUATOR  ASIA cruise - Manado-Tarakan-P. Maratua-Tarakan-Semporna-Kinabattangan R-Sandakan.

  • October-November - Kudat-Kota Kinabalu-Labuan-Brunei

  • November-December - West Borneo cruise - Brunei-Miri-Kuching 

  • Dec-Jan - leave yachts in Singapore, Johor, Penang, Langkawi, or Phuket while fly home for Christmas/New Year vacation period, OR enjoy an extended cruise in the Andamans.

Year 3:

  • January - leave yachts in Singapore, Johor, Penang, Langkawi or Phuket while flying home for Christmas/New Year vacation period OR, enjoy an extended cruise in the Andamans.

  • February-September - cruise to Sri Lanka-Maldives-Chagos-Seychelles (in the NE Trades) and return to Phuket on the SW Trades.

  • October-December - Haul-out or cruise in Phuket, Langkawi or Penang, explore ashore in Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam, OR return home for Christmas and New Year. 

Year 4:

  • January-March - sail to Singapore and east (using the NE Monsoon) to southern Borneo (Kalimantan), then to southern Sulawesi, Wakatobi, Bone rate Is, Komodo NP, and onto Bali as the NE Monsoon begins to fade. 

  • April-May - enjoy Bali while preparing for the Indian Ocean passage, and waiting for the arrival of the SE Trades in the Indian Ocean.

  • May-June - sail to Christmas Island, then Cocos-Keeling.

  • July to October - Indian Ocean passage from Cocos-Keeling to Mauritius & Reunion then to South Africa for Christmas and New Year.

 

Yachts from Australia and New Zealand planning a few years cruising in the BRUNEI BAY RADIO service area, have a few options:

Enter SE Asia via the Spice Islands, Sulawesi and North Borneo:

Year 1:

  • May-June - across the top of Australia

  • June-November - EQUATOR  ASIA cruise - Darwin-Kupang-Komodo-Wakatobi-Spice Is.-Manado-Sulawesi-P. Maratua-Tarakan-Semporna-Kinabattangan R-Sandakan-Mapun Is-Puerto Princesa-Brooke's Point-Kudat-Labuan-Brunei.

  • December - explore NW Borneo (or fly home for Dec/Jan Christmas/New Year period)

Year 2:

  • January-March - Borneo-Palawan cruise - Brunei-Labuan-Kudat-west coast of Palawan-Coron

  • March-June - cruise southern Philippines, or yacht haulout/repairs in Subic Bay, Maya-Maya YC or Cebu area

  • July-August - Mindanao/Sabah-Indonesia cruise Dakak-Zamboanga-General Santos-Davao-Manado

  • August-September - EQUATOR  ASIA cruise - Manado-Tarakan-P. Maratua-Tarakan-Semporna-Kinabattangan R-Sandakan.

  • October-November - Kudat-Kota Kinabalu-Labuan-Brunei

  • November-December - West Borneo cruise - Brunei-Miri-Kuching 

  • Dec-Jan - leave yachts in Singapore, Johor, Penang, Langkawi or Phuket while flying home for Christmas/New Year vacation period, OR enjoy an extended cruise in the Andamans.

Year 3:

  • January - leave yachts in Singapore, Johor, Penang, Langkawi or Phuket while flying home for Christmas/New Year vacation period OR, enjoy an extended cruise in the Andamans.

  • February-September - cruise to Sri Lanka-Maldives-Chagos-Seychelles (in the NE Trades) and return to Phuket on the SW Trades.

  • October-December - cruise around Phuket & Langkawi.  Haulout/repairs in Phuket or Langkawi.

Year 4:

  • January-March - cruise Andamans and return to Phuket.

  • April - cruise Malacca Straits to Langkawi. Join Sail Malaysia - Passage to the East to enjoy the journey to Melaka, Johor, Tinman Islands then to Kuching (Borneo) for Rainforest Music Festival.

  • July-October - to Kumai, Jakarta, Bali, Komodo, Kupang and Darwin.


Enter SE Asia via Kupang, Bali & Singapore:

Year 1:

Year 2:

  • January - Langkawi & Phuket areas

  • February-September - explore Phuket-Maldives-Chagos-Seychelles and return to Phuket

  • October-December - cruise around Phuket & Langkawi.  Haulout/repairs in Phuket or Langkawi.

Year 3:

  • January-March - cruise Andamans and return to Phuket.

  • April - cruise Malacca Straits to Langkawi.

  • May-July - Join Sail Malaysia - Passage to the East to enjoy the journey to Melaka, Johor, Tioman Islands then to Kuching (Borneo) for the Rainforest Music Festival and the west coast of Borneo to Miri for the Borneo International Yacht Challenge (Miri-Brunei-Labuan-Kota Kinabalu)

  • August-November - cruise north Borneo. Haulout for bottom paint or repairs in Kudat and Brunei.

  • December - Borneo-Palawan cruise - Brunei-Labuan-Kudat-west coast of Palawan-Coron

Year 4:

  • January-February - Borneo-Palawan cruise - Brunei-Labuan-Kudat-west coast of Palawan-Coron

  • March-June - cruise southern Philippines, or yacht haulout/repairs in Subic Bay, Maya-Maya YC or Cebu area.

  • July-December - Mindanao/Sabah-Indonesia cruise Dakak-Zamboanga-General Santos-Davao-Manado-Sorong-Jayapura then to New Ireland, Solomons. Then to New Zealand or east coast of Australia.

 

Enter SE Asia via the Solomons & Micronesia:

Year 1:

  • April-August - cruise the Australian east coast and  Great Barrier Reef 

  • September-October - join the Louisiades Rally from Cairns to the Solomons, using the SE Trades

  • November-January - cruise New Ireland then north to FSM - Truk Is, Palau and North of Mindanao to Cebu City (Philippines).

Year 2:

  • February-April - cruise to Boracay, Puerto Galera, and then to  yacht haulout/repairs in Subic Bay, Maya-Maya YC or Cebu area OR use the end of the NE Monsoon to cruise south on the west coast of Palawan to reach Borneo.

  • May-October - use the SW Monsoon period to explore north Borneo, offshore islands (eg: Layang-Layang), Sandakan, Kinabatangan River, Tarakan area, northern Sulawesi and east coast of Palawan.

  • November-December - West Borneo cruise - Brunei-Miri-Kuching 

  • Dec-Jan - leave yachts in Singapore, Johor, Penang, Langkawi or Phuket while flying home for Christmas/New Year vacation period, OR enjoy an extended cruise in the Andamans.

Year 3:

  • February-September - cruise to Sri Lanka-Maldives-Chagos-Seychelles (in the NE Trades) and return to Phuket in September on the SW Trades.

  • October-December - Haul-out and/or cruise in Phuket, Langkawi or Penang, explore ashore in Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam, OR return home for Christmas and New Year. 

Year 4:

  • January-March - sail to Singapore and east (using the NE Monsoon) to southern Borneo (Kalimantan), then to southern Sulawesi, Wakatobi, Bone rate Is, Komodo NP, and onto Bali as the NE Monsoon begins to fade. 

  • April-May - Bali area

  • June-November - as SE Trades re-establish, sail the west coast of Sulawesi and east coast of Borneo to Tarakan, then Manado. Island hop south through eastern Sulawesi and the Spice Islands, then to Gove and around Cape York to pickup the early NE Trades to head down the east coast of Australia.

 

When cruising and exploring SE Asia - and throughout BRUNEI BAY RADIO's service area - there are many opportunities to linger longer, enjoy the local lifestyle, and explore ashore. There are yacht clubs developed by the local ex-pat communities where some cruisers regularly spend a month or more. These include Puerto Galera YC, Abanico YC (Puerto Princesa), and Royal Brunei YC. Many cruisers arriving in SE Asia for a year or two are still here five or ten years later.  Some have never left.

For cruisers, some of the significant reasons to stay longer are:

  • A growing number of marinas and secure anchorages to leave yachts while exploring ashore, returning home to see family or manage finances, doing boat jobs or just relaxing.
     

  • The low cost of living, especially when cruising away from the expensive built-up areas (eg: Singapore, Straits of Malacca, Phuket, Kota Kinabalu) marinas, and commercialised tourism areas (eg: Singapore, Bali, Phuket, Kota Kinabalu). 
     

  • The greed and incompetence of the bankers and finance wizards who stole or vaporised many peoples' investments and retirement funds. Many circumnavigating yachts - along with retired cruisers from Australia and New Zealand - have extended their cruising lifestyle in BRUNEI BAY RADIO's service area to adapt to the drop in their retirement income.
     

  • Duty free boat parts available in a few locations, in particular Brunei and Langkawi.
     

  • Duty free alcohol available in Langkawi and Labuan. For example, Australian wine is as much as 50% less than the price in Australia.
     

  • The friendly and accommodating local people found in the expanse of cruising grounds located away from the commercialised and mass tourism areas in the Malacca Straits (Singapore, Peninsula Malaysia, Phuket), Bali and Kota Kinabalu. For example, some cruisers have spent months tied up to a community jetty in the Rajang River, Sarawak, or enjoying beautiful anchorages in the Philippines islands and Indonesian archipelago.
     

  • The beautiful, spectacular and unspoilt cruising grounds, such as the west coast of Palawan, the Andamas, Sulawesi, Spice Islands,  Borneo and Chagos.

 

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