Despite our reputation for leading primarily trekking and climbing trips, Mountain Spirits has a serious love for sailing adventures! Did you know that our very FIRST sailing adventure was in 2010 in Thailand? I bet you didn’t! On that trip we sailed, sea kayaked, swam, explored caves and rock climbed throughout the limestone karst islands that dot the Andaman Sea of Southern Thailand. We also chartered a private dive boat for a 4 day trip off the Similan Islands (National Marine Park) in Thailand. Both were incredible trips that we would love to do again and again!
Our sailing trips have become our most popular type of trip. The past few years we have been busy running sailing adventures in the summer from June to October. We started on the Amalfi Coast of Italy and have now added Croatia and Sicily.
The sailing adventure combines relaxation with adventure and hiking. We designed this trip for families and couples who have different vacation interests so that they can holiday together. Being boat based gives everyone options during the day…water sports or village exploration for some and hiking or climbing for the others. We have chosen destinations that offer great hiking and/or rock climbing (depending on the group’s desire). The Amalfi Coast has incredible hiking! Some of the hikes gain 3000 ft. in altitude and are very remote and not crowded (unlike the seaside villages of the Amalfi). Croatia has many great trails, not as steep as the Amalfi Coast. In Croatia, there are nearly 1400 islands so there is endless exploration and always a private small island to hike or explore. In Sicily, you have an entirely new experience with the massive volcano, Mt. Etna, begging to be climbed. All of these trips have a unique feel with the landscape, sea, cuisine and culture. In addition, all offer fun cultural outings with local guides.
Our preferred craft for this trip is the Lagoon Catamaran (pictured above). The Lagoons Cats have 4 private berths with attached bathrooms. They are spacious and luxurious! The kitchen and dining area accommodate well a group of 8 plus skipper, chef and one or two Mountain Spirits guides. Our floating home is well stocked with yummy food and plenty of adult beverages for the week. We also bring along stand up paddle boards, floaties and snorkeling gear.
This trip is typically an 11 day trip~we meet in the city closest to where we are sailing on a Thursday, explore the City on Friday, hike in the morning Saturday and then board our yacht for a week of sailing, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, exploring, dancing, star gazing and fun. We hope that you can join us soon!