Island Spirit Charters boasts a history that dates back to the dawn of yachting in Thailand. It is Thailand's most prominent independent Charter Operator with a fleet of over 30 yachts and is the only yacht Charter Company with a base in all three of Thailands sailing destinations; Phuket, Koh Chang and Koh Samui. Island Spirit Charters is core to the Island Spirit Group of companies, including Yacht and Commercial boat Manufacturing, Brokerage and Finance.
Established in 1993, Elite Yachting was a pioneer of the Yacht Charter industry in Phuket. Some ten years later, in 2003, Gulf Charters Thailand pioneered the start of the Yacht Charter industry in the Gulf of Thailand, opening Charter Bases in Koh Chang and Koh Samui. At the same time, it established Asia's first International Yacht Training School at Ocean Marina, located in Jomthien, just two hours south of Bangkok.
Group Island Spirit began its journey with the acquisition of Island Spirit Manufacturing, which today produces the Island Spirit range of recreational Catamarans and the Austhai Marine range of commercial Catamarans. In 2018, Island Spirit Group acquired both Gulf Charters Thailand and Elite Yachting to form Island Spirit Charters, to form Thailands largest independent bareboat charter fleet. Elite Yachting brought with it the Bavaria Yachts dealership, which proved synergistic to the Gulfs representation of Catalina Yachts, forming the building blocks for what is today the Island Spirit Brokerage. Introducing Island Spirit Finance was a fortuitous move designed to improve buyer access to the benefits of owning a yacht in the Island Spirit Charter fleet.