31 January 2024
Ocean Marina Jomtien, located on Thailand’s east coast, has been recognised with the Best Marina Berth Facilities in Thailand award at the Robb Report Thailand Best of the Best Yachting Awards, held during the 2024 Thailand International Boat Show.
Established in 1989, Ocean Marina Jomtien has built a reputation as one of Asia’s premier marinas and yacht clubs.
Judges highlighted that, over the last decade, the marina has been catering to a growing number of visiting yachts who wish to explore the cruising grounds of the Gulf of Thailand.
By identifying the rapid growth of Thai boat ownership early on and aligning its expansion to meet these demands, Ocean Marina Jomtien has become a marina of choice for Thai boat owners on Thailand’s eastern seaboard.
“It’s an honour to receive this prestigious award for Ocean Marina Jomtien,” says Napong Paripontpochanapisuti, managing director of Ocean Property Co.
“This award is recognition for all the hard work of the marina team and their ongoing innovation and service to our customers. Ocean Marina Jomtien is a key economic driver of Thailand’s marine industry and remains a leader in marine services and facilities, catering for yachts of all sizes and owners and crews from around the world.”
Starting in 2012, Ocean Marina Jomtien began developing its berthing facilities. The program included the replacement of berths, upgrades to power infrastructure and water supply, and increasing the number of berths.
From a capacity of 200 berths in 2011, the marina has added 255 more berths, making it the largest marina in Southeast Asia today with a total of 455 wet berths, 100 trailer boat berths and hardstand capacity for 30 boats.
“Our primary focus at Ocean Marina Jomtien is to provide the best facilities for our customers and the highest standard of service,” says Scott Finsten, harbour master of Ocean Marina Jomtien. “We have invested considerably in the marina’s facilities and expansion over the last decade which has been well received by local and international visiting yachts.”
Finsten adds: “In addition to visiting international yachts, over the past decade, we have seen an exponential increase in Thais who are buying boats, enjoying the marine lifestyle and basing themselves at Ocean Marina Jomtien.
“And we’ve also seen a steady increase in superyachts visiting the area. In fact, 2023 was our biggest year yet welcoming a record number of superyachts to Ocean Marina Jomtien.”
Ocean Marina Jomtien is the gateway to the Gulf of Thailand, with many idyllic and largely undeveloped islands a short boat ride away.
In recognition of Jomtien emerging as a premium leisure destination in Pattaya, Ocean Marina Yacht Club was rebranded to Ocean Marina Jomtien earlier this year.
In addition to the marina’s expansion, the onshore facilities have also undergone redevelopment with a renovation and expansion of the marina-front resort, which has now reopened as Ocean Marina Resort Pattaya Jomtien, together with upgrades to F&B outlets and the reimagined marina-front Riva restaurant and bar.