Ever dream of having your own VIP service, personal chef, or luxury yacht to take you to an island paradise? Welcome to the world of luxury yachting. Chartering a yacht gives you an up-close-and-personal look at a destination that you cannot see just by staying at a resort. It’s really a chance of a lifetime that gives you rare glimpses of marine life, the smell of the sea mist as you cut through the waves, and the feeling of serenity out in the ocean. Sound exciting? These are some of the hottest yachting destinations with travel suggestions to put on your cruising schedule.
New Zealand is by far one of the hottest yachting destinations. Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, its picture-worthy mountains, bays, and points of interest like Waitomo Caves, Milford Sound, Aoraki / Mount Cook, and Fox Glacier draw tourists in to the island nation.
Dive at one of the world’s top five diving spots. Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve off Tutukaka Coast is the place to view dolphins, sharks, and exotic fish and explore colorful coral reefs and ship wrecks, like the famous Wairarapa, Elingamite and Mikhail Lermontov.
Explore New Zealand’s Bay of Islands Maritime Park without ever stepping foot of your private yacht. It includes 144 individual islands and secluded bays filled with marine life. You can spot whales, penguins, dolphins, gannets and many other species in this huge park.
Yachting to New Zealand has another perk, fishing practically anytime you like. Depending on where you are, you can catch tuna, snapper, marlin, and kingfish – and, the best part – your private chef can prepare it for you!
What better way to explore Indonesia’s 17,000 volcanic islands than by luxury yacht? The Southeast Asian nation beckons travelers with a taste for adventure, offering beautiful beaches, volcanoes, whales, Komodo dragons, elephants, orangutans, and tigers.
Head over to the second-highest volcano on the island of Lombok, Mount Rinjani. Here you can hike and take in the bluegreen waters of Segara Anak, the crater lake formed from the eruption of Mount Samalas in 1257 CE.
As you sail to your next stop, you spot sperm whales, so put on your dive gear and get a closer look atthis awe-inspiring creatures.
You can’t leave Indonesia without seeing some Komodo dragons! Schedule your own personal ranger to show you these ancient beasts on the island of Komodo.
Jump off the yacht and do some snorkeling off the Gili islands, an area full of sea turtles, coral reefs, clownfish, butterfly fish, hawksbill, and sea goldies.
The ever-popular St Barths is yet another one of the hottest yachting destinations to visit. Travelling to St Barths by yacht is the best option since you can see everything the island has to offer: beautiful bays, 22 public beaches, french culture and cuisine, and of course, exotic marine life.
If you want to stay away from touristy dive and snorkel spots, just ask your captain to take you there. Some of the best areas for diving include Natural Reserve of Saint Barthélemy and Wreck of the Nonstop, and for snorkeling check out Forchue Island and Colombier beach.
One of the top superyacht marinas in the world, don’t get left behind – see this place as it was meant to be seen!
Island hop to some nearby islands including Antigua, Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis.
Situated in Southeastern Europe on the Adriatic Sea is Croatia. The island nation is a yachter’s dream with over 1,000 islands to explore. Because Croatia offers so many ways to travel, like solo travel, cruising, and wellness vacations, travel to Croatia is increasing. Their are so many great must-see destinations here, too.
Take the dingy ashore to the city of Dubrovnik to see the sights and buy some souvenirs.
Return to the yacht to find your private chef preparing some fresh local seafood for dinner.
Now, it’s time to hop over to the island of Dugi Island to visit some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, Saharun Beach, and Telaccica National Park where you can safely swim and find a shady pine tree to lounge under.
Forget about parking at crowded marinas – you can drop anchor and sleep under the stars anywhere!