4 of the Best Superyacht Anchorages on the Amalfi Coast
The beautiful Amalfi Coast plays host to many of the world’s largest superyachts during the long, hot summer months. This coastline has towering cliffs, villages perched precariously, secluded coves and the bluest of waters. Many guests who visit the Amalfi Coast are from the rich and famous world of movies. It’s a fantastic place to explore when on board a superyacht especially when away from the crowds. Here is the full Amalfi private yacht charter guide.
Here are four of the best anchorages for luxury yacht charters on the Amalfi Coast:
1. Marina Piccola, Capri: Capri is a favourite stop over for celebs like Beyonce and Leonardo DiCaprio who are often seen on superyachts around this gorgeous island. The Marina Piccola is to the south of Capri and a spectacular place to anchor. According to ancient Greek mythology, the Sirens seduced Ulysses here and it’s not difficult to see why. The enticing bay has a rock wall on the left which protects it from strong winds. This in turn provides a sunny and calm spot to drop anchor. With clear waters, it’s the perfect location to try out the many water toys on board or dive off the side of the vessel. This anchorage is opposite Faraglioni beach and close to Capri’s giant sea stacks. Why not take one of the tenders to Fontelina beach club? Here you can try a freshly caught seafood lunch. Antonio Arcucci, Gaetano and Mario Gargiulo run this club which makes for a perfect place to hang out during the day.
2. Palmarola: If you’re after privacy on your superyacht and on shore, take your charter yacht to Palmarola. There are lots of private and secluded coves to drop anchor especially on the least inhabited Pontine Islands. Along with a rugged coastline are huge cliffs, soft white sandy beaches and interesting caves. The cliffs have been weathered over many years and resemble an ancient Roman city. Try and spot the cliff called the “Cathedral” which has been battered and half swallowed by the sea. It now appears like an old church which has been carved into the side. Other cliffs look like the walls of castles and Roman arches. For water enthusiasts, head south of Palmarola to enjoy the shallow waters. It’s ideal for swimming, snorkelling, looking out for dolphins or Moray eels. Anchorages are usually quiet and protected so your day can be enjoyed whether sunbathing or playing with the children in the water. Hop on a tender to visit the Blue Grotto or enjoy a diving experience of a lifetime. Watch out for the amazing volcanic rock formations and the marine life which darts in and out of the beautiful underwater landscape.
3. Procida: Procida is rather a busy island and a firm favourite with captains of superyachts. If the wind is coming from the west, it’s usually strong, so head to the island’s east side where there are sheltered bays. Finding quiet coves is possible if you want a day of peace and quiet. Procida is a charming island, more so than its neighbour Ischia. There’s unique architecture on land with flat roofed houses reminding you of the Far East while cobble stoned streets give the impression of coming straight from a medieval time. Crystal clear waters surround the islands around this particular part of Italy and motorised water toys are allowed. Once you find the bay you would like to anchor in, take the opportunity to cool off with a refreshing swim. The Ristorante Vivara on Procida is right on the sea front and offers a fantastic menu along with a vast wine list. Stay until the sun sets enjoying a sundowner to experience a touch of heaven on earth.
4. La Maddalena Archipelago: This stunning archipelago can be found on the north-east coast of Sardinia. The islands are uninhabited and belong to a national park. There are seven islands altogether and 55 small isolottis which have very quiet bays. The landscape here is quite different to the rest of the Amalfi coast in that the cliffs aren’t as high and the water is shallow. For families, La Maddalena Archipelago is absolutely perfect. Children can safely splash in the waters or build sandcastles with the soft white sand. Your onboard chef might even be able to make a picnic up for you to take ashore for everyone to enjoy. One of the best beaches in the Med is Spiaggia Giardinelli located on the main island of La Maddalena. That said, all of the bays and beaches are beautiful along the Amalfi coast. If one bay has a yacht anchored in it, just sail on to the next to find a more secluded anchorage spot. The Dolphin Research Centre in Caprera can be reached easily by tender. This interesting centre is where guests can learn about different species of whales, sharks and friendly dolphins. Enjoy lessons, workshops and videos about these magnificent creatures and how conservation methods help protect them.
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