A Christmas Yacht Charter is a Special Occasion
Swap the winter blues for the vibrant ocean blues of the tropics this Christmas and New Year’s on board a luxury yacht charter.
The ‘White Christmas’ sung of in songs rarely comes to fruition; long nights of cold rain and grey windy days are a far more accurate portrayal of a temperate zone Christmas. Whilst the northern hemisphere is busy stocking up on flu medicine, you and your loved ones could be stocking up on sun tan lotion instead and heading south for a festive season in paradise. Your ‘White Christmas’ could be the soft white sand on a deserted beach in paradise with family and friends.
Yacht charters provide an unmatched opportunity for families and friends to socialise together in comfort whilst travelling between vastly different destinations: One night, you could be sampling the night markets and casinos then the following day head on an ecological tour of the local mangroves and lagoons. Whether you are chartering from North America, Europe or Asia, paradisiacal islands strewn through crystal waters are a lot closer than you think.
Let’s have a look at the most popular winter yachting destinations around the world.
The most popular destination for families wanting sparkling waters and pure white beaches, the Caribbean is one of the most developed tourism spots for yacht charters whilst at the same time putting in great efforts to maintain the ecology that attracts visitors in the first place. Only 10% of the islands are inhabited so solitude is easy to come across nestled between the islands and cays.
Consisting of the Bahamas, Leeward and Windward Islands, Greater Antilles, Barbados, the Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean coastline has unrivalled opportunities to spot exotic wildlife amongst lush sea flora and coral. The islands are also excellent territory for activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving.
Seafood makes up the majority of the region’s cuisine; however each island is uniquely different in culture and this is reflected as much in the ingredients and cooking method as the history, architecture and environment. Heading inland, charter guests will discover everything from high mountainous regions and verdant rainforests to bustling modern cities.
Charter to this proven destination and enjoy your Christmas party amongst the lush palm trees of the Caribbean.
Long renowned internationally as a yacht charter destination, the Bahamas offers world-class casinos and golf courses in year-round sunshine and warmth. Exclusive brands and high-end shopping ensure that any last minute Christmas shopping for loved ones (or yourself) will provide a lasting memento of an unforgettable destination.
Grand Bahama Island is known for attracting adrenaline seekers where transparent waters are perfect for making use of the charter yacht water toys, from water skis and jet skis to kayaks and paddleboards. Scuba dive through intoxicatingly beautiful reefs, underwater cave systems and ancient shipwrecks, or for guests looking to relax during the holiday season, it is just as easy to lay back in an inflatable and watch the fish swim by underneath you as the white clouds dotting the sky sail by.
Always maintaining a relaxed attitude and fervent party culture, Lucaya and Freeport are famous for their festivities and a visit ashore on Christmas day is sure to be a memorable experience.
Situated just north of the equator in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are an island paradise away from the troubles of the world.
Excellent both as a romantic getaway and internationally acclaimed scuba dive locale, the Maldives consists of nearly 1,200 islands and atolls formed from ancient volcanic activity. The natural history of the region has created an ideal environment for biodiversity and the reefs are teeming with life.
Watch the vibrant sunrise and sunset from your luxury charter as your festive party dines together in the light ocean breeze. On shore, friendly local guides will take you through the island history and art galleries and museums peppered throughout the city of Male make for a satisfying day of exploration.
Walk amongst unique architecture designed to complement the award-winning beaches and natural surroundings: From raised beach huts hanging over the water to an underwater restaurant where the local fauna glide above you, the Maldives is full of impressive structures that will awe and inspire in true Christmas spirit.
The South Pacific
The South Pacific has chains of islands to explore, friendly locals to meet and cultural delicacies to sample. Consisting of French Polynesia, Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, the Cook Islands, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Zealand and Australia, the cultures and landscapes vary wildly between each destination.
Twisting boardwalks and pale rocky outcrops make up the mysterious coast of Fiji. Still retaining much of its original charm despite being a well-known tourist destination, yacht charter guests will find secluded beaches within an hour of shark swimming and turtle watching spots. The Astrolabe Hideaway is not to be missed for swimmers and divers, where rays glide silently by onlookers in a primary coloured seascape. Trekkers will delight in the many uninhabited islands like Kadavu, where picture-perfect palm trees sway in front of misty waterfalls and parrots fly through the sky.
In Vanuatu, ancient volcanic ranges loom over topaz blue waters and quiet beach huts. The shallow waters and sheltered bays make an ideal location for children learning to swim and sail. Away from the distractions of the modern world, guests will find plenty of chances to socialise and relax aboard the luxury charter.
The most famous reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia has plenty of dive sites that only a yacht charter can access. Fishing is permitted in some areas, as are motorised water sports. Take the family for a kayak amongst the atolls and observe manta rays and sea turtles passing between you and the vibrant coral.
To the south, New Zealand has mountainous ranges and tumbling waterfalls through the sounds. Step ashore at any of the major cities for a traditional Christmas meal and all the shopping and cultural entertainment your party could desire.
Avoid icy slush and frost-bitten toes this winter season and instead dip your feet into the temperate lagoons of these exotic island retreats. Make your Christmas memorable for all the right reasons and contact CharterWorld for your ideal yachting getaway.