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Forget ‘Plan A’: Charter superyacht ‘Plan B’ in French Polynesia and the South Pacific

April 11, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Luxury yacht PLAN B (ex.HMAS FLINDERS) has charter availability in French Polynesia and the South Pacific this summer; from the beautiful blues of Bora Bora to the emerald forests of Fiji, there is a vast choice of natural beauty, culture and boutique shopping to experience. Built by the Australian navy in 1973 and refitted in 2011, she is a seamless combination of classic architecture and contemporary style. Filled with facilities, including a helicopter, outdoor cinema and a spa room, she is an ideal charter choice for energetic celebrations and unwinding under the tropical sun.

Superyacht PLAN B - Aerial view

Superyacht PLAN B – Aerial view

Both the interior and exterior design follows a theme of travel and guests will quickly spot the road signs adorning the walls, travel chests and animal print cushions for a safari-like effect.

Luxury yacht PLAN B - Lounge in the Great room

Luxury yacht PLAN B – Lounge in the Great room

Unlike most superyachts, Luxury yacht PLAN B has a ‘Great room’ where guests can enjoy informal gatherings in a space consisting of a lounge, dining area and study/research station with multiple monitors. The dining area is located in its own alcove and provides guests with a unique dining experience that continues the theme found across the decks. Outside of meal times, the cosy spot is ideal for a quiet night of reading or playing games together as a family.

If you are having guests over, the main salon is an excellent place to meet and greet before heading out onto the main deck for alfresco dining and refreshments under perfect blue skies.

“Luxury yacht PLAN B is available for French Polynesia and South Pacific charters from $195,000-$250,000 USD per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld to reserve your dates, or look for other luxury yachts available in French Polynesia and the South Pacific here.”

Luxury yacht PLAN B - Entertainment on the main deck

Luxury yacht PLAN B – Entertainment on the main deck

Comfortable seating is arranged for small groups to enjoy intimate conversation, while the spacious sunpads towards the aft benefit from the most sun while still being close to the sheltered bar for quick refreshments.

Superyacht PLAN B - Skylounge

Superyacht PLAN B – Skylounge

The glittering sky lounge offers a second location for entertaining in a bright space filled with floor to ceiling windows and vibrant art. It also serves as a convenient retreat for guests who wish to escape from the night air after a day of serenity out on the sheltered upper aft deck.

Up on the sun deck, there is little to do other than to relax and unwind, chatting with friends and family as you soak in the Jacuzzi or take an afternoon nap on the sun pads while surrounded by sweeping views of your striking destination.

Superyacht PLAN B has an excellent collection of water toys, which includes:

  • jet skis
  • water skis
  • sea scooters
  • kayaks
  • paddleboards
  • a waterslide
  • scuba diving equipment
  • snorkelling equipment
  • fishing gear, and
  • inflatable and towable toys
Motor yacht PLAN B - Master suite

Motor yacht PLAN B – Master suite

The accommodation layout is designed to sleep up to 12 guests over 5 cabins: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins and 2 double cabins that convert to twins. A crew of 12 will provide you and your guests with everything you require for an energetic or relaxing charter experience outside of the region’s usual charter grounds of the Caribbean and Bahamas.

Luxury yacht PLAN B is available for French Polynesia and South Pacific charters from $195,000-$250,000 USD per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld to reserve your dates, or look for other luxury yachts available in French Polynesia and the South Pacific here.

Superyacht Big Fish is booking up fast for summer 2017: secure your charter in French Polynesia or Fiji

March 27, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Ever popular 45m/148ft motor yacht BIG FISH is booking up fast for charters in 2017: find out why she is so highly regarded and reserve your dates today.

Motor yacht BIG FISH

Motor yacht BIG FISH

Built by New Zealand company McMullen & Wing in 2010 and featuring the architectural design talents of Greg Marshall Design, explorer yacht BIG FISH has chartered from the South Pacific to Antarctica and up to Northern Europe.

M/Y BIG FISH holds numerous awards, winning the Naval Architecture Award: Motor Yachts at the Showboats Design Awards 2011 and the Best Power 40m-65m at the International Superyacht Society Awards 2011 as well as receiving the following:

Finalist:

  • Exterior Design & Styling Award: Displacement Motor Yachts 100′-199′ (SDA 2011)
  • Interior Layout Award: Motor Yachts (SDA 2011)
  • Environmental Protection Award (SDA 2011)

Special commendation:

  • Best Displacement Motor yacht of below 500GT (30m to approximately 49.9m) (WSA 2011)
  • Judges’ Special Award (WSA 2011)
Superyacht BIG FISH - Main salon

Superyacht BIG FISH – Main salon

Main salon and dining area make use of expansive windows running down both sides of the interior space to flood the area with natural light. Oversized armchairs, sofas and bay window seating provides guests of any age plenty of places to stretch out whilst admiring the views of the South Pacific.

M/Y BIG FISH - Formal dining area

M/Y BIG FISH – Formal dining area

The formal dining area forward of the main salon seats up to 6 guests in elegant simplicity for a dining experience where the company is the focus.

The main deck aft aboard superyacht BIG FISH

The main deck aft aboard superyacht BIG FISH

Main deck aft has comfortable seating for the whole group to gather together and the tables are a convenient place to rest reading material, laptops or for coffee mornings. The deck is designed with a layer to prevent damage from high heeled shoes, so charter guests can invite friends and host parties without the need to worry about what is on everyone’s feet.

The upper deck hosts the Master suite, and guests occupying this floor will have an enviably large cabin with floor to ceiling windows for spectacular views out onto the private upper deck and to the emerald mountains and sapphire waters beyond. Sun loungers and sunpads form the upper deck aft relaxation area, while on the fore deck there are a number of sun loungers and the wide deck area makes a great space for outdoor exercises including yoga and Tai Chi.

Spa pool and sunpads on the sundeck of luxury yacht BIG FISH

Spa pool and sunpads on the sundeck of luxury yacht BIG FISH

Sundeck has a skylight pouring natural illumination down into the decks below. Generous Jacuzzi and sunpads with alfresco dining located on this deck. Stairs lead up to a crow’s nest that allows guests to receive 360 views of the surrounding South Pacific completely uninterrupted.

Luxury yacht BIG FISH  has a great selection of water toys and her tender garage contains:

  • 8 x scuba diving equipment
  • 4 x paddleboards
  • 2 x windsurfers
  • 2 x kayaks
  • 2 x kitesurfers
  • 2 x Wake Boards
  • 1 x jet ski
  • water skis, and
  • snorkelling equipment

The broad swim platform provides easy access to the water, and as an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, guests can learn how to properly use the water toys and leave their holiday with a lifelong skill. While in transit, the selection of on board gym equipment will allow guests to maintain their fitness routines.

Luxury yacht BIG FISH - Master suite with views out onto the upper deck aft

Luxury yacht BIG FISH – Master suite with views out onto the upper deck aft

The accommodation layout is designed for up to 10 guests over 5 cabins: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins, all with en-suite facilities.

Expedition yacht BIG FISH is available for charter in French Polynesia this June and in Fiji this August from $245,000-$275,000 USD per week plus expenses. M/Y BIG FISH is booking up fast – secure your dates today and contact CharterWorld to avoid disappointment.

Head-turning Party Girl still available for Caribbean and Bahamas charters

February 18, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Built in 2013 by Icon Yachts, 62m/205ft luxury yacht PARTY GIRL (ex.MERIDIAN, MAIDELLE) is available for charter in the Caribbean and Bahamas before moving on to Northern Europe and then French Polynesia in the South Pacific.

Icon Motor Yacht PARTY GIRL - Main

Icon Motor Yacht PARTY GIRL – Main

With interiors from Cristiano Gatto Design and exterior styling by Redman Whitely Dixon, PARTY GIRL is a wonderfully heady mix of calming pastel shades and striking bold blues, each in their own unique space and proudly displaying oriental accents.

The impressive teamwork that went into this iconic yacht placed her as a finalist in three categories at the 2013 Showboats Design Awards:

  • Interior Design Award: Motor Yachts 200ft+
  • Interior Layout Award: Motor Yachts
  • Exterior Design & Styling Award: Displacement Motor Yachts 200ft+
Superyacht PARTY GIRL - Formal dining and main salon

Superyacht PARTY GIRL – Formal dining and main salon

On the main deck, the spacious main salon is arranged for guest socialisation, with plenty of seating for inviting guests aboard while dockside. The wet bar has ample choice for an afternoon aperitif or an evening cocktail and the formal dining area seats up to 14 guests in lavish style perfect for any special occasion.

Luxury yacht PARTY GIRL - Exterior lounge and view into main salon

Luxury yacht PARTY GIRL – Exterior lounge and view into main salon

To the aft, an indoor/outdoor lounge area makes an excellent spot for guests to dry off after hours spent in the transparent waters of the Bahamas and the area is also a great place to enjoy breakfast together and start your day. The main deck aft offers plenty of seating and is the perfect environment for outdoor living sheltered from the sun, with an outdoor bar providing refreshments to guests.

PARTY GIRL from Icon Yachts - Upper deck lounge area

PARTY GIRL from Icon Yachts – Upper deck lounge area

The skylounge is another beautifully appointed space offering uninterrupted views of your charter grounds while you and your guests relax and socialise. There are plenty of options for alfresco dining throughout superyacht PARTY GIRL, with the upper deck aft providing an intimate and luxurious setting for watching the sunset.

Icon Motor Yacht PARTY GIRL - Sundeck

Icon Motor Yacht PARTY GIRL – Sundeck

For the best views anywhere on board, the Jacuzzi on the sundeck will soothe tired bodies and minds as you listen to the sounds of the indigenous wildlife and the waves lapping the nearby shore.

The Master suite aboard MY PARTY GIRL

The Master suite aboard MY PARTY GIRL

Icon Motor Yacht PARTY GIRL - Master ensuite

Icon Motor Yacht PARTY GIRL – Master ensuite

The internal layout sleeps 12 guests over 8 rooms, which include 2 Master suites, 2 VIP staterooms, and 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins. A crew of up to 18 can live aboard comfortably, ensuring that motor yacht PARTY GIRL lives up to her name and proves every guest with memorable service.

VIP stateroom and private lounge area aboard luxury yacht PARTY GIRL

VIP stateroom and private lounge area aboard luxury yacht PARTY GIRL

Superyacht PARTY GIRL  is available for charter in the Caribbean and the Bahamas this winter and the South Pacific this summer from $475,000 USD per week plus expenses. For more information about on-board amenities and for available charter dates, contact CharterWorld today.

The Best Diving Spots Off Your Luxury Yacht

November 18, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Need some inspiration on planning a holiday? Explore the world beneath you on a luxury yacht charter voyage! Put world-class diving destinations at the very top of your yachting itinerary. Don’t forget to pack your diving camera. There’s everything from fascinating shipwrecks to kaleidoscope coral reefs, exotic marine life to underwater caves. Onboard a luxurious superyacht benefit from the skills of an expert diving instructor or if you’re experienced, do it alone and jump in from the yacht deck.

1. Virgin Islands – if exploring shipwrecks is your thing, then the Virgin Islands ticks all the right boxes. The sleepy Virgin Gorda Island is home to one of the most famous diving sites in the Caribbean, the wreck of the HMS Rhone, located off Salt Island. Many enthusiastic divers plan their entire yachting vacation around a trip to this famous site which has been in existence since 1867 when the Royal Mail steamer sank during a hurricane. What an adventure! If you love the spirit of sailing superyachts then Maltese Falcon for charter is an ideal option. Full selection on charter yacht available in the Caribbean you can check here.

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands

88m megayacht Maltese Falcon by Perini Navi

88m megayacht Maltese Falcon by Perini Navi

2. MexicoMexico has a number of awe-inspiring dive sites which warrant a visit in their own right. Set sail for the coastal town of Playa del Carmen close to the Yucatan Peninsula. The majestic limestone bedrock is riddled with fresh water-filled skin holes called centos some of which are 14m deep. Explore the underwater caves, a true labyrinth for divers. Visit the Baja Peninsula close to Santa Rosalia and Espiritu Santos. You may be lucky enough to see the giant Humboldt squid which can grow up to almost 2m in length – wow! Why not charter the superyacht Mamma Mia for your next holiday

Diving in Mexico

Diving in Mexico

Mexico

Monumental underwater museum called MUSA, Cancun, Mexico

3. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia – no top ten diving spots would be complete without the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Considered as one of the natural Seven Wonders of the World, this underwater paradise is a fantastic diving destination from top to bottom, a perfect site for divers of all levels. Get your diving gear ready to explore the Coral Sea with visibility of almost 60m making it ideal for spotting sea snakes and sharks at a distance. It has the world’s largest collection of corals, sponges, molluscs, rays and dolphins. CharterWorld offers a large selection of luxury superyacht for charter in the area, for example the stunning motor yacht True North.

Motor yacht True North in Australia

Motor yacht True North in Australia

4. Vanuatu – like many regions in the South Pacific, Vanuatu is home to exciting diving spots. There’s the mighty shipwreck, SS President Coolidge, located off the coast of Espiritu Santo. This 22,000 tonne ship sank fully laden with war machinery during World War II just off the beach. For something a little different, how about diving around Tongoa and Million Dollar Point? It’s a great opportunity to explore the edge of a live volcano, how exciting will that be? The best way to reach all the islands of Vanuatu is on your own charter yacht, which CharterWorld can assist you with.

Vanuatu

Vanuatu

5. Rangiroa, French Polynesia – approximately 400 kms from Tahiti are the incredible islands of the Tuamotu Archipelago. They include a string of coral that encircles a luminous lagoon known as Rangiroa, the second largest atoll in the world. With more than 240 tiny islets over a 177 kms, it’s not surprising that this is one of the world’s most intriguing and diverse diving spots – awesome.

French Polynesia diving

French Polynesia diving

6. Egyptian Red Sea – the Egyptian Red Sea is ranked as one of the world’s best diving spots and a great destination for a luxury yacht charter with good reason. The eastern edge of the Sahara supports one of the most spectacular dive sites. Separated naturally from the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea has developed an individual reef system like no other. Diving, scuba diving and snorkeling are very popular water activities here so make the Egyptian Red Sea part of your yacht charter itinerary.

Red Sea, Egypt

Red Sea, Egypt

7. The Maldives – the best diving spots in the Indian Ocean can be found in the glorious tropical paradise of the Maldives. The channels here are full of caves, caverns and overhangs that hide soft corals, colorful sponges and unique invertebrates. There are plenty of sites to explore in this amazing region. Away from the reefs, you may be lucky enough to spot manta rays, eagle rays or different species of sharks. A yacht charter is the perfect way to enjoy the various adventures that diving sites offer.

The Maldives

The Maldives

8. Cayman Islands – these islands are a group of three islands all of which offer world class diving. Although Grand Cayman is the most established diving destination, for a more relaxed but equally as enthralling, there’s Little Cayman and for the daring, on the northern shore, Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson Point. These are sheer coral cliffs dropping 2,000m into a submarine trench. Many divers consider this to be the finest wall diving in the Caribbean. Some of the best luxury charter yachts will be cruising in the waters of the Caribbean this winter, and are available for charter!

85m luxury charter yacht Solandge built by Lurssen - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m luxury charter yacht Solandge built by Lurssen – Photo by Klaus Jordan

Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

9. Sipadan Island, Malaysian Borneo – one of the more secluded diving spots can be found off Sipadan Island in the South China Sea. This island is less than an hour’s sail from the mainland, so it shouldn’t take your skipper long to get there. It’s an unbelievable magnet for studying fish from barracuda to horse-eye jacks as well as stunning green turtles which are accustomed to the presence of divers. At South Point you may encounter reef sharks, huge schools of trevally along with herds of parrot fish.

Sipadan Island

Sipadan Island

10. Surin and Similan Islands, ThailandThailand’s best diving spots can be found in the Andaman Sea. There are fabulous diving sites like Hin Daeng (Red Rock) and Hin Mouang (Purple Rock) in the south west, off the Surin and Similan Islands. The Surin Islands are also home to Richelieu Rock, a 30m dive famous for shark sightings and giant schools of fish. There are many wonderful photograph opportunities here.

Similan Islands

Similan Islands

Tahiti/French Polynesia Superyacht Charter Special

July 11, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

Motor yacht Seven Sins is offering a yacht charter special of 10 DAYS FOR THE PRICE OF 7 in French Polynesia. The yacht is already on location.

Yacht Seven Sins

Yacht Seven Sins

“…every aspect of your vessel and your crew were, in a word, impeccable…”

Some of SEVEN SINS’ key features:

She has been extended by 2,5m giving even more deck space. She has also recently benefited from a retouched interior. The yacht was also a finalist at World Superyacht Awards in Refit category

Seven Sins offers a huge selection of Water Toys including Floating Trampoline and two Seabobs.

Her upper deck offers dining for 12 guests and a table for 10 on the Sun Deck. More yacht info

Swimming with the fish in French Polynesia

Swimming with the fish in French Polynesia

Feedback from someone that recently chartered the yacht in French Polynesia/Tahiti:

“I am pleased to report to you that every aspect of your vessel and your crew were, in a word, impeccable. Beyond all of my very high expectations in every way.

This email is simply to say “thank you” for sharing your vessel and its able and charming crew with us. and I hope I’ll get the chance to spend some more time on her perhaps again in the South Pacific or perhaps in the Caribbean.
Thanks again”

Tahiti ocean beauty

Tahiti ocean beauty

SEVEN SINS SPECS

BUILT/REFIT:
2005 / 2015

BUILDER:
Heesen

LENGTH (LOA):
43.80m (143′ 8″)

GUESTS:
10 in 5 cabins

CREW:
Captain
Xavier Penez + 7

Contact CharterWorld, the worldwide yacht charter experts, for a range of the luxury yachts available for a Tahiti or South Pacific vacation.

Charter Seven Sins to Tahiti this autumn

June 20, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Take a charter to the unspoiled and intoxicating beauty of French Polynesia this September and October aboard 44m/144ft superyacht SEVEN SINS. Built in 2005 by Heesen and refitted in 2015, luxury yacht SEVEN SINS contains all the latest technology – including a home cinema and karaoke in the skylounge – for exceptional performance and entertainment.

Luxury yacht SEVEN SINS

Luxury yacht SEVEN SINS

From the octagonal Jacuzzi to the Hammam steam room and sauna, SEVEN SINS provides no end of opportunity to unwind and relax into the laid-back atmosphere of Tahiti. The sun pads and shaded alfresco dining areas on the upper and lower aft decks offer spectacular views of the South Pacific islands.

Inside, the spacious main saloon is adorned in Cherrywood and Makassar furniture to create an inviting seating area for socialising and entertaining. Floor to ceiling windows allow daylight and moonlight to cascade through from the outside.

Luxury yacht SEVEN SINS - saloon

Luxury yacht SEVEN SINS – saloon

As an approved RYA Sports Centre, SEVEN SINS offers the perfect opportunity to spend hours enjoying the azure waters of the South Pacific whilst earning a jet-ski certificate. SEVEN SINS has a great range of water toys, including 2 SeaDoo personal water craft, 1 Seabob and 1 wakeboard, beach games and 1 Castoldi Jet tender.

SEVEN SINS can accommodate 10 guests in 5 rooms: 1 master suite, 2 VIP staterooms and 2 twin cabins. Up to 8 crew can comfortably man the vessel and ensure that French Polynesia is every bit as remarkable to experience as it is to look at.

Available from €125,000 per week, plus expenses, SEVEN SINS is ready to provide not-so-guilty pleasures in one of the finest destinations in the South Pacific. Contact CharterWorld for more information.

Balk Shipyard Shortlisted for Power Yacht Refit Award with Charter Yacht SEVEN SINS at IY&A Awards 2016

March 09, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Balk Shipyard has been shortlisted in The International Yacht and Aviation 2016 awards with the impressive refit of the luxury charter yacht SEVEN SINS in the Power Yacht Refit Award category, as announced by LUXE at al.

Superyacht SEVEN SINS

Superyacht SEVEN SINS

The refit, according to Balk Shipyard, represents one of the most intricate refits the shipyard has undertaken to date, although it only involved around one third of the yacht. The project was very unique, as it is quite rare for a yacht to be extended by two and a half metres by removing the bow section.

The new bow of the yacht was ready to be attached when the vessel arrived at the shipyard, and it took six men and an entire month to attached the new bow to the existing hull.

SEVEN SINS following refit

SEVEN SINS following refit

In addition to the new bow, SEVEN SINS also received four brand-new crew cabins, numerous storage areas, a crew mess and a laundry. Everything was prefabricated and fitted in the hall, then taken apart again in order to get it on board.

SEVEN SINS

SEVEN SINS

The final result is a superyacht extended by 2,3 metres, with SEVEN SINS now measuring 43,60 metres. This is a very special projects, providing the fact that she also needed to comply with the new Large Yacht 3 code. SEVEN SINS now has more balanced exterior lines and boasts a new bulbous bow that provides better fuel consumption and improved overall performance.

Seven Sins will be available for charter in the French Polynesia in the summer.

Luxury Sailing Yacht SILVERTIP available in New Zealand and French Polynesia

January 21, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Luxury sailing yacht SILVERTIP is available for New Zealand charters this winter and yachting holidays in French Polynesia in the summer. The 33,80-metre vessel is a fabulous choice for adventurous vacations with a difference, offering three comfortable deluxe cabins to six guests. She is available for US$60,000 per week plus expenses.

SILVERTIP for charter in New Zealand in winter and French Polynesia in summer

SILVERTIP for charter in New Zealand in winter and French Polynesia in summer

SILVERTIP is a beautiful high-performance sloop, constructed by the renowned Yachting Developments shipyard in New Zealand. She was designed by the equally well-known UK-based Dubois Naval Architects, boasting inviting, airy and warm interiors by Agnes Comar.

Sailing yacht SILVERTIP- From Above

Sailing yacht SILVERTIP- From Above

Three luxurious cabins include one Owner’s suite, one double cabin as well as one twin cabin. The yacht is serviced by a professional crew of four, including a skilled Captain.

Sailing yacht SILVERTIP- Master Cabin

Sailing yacht SILVERTIP- Master Cabin

One of the special features of SILVERTIP is her innovative prod on the foredeck as well as the imported Swedish pear wood that adorns the magnificent interior. The vast cockpit is protected by a large, folding but semi-permanent spray hood.

Sailing yacht SILVERTIP- Main Salon

Sailing yacht SILVERTIP- Main Salon

SILVERTIP was built in composite and can be powered by a single 300hp Lugger L6108 A diesel engine. She is ABS classed and boasts a beam of 7,1 metres with a maximum draft of 4,3 metres.

Sailing yacht SILVERTIP- On Deck

Sailing yacht SILVERTIP- On Deck

For more information about chartering SILVERTIP in New Zealand this winter or in the French Polynesia in the summer, don’t hesitate to approach our experienced team of brokers.

Sailing Yacht Silvertip

Year:2002 (Refit 2012)  L.O.A.:33.8m (111')   Beam:7.1m (23'29'') 
Max Speed:  Cruise Speed:  Engines:1x300 HP Lugger L6108 A d 
Cabins: Charter Guest: Crew:

Tahiti attracted 45 Luxury Superyachts in 2015

January 15, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Tahiti, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world, nestled in French Polynesia, South Pacific, attracted a total number of 45 luxury superyachts in 2015, as reported by Asia Pacific Superyachts Tahiti (APS) director Etienne Boutin.

Aerial view of Tahiti's Marina Taina

Aerial view of Tahiti’s Marina Taina

Looking forward to an amazing 2016, Etienne Boutin said: “2015 was an average year for Tahiti superyacht visits with a total of 45 – let’s hope 2016 will be brilliant!”

The main Pacific Hub represents Tahiti’s Marina Taina, with Papeete Port coming in second. The top class Marina Taina is positioned five miles west of Papeete Harbour and was the first superyacht facility in French Polynesia, built in 1994 and expanded in 2004.

Marina Taina offers a safe, quiet and pollution-free environment in a breath-taking lagoon. The marina is close to city amenities and within walking distance of excellent dining and a shopping mall, home to the largest supermarket in Tahiti. Two concrete docks are reserved for luxury yachts and able to handle up to 27 units under 60 meters at the same time. Mooring is stern-to with one anchor and lines on 4 tons bottom blocks – depth varies from 4 to 15m.

Plenty of superyachts arriving from the Panama Canal reach the fabulous French Polynesia every year to explore its pristine islands and exotic culture.

Fiji Yacht Charter: New Offices in Fiji by SPE for Bespoke Dive Adventures

August 13, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Superyacht Private Expeditions (SPE), specialising in tailor-made international dive adventures, are pleased to announced the opening of their new offices situated in the beautiful South Pacific yacht charter destination Fiji, at the Marina Denarau. The new offices have been opened to service the breath-taking underwater playground of the region.

Diving in Fiji - Photo credit Rodolphe Holler / Superyacht Private Expeditions

Diving in Fiji – Photo credit Rodolphe Holler / Superyacht Private Expeditions

As a result of the successful Tahiti Private Expeditions (TPE), owners Christelle and Rodolphe Holler developed SPE a few years ago to satisfy the needs of discerning superyacht customers wishing to explore new areas in the Pacific and South East Asia with trusted dive experts.

With the main office in Auckland, New Zealand, the powerhouse couple has weighty industry and client credentials backing their latest venture. Rodolphe is a dive instructor, marine biologist and professional underwater photographer, filmmaker and award winner of the 2nd Tahiti Underwater Film Festival (FISPOL). Christelle is a dive master, long-time consultant to the Tahiti Department of Tourism in charge of promoting the destination to the superyacht industry and has significant high-end international hospitality experience.

David Jamieson, superyacht captain, dive master and Fiji resident of more than 10 years has been hand chosen as the manager of the  Fiji operations for SPE.

Underwater world in Fiji - Photo credit Rodolphe Holler / Superyacht Private Expeditions

Underwater world in Fiji – Photo credit Rodolphe Holler / Superyacht Private Expeditions

“Combining significant dive experience, extensive local knowledge and contacts with the drive to create outstanding tailored experiences for our clients make David and his team the natural choice” says Christelle Holler.    

Jamieson first arrived in Fiji as captain of the 30m classic yacht sailing yacht Aile Blanche in 1999. He has been the owner of the Superyacht shore support agency, Asia Pacific Superyachts Fiji (previously Yacht Help Fiji) for the past 13 years. This provides him with a unique insight into the wants, needs and expectations of today’s superyacht owner, both onshore and off. Asia Pacific Superyachts Fiji has joined Superyacht Private Expeditions as a partner in providing the best diving experience in Fiji for visiting private yachts as well as charter superyachts.

“I’m excited to share my expertise and enthusiasm for diving in Fiji. Although Fiji benefits from strong tourism only 110 of the 332 islands are inhabited. Most of these islands are of volcanic origin and feature great sheltered anchorages for superyachts. Few yachts go there so you feel like you are the first ones to explore the area; notably with a custom itinerary tailored to each guest’s experience and interests whether the group is experienced, complete beginners or includes children. The ongoing project of turning the Vatu-i-ra area into a Marine protected area means there is even more dive excitement coming up in Fiji” says Jamieson.

Fiji yacht charterers can expect tropical weather patterns similar to Tahiti, however both destinations offer two completely contrasting and unique experiences. Fiji is abound with a profusion of thousands of small colourful fish, shark encounters aplenty and abundant magical soft coral, whilst Tahiti is known for thrilling drift dives, brushes with dolphins, manta rays and humpback whales amidst expansive coral reefs. This makes Fiji the natural ‘next location’ to visit arriving from Tahiti in a journey through the Pacific particularly at a time where Fiji is developing a marine protected area.

Superyacht Private Expeditions will continue to provide the highest quality dive experience in Fiji that clients of TPE have become familiar with; namely using the very best dive guides, professionally trained underwater videographers and the latest technology to enable clients to share their adventures with friends and family all over the world.

“Onboard dive crew are often very busy when guests are onboard and diving is not their sole responsibility so having a dedicated person in charge of this activity makes things much easier for the crew and captain,” says Holler. “Not only are we peace of mind for the captain we also support charter managers and brokers in setting up custom itineraries for their clients in areas they have sometimes not experienced themselves.  We step onboard to make our clients’ trip unforgettable.”

TPE and SPE’s rich portfolio of superyacht clients includes: Charter Expedition Yacht Big Fish, Mega Yacht Octopus, Luxury Support Charter Yacht SuRi, S/Y Silencio, M/Y Askari, Charter Motor Yacht Unbridled, M/Y A, and Charter Superyacht Maltese Falcon.

“Quite often we’ll work with yachts on both their charter and owner’s trips,” notes Holler, saying that they recently worked for clients of Sailing Yacht Silencio on a Tahiti yacht charter having previously worked with the owner. A same guide is often requested to join in another destination the following season.

SPE is expanding to other fantastic yachting destinations in order to offer professional tailored itineraries and consistently excellent dive standards throughout the Pacific; from one destination to the next.

Ni sa bula vinaka! Superyacht Private Expeditions looks forward to welcoming you to Fiji.