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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

Explore Thailand and Malaysia aboard the exceptional Mondo Marine built charter yacht PRINCESS IOLANTHE

October 18, 2012

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Immerse yourself in the wonderful kingdom of Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife and spectacular islands of the wondrous yacht charter destinations of Thailand and Malaysia. One outstanding vessel to take you on this unforgettable journey is the 45-metre charter yacht Princess Iolanthe, custom built to perfection and utmost in comfort by the Italian shipyard Mondo Marine in 2006. In addition to her striking exterior lines by Luca Dini Design, Superyacht Princess Iolanthe features warm, elegant and spacious interior designed by Jean Pierre Fantini.

PRINCESS IOLANTHE - Main

PRINCESS IOLANTHE - Main

Superyacht Princess Iolanthe was created for long-distance cruising, being able to take her guests around the historically rich Mediterranean as well as the spectacular Thailand and Malaysia. Ten charter guests in total will find comfort and luxury aboard, in one master suite, two double cabins and two twin cabins. The spectacular owner’s suite is positioned on the main deck, boasting such commodities as an office,  his and her bathroom and is running the full width of the yacht. The four spacious and comfortable guest cabins can be found on the lower deck.

Luxury charter yacht Princess Iolanthe

Luxury charter yacht Princess Iolanthe

Luxury motor yacht Princess Iolanthe - Image courtesy of Mondo Marine

Luxury motor yacht Princess Iolanthe - Image courtesy of Mondo Marine

Sun-deck features a wet bar, Spa Pool, a lounging area as well as a dining table where guests are welcome to enjoy freshly prepared dishes al-fresco.

Spa Pool aboard superyacht Princess Iolanthe - Image courtesy of Mondo Marine

Spa Pool aboard superyacht Princess Iolanthe - Image courtesy of Mondo Marine

Salon aboard Princess Iolanthe yacht - Image courtesy of Mondo Marine

Salon aboard Princess Iolanthe yacht - Image courtesy of Mondo Marine

Further relaxation can be enjoyed on the bridge deck, boasting a lounge with stylish and comfortable seating, a wet bar as well as formal indoor/outdoor dining and outdoor lounging to wind down after a lovely meal.

Princess Iolanthe Yacht - Image courtesy of Mondo Marine

Princess Iolanthe Yacht - Image courtesy of Mondo Marine

In addition to the master cabin, the sleek and stylish Princess Iolanthe’s main deck offers her guests a day head, an entrance foyer, a spacious main lounge with excellent seating arrangement as well as a cinema area. Another formal entrance foyer is located aft with additional seating.

Mondo Marine built superyacht Princess Iolanthe

Mondo Marine built superyacht Princess Iolanthe

Princess Iolanthe superyacht - Photo courtesy of Mondo Marine

Princess Iolanthe superyacht - Photo courtesy of Mondo Marine

Amenities and water toys include a 5,6m Novurania inboard diesel guest tender, 4m Novurania 40hp O/B crew tender, one wave runner, one stand-up jet ski, skis, wakeboard, inflatable toys as well as snorkelling kit.

En-suite bathroom aboard Princess Iolanthe yacht - Photo courtesy of Mondo Marine

En-suite bathroom aboard Princess Iolanthe yacht - Photo courtesy of Mondo Marine

Luxury charter yacht Princess Iolanthe - Galley - image courtesy of Mondo Marine

Luxury charter yacht Princess Iolanthe - Galley - image courtesy of Mondo Marine

Yacht PRINCESS IOLANTHE

Year:2006 (Refit n/a)  L.O.A.:45.70m (149' 11")  Beam:9.30m (30' 6") 
Max Speed:16 knots  Cruise Speed:14 knots  Engines:CAT 3512B 2x1,850 hp 
Cabins: Charter Guest:10  Crew:

CHARTER VACATION IN THAILAND & MALAYSIA

PHUKET

Phuket, the largest island of Thailand’s west coast is the perfect reference and base point while on your Thai charter vacation in the Andaman Sea. It is similar in size to Singapore and is conveniently connected to mainland by two bridges.

Phuket Thailand

Phuket Thailand

PHANG NGA BAY

One of a wonderful places to visit while chartering a yacht in Phuket is Phang Nga Bay, a national marine park and an area of beautiful unspoiled scenery. Sailing here is safe all year round and most yacht charterers spend two or three days exploring the towering limestone islands of Ko Phanak and Koh Hong with their many caves and ‘Hongs’ to discover. Here you could take a long tail boat and set off to the renowned James Bond island or further to Koh Pan Yi, a typical Muslim Sea Gypsy village constructed on stilts.

Thailand

Thailand

RACHA ISLANDS

Racha Islands are located just off Phuket, with little tourism or development. Here you will find tranquil anchorages, crystal clear waters, perfect for snorkelling.

Longtail Boat in Thailand

Longtail Boat in Thailand

KOH PHI PHI

The main island of the Koh Phi Phi group is Koh Phi Phi Don. Small shops with fresh fruit and vegetable, big game fishing trips, restaurants and bars are what awaits its visitors. Moving onto Koh Phi Phi Lee, we have the spectacular Maya Bay to explore, the famous location used for filming the popular movie The Beach. This is a beautiful sandy lagoon with white beaches surrounded by limestone cliffs.

For those in love with snorkelling, there is Koh Dam Group, otherwise known as the Chicken Islands. The snorkelling here is excellent with a number of coral reefs to explore.

Koh Phi Phi Islands

Koh Phi Phi Islands

SIMILAN & SURIN ISLANDS

Located about 34 miles off the west coast of Thailand, Similan and Surin Islands are one of the world’s best dive destinations. The water around this marine park is teeming with fish amongst the surrounding coral.

Underwater Life

Underwater Life

LANGKAWI IN MALAYSIA

Situated a short distance south of Phuket, Langkawi is a tranquil charter destination of 99 primarily uninhabited islands, with pristine beaches and lush rainforest-covered mountains. Langkawi is a perfect place for nature lover and adventurous spirits.

Langkawi

Langkawi

The main island of Langkawi is an established and popular yachting haven. This sough-after charter vacation destination is duty free and an excellent place for shopping and provisioning.

Langkawi - Malaysia

Langkawi - Malaysia

North of Langkawi is the Koh Tarutao National Park offering another possibility for excellent diving in its wild and uninhabited nature. Its filled with secluded beaches and coves that are great for exploring by kayak. On Koh Lipee there is a stunning anchorage with a crescent-shaped white sand beach, at night dotted with the candlelights of the beach-bars.

In addition to the above listed superyacht charter destinations, there are many more picturesque places to visit and explore both in Malaysia and Thailand. For more information about the yacht rent around these areas and to find out more about Princess Iolanthe yacht charter, please contact our friendly team  here.