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Charter 60m/197ft sailing yacht Seahawk in the South Pacific from June

April 27, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Sailing yacht SEAHAWK will be available for charter in the South Pacific this summer, cruising through destinations including Fiji, Tahiti, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Sailing yacht SEAHAWK - Built by Perini Navi

Sailing yacht SEAHAWK – Built by Perini Navi

Built in 2013 by Perini Navi with an interior design by Christian Liaigre, superyacht SEAHAWK won the Holistic Design Award category at the 2014 Showboats Design Awards and made it into the finalists at a number of different events:

  • Best Sail 40m+ (International Superyacht Society Awards 2014)
  • Best Sailing Yacht in 40m+ size range (Superyacht Awards 2014)
  • Interior Design Award: Sailing Yachts (Showboats Design Awards 2014)
  • Exterior Design & Styling Award: Sailing Yachts (Showboats Design Awards 2014)

At 60m/197ft, she creates an impressive figure on the water and her interior and exterior spaces are perfectly balanced to make the most of outdoor living in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Luxury yacht SEAHAWK - Salon

Luxury yacht SEAHAWK – Salon

The large salon is a contemporary and masculine environments using dark colours, glass and burnished metal for an atmospheric environment that creatively divides the space for formal dining and socialising. Forward of the salon is the media room for entertainment while in transit and evenings curled up with a film.

“Discover your piece of paradise this summer on a high performance yacht fresh from maintenance in New Zealand and contact CharterWorld now to secure your favoured dates.”

Superyacht SEAHAWK - Formal dining area

Superyacht SEAHAWK – Formal dining area

On the foredeck guests can take morning coffee at the forward seating or have a cocktail under the stars. The aft deck offers an impressive dining experience with shaded cockpit dining, additional seating and a wet bar. Towards the stern the spacious deck are can be used for sunbathing or exercise using the on board gym equipment.

Sunpads on the flybridge add an additional place for guests to unwind under the tropical sun and in the evenings, the upper flybridge becomes an outdoor cinema for entertainment under the stars.

Superyacht SEAHAWK has a great selection of water toys, which include:

  • 4 x Seabobs
  • 2 x jet skis
  • wake boards
  • water skis
  • scuba diving equipment, and
  • inflatable toys

As an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre, every guest has the opportunity to learn how to use the water toys for the first time for skills that last a lifetime.

Sailing yacht SEAHAWK - Master suite with private salon

Sailing yacht SEAHAWK – Master suite with private salon

The on board accommodation sleeps up to 12 guests across 5/6 cabins: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP staterooms, 2 double cabins and 1 double cabin convertible into 2 cabins. An expert crew of 11 will ensure that everything runs smoothly and your guests receive and exceptional level of service throughout the charter.

Sailing yacht SEAHAWK is available in South Pacific destinations including Fiji, Tonga and Tahiti from €250,000 per week plus expenses. Discover your piece of paradise this summer on a high performance yacht fresh from maintenance in New Zealand and contact CharterWorld now to secure your favoured dates.

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

South Pacific: Seal Superyachts Opens New Offices in Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji & Tahiti

May 12, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Seal Superyachts, a well-known superyacht support agency, has announced its expansion to four South Pacific yachting and yacht charter destinations: Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji and Tahiti, in addition to its already existing gestations in the Indian Ocean and Asia. The new expansion means the company will now be able to offer a comprehensive coverage of its operations across the southern Pacific Ocean.

South Pacific - Photo by David Kirkland Photography

South Pacific – Photo by David Kirkland Photography

VANUATU

Justin Jenkins of Seal Superyachts Vanuatu says about the new expansion “becoming part of the Seal Superyachts family is a completely natural evolution for us here in Vanuatu. Seal are well known for having strong principles of honesty and transparency. This is the same focus we have in helping our clients realize their wishes.”

He continues “Our business is growing fast and so are the size and the amount of yachts now visiting the Pacific and Vanuatu. Our clients will benefit from a close-knit team that believes in giving the best service and staying on top of our game. The transformation of Vanuatu Yacht Services to Seal Superyachts Vanuatu will enable us to provide even better levels of service to our clients. We are extremely proud of being part of Seal Superyachts expansion to the Pacific!”

South Pacific - a one of a kind yachting and yacht charter destination - Photo by David Kirkland Photography

South Pacific – a one of a kind yachting and yacht charter destination – Photo by David Kirkland Photography

NEW CALEDONIA

Previously known as Noumea Yacht Services and situated on the waterfront of the main port and marina in Noumea, the company is New Caledonia’s first Superyacht service agency.

Herve Moal, Managing Partner of Seal Superyachts New Caledonia also expressed his opinion, “As an established Superyacht agent servicing yachts since 2006, we have a reputable and honorable standing for our prompt professional services. We base our whole operation on reliable service to yachts and their crew, covering every aspect of their individual needs. We respond quickly and proactively to all requests and we ensure each of our clients receive top quality supplies and services.” In terms of joining Seal Superyachts, Herve went on to explain “To be able to provide a reliable and trustworthy group of offices that can seamlessly serve Superyachts as they cruise across the South Pacific, is something we felt we had to be part of. We are really excited for the future of Superyacht cruising in our region”.

FIJI

Seal Superyachts is now also able to provide superyacht support in Fiji with an official presence. Since 2006, Baobab Marine was set up to provide yachts traversing the Pacific the option to have skilled repairs, maintenance, and quality fabrications carried out in Fiji. Since its beginning, the company has expanded to become the for most Superyacht specialist in Fiji, and will now be known under Seal Superyachts Fiji.

Brian Smith, heading up the Seal Superyachts Fiji team remarked “With an ever expanding Superyacht industry in Fiji we find ourselves growing every year and are privileged to have a long list of repeat clients. Becoming part of Seal Superyachts allows us to provide an additional level of service to our clients, by providing them with continued high-quality service, through their travels in the South Pacific and beyond. We believe that Seal Superyachts pride themselves on delivering quality service and support, in line with our business philosophies”.

TAHITI

Mr. Pascal Bredin, a former charter captain, founded Tahiti Yacht Services in 2005 to offer his know-how and expertise to Superyachts coming to French Polynesia, be it privately or with yacht charter guests on board. Starting as a family-run company based close to the Taina Marina in the district of Punaauia, they have since grown to become the representative agent for Sevenstar Yacht Transport and Dockwise Yacht Transport. Tahiti Yacht Services has rebranded and will now be known as Seal Superyachts Tahiti.

Born on the island of Tahiti, Mr. Pascal Bredin is the new Managing Partner of Seal Superyachts Tahiti and has over twenty years of experience in the yachting and maritime industry. Celebrating the new direction for his team, Pascal says “I know our clients enjoy working with us. Our Polynesian hospitality, together with a ‘make it happen attitude’ sets us apart and takes the stress out of cruising the Tahitian islands. We strive to deliver reliable and transparent solutions to our valuable customers and we look forward to adding our Polynesian smile and service to the Seal Superyachts family”.

Seal Superyachts Managing Director Adam Frost has also spoken about the today’s announcement: “I am delighted. We are bringing four leading support agencies in the Pacific Ocean into the Seal Superyachts group of dedicated support specialists. Looking further ahead, we’ll work towards a full global network of connected support services for the Superyacht and Yachting industries”

Video of 73m motor yacht DRAGONFLY helping Vanuatu

April 09, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The outstanding 73m motor yacht Dragonfly was deployed to Vanuatu to provide disaster relief, following the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam on March 14, 2015. Captain Mike Gregory of mega yacht Dragonfly has released the video below, showing the work that the striking Dragonfly and her crew performed, highlighting the possible use of resources onboard yachts in such disaster zones. The video was filmed on location by the Dragonfly Team and produced by Film Maker and Engineer Shaun O’Callaghan.

Whilst onboard in the week leading up to the 14th March, the crew and I were watching a storm develop in the South Pacific with trepidation. Having spent the past few years cruising these beautiful areas we have made many friends and developed relationships with the local communities in these island groups. Unfortunately our fears were realized when the storm became a Cat 5 Cyclone and on the 14th March it ran straight over the top of the remote island chain of Vanuatu, 1,000 Miles East of Australia.

It was a horrible feeling knowing that the people of Vanuatu were suffering and we felt compelled to assist in whatever way we could. After a discussion the Owners fully supported the decision to head south and assist those same people that had been so hospitable to us in recent years’ – Captain Mike Gregory – Dragonfly

‘The team that we have on Dragonfly are exceptional, we have over recent years developed our medical training program and all crew are highly trained with 5 EMT’s & a Dr onboard we were well positioned to act as first response on the many islands that we visited.

Superyacht Dragonfly was tasked with the remote islands North of Efate (The Capital of Port Vila) in the Shefa Province and on arrival the Dragonfly Team was shocked by the level of damage. Their tasking included Medical Response, Delivery of Food and Water, Delivery and construction of Shelter and providing Intel back to the Disaster Management team on the ground in Port Vila.

The Dragonfly Team worked closely with Sam & Jess Bell from Kaleva Yachting Services who have an agency based in Vanuatu and were an invaluable local resource.

After seven days on the ground working in the more remote areas of Vanuatu, the Dragonfly Team was shocked daily by the level of damage and destruction that Cyclone Pam had caused. They found villages that were still waiting for aid nearly two weeks after the storm and are down to their last days of food stocks. Many of these villages have no fresh water source.

The Dragonfly Team mission statistics are:

■ Discharged and staged over 62,000 litres of fresh water in 21 villages (9 Islands)

■ Attended to over 250 casualties/patients and assessed many more.

■ Facilitated 3 medical evacuations

■ Cleared numerous helicopter Landing Zones for ongoing support

■ Cleared access roads and removed fallen trees from buildings

■ Delivered and/or erected shelter in multiple villages

The Dragonfly Team was very sad to leave Vanuatu and hopes that the international and yachting community continue to support them as they rebuild this beautiful country.

Captain Mike Gregory and the Dragonfly Team encourages all who can to donate to one of the many charities aiding the relief efforts, and they would like to note the great work that is being done by Yacht Aid Global.

Rivergate and shadow support yacht UMBRA helping Vanuatu

March 31, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Rivergate Marina and Shipyard is currently helping Vanuatu, following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam. It was organised for the 51m shadow support yacht Umbra, with helicopter support, to deliver the cargo into Port Vila on Thursday last week. Superyacht support vessel Umbra was undergoing works in Auckland, New Zealand when the cyclone hit; changing course to immediate route to Port Vila where Rivergate’s emergency supplies were distributed to those in need, reaching islands where there has been no prior contact or aid provided.

Luxury yacht support vessel Umbra helping Vanuatu

Rivergate and luxury yacht support vessel Umbra helping Vanuatu

Rivergate Marina’s owners have extensively travelled the islands of Vanuatu; engaging with and immersing themselves into the local communities. They’ve established a personal rapport and compassion for the people they have met throughout their years of involvement there; constructing a local school, and making donations of what many would consider the most basic necessities; clothes, school books and stationary, reading glasses, sunglasses and hats. It is no surprise then, that the Rivergate team have quickly offered their assistance again in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Hitting landfall on March 13th, 2015, Tropical Cyclone Pam is considered one of the worst natural disasters ever experienced by the people of Vanuatu; leaving an aftermath of overwhelming devastation. The latest reports indicate that over 65,000 people are now homeless and over 110,000 are left without safe drinking water. Vanuatu is now in desperate need for immediate, and ongoing, international aid and support.

Water containers and water bottles provided by superyacht support vessel Umbra

Water containers and water bottles provided by Rivergate and superyacht support vessel Umbra

Rivergate Marina and Shipyard, working in conjunction with YachtAid Global, is doing what they can to provide relief to the disaster affected country. YachtAid representatives and activist are on the ground in Vanuatu and report that “Rivergate’s support comes a critical time” for the community.

The donation made by Rivergate has made a substantial impact already. Providing, so far, 2,300 ten litre water containers in addition to boxes of 500ml water bottles aiming to assist with the urgent need for clean, safe, drinking water, as well as empty pallets, 20 cargo bags for use with heli-ops and other equipment including large quantities of clothing, hats, a chainsaw and jet-fuel for choppers. Rivergate Marina and Shipyard’s General Manager, Andrew Cannon said: “We’re doing what we can to help the people of Vanuatu who were all affected by this catastrophic and heartbreaking event and we’re calling on others to do what they can”.

“I’m really proud of the Rivergate team and what Yacht Aid Global has achieved”, Cannon stated, “It’s impressive to see what the Superyacht industry is capable of in times like this”. But, Rivergate importantly note that the need for assistance in Vanuatu is far from over, with many suggesting the relief effort will need to be ongoing for months to come, to help the community get back on its feet. A number of private companies and vessels have signed up to assist with the ongoing efforts.

Captain Mike Gregory of motor yacht DRAGONFLY comments on relief efforts in Vanuatu

March 26, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

As featured on CharterWorld here, the outstanding 73m Silver Yachts motor yacht Dragonfly has been deployed under Owner’s instructions to Vanuatu, following the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam. Captain Mike Gregory of mega yacht Dragonfly has commented on the relief efforts in the region.

Aid Landed by superyacht Dragonfly

Aid landed by superyacht Dragonfly – Image credit to Captain Mike Gregory

After six days on the ground working in the more remote areas of Vanuatu, we have been shocked daily by the level of damage and destruction that Cyclone Pam has caused. We have found villages that are still waiting for aid nearly two weeks after the storm and are down to their last days of food stocks. Many of these villages have no fresh water source.

Discharging Fresh Water aboard Dragonfly Yacht

Discharging Fresh Water aboard Dragonfly Yacht – Image credit to Captain Mike Gregory

“I am incredibly proud of what the team onboard have achieved in responding to the emergency here in Vanuatu and we are all glad that we have been able to give something back to those that were so hospitable to us.

Filling the tenders of Dragonfly superyacht

Filling the tenders of Dragonfly superyacht – Image credit to Captain Mike Gregory

Our current mission statistics are now:

■      Discharged and staged over 50,000 litres (13,000 gallons) of fresh water in 10 villages.

■      Attended to over 220 casualties/patients

■      Facilitated 3 medical evacuations

■      Cleared numerous helicopter Landing Zones for ongoing support

■      Cleared access roads and removed fallen trees from buildings

■      Delivered and/or erected shelter in multiple villages

Our efforts will continue into the weekend and we hope to reach 80,000 litres of water.

Captain Mike Gregory encourages all who can to donate to one of the many charities aiding the relief efforts.

Arrival of motor yacht DRAGONFLY in Vanuatu

March 24, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Saturday morning, March 21, 2015, saw the arrival of motor yacht Dragonfly in Vanuatu, a week on from the devastation of Cyclone Pam – the news featured on CharterWorld here. The 73-metre Silver Yachts mega yacht Dragonfly reached the region after steaming for 1,600 miles in under four days.

73m super yacht Dragonfly

73m super yacht Dragonfly

The initial task for superyacht Dragonfly and her crew from the Vanuatu government will be to supply aid and provide a medical response to the Shepherd Islands, just north east of Efate, where Port Vila is positioned. This area has seen over 80% of the villages destroyed and has limited access to fresh water, food and shelter.

Motor yacht DRAGONFLY and YachtAid Global helping Vanuatu

March 20, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Following a huge devastation across the islands of Vanuatu, after category five Tropical Cyclone Pam, motor yacht Dragonfly and YachtAid Global are helping people to receive the much-needed aid. Under the owner’s instructions, the 73-metre mega yacht Dragonfly aims to transport aid, SAR and medical teams from the Capital Port Vila to isolated communities on the outlying islands, which remain cut off following the storm. 

Destruction of Vanuatu

Destruction of Vanuatu

On scene co-ordination and efforts are not clear at this stage and it is hoped that superyacht Dragonfly and her crew will be able to provide communications and support in this remote area.

YachtAid Global is still seeking further yachts in New Zealand and the Pacific to help with delivery of aid to Vanuatu. The republic has suffered widespread devastation with over 80 islands experiencing a direct hit from the largest cyclone ever recorded in the area, with winds gusting to over 320kmph on the evening of March 13.

Registered non-profit YachtAid Global will match monetary donations up to the first $US5000 and has coordinated drop-off points in Auckland for clothes and goods. The organisation is experienced at quickly orchestrating the delivery of disaster relief using yachts cruising close to affected regions. YachtAid Global’s Facebook page and website both contain valuable resources for people wishing to help immediately and get involved.

73m super yacht Dragonfly

73m super yacht Dragonfly

Serious damage to infrastructure has been recorded across the capital, Port Vila. 90 per cent of structures on the island are believed to have been damaged or destroyed. More than 54,000 children are believed to be affected and grave concerns are held for the southern-most islands of Tafea Province which were struck directly by the eye wall.

Wholesale destruction has been reported on the island of Tanna as the first flights arrived at the airport Thursday morning local time. 24 fatalities have been confirmed in Vanuatu and that number is expected to rise as communication is restored.

Many roads are impassable, with aid workers on the ground describing mass destruction leading to enormous humanitarian needs. Though badly damaged, the main hospital in Port Vila is operational though medical supplies are being called for urgently. Other immediate needs for the people of Vanuatu are shelter, potable water and food.

With communication unlikely to be restored fully for several days this is an emergent situation and the full extent of the disaster that’s befallen Vanuatu is not yet known. What is known is that the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam has been violent, widespread and will be lasting. With damage to crops, destroyed infrastructure and a marked lack of medical supplies, the people of Vanuatu need immediate aid from around the region and sustained assistance to recover from the effects of Pam.

Yachts in the region able to help with aid delivery, please contact captain Mark Drewelow via email: info@yachtaidglobal.org

Formation of the Vanuatu Yacht and Superyacht Association (VYSA)

November 14, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Update 18/7/2017

The Vanuatu Yacht and Superyacht Association (VYSA) mentioned in the post below is believed to be defunct 

 

The new Vanuatu Yacht and Superyacht Association (VYSA) has been formed to achieve industry objectives in partnership with yacht and superyacht industry stakeholders in Vanuatu and globally. The South Pacific region is a rapidly developing yacht and superyacht area, and the fabulous Vanuatu yacht charter location aims to be an important destination as well as resource for both large and small yachts.

Vanuatu - a breath-taking South Pacific yacht holiday destination

Vanuatu is a treasure trove of remote and idyllic islands; a cornucopia of cultural, sporting and destination cruising well suited to all levels of clientele.

Vanuatu has outstanding companies that have long served both the large and small yachts and make it possible for superyachts and yachts to effectively visit Vanuatu.

The founding companies of VYSA are:

•             Yachting World (Marina and yacht and superyacht agents)

•             Port Vila Boatyard (Vanuatu’s Full Service Marine Repair & Haul Out Facility)

•             Vanuatu Yacht Services (Superyacht Agents)

•             Vanuatu Marine Surveyors and Consultants (Yacht, Superyacht and Ship surveys)

•             Nixon Sarai (Asanvari Bay Yacht Club)

VYSA is open to membership requests globally and within Vanuatu. Yachting professionals, yachting companies, and yacht owners who wish to help VYSA realize its goals are invited to contact the association. VYSA is looking for ambassadors and volunteers.

VYSA helps support and encourage yacht and superyacht charter in Vanuatu, while simultaneously supporting ecological and sustainable tourism and trade for remote communities in the outer islands. VYSA aims to achieve funding for entry level training for Ni-Vanuatu crew wishing to enter into the Superyacht industry. VYSA is also a portal to Vanuatu for potential investors and volunteers.

VYSA has a strong collaborative relationship with the people of Vanuatu and with the Vanuatu Government including the Department of Customs and the Department of Tourism. The VYSA is the established reference and dialogue liaison for all matters related to policy and implementation and other legal and bureaucratic matters relating to the sustainable development the countries yachting industry.

The cumulative experience and knowledge of the founding members both in Vanuatu and as longtime professionals in the yacht and superyacht industry provides a stable framework upon which to develop the Vanuatu yachting industry.

‘Superyacht Explorer’ book for superyacht owners and charterers interested in visiting Asia and the South Pacific

December 17, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The ‘Superyacht Explorer’ book is destined for superyacht owners as well as charterers, with a thirst for adventure. It is published as a guide to getting off the beaten track in the Pacific and Indian Ocean yacht charter destinations.

Map image credit to John Panoho

Map image credit to John Panoho

For owners and charterers who delight in being the first superyacht visitors to remote villages, who enjoy waking up in the lee of an island where rush hour is a foreign concept, or who want to further their appreciation and understanding of this part of the world, the Superyacht Explorer will become their much-thumbed visual taster of all that’s unmissable in these oceans.

 Tahiti - Image credit Rodolphe Holler

Tahiti - Image credit Rodolphe Holler

This is pure, unadulterated, dream fodder. Glossy shots of warm-eyed locals and crystalline blue seas sit alongside practical tips to getting the most out of the yacht’s time in these waters. Masterminded by Jeanette Tobin, of Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand and Christelle Holler, of Tahiti Private Expeditions, the guide brings together inside knowledge from agents who have made these islands stretching over a large expanse of the world’s oceans, their passion.

Tahiti - Image credit to Rodolphe Holler

Tahiti - Image credit to Rodolphe Holler

This journey of discovery takes yachts on an adventure through the Pacific Ocean, fuelled along the way with the engaging, remote cultures of the peoples who’ve thrived in the stunning pockets of land dotted through this body of water. Starting in the South Pacific with Tahiti, the showcase takes us on an adventure through French Polynesia’s pristine atolls, jewel waters and lush, mountainous islands, giving a taste of the spectacular diving available in this ocean conservation-conscious nation.

New Zealand - Photo credit John Panoho

New Zealand - Photo credit John Panoho

From there it’s on to New Zealand to discover Aotearoa, or the land of the long white cloud. Here we’re given a visual feast of New Zealand’s many culinary and cultural delights, with the Superyacht Explorer leading us through New Zealand’s varied landscapes, before heading to the Kingdom of Tonga.

New Zealand - Photo credit to John Panoho

New Zealand - Photo credit to John Panoho

Tonga’s 180 islands make for cruising heaven. Though many are uninhabited, the waters in this part of the world can get a little crowded; Humpback whales flock to the shelter of Tonga’s warm, reef-protected waters to calve. Then it’s on to Fiji’s quiet shores. Boasting 322 islands, this Pacific nation abounds in unpopulated anchorages and very remote cruising to keep even the most adventurous soul, satisfied.

Tonga - Image Credit to Tourism Tonga

Tonga - Image Credit to Tourism Tonga

From Fiji, the Explorer crosses to Vanuatu; twice named the world’s happiest country and filled to the brim with active volcanoes, lush rainforests and, of course, the welcoming locals who will delight in showing you their nation. Australia fascinates explorers next. The Great Southern Land lives up to its name with a wealth of experiences and sights, comprehensive superyacht facilities and an explosion of culture, cuisine and cruising experiences unlike any other nation.

Vanuatu - Photo credit to Jess Bell

Vanuatu - Photo credit to Jess Bell

From Australia, we head to the Solomon Islands for 992 islands teeming with tales of pirates, cannibalism and romance, and filled with friendly islanders, rainforest-clad mountain ranges and reefs-a-plenty. And then to Asia; easily a contender for the most varied cruising ground in the world, and a global superyacht hub growing exponentially year-on-year.

Australia - Image credit to Tourism Australia

Australia - Image credit to Tourism Australia

The journey of exploration takes us up through Indonesia, Borneo, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, the Andaman Islands, the Maldives and Sri Lanka on a journey which overflows with tropical waters and diverse, rich culture as it winds through the Indian Ocean.

Malaysia - Photo credit to Asia Pacific Superyachts

Malaysia - Photo credit to Asia Pacific Superyachts

The Superyacht Explorer is a visual feast, showcasing these waters for the adventurous in the superyacht community. For the wanderers, for the explorers; this gorgeously-presented example of how a yacht can get the most out of one of the world’s most intriguing regions will resonate with any owner or charterer with a thirst for forging their own path.