5 of the Best Off-the-Radar Superyacht Destinations on the Planet
The tide is turning on superyacht charters, and today more and more people are going in search of adventure and exploration. To experience first-hand the beauty of remote Pacific islands, or to venture to the very end of the earth and meet Emperor Penguins in Antarctica can now be more than bucket list dreams.
Specially equipped superyachts are transporting their guests to untouched worlds inhabited only by thriving wildlife colonies and indigenous peoples. It is a new breed of yacht charter, one which combines the standard and luxury of superyachts with experiential travel, and the desire for a more immersive, authentic and astounding experience. Here we take a look at 5 of the best off-the-radar superyacht destinations;
Norwegian Fjords: Cruise into the Ice Age
Majestic and humbling, Norway’s fjords are one of the most astounding natural phenomena on earth. Great vertical cliffs, remnants of the last Ice Age, are reflected in the navy blue waters into which they plummet. To experience the beauty of the fjords by superyacht allows you to venture to remote corners of UNESCO world heritage sites, where waterfalls thunder down from lofty heights, and tiny hamlets perch on emerald green shores. Kayak through the eerily still waters, hike into the clouds, or take to the skies in a helicopter and go in search of Norway’s finest and most remote skiing mountains. One thing is for certain, you’ll have them all to yourself.
When to go: May to September
Galapagos: Experience the Theory of Evolution First-Hand
Follow in the wake of Charles Darwin and his ship The Beagle as you set sail for the enchanted islands of the Galapagos. Some of the most astounding creatures on the planet, both above and below the sea, live in this wonderland of biodiversity whose discovery gave rise to our understanding of evolution.
Located 1,000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos are fiercely protected from the outside world to protect the delicate ecosystems. It is a bizarre landscape, one where iguanas swim, seals laze on sandy beaches in their hundreds, and hammerhead sharks swarm like schools of anchovies. Cruise around the barren, moon-like islands, venturing ashore to meet wildlife face-to-face, or dive into the cold, fish-laden waters for a wildlife experience like no other.
When to go: December to June
Patagonia: Go Wild in South America
Patagonia is South America’s wild frontier. It is an untamed landscape of craggy mountains, dazzling blue skies and windswept wildlife. Those who embark on a superyacht expedition here are met with a coastline of razor sharp fjords, snow-capped mountains, tiny islets and a true sense of wilderness. Days can be spent watching orcas soar up coastal channels in search of elephant seals, or of swooping in a helicopter over glaciers. There are hiking and mountaineering adventures at every turn, from the gargantuan Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, to the Torres del Paine National Park, often dubbed the eight natural wonder of the world.
When to go: December to February
Antarctica: Venture to the End of the Earth
Antarctica is the pinnacle of superyacht ambition. To venture to this wild, inhospitable place takes dedication, ambition and a lot of preparation. But the rewards are as vast as the land itself. A white continent stretches as far as the eye can see in a blur of ice, snow, and rock. It is unthinkably, breathtakingly beautiful, a place where mountains tower above deep crevasses of iridescent turquoise, and the polar ice cap spreads its icy fingers across the landscape. Like everything else in this bottom-of-the-world land, even the wildlife is extraordinary. Emperor Penguins and seals, blue whales and orcas thrive in the frigid waters in one of the planet’s last true wildernesses. For the ultimate adventure, follow in Scott and Shackleton’s footsteps, and soar by helicopter to the South Pole.
When to visit: December to February
Vanuatu: Discover a Pacific Paradise
There are few unblemished tropical paradises left on the planet. Yet venture to the heart of the Pacific Ocean and Vanuatu is precisely that. The archipelago is formed of 80 islands, sandy blips which poke above Gin-clear waters, and which are home to puffing volcanoes, deserted beaches, lush jungles and a rich, centuries-old culture. Beneath the waves the marine life thrives in one of the world’s healthiest ecosystems making this the perfect scuba diving destination. Sharks, dolphins, turtles and rays swim alongside WWII wrecks, while on land hidden waterfalls and tribal villages offer endless adventure.
Best time to go: April to September
If you can feel the wanderlust coursing through your veins, please get in touch and let us guide you to the perfect off-the-radar superyacht charter.