If volcanic Islands, coral reefs, never-ending white sandy beaches and some of the best diving in the world sounds like your dream holiday, read more to discover Swisspath Yachting’s best charter destinations for this Winter.
The French Polynesian islands conjure up stunning images of romance, adventure, and breath-taking scenery, both above the water and below. Sculpted by sky-piercing green mountains and lined with vivid turquoise lagoons, sultry French Polynesia is a place to take it slow and experience warm, laid-back and welcoming island culture.
Many of French Polynesia’s islands are spread tens or even hundreds of miles apart and is therefore a mecca of island-hopping adventures, encountering welcoming and traditional island communities, dramatic volcanic scenery and incredible oceanic wildlife along the way not to mention the abundance of secluded anchorages and some of the best diving in the world.
Visit local markets to feast your eyes upon the stunning exotic fruits, straw hats and floral garlands and then head out to the beach for some top surfing. On the south side of Tahiti Nui lies ‘Papara’. With it’s beautiful black sand and user-friendly nature it is one of the best and most popular places to surf. The wave is pretty standard for a beach break so there is a good mix between closeouts, peaky and punchy rides. It’s a perfect place for those experimenting and not quite ready for the heavier reef breaks or simply wanting a few holiday surf lessons.
Explore the emerald lagoons of Bora Bora, or watch the crimson sunsets over the vertical peaks of Tahiti or Moorea – these are some of the most amazing sights to be experienced from a yacht anywhere in the world so don’t miss out!
By yacht is the ideal way to float around the lagoons and coves…why be trapped on one island if you can visit them all! So get ready for summery cocktails, an exhilarating sea breeze or delicious fresh fish by a campfire. French Polynesia really does have it all.
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Fiji is a lush yet mountainous landscape of over 300 islands in the South Pacific with most of the population living on the two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Fiji offers every kind of terrain you could wish for including, dense rainforests, volcanic mountains, waterfalls and of course miles of the finest white sand beaches. Again, if you are into diving and snorkelling this is the charter destination for you with an unbelievably colourful underwater aquarium waiting to be explored. Cruise your boat up to the unique ‘blue lagoon’ in the Yasawa Islands spotting amazing exotic birds on the way.
It’s not possible to be bored in Fiji; if you are an active person there are endless adventures to be enjoyed, from volcanic walks to whale watching. If you want some time out and need to relax then anchor yourself to a spot in the sand and take in the stunning surroundings whilst feasting on fruits and fresh seafood.
Sunrise paddleboarding or bathing in hot springs, Fiji is a guaranteed charter holiday of utter bliss.
Commonly known as ‘the happiest place on earth’, Vanuatu is a collection of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. These stunning islands are just metres from palm-fringed beaches and rich rainforests all of which are drenched in natural beauty. Never-ending adventures on deserted beaches, ancient and traditional cultures, rugged islands, welcoming communities and exotics food are just some of the things you can expect in these magical islands.
Spend a couple of days exploring Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu’s largest island in the crystal clear waters perfect for deep sea fishing and looking at the world’s most accessible shipwreck of SS President Coolidge just West of Million Dollar Beach. Alternatively, you can spend the day lounging on the sun deck with your favourite aperitif ready to watch the sun go down.
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea, once part of the Australian landmass, and situated North of Australia and east of Indonesia, remains an untouched corner of the earth and best explored by charter yacht. It is also home to unique fauna and flora closely related to that of Australia, including over 600 bird species. After being greeted like a long-lost friend the warm and culturally rich community will welcome you with open arms as they show around the country’s best kept secrets.
With a diverse landscape stretching from oceanic trenches to expansive tropical reefs which are home to 5% of Earth’s species. It is a mecca for any scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts with its translucent waters and home to a colourful world of abundant marine life and coral reefs (not forgetting of course all of the watertoys to trial from your charter yacht too). On shore, there is a substantial mix of warm and vibrant cultures and a variety of foods, music, art, and languages so you can be sure there is something for everyone.