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10 of the best charter yachts for scuba diving

12 April 2022• Written by Olivia Michel

From beach club dive stores to submarines stored on deck, it has never been easier to explore the underwater world. Whether you're a keen diver or first-timer, these ten yachts for charter are kitted out with the latest gear and qualified crew to take you and your guests on an aquatic adventure...

Bleu de Nîmes

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Stats: 72.25 metres, Clelands Shipbuilding, 1980, 28 guests, 23 crew

Dive facilities: Following a four-year rebuild and a 16-metre extension completed in 2020, Blue de Nîmes now has even more space for a full scuba diving set-up. The yacht is home to 12 Nitrox cylinders and a compressor, plus a custom-designed fishing and dive tender for accessing the best scuba spots in the Mediterranean during summer and the Indian Ocean and Red Sea in winter.

Onboard luxuries: Perfect for larger groups or extended families, former ocean liner Blue De Nîmes offers 13 cabins across her Pier Vittorio Cerruti-designed interiors. Guests can unwind in the sauna, massage room or with a yoga session in the bridge deck gym, or head up to the large sun deck with its two large Jacuzzis, drinks bar and ample sun loungers.

Charter rate: From €430,000 per week with Edmiston. Book a charter now.

Dardanella

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Stats: 37 metres, Vitters, 1996, 12 guests, 8 crew

Dive facilities: Dardanella’s crew spent a full year researching the best dive sites in French Polynesia before taking on charters, so guests are guaranteed to see the wonders of the Pacific's underwater world. Her dive shop comprises a NITROX compressor, 12 scuba sets and underwater photography equipment to capture the experiences. Her crew includes two resident dive masters as well as a wellness instructor for yoga, pilates and massage sessions back on board.

Onboard luxuries: With guests wanting to make the most of the glorious weather and stunning vistas in the South Pacific, Dardanella is perfectly equipped for al fresco entertaining. An outdoor cinema offers movies nights under the stars after a balmy evening dining on the deck. Other toys carried on board include Jet Skis, kayaks and paddleboards.

Charter rate: From $115,000 per week with 37 South. Find out more.

Mischief

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Stats: 30 metres, Pak Haji Wahab, 2015, 6 guests, 8 crew

Dive facilities: Permanently based in Southeast Asia, Mischief offers access to some of the world’s most incredible scuba spots. A knowledgeable instructor will take guests on a subsea tour of the Coral Triangle of Raja Ampat or visits to the shipwrecks of Dampier Strait.

Onboard luxuries: With a design inspired by traditional, Indonesian phinisi boats, Mischief combines expedition capabilities with classic style. Wood-finished interiors offer al fresco dining for enjoying local cuisine cooked up by her two chefs, plus the upper deck lounge areas are ideal for a yoga session or massage treatment accompanied by stunning views.

Charter rate: From $59,500 per week with SuperYachtsMonaco in dollars or cryptocurrency. Find out more.

RoMa

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Stats: 62 metres, Viareggio Superyachts, 2010, 12 guests, 18 crew

Dive facilities: PADI-certified RoMa has all the gear and credentials for underwater adventures in the Mediterranean. According to her broker, she is the first yacht to be have been awarded the Yacht Scuba Safety Certificate and even has an on board diving school for beginner guests to get trained up. Her equipment comprises nine scuba sets, a Bauer compressor and an emergency oxygen generator.

Onboard luxuries: Designed by Espen Øino, RoMa features elegant socialising spaces throughout. These include an onyx-finished drinks bar and formal dining area in the saloon, as well as al fresco entertaining areas, a private cinema, a sundeck pool and bar, an air-conditioned gym and spa treatment spaces for guests to be pampered by the resident masseuse and beauty therapist. As well as offering diving, RoMa is also an RYA-certified Jet Ski training school and carries a range of toys including a Flyboard, waterslide and e-foiling boards.

Charter rate: From €345,000 per week with Northrop & Johnson. Book a charter now.

Laurel

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Stats: 73.15 metres, Delta Marine, 2006, 12 guests, 24 crew

Dive facilities: Ready for deep explorations in the Mediterranean this summer, Laurel carries 10 new BCD’s and regulators, a total of 20 scuba tanks and a Bauer compressor in her toybox. Certified divers can splash in straight away with the two on board instructors, while beginners will also be offered a training session to get up to speed.

Onboard luxuries: Laurel’s dive shop is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sports offered on board. Her toybox is bursting at the seams with the likes of a golf tee, fishing gear, a climbing wall, mountain bikes, giant “hamster-wheel” style floating balls and much more. Back on board, Laurel’s colourful interiors are filled with artwork and offer a hot tub, indoor and outdoor dining, a gym and a master suite with private balconies.

Charter rate: From $525,000 per week with IYC. Find out more.

U-boat Navigator

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Stats: 24 metres, Rena Umut Kocali, 2008, 6 guests, 6 crew

Dive facilities: Explorer yacht U-Boat Navigator has been specifically designed for underwater experiences in far-flung regions. The professional scuba centre offers tri-mix facilities for mixing breathing gases and a decompression chamber for up to six guests. Her toybox also comes with a custom three-seater Triton submersible which can descend to 1,000 metres below the surface, and a second custom-built one-seater Triton used for tandem dives and filming, with each charter group offered a custom-edited film at the end of their trip. Her crew has already completed over 500 wreck dives in the Mediterranean, though she’ll be based in the Atlantic this summer.

Onboard luxuries: U-Boat Naviagtor’s amenities have been enhanced following a refit in autumn 2020. Al fresco dining and a BBQ area are offered on the upper decks while a sauna and spacious saloon are the perfect spots to unwind after a day underwater.

Charter rate: From €70,000 per week with Fraser. Book a charter now.

Madsummer

Stats: 95.25 metres, Lürssen, 2019, 12 guests, 30 crew

Dive facilities:  Within Madsummer’s treasure trove of a toybox, comprising toys such as a Ski Nautique, multiple Jet Skis, sailing dinghies and windsurfers, there is scuba gear to go with her extensive facilities and allow for underwater exploration as she cruises the Caribbean. Her 12-metre swimming pool also provides the perfect spot for beginners to start their courses and get certified before heading into the big blue.

Onboard luxuries: Madsummer's Interiors by Laura Sessa are colourful and modern. Highlights include a spa centre, expansive beach club and helideck for seamless arrivals and departures.

Charter rate: From €1,600,000 per week with Moran Yacht & Ship. Find out more.

Hemisphere

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Stats: 44.2 metres, Pendennis, 2011, 12 guests, 10 crew

Dive facilities: Hemisphere has a PADI-certified and Nitrox-capable Scuba centre on board with kits for up to 12 guests. Two members of the crew are fully-trained instructors, including Captain Gavin Bladen who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of marine life. Her 16.4 metre fishing tender can be used both as a dive boat to access special sites or for keen fishers to participate in tournaments while on board. Based in the Indian Ocean during winter and Northern Europe in summer, Hemisphere offers access to some of the world’s most incredible wreck sites and colourful coral reefs.

Onboard luxuries: A charter on the world’s largest catamaran allows guests to combine the classic experience of cruising under sail with adventurous opportunities for underwater exploration. Her deck spaces offer al fresco dining, a flybridge jacuzzi and a sunbathing trampoline forward, plus other toys including kayaks, paddleboards, SeaBobs and a sailing dinghy.

Charter rate: From €199,500 per week with Burgess. Book a charter now.

Trending

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Stats: 50 metres, Westport, 2006 12 guests, 11 crew

Dive facilities: For certified divers, Trending has six sets of Scuba Pro gear including tanks, fins and wetsuits. For those new to the sport, instruction and certification courses are offered on board with qualified members of the crew. The 11 metre Boston Whaler tender has also been purposefully outfitted for fishing and diving with a special door and ladder.

Onboard luxuries: Trending’s expansive deck spaces offer a range of outdoor amenities including a sundeck hot tub surrounded by sunpads, numerous cocktail bars and multiple indoor and outdoor dining setups for enjoying meals by the Michelin Star-trained chef. Each of the cabins boasts state-of-the-art audio, video and WiFi systems that can be connected wirelessly from guests' iPhones, plus her toybox has plenty of other gear besides scuba kit such as Jet Skis, glass-bottomed kayaks, SeaBobs, e-foiling surfboards and more.

Charter rate: From $210,000 per week with Camper & Nicholsons. Book a charter now.

Grey Wolf

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Stats: 26.19 metres, Circa Marine, 2017, 7 guests, 3 crew

Dive facilities: Built for a knowledgeable owner with a taste for adventure, Grey Wolf’s explorer capabilities have taken her as far away as Antarctica and Svalbard. Alongside offering the highest safety certification which allows her access to every corner of the globe, this explorer carries four alloy scuba tanks and two tenders to ensure guests can properly explore their charter destination.

Onboard luxuries:  Despite her hardy exterior, Grey Wolf features light and comfortable interiors with large windows in common spaces to enjoy the views or wildlife watching opportunities. Alongside diving equipment she offers a plethora of other water toys plus GoPro cameras and drones for capturing all adventures.

Charter rate: From $52,000 per week with West Nautical. Find out more.

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