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New territory: The essential expedition charter list

New territory: The essential expedition charter list

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Soloman Islands

While the South Pacific is becoming increasingly popular with superyachts, there are still reaches that are barely explored. The Solomon Islands, for example, are the South Pacific’s best-kept secret – and they are only a three-hour flight from Australia. This unspoiled paradise has hundreds of uninhabited islands where you can drop anchor and make fresh footprints on a secluded beach.

Charter lowdown: A good local expert is vital as there is a traditional protocol for asking permission to visit and make landings. “It’s key to have a guide who can speak the local language – it opens up many more doors and experiences,” says Ben Lyons, of EYOS Expeditions. To charter in the region a yacht must go through a Solomons company that holds a marine charter licence. David Jamieson, of Asia Pacific Superyachts, recommends Fred Douglas with Extreme Adventures Solomon Islands. The cost is $5,000 per week and includes an experienced cruising guide.

Choose your yacht: The 58.8 metre expedition yacht Seawolf will be in the Solomon Islands this year. She has a fully outfitted RYA watersports centre, a large pool and expansive decks (from $195,000 per week).

The world’s largest sailing catamaran, Hemisphere (44.2 metres LOA with a beam of 16.6 metres), was designed to circumnavigate the globe and is available from $260,000 per week. She hosts a PADI certified dive centre with two instructors and a 16.4 metre sport fish chase boat.

The 85.9 metre sailing yacht Aquijo will be in the South Pacific for spring/summer 2018 and Fiji/South East Asia for winter 2018, and is available from €450,000 per week.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com

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