Want to get away from the crowds and off the beaten track on your next charter vacation? Take a look at our favourite charter yachts available in remote and exotic destinations and get ready to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trip...
Far, far away: Yachts for charter in remote locations
Stats: 68.2 metres, Royal Niestern Sander, 2012/2020, 12 guests and 17 crew
Highlights: Ragnar is a one-of-a-kind charter vessel made for extreme adventures in the world’s most remote locations. An ex-ice breaking tug, she was given a new lease of life by Icon Yachts with a multi-million-dollar rebuild. From whale watching to heli-skiing, there’s never a dull moment on board. She’s packed with some serious kit including a BigBo amphibious ATV, SeaDoos, snowmobiles and an Airbus EC145 for exploring ashore. Then, after a jam-packed day, guest can retreat to her cosy, chalet-style interiors and recount the day’s antics.
Location: Ragnar is starting her three-year circumnavigation in the Caribbean before moving on to Mexico, East Coast USA, Greenland, and Canada, down to Ushuaia and Antarctica, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, Japan, Russia, and the Northwest Passage.
Charter rate: Ragnar is managed by Burgess with charters starting from $525,000 per week.
Stats: 50.9 metres, Konjo Boat Builders, 2014/2016, 14 guests
Highlights: Dunia Baru offers charterers a unique opportunity to explore the rare beauty of Indonesia on board a traditional hand-built wooden Phinisi. The cruising grounds of Raja Ampat and the Komodo islands are widely considered one of the best diving spots in the world with over 1,000 species of tropical fish, turtles and corals, some only native to this area. With a PADI certified dive instructor as crew you’ll be in safe hands and may even catch a rare glimpse of a dugong.
Location: Raja Ampat, the Komodo Islands and Bali are all on the itinerary for Dunia Baru.
Charter rate: Dunia Baru is managed by Fraser with an all-inclusive charter rate starting from $112,000.
Stats: 62 metres, Benetti, 2010, 12 guests and 13 crew
Highlights: From her sundeck Jacuzzi to a sumptuous master suite, Lumiere offers guests indulgence from the get-go. An interior styled by Studio Massari is lavished in soft golds, glossy mahogany and marble flooring underfoot. During the day, guests can while away the hours up on the sundeck, soaking up the sun or wallowing in the Jacuzzi; at night, the area becomes the perfect spot for an evening soiree.
Location: Lumiere will be cruising the warm waters of central America with stops scheduled in Mexico, Belize and Panama. Teeming with marina life, colourful reefs and tranquil lagoons, these destinations provide fantastic diving opportunties as well as rich cultural offerings to explore on shore.
Stats: 47 metres, Admiral, 2014, 12 guests and 9 crew
Highlights: Perfect for those in pursuit of warmer climes this winter, a sprawling 134 square metre sundeck is the crowning jewel on board Petratara. Up top, there’s a wet bar, Jacuzzi and 55-inch TV screen with a shaded lounge for afternoon snoozes. Down at the water, a toybox offers hours of on the water entertainment with a flyboard, SeaDoos, SeaBobs, paddleboards, and an inflatable jungle gym. Come evening, primary guests can retreat to the master suite complete with a private gymnasium and Turkish steam room.
Location: Based in Southeast Asia, guests on board Petratara can expect to cruise for days without seeing another vessel as she makes her way through the picture-perfect islands of Thailand and Malaysia.
Charter rate: Petratara is managed by IYC with charters starting from $225,000.
Stats: 65 metres, Amels, 2012, 12 guests and 18 crew.
Highlights: Just refitted in 2020, the Heywood and Winch-designed Sea Rhapsody is in ship-shape for a cruise in the world’s most remote locations. Equipped with a sizeable infinity pool and Jacuzzi as well as a gym, cinema area and well-stocked toy box, there’s plenty to keep guests on board entertained if they’re not busy exploring the beautiful cruising grounds around.
Charter rate: Sea Rhapsody is managed by Ocean Independence with charters starting from €595,000 per week.
Stats: 77 metres, Damen, 2020, 12 guests and 25 crew
Highlights: The recently delivered La Datcha spans six decks and is built to conquer the world's most adventurous regions, with an ice-classed hull and a cruising range of 6,000 nautical miles. A serious explorer requires some serious equipment, and La Datcha is kitted out with a pair each of helicopters, snow scooters, expedition RIBs and beach lander tenders, as well as a three-person submarine. After exploring the shore, guests can relax on board in the wellness centre, complete with a Turkish Hammam, a Jacuzzi and an invigorating ice fountain shower.
Location: For her first charter season, La Datcha will be heading to the Indian Ocean. Her professional dive centre will come in handy for exploring the bountiful waters of the Seychelles, Madagascar and the Maldives.
Charter rate: La Datcha is managed by Edmiston with a weekly charter rate starting at €740,000.
Stats: 136 metres, Lürssen, 2019, 36 guests, 54 crew
Highlights: Guests staying in Flying Fox's cabins each have their own private sea terrace, and there’s also a 12 metre swimming pool, an observation lounge with circular skylights for stargazing in remote destinations, and a luxurious spa spread over two floors. Foodies on board will also delight at the array of dining options on offer as Flying Fox is equipped with a Teppanyaki grill, rotisserie oven, BBQ and spit roast tandoori oven.
Location: The islands of French Polynesia, home to crystal clear waters, colourful marine life and charming, mountainous landscapes will be welcoming guests on board Flying Fox as she cruises through the south pacific.
Tip Top II
Stats: 31.7 metres, Custom, 2008 16 guests and 8 crew
Highlights: Tip Top II has been designed for wildlife spotting in the most remote corners of the earth. All air-conditioned ensuite cabins are positioned on the main and upper decks for optimum views, and a dedicated forward observation lounge offers an excellent space to socialise. Her crew includes an experienced naturalist guide and there’s also diving equipment stocked on board.
Location: For a truly unique charter experience, join Tip Top II as she cruises around the Galapagos islands.
Charter rate: Tip Top II is managed by YPI with a weekly charter rate starting from $80,420.
Stats: 77.4 metres, IHC Verschure/Icon Yachts, 1974, 26 guests and 30 crew
Highlights: Legend’s ice-breaking hull means she’s more than capable of cruising far-flung destinations, plus she’s equipped with every toy imaginable from snowmobiles and a submarine to ice-diving equipment and a helideck for chartering a chopper. Legend also carries skiing equipment, a heated ski room and a Balinese spa for warming up after a day on the slopes.
Location: Expedition experts White Desert and Cookson Adventures have collaborated to offer Legend for a unique 24-day charter experience in the icy waters of Antarctica. Guests will travel from South Africa’s Cape Town to the Patagonian plains of South America and onto the frozen landscape of the Antarctic peninsula, exploring each region and spotting wildlife via boat, helicopter and submarine.
Charter rate: Legend’s Antarctic charter experience is fully inclusive for up to 12 people and costs US$2,965,000 for 24 days.
Stats: 24 metres, Lagoon, 2020, 8 guests and 4 crew
Highlights: La Gatta is a catamaran designed for sailing enthusiasts, offering a full sail inventory and experienced crew. When not under sail, her transom beach club opens at water level to easily allow for swimming and launching water toys. Stand-up paddle boards, windsurfing, snorkelling and fishing gear can be found in her toybox, plus she even carries a selection of electric scooters and bicycles for exploring on shore.
Location: During her cruise through Central America, La Gatta will be stopping by to explore the unique flora and fauna in Panama’s Pearl and San Blas Islands.
La Gatta is managed by Bluewater with a weekly charter rate starting from €49,000.