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Skipper's Secrets: 9 superyacht charter captains share their favourite spots

Skipper's Secrets: 9 superyacht charter captains share their favourite spots

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Captain Bob Nabal, Captain of Beluga

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Captain Bob Nabal of 34.7 metreBelugashares his favourite spots off the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef spans over 2300km and provides endless opportunities for exploration. I've been lucky enough to explore these regions with Beluga and continue to enjoy cruising the region.

Lizard Island is a spectacular destination that has a rich cultural history and was discovered by Captain James Cook in 1770. Mrs Watsons Bay is located on the northern side of the island and features crystal clear waters, coral gardens and is a calm and accommodating anchorage.

Osprey Reef is located approximately 90NM east/north-east of Lizard Island in the Coral Sea. This remote location provides excellent scuba diving for the adventurous and features stunning wall dives and shark encounters. Osprey Reef is also famous for sports-fishing and anglers often target giant trevally and pelagic species such as tuna and marlin.

Our home port for Beluga (available for charter with Ocean Alliance) is located in tropical Port Douglas in Far North Queensland – gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Our guests are spoilt for choice with some of the worlds’ best fishing and diving on our doorstep. Our charter itineraries often include a mix of both fishing and diving – the Great Barrier Reef features a vast system of reefs which is made up of a complex natural ecosystem and are home to everything from giant black marlin and humpback whales to the smaller critters such as clownfish and angelfish.

13°52'15.3"S 146°38'06.6"E

Pictures courtesy of Ocean Alliance & Shutterstock.com / Caroline Church

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Captain Dane Tarr, Chasing Daylight

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Captain Dane Tarr of 39.6 metreChasing Daylightshares his love of the Bahamas

To this day my favourite cruising grounds in the world are in the Bahamas. There is no other place quite like them. I know them like the back of my hand and this is where I feel the most comfortable.

One of my most favourite beaches is a sand bar between Shroud Cay and Hawksbill Cay. At low tide a enormous sand bar appears leaving the perfect beach barbecue destination. We set up shade tents and all kinds of beach games including a beach golf course. With the white sand, small islets, and crystal clear water there is not a prettier setting.

Hands down my favourite secret spot has to be the south anchorage of Warderick Wells in the Bahamas. There is great spot for vessels around the 30 metre mark where the National Park has been kind enough to put down a mooring. When the weather is right I will still visit this spot with Chasing Daylight. At slack low tide you can hop off the swim platform straight on the beach.

There is not a single thing not to love about this spot. First off, usually you have it all to yourself! The bay is very protected so even during the windy season it is perfect for water sports. There is great snorkelling around with lots of Spotted Eagle Rays and even a swim-through cave that, with the assistance of a swift current, shoots you through like a torpedo.

Close by you have the Exumas Land and Sea park, which is one of the first parks ever to secure the water as well as the land. This means there is a lot of sea life around, which makes for amazing snorkelling and diving. Waderick Wells offers fun hiking and a chance to see the Bahamas only native mammal, the Hutia.

Five minutes away on our tender is Danger Reef. Danger Reef gives our braver guests an opportunity to swim with Black Tip Reef Sharks and giant groupers. The park has two mooring balls for larger boats and another for for vessels under 18 metres.

24°23'38.1"N 76°37'40.0"W

Pictures courtesy of Shutterstock.com / Mariano Villafane / BlueOrange Studio & Captain Dane Tarr

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Captain Alan Martlew, Anda

Western Australia

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Western Australia skipper's secret

Alan Martlew, captain of 42 metre explorerAnda, reveals the perfect anchorage by some of Australia’s most dramatic waterfalls to witness the greatest show on Earth

I’ve spent years travelling the world on various yachts to far-flung destinations, but there is so much to see in my own backyard of Australia. The King George Falls, hiding in the far north of Western Australia, is one of these highlights.

Superyachts can anchor on the sandy bottom half a mile from the shifting sandbars of the mouth of the King George River. From there we take one of Anda’s eight metre semi-rigid tenders upriver, speeding past prehistoric canyons and crocodiles basking on the riverbanks. Turning the last bend you are hit with a thunderous roar as water from the Ashton Range flows over the dramatic drop. The two falls are separated by a massive column of granite, and energetic guests can climb to the top via a track to enjoy a crocodile-free dip in the rock pools above. On return to Anda a nearby beach will have been set up with a barbecue complete with freshly harvested oysters.

13°55’54”S 127°18’54”E

Pictures courtesy of Anda Ocean Adventures

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