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Top 8 destinations to visit for once-in-a-lifetime adventures


The Kimberley


Whether you're planning on exploring cave dive sites, trekking through jungles or taking to the skies with your on board helicopter, there are no limits for adventurers and thrill seekers travelling by superyacht.

1. The Kimberley, Australia

If you are looking for a once in a lifetime exploration experience then The Kimberley in Western Australia has it all – rugged ranges, dramatic waterfalls and a virtually uninhabited coastline. Spanning an area three times the size of England, with a coastline stretching more than 1,000 nautical miles, The Kimberley is one of the few destinations left in the world that you can explore in complete solitude.

Nature is king in The Kimberley with highlights including the Horizontal Falls (pictured), which demonstrate the incredible strength of the region’s famous tides, the spectacle of the Montgomery Reef and the dramatic King’s Cascade up the Prince Regent River. The Kimberley is also dotted with Aboriginal rock art sites and is home to the famous Bradshaw and Wandjina figures.

With more than 2,000 untamed islands and a coastline that is mostly inaccessible by land it is best discovered by yacht. With limited facilities explorer capabilities are required to make the most of this incredible region. The 42 metre Anda, which was built in 1965 in Norway as a buoy tender and converted into a luxury vessel between 2010-2012, is currently available to charter in the region.

Picture courtesy of Anda Ocean Adventures / @boabuas

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Big Island, Hawaii


While you may be picturing leis, ukuleles and sandy beaches, Hawaii is also home to ominous volcanic mountains, towering green cliffs, natural hot springs, crashing waterfalls and emerald rainforests.

Explore the Kilauea Caldera by helicopter, take a bicycle tour to Kamokuna, where the volcano's lava flow meets the ocean, and then spend a night at the Four Seasons' new luxury Cottage Hideaway (complete with full staff and amenities). It's unique location at the heart of a 1,000-year-old rainforest will ensure that you'll fall asleep to the sounds of the Hawaiian jungle and wake up to exotic birdsong.

Save plenty of time for diving, snorkelling and relaxing atop one of the many pristine beaches, but don't miss the Mauna Kea Summit, which is located 4,205 metres above sea level. Aside from the amazing hiking trails, the nightly stargazing program offers a life-changing experience.

Superyachts such as 60.35 metre Vive la Via, 86.01 metre Seven Seas, 87.78 metre Musashi and 118 metre Motor Yacht A have all been spotted visiting Hawaii in recent years — while some of the aforementioned chose to anchor in spots like Kailua-Kona and Hilo Bay, Mushashi was spotted docked at Kewalo Basin Harbour in Honolulu.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / Marisa Estivill

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Galápagos Islands, Ecuador


For a real taste of the unknown, nature lovers need to head to the Galápagos Islands this year. Celebrate among incredible wildlife both on land and beneath the waves — the intriguing archipelago is a must-do for your bucket list.

Experienced divers can hope to witness turtles, eagle rays, barracuda, seahorses, dolphins, sea lions and 28 species of shark, including the famed hammerhead shark. Due to the strict regulations in place for visiting the Galápagos Islands, diving must be organised with a local dive company, but it’s well worth the effort.

The UNESCO World Heritage site is becoming more and more accessible by superyacht due to the increase in charter vessels available with local guides, which are compulsory for visitors to the islands. Land tours should be organised through national park service approved companies — look out for Galápagos giant tortoises, land and marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, green sea turtles, racer snakes (made famous recently on Planet Earth II) and flightless cormorants.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / Kimberly Shavender

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