Offbeat ChartersNatalie Davies
Posted Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
Any property advisor worth their salt will always tell you that the three most important factors when buying a house are location, location, location. They’ve got a point. Every other aspect of the property is changeable from the bricks and mortar to the landscaped garden. Its location, on the other hand, is permanent – either you’ve got an idyllic spot with a view to die for or you haven’t.
Surely that’s why superyachts are the ultimate luxury. You can have all the comforts of home AND change location any time you want. It’s also rather convenient that two-thirds of the world’s surface is covered with water, giving yacht owners access to countless stunning places denied to the majority of the landbound populace. So how come the bulk of the superyacht fleet still spends the summer months clustered together in one tiny corner of the Mediterranean then moves to an even smaller clutch of islands in the Caribbean for the winter? Admittedly, they are both nice spots, well equipped to deal with the demanding needs of the megayacht fleet, but there’s a whole world of opportunity out there waiting to be discovered.
We aren’t the only ones to have spotted this gap in the market. An increasing number of superyacht owners and charter operators are relocating their vessels to far-flung corners of the globe to entice the growing band of charter guests tired of cruising round the same old watering holes. We’ve searched the planet for the pick of these yachts and the experiences they offer, from sunbathing with iguanas in the Galapagos to snorkelling with elephants off those gems of the Indian Ocean, the Andaman Islands.Tags: Destinations , Map