Indian Ocean Yacht Charter
The tropical archipelagos of the Indian Ocean and South East Asia are a yachting paradise, whether you’re floating through the Maldives or Seychelles, Thailand or Indonesia. Imagine diving off the yacht to swim in blue-green lagoons or snorkel with whale sharks and graceful manta rays, and finishing each day with a sunset cocktail on the yacht, or a moonlit barbeque on a remote sandbar.
Engel & Völkers Yachting is experienced at organising crewed motor yacht charters in the Indian Ocean and South East Asia, as well as sailing yacht charters in the Indian Ocean and South East Asia. With local knowledge combined with global yachting expertise, Engel & Völkers Yachting will make your Indian Ocean or Sout East Asia yacht charter exceed your wildest dreams.
Here are two sample itineraries to give you a taste of what it’s like to experience a crewed yacht charter in paradise through Engel & Völkers Yachting.
Sample Yacht Charter Itinerary - THE MALDIVES
Day 1 – Malé to Bandos
Fly into Malé airport, marvelling at the dramatic shades of blue and emerald beneath you. The yacht captain will meet you and escort you to your spectacular charter yacht, where you’ll get settled into your stateroom before enjoying an alfresco lunch as the yacht gets underway for Bandos Island.
Bandos is a tiny, laid-back tropical island in the North Malé Atoll ringed by a fantastic coral reef and sugar-white beaches. You’ll spend the afternoon swimming off the yacht, snorkelling the reef, and walking pretty island paths lined with palm trees and bougainvillaea. Finish the day with a sunset cocktail at the bar built over the water, before returning to your yacht for a candlelit dinner on deck, looking out at the moonlit water and listening to the breathy whistles of dolphins that often hunt around the yacht at night in this anchorage.
Day 2 – Bandos to Rasdhoo Atoll
Early the next morning, the yacht will move to Rasdhoo Atoll, where divers are in for an astonishing display. Considered one of the greatest dive spots in the Maldives (and therefore the world), Rasdhoo attracts the big pelagic species, so expect hammerheads, huge manta rays, schools of dogtooth tuna and barracuda, reef sharks, turtles, and even dolphins hunting for garden eels in the sand.
With so many incredible dive sites, from Hammerhead Point to the manta cleaning station at Veligandu Thila, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And when you want a break, you can head ashore to the resort on Kuramathi Island, where you might indulge in a spa in an overwater bungalow, dine in one of the resort’s restaurants, or just spend an afternoon chilling out in a hammock strung between two coconut palms.
Day 3 – Rasdhoo Atoll to Baa Atoll
The UNESCO listed Baa Atoll has so much to offer you on day three, whether that’s diving with whale sharks and mantas in Hanifaru Bay or taking in a daytime party with DJ’s at the retro-chic Finolhu Resort.
Baa Atoll has some sensational luxury resorts to indulge your senses, including the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, the Dusit Thani Maldives and Amilla Fushi, but if you’re looking for a more traditional Maldivian experience, then you’ll definitely want to visit the boat-building village on Alifushi. In the evening, your yacht crew can set up a luxury beach barbeque on a deserted sandbar, creating a memory you’ll never forget as you dine under the stars.
Day 4 – Baa Atoll to Ari Atoll
Ari Atoll is a diving, snorkelling and beach lovers paradise. This stunning archipelago offers diving or swimming with whale sharks and mantas in the Maamigili Marine Protected Area, wreck diving on the Machchafushi, and blissing out at a cocktail bar on the sand on one of the many gorgeous beaches.
Ari Atoll is also home to Maaya Thila, a magnificent dive site where rays, white tips and nurse sharks swirl around the pinnacle in a kaleidoscope of colour and movement. Celebrate what may be the dive of a lifetime with a late afternoon spa session and fine dining experience at the Constance Moofushi Resort.
Day 5 – Aria Atoll to Felidhoo
The yacht will get underway in the morning for Felidhoo, where you’ll be amazed all over again by the quality of the diving you experience on a crewed motor yacht charter in the Indian Ocean. Miyaru Kandu is an exceptional site where you’ll be able to spot hammerheads and whale sharks, among turtles and many other species.
Felidhoo is relatively quiet compared to other islands, so spend the afternoon getting busy on the yacht’s water toys or relaxing on the beach. Dinner is either on the yacht under the stars or set up on the beach.
Day 6 – Felidhoo to Meerufenfushi
The island of Meerufenfushi (also known as Meeru) is pure romance: think overwater bungalows, lagoons, and swimming pools under the palms. As always, what you do today is entirely up to you, but relaxation will surely be high on the agenda – whether that’s lazing on a sunbed, taking a quiet snorkel around the reef, or relaxing in the spa.
For the more active, tennis, kayaking in the lagoon, or a 9-hole golf course are all good options. There are restaurants ashore, but as your charter is approaching its end, you may prefer to stay on board and be treated to a decadent seafood feast by the yacht’s private chef.
Day 7 – Meerufenfushi to Malé
After a morning of decadence, the yacht will start making its way back to Malé, dropping anchor in one last picture-perfect paradise for your final day on board. This is a chance to go for one final scuba dive or try out any of the yacht’s water toys you didn’t get a chance to experience between all of the other incredible activities.
To mark your last evening on board, you’ll dress up for drinks on the sundeck before sitting down for an exquisite meal on your yacht in the Indian Ocean. Most guests stay up late this final night, wanting to savour every last moment – dancing on deck, playing cards in the moonlight, and even going for a midnight swim. If you miss out, there’s still time for one final swim in the morning before the yacht will move to the airport anchorage for your disembarkation at noon.
South East Asia Yacht Charter
Sample Yacht Charter Itinerary - THAILAND
Day 1 - Phuket
You’ll begin your South East Asia yacht charter on the vibrant island of Phuket, where you’ll discover a beguiling mix of ancient Buddhist temples, spectacular beaches, and seriously upscale spa resorts. It’s hard to know where to start on a Phuket yacht charter – will it be swimming with elephants at an elephant sanctuary, living the good life at one of the swanky beach clubs, or taking a drive up through the rainforest to the Big Buddha statue on the hill for sensational views of the island?
In the evening, you could live it up at one of Phuket’s celebrity-chef restaurants, or keep it real with a saunter through the night markets. If you’re up for taking in some of Phuket’s wild nightlife, then a late night spent on Patong’s Bangla Road is a must.
Day 2 – Phuket to Khao Phing Kan
At Khao Phing Kan, limestone karsts covered in rainforest jut out of the turquoise sea, making this one of the most photographed places in Thailand. Its dramatic beauty made it film-set famous, with the island featuring in the James Bond film, 'The Man with the Golden Gun.' ‘James Bond Island’, as it is now called by almost everyone, is just part of the wider beauty of Phang Nga Bay, which is a national park area.
Many tourists come to see the island on tours, but on a yacht you are free to visit in the quiet hours, before finding a tranquil spot to anchor in the bay and enjoy some watersports, perhaps kayaking around one of the many stunning limestone formations, paddling through emerald green caves and finding a paradise beach to relax on.
Day 3 – Khao Phing Kan to Krabi Town
Krabi Town sits in a majestic backdrop of limestone mountains and winding mangroves and acts as a launching off point for the many diving and beach adventures of Krabi Province. Head ashore for a wander through the bustling markets, soaking up the sights and sampling delicious street food.
After exploring the town, head back to the yacht and onto your next activity, perhaps heading to Railay Bay, a pretty little spot only accessible by boat and world famous for its rock-climbing on cliffs looming over the beach. There’s also some very good diving nearby, or you could head inland to the Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, where monkeys swing through the trees near jungle waterfalls.
Day 4 – Krabi to Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi Island is perhaps the most famous place in all of Thailand. Rocketing to fame in 2000 as the film-set location of ‘The Beach’, this verdant, mountainous island has a huge sapphire blue bay almost entirely ringed by cliffs, thick rainforest, and a sandy beaches with the traditional longtail boats pulled up on the sand. Phi Phi Island is just one in the archipelago of Phi Phi Islands, all blessed with staggering beauty.
It is as if you’ve fallen into a postcard as you float through the Phi Phi Islands, with your Captain taking you to the best places before the inevitable crowds arrive. Sunset cocktails at anchor top off the perfect tropical beach day.
Day 5 – Phi Phi Islands to Racha Islands
The Racha Islands are well known for their diving and snorkelling and are used by many as a blissful escape from Phuket. Whale sharks and manta rays are often spotted in these waters, as well as barracuda, parrotfish, wrasse, and turtles.
The smaller island, Racha Noi, is uninhabited, with diving off the rocky coast the main appeal. Racha Yai, once populated only by fishermen and farmers, is now becoming more developed, with a few bungalows opening up as well as the five-star The Racha Resort. The resort is a gorgeous spot to hit the spa, relax by the huge infinity pool overlooking the bay, or dine in the restaurant. Another wonderful end to another wonderful day on a sailing yacht charter in South East Asia.
Day 6 - Racha Islands to Ko Khai Nok
The yacht will head back to the beauty of Phang Nga Bay, where the small but stunning island of Koh Khai Nok awaits. This island is tiny: just a rocky, jungle-covered outcrop with a long spit of perfect white sand, surrounded by translucent, sunlit waters that teem with tropical fish. All in all, the perfect place to set up shop for a relaxing day on charter. Dinner is at anchor, enjoying the views of the stars.
Day 7 – Ko Khai Nok to Phuket
Enjoy swimming off the yacht and some watersports in the morning before taking the cruise back to Phuket. Spend the afternoon at one of Phuket’s gorgeous beach clubs, enjoying the beautiful views and the party vibe, before heading back to the yacht for sunset cocktails by the Jacuzzi.
Dinner is at the Siam Supper Club, where a refined menu is accompanied by live jazz and lounge music, before taking a tuk-tuk back to the yacht, enjoying the warm night breeze in your hair. In the morning, enjoy a late breakfast on deck and a final barefoot walk along a Phuket beach, before disembarking the yacht at noon.
There are so many superb options for a crewed motor yacht charter in the Indian Ocean and South East Asia, or if you prefer to sail, a sailing yacht charter in the Indian Ocean and South East Asia. Wherever you’re dreaming of cruising, Engel and Völkers Yachting can make it happen.
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