Let your yachting dream become a reality with an Engels & Völkers Yachting crewed motor yacht charter. South Pacific - Australasia forms some of the most beautiful yachting landscapes on earth. Imagine dropping anchor in a blue lagoon in Fiji or strolling boutique wineries and hiking trails along New Zealand’s lush and dramatic coastline.
Whether it’s having a massage in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora, diving the tropical islands of the Great Barrier Reef, or swimming in a rainforest waterfall in Vanuatu, a sailing yacht charter in the South Pacific and Australasia is like falling into a film-set paradise of turquoise seas and waving palms.
Engels & Völkers Yachting has a wealth of experience in organising the ultimate crewed motor and sailing yacht charter. South Pacific - Australasia is yours to discover; here are two sample itineraries to help you imagine just how good life could be with a crewed yacht charter with Engel & Völkers Yachting.
South Pacific Yacht Charter
Sample Yacht Charter Itinerary - Fiji
Day 1 – Nadi to Mamanuca Islands
Descend into Nadi Airport, where you’ll be met by the yacht’s captain and whisked away to join your Fiji charter yacht in Denarau Marina. Settle into your luxurious stateroom before enjoying an elegant lunch on deck as the yacht slips its berth and gets underway for the Mamanuca Islands.
Drop anchor and enjoy your first swim off the back of the yacht, before heading ashore to sink your feet into the sugar-white sand. The Mamanuca Islands are among the most beautiful archipelago in all of Fiji, boasting mountainous, jungle-covered outcrops surrounded by a shallow turquoise and emerald sea. After an afternoon of relaxation, enjoy sunset cocktails on deck before sitting down for a spectacular meal cooked by the yacht’s private chef.
Day 2 – Mamanuca Islands
You’ve got the whole day to explore the Mamanucas today. Start with an early morning snorkel or walk before returning to the yacht for breakfast on deck. Then it’s time to get stuck into the water toys or surf the infamous Cloudbreak, one of the most legendary breaks on earth. Everywhere you look you’ll see the film-set beauty that has made the Mamanucas the backdrop for many films and TV series, including Tom Hank’s Castaway and Survivor.
In the afternoon you may want to take it a bit easier, maybe relaxing in a hammock under the coconut palms or blissing out at one of the Mamanuca’s many day spas. Dinner is ashore, watching the teppanyaki chef in action at Tokorori Island Resort or dining at a table on the sand at Vomo.
Day 3 – Somosomo
Day three of your motor yacht charter South Pacific is for diving. The Somosomo Strait is often called the ‘soft coral capital of the world’, and you’ll immediately understand why as you sink beneath the surface, where a kaleidoscope of colour stretches in every direction in the watery blue.
You’ll have to plan your dives well today as there is a lot to see; the Rainbow Reef offers the magnificent Zoo and Purple Wall sites, but it’s the staggering drop off at the Great White Wall that most divers come to see. Don’t forget to look up now and then- you’ll see dolphins, mantas and even humpbacks cruising past the drop-off.
If you’re more into beaches and jungle adventures than scuba diving, you’re also in luck today, as the ‘Garden Island’ of Taveuni is blessed with perfect beaches and hidden rainforest waterfalls. Finish the day with a ‘lovo’, a Fijian feast which is wrapped in banana leaves and slow-cooked for hours in an earth oven.
Day 4 – Somosomo to Yasawa
The Yasawa Islands take the breath away. Quiet and largely undeveloped, this volcanic archipelago is fringed by palm trees and blue lagoons, with rainforested hills for hiking. One of the most amazing places is undoubtedly the limestone caves of Sawa-i-Lau, where you can swim in glimmering turquoise water beneath towering cavern walls, while back in the water you can dive with manta rays on Drawaqa Islands or snorkel with sharks on Kuata Island.
The Yasawas are a place to soak up Fijian culture, whether that’s watching a traditional meke dance performance or taking part in a kava ceremony. Welcome the South Pacific evening with a luxury barbeque on the beach, the yacht’s chef grilling up the day’s catch and serving it to you on a white cloth table under the stars.
Day 5 – Yasawa to Vanua Levu
Vanua Levu is Fiji’s second-largest island, but less touristy than many of its neighbours. This creates an adventure paradise for the explorer, whether you want to hike the rainforest in the Wasali Nature Reserve, snorkel the Garden Reefs along the coast, or swim in rainforest waterfalls.
Known as Fiji’s ‘best-kept secret’, Vanua Levu is a place to drive through sugar cane plantations into the lush hills and explore coastal market towns. After a day of discovery, why not challenge yourself with the thrill of a night dive before indulging in a candlelit dinner on deck.
Day 6 – Vanua Levu to Lomaiviti Islands
Wake up in the Lomaiviti Islands, a small chain of seven islands which are rich for exploring. One of the highlights is Levuka, a UNESCO-listed town lined with colonial-era buildings among the mango trees, while other islands are pristine and quiet, offering a tantalising glimpse of Fiji’s traditional lifestyle.
Known as the ‘Big Fish Capital of Fiji’ The Lomaiviti Islands are an angler’s paradise, with huge trevally cruising the deep waters off the barrier reef, as well as sailfish, marlin and wahoo. If you’re more interested in seeing fish than catching them, then the coral reefs surrounding the islands make for great snorkelling and diving, or you might prefer to savour the late afternoon with a Fijian massage before dinner.
Day 7- Lomaiviti Islands to Nadi, Vitu Levi
After a morning swim and lazy breakfast on deck, the captain will weigh anchor for Nadi, where there are the many treasures of Denarau Island to explore on your final full day of charter. Play a round of golf at the superb championship course or enjoy one of the jazz or food and wine festivals that take place at the resorts here each year. Outside Denarau Island there is a multitude of exciting activities across Viti Levu Island, from zip-lining in the Kula Eco Park to diving with tiger sharks on the Coral Coast.
In the evening, head back to Denarau to enjoy one of Fiji’s most celebrated dining experiences: dining with your feet in the pool at Lomani Wai restaurant at the Radisson Blu. Linger over dinner on your last night in Fiji, before heading back to the yacht for a nightcap under the stars. Just another day on a sailing yacht charter in the South Pacific.
Australasia Yacht Charter
Sample Yacht Charter Itinerary - New Zealand
Day 1 - Auckland
Join your yacht in the Viaduct Marina of downtown Auckland, where gourmet restaurants and wine bars line the waterfront under the city skyline. Your yacht will then leave the marina and head out into the Hauraki Gulf, where sailing yachts are stretched out as far as the eye can see.
The yacht will drop anchor at Waiheke Island for a gorgeous lunch on deck, before you’ll head ashore to enjoy the boutique wineries and olive groves in the rolling hills. After your walk, have a swim at one of the white sand beaches or a kayak around the coast, before relaxing in the yacht’s Jacuzzi at sunset with cocktail in hand. The first dinner on board your New Zealand charter yacht is always a delight, but there’s also some very tempting dining options on the island, including Mudbrick Restaurant and Vineyard.
Day 2 – Hauraki Gulf
The Hauraki Gulf also has some sensational and secluded bays where you can get busy on the water toys, or you might like to drop a line to take advantage of the region’s great fishing. Stay on board for dinner tonight and ask the chef to grill up your catch.
Day 3 – Coromandel Peninsula
It’s hard not to fall in love with the Coromandel Peninsula. The coast is lined with golden limestone which has been eroded into cliffs and majestic archways, and walking paths wind up from the soft-sand beaches into the ancient Kauri forest. On the coast, you’ll be dying to launch the kayaks to paddle through the turquoise water beneath the cliffs or dig yourself a ‘bath’ in the sand at Hot Water Beach to soak in the volcanic springs. Inland, you’ll discover quaint little towns with farmer’s markets and art galleries, surrounded by lush hills where white lambs graze on grass so green it almost glows.
This gentle countryside and bountiful coastline produces some extraordinary produce for your discovery as you sample boutique wines and local craft beers, tuck into freshly shucked oysters at the Coromandel Oyster Company or dine on the sea view terrace at Miha Restaurant at Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort.
Day 4 – Great Barrier Island
Great Barrier Island is a mighty wilderness- a pristine paradise of thickly forested mountains and blue-green bays. You can hike for days across Great Barrier Island on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, but yacht guests will have to settle for one of the many excellent hikes near the coastline, or just pass your day diving, surfing, mountain biking or fishing.
You’ll definitely want dinner under the stars tonight, for Great Barrier Island is one of only three Dark Skies Sanctuaries in the world, showcasing the Milky Way spread out across the sky in all her astonishing grandeur. With no light pollution and very little sign of man on the landscape, you really feel like you’re at the bottom of the world on a yacht anchored off Great Barrier Island.
Day 5 - Great Barrier Island to Mokohinau Islands
Today you’ll visit one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets, the Mokohinau Islands. While the Poor Knights Islands to the north have received international acclaim for their diving, the Mokohinau Islands offer the same dramatic cliffs and underwater topography and benefit from the same nutrient-rich currents that create an underwater wonderland of corals and life - not to mention some superb deep sea fishing. Because it’s so hard to get to, you’ll feel like you’ve discovered something special as you snorkel, dive, and kayak around the steep, spectacular coastlines.
These remote islands are seriously off the beaten track; you cannot land at all but one of the islands and there are no facilities whatsoever. There aren’t any overnight anchorages in the archipelago, so it’s a short cruise back across to the mainland at Whangarei for sunset, where you can stretch your legs exploring the vibrant town.
Day 6 – Mokohinau Islands to Kawau Island
The yacht will get away early to make the cruise back to the Hauraki Gulf, arriving at Kawau Island to spend your last full day on your motor yacht charter in Australasia. This pretty island is blessed with white sand beaches and excellent gentle walking trails, as well as the beautiful colonial Mansion House, where peacocks walk the lawns between the exotic plants.
Spend your afternoon at anchor enjoying the water toys and relaxing on board, before the yacht makes its way back to Auckland for a last evening in one of the superb restaurants that have made New Zealand a gourmet destination.
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