Set in one of the most spectacular and exotic charter destinations on the planet, an Indian Ocean yacht charter perfectly combines breathtaking landscapes, rich culture and a fresh cuisine. The warm, turquoise waters are filled with thousands of islands and atolls, many of which can only be accessed by sea, making a yacht charter in the area the perfect private retreat with countless possibilities for scuba diving, snorkeling and other water activities. Yacht charters in the Indian Ocean are becoming increasingly popular and are considered by many a ‘must’ do.
Yachting destinations that stand out in the Indian Ocean include the Maldives, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. No matter which group of islands you choose to explore, international airports are conveniently located in each destination allowing easy access for a yacht charter to begin. There are several yachts available in the region, however some may be limited to specific cruising grounds.
The Maldives have often been called “the Last Paradise.” Stretching from the tip of India across the equator, these nearly 1,200 islands spread across 36,000 square miles, make up one of the most attenuated countries in the world. The Maldives are quite simply spectacular, with coconut palms arching gracefully above gin-clear lagoons, coral reefs that are ripe for snorkelers and divers, tropical scenery and mild weather with endless sunshine. Only 200 of the islands are inhabited, but these are dotted with ultra-luxe resorts, so you can choose between nightlife and the quiet life. The best time to visit is from December through March.
An archipelago of 115 islands northeast of Madagascar, the Seychelles is known for its overwhelming variety of sea life and natural beauty. About half of the islands are of granitic origin, with narrow coastal strips and central ranges of hills rising up to 900 m. The other half are coral atolls, many of them uninhabited. The Seychelles is also home to no less than two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Nature’s beauty extends from the lush forests and pristine sandy beaches on land to the crystal clear turquoise waters of the ocean, with world class diving and snorkelling opening up a breathtaking sub aquatic world of stunning corals and colourful sea life.