More than a dozen yachts have announced plans to charter this season in Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Vanuatu and more—and the options for clients are expected to keep growing.
It was the last week of September and the time of the southwest monsoon in the Indian Ocean. By leaving then, we planned to encounter southeasterlies south of the Maldives and the equator, but the Indian Ocean threw itself against us in heaps. Barbara, the ship’s cook, found flying fish on the flybridge, more than 20 feet up.
A charter vacation aboard Penny Mae in Croatia will teach you a little something about the country’s history and its terroir.
Off the usual South Pacific cruising paths, New Caledonia offers unsurpassed snorkeling and diving in the world’s largest lagoon, and a lively indigenous culture. The owner of the 164-foot (50-meter) motoryacht Mary Jean, who spent time there earlier this year, takes us on a diving journey around this little-known but incredible territory.
As usual before lifting anchor the boat captain reviews his engine and runs a checklist of equipment essential to today’s cruise: fuel, water, mooring lines, chains, extra long ground tackle, sturdy nylon trip lines, heavy hammer and climbing spikes. If this sounds more like a rock-climbing expedition than a boat cruise, it is because this is Norway where boaters like to anchor from the country’s very granite walls.
French Polynesia exercises a powerful attraction. The islands, which cover an area about the size of Western Europe, have plenty of appeal despite their geographic isolation. Of late, they seem to attract more private and charter yachts, many based in the Society Islands.
To all those who bemoan today’s world—adventure all gone, everything already discovered—I’d say: Let them take a voyage through Indonesia. According to CIA records, the area includes 17,508 islands. During the second year of circumnavigation, Whale Song’s three-month stay just whetted the appetite for more.