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Photograph of a catamaran sailboat at anchor, while charter guests sit with feet in the water or dive off and swim from the boat.

Crewed catamaran charters are a wonderful vacation for active and adventurous travelers.

Most catamarans feature a large assortment of water toys.  For instance, sea kayaks, towable tubes, snorkel gear, and towable bananas.  Also included in watersports activities are hamster balls (clear ball for walking on water), trampolines (that sit on the water), SeaDoos, paddleboards, and skurfers.  There are many fun activities and toys to enjoy on a catamaran vacation.  The previous items are just a few.

Many catamarans also offer SCUBA for certified divers.  If guests aren’t certified but want to try it, they are able!  They can take a resort course from the yacht, as well!

Bahamas yacht charter catamarans receive special treatment.  They are often visited by swimming pigs that live on Big Major Cay, better known as “Pig Beach.”  The pigs swim out to the boats.  You can also swim with them, give them approved treats, and take lots of selfies!

Are you ready to book your active sailing charter?  How about swimming with the Bahamian pigs?  From your crewed catamaran?  If so, then contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ today!

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Best Scuba Diving Spots in South Florida

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Photograph of a scuba diver in silhouette. The diver is rising to the surface of the ocean. The sunlight is on the top of the water.

With the tight economy forcing American boaters to reconsider expensive trips abroad, the appeal of Florida yacht charters has increased dramatically in the past two years.  Perhaps not on par with a Virgin Islands yacht charter, there are still plenty of points of interest while cruising along the South Florida coast, especially for charterers who also enjoy scuba diving.  

While the Florida Keys may be known for their fishing and scuba diving locations, both Broward and Miami-Dade counties have some of the best spots to scuba dive in the nation. From natural reefs to sunken ships, it’s amazing what can be found off the shores of Miami and Fort Lauderdale.   Many of the reefs and wrecks can be found in 60 to 80 feet of water, making South Florida a great choice for both novice and advanced divers.

Here are some of our top picks:

Photograph of a scuba diver swimming next to a dive site of a sunken ship called the Tugboat Jay Scutti in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

 

TUGBOAT JAY SCUTTI

First, Tugboat Jay Scutti (off Ft. Lauderdale)
Sunk in Sept. 1986, this 95 foot tug was seized by the government in a drug smuggling operation. It was bought at auction by a man who renamed it the “Jay Scutti,” after his son. The wreck lies in 70 feet of water and is centered between a 45 foot wreck named “Moonshot” and another named “Pride,” a 95 foot sailboat.  All three wrecks are tethered together by a cable. Divers can usually explore two of the wrecks in one dive. Lots of fish inhabit the Jay Scutti, and it’s possible to enter the wreck through various openings.

HAMMERHEAD REEF

Second, Hammerhead Reef (off Ft. Lauderdale)
Located just south of Port Everglades and running to the Dania Pier, this two and a half mile reef is famous for its sharks, rays, and large grouper.  The front portion of the reef is in 60 feet of water, while the back side plunges to 80 feet.  In some spots, the reef rises to nearly 20 feet. Tons of marine life call this reef home and make it a great spot for reef diving.

MIAMI BEACH WRECK TREK

Third, Miami Beach Wreck Trek (off Miami Beach)
It’s pretty impressive how artificial reefs have been created by linking multiple wrecks together via a guide cable. The Miami Beach Wreck Trek is a shallow dive, about 50 to 60 feet of water.  It begins with a pair of army tanks on the southern end. As they swim north, divers encounter several tons of limestone boulders and more wrecks like the “Rio Miami,” a 105 foot tug which sits upright in about 65 feet of water.

 

THE BELZONA TRIO

Fourth, also off the Miami Beach coast is a trio of sunken tug boats. The “Belzona Ona,” lies in 85 feet of water.  About 75 feet away is the second tug, “Belzona Two,” in 60 feet of water. The deepest of the trio, “Belzona Three,” is a 100 foot tug at a depth of 85 feet.

 

BELCHER BARGE

Finally, not far away is the “Belcher Barge #27,” a 195 foot steel barge that was sunk in 1985. The barge flipped on its way to the bottom, but experienced divers can penetrate it and swim the ship’s entire length.

 

PLEASE CONTACT US WITH YOUR THOUGHTS

Please comment to let us know about your experiences diving these awesome Florida dive sites!

In addition to cruising in south Florida, Bahama yacht charters are great options for closer-to-home getaways.  Contact our local charter guides for more details in Miami, the Florida Keys and nearby Bimini, Bahamas.

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Catamaran Crew To Serve Thanksgiving Meal with Danish Twist

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Last week, we took a look at several yachts offering value-oriented Virgin Islands yacht charters for the Thanksgiving holidays.   Now comes word from the crew of sail yacht catamaran BREANKER that they are also offering a special Thanksgiving charter – one with a unique twist.

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Captain Kristian Søndergård and Chef/First Mate Marianne Rasmussen are Danish citizens with over 25 years of
sailing experience.  Their plan for a Thanksgiving charter is to prepare a traditional American-style turkey but serve authentic Danish side dishes for a bicultural holiday feast.

Marianne recently contacted us with the basic menu details.  She said,

We will serve Hassel baked potatoes with roasted sesame seeds, pickled cucumber salad, beet salad with walnuts, and warm sweet and sour red cabbage.  These are all traditional Danish specialties.   For dessert, we will serve Danish almond and rice pudding. It’s made with chopped almonds and one single whole almond in the bowl.   The one who gets the almond wins a prize.  This is a common dessert and game played in Denmark.

To further “sweeten” the deal, Kristian and Marianne are offering a 10% price reduction off the regular charter rates for any full-week charter over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Sail catamaran BREANKER is priced at $14,500 per week for 2 to 4 passengers, $14,700 per week for 5 passengers, $14,900 per week for 6 passengers, $16,500 per week for 7 passengers, and finally, $17,500 per week for 8 guests. Charterers can take 10% off these rates.   Price includes the yacht, crew, and all meals and ship’s bar and all local taxes. 

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What an incredible bonus!   SCUBA is included in the price and offered for up to 6 passengers (must be certified divers).  Gear is available for rent for just $150 per week per diver.

 

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The sailing catamaran BREANKER is 55′  in length and features 4 queen cabins, each with ensuite bathroom. Onboard watertoys include a dinghy with 40 horsepower, water skis for children and adults, kneeboard, tube, and wakeboard, two kayaks, and snorkel gear.

SailAway aboard catamaran Breanker for the Thanksgiving holiday of a lifetime!

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Treat your family to a unique, sunny-weather yachting vacation this winter.  Contact our destination specialists at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ today for more special offers. 

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Don’t Eat It – Ride It!  Luxury Yacht Charter Watertoys With Tasty Names

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The myriad of recreational toys offered by private yacht charter vessels continues to grow each year, as more and more yachts continue to battle for the same handful of HNWI for whom yachting is a lifestyle, not a once in a lifetime adventure.

Gone are the days when a yacht only carried a windsurfer and some snorkel gear. Today, the onboard watertoy inventory sheet on most superyachts reads like a wish list from the Hammacher Schlemmer Christmas catalog.   Jetlev hover boards, giant waterslides, even mini submarines are now the norm.

While most of the toys have straightforward names that define their intended use (for example, stand up paddleboards, water skis, etc.), some have downright funny names, associated with foods that come to mind when looking at the toys.

Here are our favorite food-inspired charter toys, found on many Virgin Islands yacht charter vessels:

DONUT – There are actually several types of donut watertoys. The most common ones look like giant tire inner tubes, hence the term, “donut.”  A totally new “spin” on the water donut is the BBQ Donut, where several people can sit inside a floating donut-shaped vessel, complete with sun awning and bbq grill.

BBQ Donut towable watertoy

 

 

BANANA – This colorful towable toy is pulled along by the charter yacht’s tender.  It’s all about a fast, bumpy ride. Bananas aren’t typically “fast food,” but this banana fits the bill!  Depending upon the size of the banana, some carry 2 riders, and some six or more.  Hang on tight – falling off at high speed can sting a bit when you splash into the water!

Banana towable watersports toy

 

HOT DOG – Take a towable banana, paint it red, and add a couple “buns” to the sides and voila, you’ve got a towable hot dog watertoy.  The inflatable buns actually perform a purpose – by adding extra stability to the toy.  In other words, you don’t fall off as much as you do on the banana…but hey, falling off is part of the fun!

hot dog towable watersports yacht toy

 

BROWNIES THIRD LUNG – ok, so you don’t really “ride” this one.  Work with me, here – it’s a watertoy, and its name sounds like food!  This is basically an air compressor situated in a floating donut.  (If you’d like, we can refer to it as YET ANOTHER TYPE OF DONUT WATERTOY!)  The compressor pumps air into long tubes that tie into a snorkel mask.  Swimmers wear the mask and breathe fresh air, allowing them to do very shallow dives, while safely tethered to the floating compressor. It’s a great way for novices to experience the sensation of SCUBA diving while snorkeling in shallow water.

Brownies Third Lung yacht toy

 

South Florida is a great winter destination. Take a look at some of the yachts offered in South Florida and the nearby Bahamas by 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/yacht-charter-florida/

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Fun Fact for British Virgin Island Yacht Charter – A Snorkeling Paradise

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Did you know the British Virgin Islands (BVI or BVI’s) are home to the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean, and the fourth largest ocean reef on earth?

The BVI reef stretches 18 miles from the island of Anegada to Virgin Gorda, and is considered by experts to offer some of the best snorkeling spots in the world!

2 people snorkeling next to a sailboat

 

Adding to the allure of snorkeling and diving during your Virgin Islands crewed catamaran yacht charter – it is widely rumored that there is still Spanish gold buried in the sand on the reef that is yet to be found!  Many Spanish galleons, laden with gold and riches from the new world, sank to their watery graves at the hands of pirates and hurricanes in the 1700’s…

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Here’s a sampling of beautiful catamarans available for charter in the Caribbean

Do you have a favorite snorkeling site in the Caribbean?  Share your favorite spot with us, and we’ll send you a complimentary Eco-tote bag to carry your towels and snorkel gear.  Leave a comment in the section below, and we’ll contact you for your address!

 

 

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Join Emmy-winning Filmmaker for Indonesia Yacht Charter Onboard Sail Yacht LAMINA this Winter

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Aerial view of islands in Indonesia

INDONESIA YACHT CHARTER SPECIAL

1-800 Yacht Charters is pleased to announce a special opportunity to discover Indonesia on an exclusive charter yacht excursion with noted anthropologist Dr. Lawrence Blair as your personal guide.

ONBOARD CELEBRITY TOUR GUIDE

Available from December onwards in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Dr. Blair will be your host for an unforgettable superyacht experience onboard the world’s largest wooden sailing yacht, LAMIMA.  There is no additional cost, and Dr. Blair can join you for all or part of your charter duration.

Man holding human skull

 

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Indonesia in the company of a true expert. Born in the United Kingdom, Lawrence Blair has been a resident of Bali for 35 years. Having witnessed and documented over three decades of Indonesia’s evolution and produced the Emmy award-winning series RING OF FIRE in 1988, Blair is a highly-respected anthropologist, author, explorer and filmmaker.

Blair and his brother, Lorne spent 10 years wandering the archipelago without any form of navigation, guides, radios, or compasses. During their mission to discover Indonesia, they encountered the Asmat tribesmen of Papua, Dukan healers in Bali, and the elusive Dream Wanderers of Borneo. They came face-to-face with the deadly Moluccan Blue-Ringed octopus, climbed erupting volcanoes, were washed away in monsoon flash-floods, and survived near drowning, starvation and illness.

ABOUT CHARTER YACHT LAMIMA

Lamima classic-styled sailboat with yellow hull

 

The 65 meter Indonesia yacht charter vessel LAMIMA offers luxury accommodations for up to 14 guests in seven staterooms. The vessel features contemporary elegance embellished with Asian-influenced styling, along with a long list of watersports toys and spa-type amenities.  Built and outfitted for wellness yacht charter, the yacht offers hands-on spa therapy by the onboard #pijat masseuses, and incorporates guided shore excursions – all designed to invigorate mind, body, and spirit.

The weekly rate for up to 14 guests is $175,000 and is based on all-inclusive terms (+ 11% local taxes).

 

INCLUDED IN THE YACHT CHARTER FEE 

  • All arrival/departure land transfers.
  • The services on of an onboard crew of 20
  • All meals onboard (additional charges will apply for any special food requests incurring charges relating to the transport of such items into Indonesia).
  • Refreshments and all beverages – including alcoholic beverages.
  • SCUBA Diving (Padi certification and Nitrox certification available upon request).
  • All watersports activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, etc…
  • Spa treatments and massages.
  • Shore excursions and island hopping, led by Dr. Laurence Blair.
  • All admission fees to National Parks and permits.
  • Fuel for cruising and for running generators.

 

KEY FEATURES OF YACHT LAMIMA 

  • World’s largest wooden sailing yacht [built in 2014; LOA: 65.2m (213ft 10in)]
  • Seven staterooms, sleeping 14 guests, bathrooms ensuite.
  • Padi-diving certification and instructors
  • Onboard SPA therapists
  • Contemporary Asian design
  • Shaded relaxation areas
  • Tour guide (led for a limited time by noted anthropologist, Dr. Laurence Blair)

HOW TO BOOK SAILBOAT LAMIMA

Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at 305-720-7245 or via our convenient online booking form to enjoy the ultimate superyacht experience in Southeast Asia this winter and spring, with Dr. Laurence Blair onboard sailing yacht LAMIMA.

Sample SPA menu and itinerary are available upon request.

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New Superyacht Toy Not For Faint Of Heart | Luxury Yacht

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Just in time for the winter rental season, Trinity yacht charter vessel Motoryacht CARPE DIEM has added a new toy to her watersport equipment list – a Jetovator.”

Be warned – this toy is for designed strictly for adrenaline junkies!

The Jetovator is a water sports accessory that extends the ability of an existing personal watercraft (PWC). It redirects the water thrust from the propulsion unit of a waverunner or jetski along a forty foot hose to the Jetovator body. This water thrust is then used to propel and elevate the Jetovator up into the air…or down into the water!
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The rider can also redirect the water thrust of the two front nozzles in order to maneuver the Jetovator in all directions (read between the lines – spin wildly in the air).  The Jetovator can go vertical straight up to a dizzying 20-25 feet at speeds of up to 25 mph. For a wetter experience, you can take a nose-dive and actually cruise underwater (to approximately 4-5 feet deep).

 
A stalwart in the Bahamas yacht charter marketplace, the 191 foot Trinity motor yacht CARPE DIEM already hosts an extensive array of watertoys before adding the Jetovator to her inventory.  Other onboard recreational gear includes:
 
  • 7 meter Novurania Chase tender with 260 hp engine
  • 6.7 meter Nautica Landing Craft with 260 hp jet drive engine
  • 4 wave runners
  • Trampoline
  • Waterskis
  • Wakeboard
  • Snorkel gear
  • Six sets of SCUBA gear and compressor (for certified divers only)
  • Spin bike
  • Pull-up machine
  • Weight bench
  • Free weights
  • Kaleidescape entertainment system
  • iPod docking stations throughout interior and exterior of yacht
  • Xbox
  • Wii
 
Staying active with so many watertoys will certainly leave guests hungry for some great food.  Fortunately, the onboard menu is as extensive and exciting as the yacht’s watertoy list.  Peter Williams, the executive chef onboard Trinity yacht CARPE DIEM was kind enough to pass along some samples from his galley.  Email us today for a copy of luxury yacht charter boat Carpe Diem menu items at info@1800yachtcharters.com 
 
Yacht Carpe Diem underway


Luxury motor yacht CARPE DIEM 191 can sleep 10 to 12 guests in a full-beam master stateroom on the main deck, four double guest staterooms, and a convertible gym on the lower deck.  Weekly charter rates begin at $395,000 per week, plus all expenses.
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Off The Beaten Path: Great Spots For Virgin Island Yacht Charter SCUBA

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Q:  “I’ve heard catamaran charters in the BVI are good for divers.  Are there any dive sites there that are not ‘touristy?'”
A:  “Ahoy, E. – The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are famous for their island beauty.  They are considered a top yacht charter destination in the world. However, few charterers are aware that the BVI are a fantastic diving destination, as well.”
bvi photograph underwater. Scuba diver swimming through a coral reef. Yellow and black striped angelfish swim on left side of picture. Pink fluffy coral hangs overhead. The diver has bubbles coming up from his scuba gear.

WRECKS TO DIVE

There are numerous wrecks, both old and new, in the BVI, with one of the most famous being the RMS Rhone, a royal mail ship that sank in a hurricane in 1867.  Movie fans are familiar with the Rhone as the location for most of the underwater scenes in the film, The Deep.”

 

REMOTE DIVE SITES

When it comes to more remote dive sites, dives around the more exposed Cooper Island and Carvel Rock are rarer and more challenging.  These can only be done by experienced divers.  They are also only good if weather conditions are very calm.  When the conditions are right, divers taking the plunge from the east side of Cooper Island at Dry Rocks East will be rewarded!  They will see scores of marine life, including Horse-eye Jacks, African Pompano, Spadefish, Cobia, and Nurse sharks.  If you’re lucky, Hawksbill turtles will also be there.  In the same area the Devil’s Kitchen is a shelf. This shelf  becomes more undercut with a rock structure. The structure forms a unique lattice with numerous hideouts for reef fish, turtles, and lobsters.

HOW TO BOOK A SCUBA DIVE TRIP

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Ready for Adventure! Catamaran Yacht SPIRIT New to Australia Yacht Charter Market

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After a massive refit, the 115 foot (35 meter) wave-piercing New Zealand Yachts Limited power catamaran SPIRIT is the newest yacht to be offered for hire in Australia.  Based in Cairns, she is available for $90,000 per week (plus expenses) starting January 17, for charters along the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays, Kimberley, and the Solomon Islands.

With a nearly 36 foot (11 meter) beam, this tri-deck motor yacht offers impressive space with accommodations for 10  guests in 5 staterooms, including an upper deck master suite with private balcony.  An exciting inventory of toys & tenders will satisfy the most active adventure-travel guests.

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Let’s take a look at her main features:

  • Huge volume yacht – equivalent to a 45 meter yacht
  • The full beam Owner’s Suite is located on the upper deck with private balcony
  • Hydraulic main deck lowers below the water for diving and watersports
  • 2016 refit completely upgraded interior, paint, and engineering
  • 10 meter beam provides incredible stabilization and smooth cruising
  • One of the most impressive toy cupboards available including SCUBA gear (for certified divers) and dive compressor, wake board, kite board, tenders, fishing, Stand Up Paddleboards SUP’s
  • FYI:  Dive master and kiteboarding instructors onboard

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If the idea of a Great Barrier Reef yacht charter odyssey sounds exciting, please call us for more details about power catamaran motor yacht SPIRIT, the New Zealand Yachts Limited wave-piercing catamaran.  Speak with Jim at 305-720-7245 or email info@1800yachtcharters.com

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Snorkeling is a Must During Bahama Yacht Charters

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Sure, you can see the tropical fish and marine life while standing in a crowded tunnel of a glass aquarium at a glitzy high-rise Bahamian resort.
Is that why you chose to enjoy a Bahama yacht charter vacation on  luxury sailing charter yacht?  Of course not!  

It’s time to get up-close and personal with Bahamas sea life, and the best way to do that is to rent a private yacht and snorkel with them!

To really get to know and understand the fish, coral reefs, and all those ship wrecks is to put on a pair of goggles, grab some flippers, and dive right in.

 Explore on your own, right off the stern swim platform of your luxury sailing charter vessel.
 
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Bahama yacht charters offer you a chance to snorkel in warm, clear, blue water that is calm almost every day.  The sunlight that pierces the surface actually sparkles as the light reflects back from the white sandy bottom of the ocean floor. It is an unforgettable experience.

There are miles of lush coral reefs all around the islands of the Bahamas. This means snorkeling during Bahamas yacht charters is soooo easy for first-timers, yet is filled with plenty of excitement for repeat luxury sailing charter customers, as well.  You see different fish and marine life on each dive.
Every island is surrounded by shallow reefs, many of them within a few feet of the surface.
Unlike scuba diving, where you need special gear and training, the only prerequisite for a fun snorkel adventure (“skin diving”) is the ability to swim and a general curiosity for the world under the sea!

A sail boat charter or a luxury mega yacht charter is a breeze to arrange.  Contact the pros at 1-800-YACHT CHARTERS or email info@1800yachtcharters, and we will have you snorkeling right away!

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