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Tiger Blue, Komodo Island
Volcanos, sea life...dragons. Tiger Blue sea safaris leave at your discretion for one of Indonesia's most famous islands. There, you can chill on white sand beaches, hike through volcanic craters and even meet a Komodo dragon or manta ray along your journeys.
?Tiger Blue,? seven passengers, from $3,982 per day
Ocean Voyages, Pitcairn Island
Have you heard of Pitcairn Island? Yeah, neither had we. Turns out, the world’s smallest national jurisdiction (there are only 50 residents) is located in the middle of the South Pacific, sort of halfway between Australia and South America. To see it for yourself, book a charter expedition through Ocean Voyages. Activities include spearing your own lobster dinner and snorkeling in stunning sea-carved tidal pools.
“Seasauvage” six passengers, from $3,500 per person for ten days
Alaska Charter Yachts, Alaska
Aspiring oceanographers, rejoice. Alaska Charter Yachts gets you up close and personal with massive glaciers, otters and orca whales. You can also opt to hike, bird-watch, visit local hot springs or spend your days fishing for your own dinner. (Also, how great does the captain look?)
“Midnight Sun,” six passengers, price upon consultation
Dream Yacht Charter, Maldives
For a slice of paradise at a friendlier price point, why not rent a cabin on a Dream Yacht Charter? These sleek yachts are appointed with just four to 12 private cabins (as opposed the hundreds found on a commercial cruise ship). In other words, while you won’t get total privacy, you will get pretty exclusive access to kayaking, snorkeling and eating your way through one of the most beautiful places on earth.
“Catamaran Dream 60,” from $1,170 per week per person
Fraser Yachts, Greece
If you’re equal parts beach bum and history buff, look no further than an ultra-swanky Fraser Yachts charter to the Greek Islands. Explore the sacred harbor of Delos (the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis) before hopping back onto the yacht for a tour of the Santorini archipelago (rumored to be the inspiration for the Atlantis myth).
“Orlando L,” eight passengers, from $35,000 per week
Love to snorkel? There’s simply no better spot on earth than Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Access the most remote nooks and crannies aboard the Aroona, a luxury motor yacht whose seasoned Aussie skipper provides expert commentary on the towering coral walls, sea horses and minke whales.
“Aroona,” seven passengers, from $6,670 per day
Bareboat Charters, Virgin Islands
If all you really want to do is float around in warm tropical waters and maybe get up once in a while to eat, try a bareboat sailing trip to the postcard-perfect Virgin Islands. A typical day trip takes you to a place like Sandy Spit, an uninhabited, acre-long islet that is pretty much yours and yours alone. (Well, there might be a sea turtle or two.)
“Shaitan,” ten passengers, from $2,310 per person per day
Ultra Marine, French Polynesia
Moorea, Huahine, Bora Bora, Maupiti, Raiatea, Tetiaroa and Tahiti. French Polynesia deserves a visit on nomenclature alone. Ultra Marine’s mega-luxurious yachts whisk you from remote isles to aqua lagoons to tropical sandy beaches. Of course there’s plenty to do off the boat (dancing with locals? deep sea diving? sightseeing by helicopter?), but the vessel itself is so nice, you just might want to stay on board. (There’s a Jacuzzi in the master cabin, for instance.)
“Cattitude,” eight passengers, from $45,000 per week
Mediterranean Boat, Croatia
Haven’t you heard? Croatia is the new Turkey. Mediterranean Boat takes you from the dramatic, narrow passages of the Kornati islands to the shores of Hvar, a picturesque little island town where no cars are allowed (which is probably good, since apparently revelers dance in the streets all night long).
“GRG,” six passengers, from $17,500 per week
Photo credit: The Telegraph
Sure, a luxury cruise is a great way to see the world. But if the thought of all those people, set-in-stone itineraries and endless buffet bars makes you feel claustrophobic, maybe you should consider a more intimate affair.
Say, a charter boat.
A charter boat is basically the private car service of the aquatic world. You commission one for a set amount of time (anywhere from a day trip to, oh, half a year), bring along your nearest and dearest (a boat typically holds five to 25 guests) and then tell your captain where you want to go.
Sounds pretty great, right? We rounded up the most OMG-worthy charters across the globe--from a tiny vessel that sails the Alaskan wilderness to a crazy-fancy yacht that takes you from port to port in French Polynesia.
Even if a boat journey isn’t in your summer plans (or budget), you’ll want to play virtual traveler by scrolling through our slideshow.
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