The Indian Ocean is renowned for having some of the most spectacular yacht charter areas on the planet. For generations it has served as a major sea route connecting the spices of Africa, fragrances of East Asia, and the Wealth of the Middle East with Europe and America. The Seychelles, Mauritius and Maldives are most notably the most magnificent islands to be seen. Isolated in the warmest and most azure waters of the Indian Ocean, they offer pleasant and stable weather year round, making this a sailor’s dream destination.
The vast stretch of water making up the Indian Ocean is teeming with stunning coral and wild marine life. Here, gentle waves lap at the shores around which much of early civilization grew, leading to secluded areas of paradise. It is recommended to begin your yacht charter at the Indian Oceans very own jewel, The Seychelles. This extraordinary collection of some 100 islands and islets is home to perfect beaches and several nature reserves but is just one fraction of the size of the Maldives, the largest water-based country in the world. The Seychelles has been cited as the original Garden of Eden, with the reputation alone you can already imagine its idyllic white-sand beaches, touched by its calm crystal blue waters, glittering lagoons and bright coral reefs. One of the most unique qualities of the Seychelles that sets it apart from any other destination in the world is the islands incredible nature reserves which host an abundance of ancient wildlife and endangered species.
Mauritius is equally as splendid as a yacht charter destination. There is no place on earth like it: It is the essence of fairytales and the vision of postcard perfection, where the world below the ocean is just as stunning as the one above. Enchantingly private and indulgently five-star, this unforgettable island is a relaxing dream. Almost entirely encircled by unbroken coral reefs, Mauritius is surrounded by natural, safe, crystal-clear lagoons, ideal for anchoring and on land it boasts tropical rain forests, rivers, streams and waterfalls.
On another trip—or for a longer journey—venture north to the Maldives. Known as the pearls of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are the epitome of resplendent tropical islands. These ancient coral islands are rich in natural treasure: Tranquil azure seas kiss the sugary beaches that stretch for miles, rich in tantalizing seclusion. The bountiful sea surrounding this chain of thousands of isles is teeming with diverse marine life and healthy coral atolls, which are home to the rays, turtles, lobsters, and mammoth school of fish native to the area. Around 200 islands in the Maldives archipelago are inhabited, which leaves a wealth of immaculate cays and islets to delve into deeply. With thriving reefs fecund with life, every kind of diver, whether novice or advanced, will adore the stunning underwater display.