Superyachts provide boundless opportunities for exploration and adventure, allowing guests to venture to the far corners of our planet in search of astounding wildlife, staggering scenery and true isolation.
The next generation of cruising grounds
As both a work of art and a technical marvel, superyachts provide boundless opportunities for exploration and adventure, allowing guests to venture to the far corners of our planet in search of astounding wildlife, staggering scenery and true isolation. They are an escape from the normality of every day, a distraction from working life and a portal to excitement.
The well-loved cruising grounds of the Mediterranean and Caribbean will always hold dear to many yacht owners and charter guests; the bright lights of Monaco, the suave tropical beauty of St Barts or the understated sophistication of Capri each having their own distinct appeal. Yet there is a clear and dramatic move towards more adventurous cruising grounds.
Tim Soper, of adventure superyacht experts EYOS Expeditions, told SYOG, “We believe that there is a new generation of owners and charterers looking to get more out of their time on a yacht. They are looking for meaningful experiences and once-in-a-lifetime moments; they are looking for opportunities that are out of the ordinary and satisfying to achieve.
"We believe that exclusivity and privilege is not about going where everyone wants, such as a reservation in a coveted restaurant, but rather about going where no one else can go. Crowded anchorages or marinas in the Mediterranean are hardly 'getting away from it all', and when you have access to these incredible yachts, don't you want to really take maximum advantage of the opportunities they can offer?”
To get off the beaten track and venture outside their normal comfort zone, this new generation of adventurous owners and charterers want to be immersed in a destination and see things that no one else does.
From the poles to remote jungles to isolated Pacific islands, there is a wealth of discovery awaiting. According to Soper, “The polar regions are a natural draw. Visiting these icy landscapes is possibly the closest you can find on Earth to visiting a new planet. Antarctica is probably the ultimate destination for a superyacht, more than any other destination, it leaves people fundamentally changed and overwhelmed by the experience.
In the Arctic, the Northwest Passage is iconic, and still rarely travelled. Svalbard is a draw for those keen to see polar landscapes and wildlife, it is absolutely thrilling to watch a polar bear amble across the sea ice and approach your yacht, or to be out on a tender as a 40 ton humpback whale surfaces nearby.”
While the chilly poles offer staggering icy landscapes and some of the planet’s best wildlife-watching, at the same time, the Pacific offers experiences for those preferring a more tropical climate. Here, the unique cultures of Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu are remarkable; having a local guide that can speak the language, arrange visits to the communities and interpret can add tremendously to the experience.