Australasia & South Pacific
Hike glaciers through the land of Hobbits, scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef and discover the romantic islands of Tahiti and Fiji.
Australia and the South Pacific may be on the other side of the world, but these destinations are well worth the journey Down Under.
In French Polynesia you will be able to get some excellent continental foods – from steaks to breads – but be aware that the remoteness of the Pacific Islands means your yacht will need to carry just about all you need. It’s vital that you fill in those preference sheets in detail well ahead of time. (Doubly important as Australia and New Zealand have some very strict customs laws, especially regarding importation of animals and foodstuffs).
As some reef breaks and lagoons are very shallow, yachts with shallow drafts have a distinct advantage – catamarans are an especially good option.
Although some people might worry about sharks (there are actually very few attacks in this region –less than 1 per year in Australia) and jellyfish (a thin ‘stinger suit’ will protect you), the most dangerous thing you will probably encounter will be sun burn!
- This is the home of the desert island fantasy: coral atolls, lush mountainous islands, white sand beaches
- Some of the best snorkelling and diving sites on the planet – remote and often unspoilt
- Real get-away-from-it-all blue water cruising
The Pacific is the largest ocean on the planet: this is a vast area of many nations with a huge variety of coastlines, reefs and islands to explore. You can get up close and personal to some of the region’s busiest cities – Sydney and Auckland both boast huge protected harbours.
At the other end of the scale are scattered, remote islands, who may not see visitors from one season to the next.
This remoteness means you will often find some unspoilt gems, amazing coral reefs and drop-off dives with sharks and rays, pearl farms sitting in aquamarine lagoons - the stuff dreams (and films) are made of. The sort of dreams that can only come true on a superyacht charter.
Some islands such as the famed Bora Bora may be on the tourist route, but many more are only accessible by boat. So whether you fancy yourself as a castaway on a desert island, or someone exploring the culture of these island nations, you will certainly have a fascinating time.
Best time to visit:
Although a vast area, in general, the South Pacific islands are mainly tropical, Australia is tropical and sub-tropical, New Zealand is temperate, with December and January peak summer months.
There is a cyclone (a.k.a. hurricane) season from 1 November until 30 April in some parts of this area.