From the giant tortoises of the Galapagos to the grizzly bears of Alaska and the famed swimming pigs of the Bahamas, a yacht charter is the ultimate way to get close to nature in ultimate luxury.
Here are our top 5 destinations to view wildlife during a luxury yacht charter.
In the Galapagos, huge tortoises lumber among tall stands of cactus, and leathery-skinned iguanas bake on hot rocks below skies black with swooping birds: blue and red footed boobies, hawks, frigate birds and the albatrosses that cross vast oceans to breed on these remote Atlantic islands.
Blubbery seals waddle ungainly across stony beaches, transforming into exquisite creatures as they flit through the water, arcing and turning like an underwater ballet of infinite grace. Sharks, whales and dolphins gather, feeding on the schools of fish and krill in the nutrient- rich waters. Flamingos stalk through inland lagoons, and tiny penguins tumble into the sea from slippery rocks, while colonies of sea lions bark, trumpet and honk.
On your yacht charter you can cruise between the islands that inspired Darwin’s The Origin of Species and changed the world.
Contact Fraser Yachts to find out which yachts in their charter fleet are currently cruising the Galapagos.
In Alaska, grizzly bears wait by a rushing river, giant paws at the ready to catch spawning King Salmon that leap upstream for one last time. Bald eagles soar in the lonely sky framed by immense snow-capped mountains, and whales breach in tranquil bays, slapping their giant tails against still waters, sending out ripples to lap at pretty beaches edged by dense pines.
Pods of dolphins stream along the bow wake as your yacht pushes up majestic fjords, harbour seals laze about on fishing docks, and moose stalk through the forest, antlers brushing against the branches. In the night, you hear the ice of the glacier creak, and a wolf howl mournfully in the distance.
The yacht cruises under the midnight sun, through a land of serene, pristine nature– almost silent except for the cries of the birds wheeling overhead and the water lapping at the side of the hull. When it comes to wildlife cruising, Alaska is almost impossible to beat.
Contact Fraser Yachts to find current availability on yachts available for charter in Alaska.
In tropical Costa Rica, white-faced and howler monkeys chatter from the jungle and three toed sloths hang about doing very little at all. Jaguars stalk quietly on the lush jungle floor and brightly coloured toucans call from the canopy.
Off the sugar-white sand beaches, pods of dolphins play in turquoise waters so clear that you can see the coral reefs on the sea bed below, the tropical fish swimming through waving sea fans and loggerhead turtles hiding in caves. Dive down into a spiral of hammerhead sharks, and watch manta rays float above you like a graceful cloud. Marvel from the deck of your yacht as newborn humpback whales play with their mothers in the world’s longest whale watching season, and kayak through the mangrove forests looking out for shy manatees.
Contact Fraser Yachts to find current availability on yachts available for charter in Costa Rica.
In the Bahamas, you will find dragons that cannot fly, and pigs that swim. Anchor your yacht in the Exumas to watch the pigs perform for you and your guests in the hope of some treats, pink fleshy snouts sticking out of the sea, trotters moving frantically below in the crystal clear water.
Of course, that’s not all there is to see when it comes to wildlife in the Bahamas- you can also swim with dolphins, and it’s a common sight to see gentle nurse sharks lying on the bottom in shallow waters. The marvellous Andros Reef in the Bahamas is the third largest barrier reef on earth, rich with sea turtles, reef sharks and spiralling schools of tropical fish- as well as the magnificent blue holes that divers come from all over the world to see.
On land, you can find the Bahamian Dragon- a species of iguana- as well as the Wood Star Hummingbird and the brightly coloured Bahamian Parrot. The Bahamas are spectacularly beautiful, but it turns out their powdery white sands and sapphire waters are far from all there is to see on a luxury yacht charter.
Fraser Yachts has several yachts on offer to cruise the Bahamas, including the stylish 29m Ferretti M/Y ALEANDRA.
New Zealand offers some of the most staggering wildlife cruising on the planet, where killer whales hunt in the still waters of flooded mountain valleys, and colonies of sea lions float in the open ocean. Cruise through the ethereal landscape of the fiordlands, where tiny fiord penguins and shy dolphins follow the yacht and fat shiny seals bake in the sun on granite boulders.
In the Bay of Islands in the North Island, you’ll find small blue penguins and vibrant reefs to dive on in turquoise seas. Swim with fur seals and dolphins, or anchor in a deserted bay to watch the majestic albatross soar through the skies and petrels dive-bomb the water for fish and squid.
On land, you might be lucky enough to find the flightless Kiwi bird that gives New Zealanders their nickname, or the tuatara, an ancient reptile closely related to the dinosaurs.
Travel through this extraordinary land on a luxury yacht charter to make the most of the rich wildlife experiences it has to offer.
The stunning 36.58m M/Y QUANTUM is available for charter in New Zealand; contact Fraser Yachts to plan your New Zealand luxury yacht expedition.
Of course, this list of great wildlife destinations is far from exhaustive; your yacht charter experts at Fraser yachts will be delighted to give you the inspiration for your next wildlife yacht charter adventure.
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