BY Stuart Heaver on 13 May 2022

As the Asia-Pacific gradually reopens its cruising grounds, 2022 looks to be the perfect time to charter a private yacht. Here are 20 of the region’s ultimate yacht charter experiences, spanning extraordinary destinations from remote French Polynesia to Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago

Formosa. Photo: Jeff Brown

The yacht charter sector has been through some challenging times over recent years, with the pandemic forcing many of the region’s most popular and attractive cruising grounds to close to visiting yachts. But, as the world gradually opens up for travel, yacht charter is prepared to bounce back.

Travel restrictions have created unforeseen boom times in some local markets, where yacht charters have remained one of the best options for family holidays, corporate entertainment, or just obtaining some much-needed space and fresh sea air. 

With a larger audience and with recent announcements of travel and cruising restrictions being eased, 2022 looks to be the perfect time to charter in the Asia-Pacific

For example, some leading charter companies in Hong Kong reported a 10-fold increase in days booked in 2021, as the style of charter shifted from sunset corporate entertainment events to multiple-night family explorations in tranquil islands and bays. 

Staycation yacht charter also created a new and more diverse new client base. While North American and European clients in Asia markets were traditionally more familiar with the concept of charter, industry insiders report the split is now about 50 per cent American/European clients and 50 per cent Asia-Pacific-based.

In a world that has been subject to the prospect of public health restrictions, quarantine, social distancing and lockdowns, the liberation of chartering a private yacht is proving to be irresistible. 

Now that the wider region’s finest cruising grounds are opening up, there is the possibility of exploration and adventure from remote Indonesian islands to Fiji, Thailand, the Strait of Malacca, Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, New Zealand and remote French Polynesia. This year offers an exciting range of yachts and locations for those with a taste for adventure. A yacht charter also offers a newcomer the opportunity to sample the experience of being afloat before committing to a yacht purchase.

Yacht charter offers unrivalled opportunities to sample beautiful seascapes, unspoilt islands, and the region’s cruising area is vast enough to find some private space and tranquillity.

With a larger audience and recent announcements of travel and cruising restrictions being eased, lifted or relaxed across the region from Indonesia and Singapore to Fiji and Thailand, 2022 is the perfect time to charter in the Asia-Pacific.

Charter boats always offer a wide range of travel and leisure experiences depending on whether the priority is an escape close to home or an adventure or self-indulgence further afield.

In a world that has been subject to the prospect of public health restrictions, quarantine, social distancing and lockdowns, the liberation of chartering a private yacht is proving to be irresistible

This is our sample of 20 ultimate yacht charters in Asia-Pacific for 2022, with apologies to those we may have missed out. Please note that the first five listed in Hong Kong are day-charter yachts and priced accordingly. All prices below were correct as of mid-April.

Lady Lorraine, Hong Kong

Lady Lorraine

Lady Lorraine

Lady Lorraine is the largest and most impressive sailing charter yacht in Hong Kong and proved to be a hot choice last year for family groups looking to escape the city and explore the 230 or so islands of the Hong Kong archipelago.

At 30 metres with a long keel, steel hull and displacing some 120 tonnes, this lady is built for grace and comfort, not speed. This well-renovated vessel is perfect for those that appreciate the style and comfort of a classic Turkish-built sailing gulet. The boat offers luxury accommodation in four well-appointed wood-panelled cabins – ideal for multiple-day exploration of remote islands, coral reefs and deserted bays.

Onboard are a comprehensive array of floating toys, guaranteed to tire even the most energetic youngster. Award-winning chefs, children’s guides and diving instructors can all be provided on request. Last year, Lady Lorraine even hosted a honeymoon couple who could not travel overseas due to strict travel restrictions.

 From US$12,760 per day. 

www.asiamarine.com

Sanlorenzo SL78, Hong Kong

Sanlorenzo SL78

Sanlorenzo SL78

This beautiful Italian-built yacht, delivered to Hong Kong in 2021, is a stunning new addition to the city’s charter fleet. The yacht is available for private groups who appreciate a more bespoke yacht charter experience in a chic environment. The SL78 is sporty and fast whilst impressively economical at lower speeds with the ability to travel longer distances with four spacious cabins offering overnight accommodation.

The layout features an open-plan main saloon with its galley on the main deck and four guest cabins, including one master suite, one VIP and two twin cabins. On fine days guests love to relax in the extensive shaded lounge area on the bow and take in the views ahead. Her sister ship, a Sanlorenzo SL76, is also available for charter.

From US$17,600 per day.

www.simpsonyachtcharter.com

Sunseeker 74 Predator, Hong Kong

Sunseeker 74 Predator

Sunseeker 74 Predator

Accommodating 15 guests for day charter or sleeping six for overnight adventures, the British-built Sunseeker 74 remains a popular charter option since her arrival in Hong Kong in 2019. This ultra-stylish and classy motoryacht is ideal for local waters and reaching remote and exotic destinations in double-quick time. With twin 1,900-horsepower engines, the Sunseeker Predator will whisk you effortlessly to your destination with lots of razzmatazz at 40 knots. Its large saloon is designed for entertaining in style.

The new Predator 74 has all the hallmarks of greatness: striking style, remarkable power and innovative use of light and space.

From US$12,760 per day.

www.asiamarine.com

Happy Fifty, Hong Kong

Happy Fifty

Happy Fifty

Happy Fifty is a Bali 4.8 sailing catamaran for those who are happy to take their time and prefer their charter experience without the roar of powerful marine engines. The Bali 4.8 foredeck offers two L-shaped benches surrounding a table, a full-width sundeck and an impressive flybridge. The twin-hull structure and interior design allows spacious accommodation in the yacht’s lower decks, and the stable sail and its shallow draft mean that even shallow bays can be explored safely and in comfort.

From US$4,850 per day.

www.asiamarine.com

Jinlong 46M, Hong Kong 

Jinlong 46M

Jinlong 46M

This megayacht can accommodate 40 guests for day charter, making it ideal for a corporate event or a big family or business celebration. The Jinlong 46m is a new star in the Jinlong yacht family and is made of a wide selection of aluminium alloys.

It is equipped with two MTU 16V2000M84 super-performance engines and two Volvo Penta 130Kw generators. The hull space is designed with ingenuity and an open patio design to feel the warmth of the sun’s rays, even on the lowest deck. The vessel boasts a dedicated business zone and a private gym. 

From US$36,740 per day.

www.lm-marine.com

Samata, Indonesia

Samata

Samata

Samata is a magnificent 42-metre traditional Indonesian phinisi wooden sailing vessel design with contemporary European styling. Hand-built in 2006 on the island of Sulawesi, Samata combines French interior design, European styling, open-plan living and dining, and modern amenities. Samata’s interior, warmly inviting with an understated contemporary chic influence, accommodates 10 guests in absolute luxury.

With a master suite, four deluxe suites, and a crew of 14, Samata is fully equipped to host 10 guests in five self-contained cabins. Samata is for those that value self-indulgence and opulence on their charter while exploring remote regions such as the Komodo National Park in the Lesser Sunda Islands, famous for being the rugged habitat of the Komodo dragon.

The vessel offers a bespoke diving package with a fully qualified instructor and an unlimited private massage service throughout the cruise.

From US$ 60,900 per week (depending on the season).

www.fraseryachts.com 

Formosa, French Polynesia

Formosa

Formosa

Available for cruising around the charming islands of French Polynesia, Formosa is a stunning 60-metre, Italian-built Benetti megayacht that offers everything in terms of opulence, style, self-indulgence and the flexibility to cruise for long distances in luxurious comfort and safety. Designed and built by two of the top names in the megayacht world, guests can feel secure in the knowledge they are aboard one of the world’s most impressive large-format yachts, whose spacious, contemporary interior and clean lines are complemented by top technology. 

Formosa was once described as the ‘Ferrari of the sea’ – but without the noise and with lots more range and room to entertain guests. Fifteen professional crew are dedicated to the onboard enjoyment and comfort of a pampered party of 12.  

From US$470,000 per week.

www.fraseryachts.com 

The Beast, New Zealand

The Beast

The Beast

Available in New Zealand between December and April, Fiji or French Polynesia between May and November. The Beast is a 39-metre explorer yacht that was a winner at the World Superyacht Awards 2020. This yacht can go where few others are able, offering over 1,220m of luxurious living spaces, carries her own 13m custom-built sportfishing vessel as well as amphibious tender, and is seriously stable.

Stylish, elegant interiors by Oceania Interiors create a home to carry up to 12 guests with her nine crew on adventures across and throughout the Pacific. Big, bold and exciting, The Beast is an expedition yacht like no other.

From US$185,000 per week.

www.37southyachts.com

Dardanella, Fiji / French Polynesia

Dardenella

This special 37m megayacht was built with adventure in mind by renowned European shipyard Vitters in the Netherlands. Dardanella has a focus on sustainability and research and has worked with some of the biggest names in this field. So whether it’s surfing, diving, collecting bio-samples from a remote volcano, visiting shipwrecks or simply enjoying a luxurious cruise through some of the more remote islands of the Pacific, Dardanella is equipped for any eventuality.

From US$115,000 per week.

www.37southyachts.com

Aqua Blu, Indonesia

Aqua Blu

Guests can expect to immerse themselves in a sense of history and seafaring tradition when they set foot on this unique heritage explorer yacht. The 60m Aqua Blu can accommodate up to 30 guests in opulent style but began life as a British Royal Navy hydrographic survey vessel HMS Beagle.

Designed to chart the remote oceans and coastlines on the planet, Beagle took her original name from the legendary ship that carried Charles Darwin on his expeditions of discovery which led to his theory of evolution. Once the private yacht of a European aristocratic family based in the Mediterranean, it is now somewhat fitting that Aqua Blu returns to her exploratory roots and cruises Indonesian waters. A 2019 refurbishment overseen by Dutch yacht design maestro Cor D. Rover studio brings the vessel to world-class cruising specifications.

From US$298,000 per week.

www.camperandnicholsons.com

Camara C, Thailand

Camara C

Camara C

Camara C is a stylish and traditional gentleman’s motoryacht. Originally built on the River Clyde in Scotland in 1961 by Yarrow shipbuilders, famous for building British warships, Camara C completed an extensive refit in 2021 and has been rebuilt to its former glory. The yacht now calls Phuket home.

At 32m, the Camara C can accommodate up to 12 passengers with six qualified crew and cruises at a leisurely and fuel-efficient 10 knots, allowing long-distant voyages of exploration. Built with a steel hull and steel superstructure, the yacht recalls a golden age of yachting. 

Camara C enjoys expansive onboard space and is more stable underway and when at anchor, thanks to her full-displacement hull. Powered by twin Gardner engines, she comfortably cruises at 10 knots and reaches a maximum speed of 12 knots with a range of up to 4,376 nautical miles. Camara C offers the rare opportunity to be immersed in authentic maritime class and heritage.

From US$65,500 per week.

www.asia-marine.net

Lamima, Indonesia 

Lamima

This 65.2-metre wooden sailing ketch was constructed by the traditional boat builders of Ara Village on Sulawesi Island in Indonesia and can accommodate up to 14 guests. It is ideal for exploring Komodo National Park. The yacht was designed in 2012 by esteemed yacht designer Marcelo Penna of Barcelona.

While retaining the elegance of the traditional vessels on which Lamima’s lines are based, Penna has unobtrusively incorporated refinements to enhance her intrinsic strength and stability. Penna has also given her an impressive sail wardrobe designed to catch every breeze of the archipelago, thus creating a first-class sailing vessel with all the opulence of a superyacht.

From US$147,000 per week.

www.lamima.com

 

Six Degrees, Thailand/Malaysia

Six Degrees

Six Degrees

Six Degrees is a spacious 19m Lagoon catamaran designed to sleep up to eight passengers and cruise in the utmost comfort in the Thai and Malaysian waters around Langkawi. Specially designed for charter, its shallow draft allows access to unsplit shallow bays and hidden moorings.

The spacious flybridge, cockpit, illuminated salon, and luxurious cabins are all welcoming and versatile, perfect for entertaining guests. It boasts a wonderful sunbathing area on the trampolines and the deck, enabling this floating villa to be a large, user-friendly yacht charter vessel with a wide variety of activities, such as sailing, sunbathing and water toys, as well as diving equipment.

From US$30,000 per week.

www.simpsonyachtcharter.com

 

Kudanil Explorer, Indonesia

Kudanil Explorer

Kudanil Explorer

Built for exploration and designed for comfort, Kudanil Explorer is a 50m ocean-going expedition yacht that was refit in 2018, specifically for luxury charter use. Its eight equal-sized boutique suites can accommodate up to 16 guests. It is the only yacht in Indonesia with a private balcony in each suite (complete with a spacious daybed and coffee table set-up), accessed via large glass sliding doors.

With a compliment of 21 crew and a highly experienced captain, you can be sure of exceptional levels of service and hospitality. A true offshore yacht, she can easily explore the most remote areas of the beautiful Indonesian Archipelago. Cruising locations vary throughout the year, from Komodo National Park and the Spice Islands of Maluku to the magnificent Raja Ampat region.

From US$115,500 per week. 

www.camperandnicholsons.com

 

Mia Kai, Thailand

Mia Kai

Mia Kai

Following a complete interior and exterior refit in 2016, Mia Kai accommodates eight guests in four cabins. Based in Phuket, Mia Kai is one of the few Thai-flagged luxury charter yachts available in Southeast Asia. With an extensive selection of water toys and water sports activities, this is an ideal charter boat for families with children, a corporate hospitality or a bespoke family cruising holiday with friends. 

From US$10,500 per week. 

www.simpsonyachtcharter.com

 

Baglietto 27, Thailand

Baglietto 27

Based in Phuket, this classic yacht 27m motoryacht built in Italy at the Baglietto, Varazze shipyard features a semi-displacement aluminium hull and aluminium superstructure with teak decks. The most unique feature is that she is equipped with an ultra-modern stabilisation system that guarantees a smoother cruising experience.

Her elegant interior configuration has been designed to comfortably accommodate up to six guests overnight in three cabins, comprising a master suite and two twin cabins, plus a fully qualified diving instructor that can be arranged on request.

From US$21,500 per week. 

www.simpsonyachtcharter.com

 

Kinara, Thailand

Kinara

Kinara

Experienced yacht skippers can opt to charter a bareboat (self-captaining) yacht and enjoy the challenges of navigation and the exhilaration of sailing as they plot their own course.

This 2018 Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 sailing catamaran is a fantastically designed cruising family boat that offers sailing fun with modern comfort. As well as the four double cabins, there is the capability to sleep two extra people in the saloon, making it possible for 10 guests maximum.

From US$5,750 per week.

www.asia-marine.net

 

Dunia Baru, Indonesia

Dunia Baru

Dunia Baru is the first and only BKI-classed (official Indonesian classification registry) wooden vessel operating in Indonesian waters. This 51-metre classic can accommodate up to 14 guests in seven luxury cabins.

Try embarking on an unforgettable voyage from Bali, from where Dunia Baru will sail east, taking guests along the beautiful northern coasts of Lombok and Sumbawa. Guests can experience swimming with whale sharks, witness spectacular coastal scenery, kayak or SUP on a crater lake and walk to the rim of an extinct volcano.

From US$120,000 per week.

www.duniabaru.com

 

Sequoia, Indonesia

Sequoia

Sequoia

Sequoia is a sumptuous and 26m hand-built wooden schooner, custom made for six guests to explore the cruising grounds off West Papua, the Molucca and Lesser Sunda Islands, which host some of the most biodiverse seas on the planet.

By combining timeless local craftsmanship with the latest marine technology from the United States, including low-consumption engines, generators and sanitation systems, Sequoia can tiptoe through Indonesia with a minimal carbon footprint. 

From US$89,670 per week.

www.camperandnicholsons.com

 

Dallinghoo, Myanmar

Dallinghoo

Dallinghoo

This full-keel, topsail gaff-rigged yacht, built in 1990 and refitted and refurbished in 2016, combines the classic design and romantic feel of a tall ship with all the comforts of a modern yacht created by designer Dudley Dix of Rhode Island, New York. Dallinghoo also offers a classic gaff-rigged sailing dinghy for exploring the secret bays of the remote Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar. 

From US$28,000 per week.

www.burmaboating.com