November 7, 2018
Chartering a yacht in the south Pacific is becoming increasingly popular as people strive to find unspoilt destinations which are becoming scarcer. When chartering your own private yacht, you have the benefit to create a personal itinerary that ensures that you visit the all the places that you want to.
Choosing which yacht to charter can be a daunting prospect but with the expert advice from an experienced yacht broker, you can be assured of not only chartering the yacht that best meets your requirements in the location that you have chosen, but also that the itinerary is perfect. The south Pacific is a vast area and depending on your budget and the time you have available, we will help to narrow down your options making your final decisions that much easier.
Akiko and Beluga are two similar sized yachts but with slightly different budgets. We’ll be looking at both in more detail to see what each one has to offer.
Beluga is a 114ft blue water cruising expedition motor yacht and was built in 2006, with a refit in 2011. She can accommodate up to 12 guests in her five cabins. There is 1 master suite, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins and 2 pullman beds. She can carry up to 6 crew to ensure that your every need is met, and that you have an enjoyable and relaxing yacht charter experience.
Beluga makes a striking sight at anchor
Beluga cruises at 10 knots, with a maximum speed of 13.5 knots. With an impressive range of 4.500NM, you will have the ability to cover large distances in comfort as Beluga has the added benefit of stabilizers.
Take in the spectacular scenery as you cruise along from this fabulous crow’s nest
Chartering your own private yacht not only gives you the freedom to discover deserted beaches, unspoilt islands and hidden bays, but also gives you unlimited access to the beautiful warm turquoise sea. There is an impressive list of water toys and equipment on Beluga to keep guests entertained. With the 14ft, 60hp RIB you can water ski, wake board, or have a thrilling ride on one of the towable inflatables. To explore the coastline take one of the kayaks, paddle-boards, or even the and a waverunner. Or for those that enjoy fishing, take the 40 ft chase tender and catch something that the chef can serve up for dinner. There is also snorkeling equipment for those that prefer the more face to face approach to marine life!
Beluga is a PADI training centre, so friends and family can learn to dive and gain their PADI diving card. There are 14 scuba dive sets, a dive compressor (with Nitrox), so if diving is your passion, or something that you’ve always dreamed of doing, then Beluga offers you the perfect opportunity to fulfil this goal.
The interior and exterior of Beluga is luxurious and stylish, and offers plenty of space for guests to relax. There is even a sundeck jacuzzi to enjoy with your favourite cocktail as you cruise along. For those of you who like to stay in shape even while on holiday, you’ll be pleased to know that there is also a gym.
Stunning interior that oozes luxury and comfort
Beluga is available for charter at $75,000 USD a week plus expenses.
Akiko is an 112 ft tri-deck exhibition style motor cruiser built in 2007, with a refit in 2016. She has a cruising speed of 12 knots, a top speed of 13 knots and an impressive cruising range of 4300NM. With active roll stabilisers, you can be assured that your journey will be in the upmost of comfort. There are 5 cabins which can accommodate up to 10 guests, and include 1 master suite, 1 VIP, 1 double, 2 twin and 1 pullman. There are 6 crew to ensure that your yacht charter experience is one of complete relaxation and comfort.
Akiko underway makes an impressive sight
Akiko has a stunning interior of styled bamboo and wenge and white-washed oak, giving the yacht a light, airy and sophisticated finish. There are plenty of spaces to relax in as you cruise along, or unwind while at anchor. There is also a cinema, an outdoor gym, as well as a Teppanyaki bar on the flybridge.
Akiko’s luxurious interior, refiited in 2016
As expected, Akiko has an array of water toys to keep guests entertained, as well as two tenders, 18ft and 33ft respectively. For those that like to explore the coastline and discover hidden bays, there is a kayak and paddleboard. There is a surf board to catch the waves, and two three-seater waverunners to ride the waves! Use the snorkelling equipment and disappear in the warm crystal-clear waters and encounter an array of tropical fish and amazing coral. For those that are qualified divers, then Akiko is fully kitted out with scuba gear and a compressor, for both adults and children. With equally stunning scenery below the water as above, you’ll struggle to decided where to spend most of your time!
Akiko with tenders
Akiko is especially kitted out for those with a passion for fishing. With both light and heavy game fishing equipment, spearfishing, and bait station with live bait wells.
Akiko charters out at $105,000 a week.
Beluga and Akiko are similar in many ways in relation to size, style, cruising range, number of crew and accommodation. It really comes down to your budget and personal preferences. For those with a real passion for fishing then Akiko has a lot more to offer, whereas those who have a dream for learning to dive, then Beluga would be the obvious choice as it has a PADI training centre. Akiko has had the benefit of a recent refit, making it fresher and more stylish, whereas Beluga can accommodate two more guests.
There is obviously a wider range of yachts that are available to charter in this region but having had a snap shot glance at Beluga and Akiko it can help you see what’s available on the market and the equipment and amenities that vary on each yacht for you to take into consideration.
Contact us for further details on any yachts or destinations that interest you in chartering a yacht in.
By Laura Barber