Yacht ownership and yacht charters have been gaining popularity in Asia over the past ten years. With a growing number of companies building power and sailing yachts in China, Taiwan and Vietnam, there is now a sizable fleet of locally based yachts available for a charter.
On a charter in this corner of the world, you acquire quite the mix of fascinating exotic culture and stunning natural coastal beauty. The most famous Asian yacht charter areas of Thailand, like Phuket, Phangnga Bay and Similan, often defy description. Malaysia’s Langkawi and Penang Islands are also known not only for their culinary delights but also outstanding natural landscape. What’s more, Asia tends to be cheaper than most yacht charter locations and, believe it or not, often less crowded and cleaner!
As Asia is gaining increasing popularity as a yacht charter destination, there are options of many types of yachts: motor, sailing, skippered, crewed yachts, catamaran, power boat, sailboat, or luxury yachts, including super yachts. There are also special opportunities to charter large yachts that visit parts of Asia as part of a round-the-world tour. Large sailing and power yachts will be available seasonally.
The best season for Asia, which includes Malaysia, Thailand and Andaman Sea, is from about November to about August, depending on the area. At this time of year there is less humidity and virtually no rain as the northeast breeze is blowing. Monsoon season starts around July and runs through to about October and is characterized by high humidity rain and high winds. The temperatures remain fairly comfortable and consistent all year round — always warm for a break from winter.
The Maldives and Seychelles are two other island nations that make great yacht charter destinations. The Maldives is very popular for diving charter with thousands of small atolls providing reefs and fish galore. The Seychelles combines Asian, African, Arab influences with wonderful food and lots of white sand beaches as well as clear waters. This spot is popular with both sailing and power yachts.
Asia has many options to offer the charter client — and the people are very welcoming to yachts that sail these waters. Explore the world on your charter yacht for a memorable experience.