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Sailing in the BVI

Why choose a yacht charter for your family adventure holiday?

A private yacht charter is undeniably one of the greatest holidays you can ever experience.

Once you board your private yacht, the world is your oyster, whether you are after adventure and excitement or tranquil evenings and kicking back on deck.

But when it comes to finding the perfect yacht charter holiday, there is no one-size-fits all. Whether you are looking for a family friendly flotilla, an all-inclusive luxury crewed charter, skippered or bareboat sailing yacht charter, choosing the right charter holiday for you and your family can be overwhelming.

To help you decide we have rounded up our top picks for family adventure sailing holidays to go on in 2023.

Family sailing holidays for beginners

Flotilla holiday in Dubrovnik, Croatia

The most sociable way to tour the Adriatic by yacht, great for families, groups, couples and solo sailors, flotillas offer an informal, hassle-free and incredibly unique experience. You’ll be guided by a lead crew including a skipper, host and technician who are on hand to make sure you have a fantastic holiday, from daily briefings and organising social events. Plus, children will always have something to do, see or explore on flotilla, from treasure hunts to water activities.

Take in some of Dalmatia’s most beautiful scenery as you set sail from Dubrovnik and tour the scattered islands of the Adriatic, sample excellent Croatian wine and fresh seafood, and improve your sailing skills in a safe, fun environment. With temperatures hovering comfortably around 20 °C in the daytime, spring is the perfect time to sail, whereas in August temperatures reach highs of 29 °C.

Korcula Island

Skippered charter in Antigua, the Caribbean

Antigua is the best that sailing has to offer, warm, gentle trade winds, safe anchorages, turquoise waters and deserted white sand beaches. A perfect choice for families, couples and friends, skippered holidays allow you to be as carefree as you want. Wake up to a stunning new beach view every day, where you spend your afternoons kayaking across blue lagoons, snorkelling around turquoise coral reefs and wrecks, and sample the best local cuisine every night. The average daily temperature is around 25 °C in January and February, while it goes up to around 28 °C from June to September.

Bareboat charter in Lefkas, Greece

A bareboat charter sailing holiday is your chance to explore new cruising grounds at your own pace. Lefkas lets sailors discover the famous Heptanese Islands of Kefalonia, Ithaca and Meganisi. Sheltered anchorages, calm conditions and easy mooring options make Lefkas the perfect destination for newly qualified sailors. Average temperatures rise from 18°C at the start of May to 28°C in July and can hit the mid-30°Cs in July and August at the height of summer.

If you’re new to sailing, our handy sailing holiday packing guide means you don’t need to worry about figuring out what to bring!

Family sailing holidays for thrill seekers

Skippered or bareboat charter in the Seychelles

Largely untouched, the many paradise islands of the Seychelles reward intrepid sailors with a true taste for adventure. Both onshore and offshore the Seychelles is home to some rare and beautiful wildlife. Listen to the sounds of tropical birds as you explore countless white, sandy beaches or snorkel in the coral reefs and warm waters. Dive with sea turtles, see giant tortoises and walk through the thick forests of Mahé Island. Sail to the north-western coast of Mahé, Beau Vallon, for clear waters and coral reefs perfect for diving and snorkelling, also known for a stunning sunset. The Seychelles has a tropical climate, with strong winds and daily temperatures varying between 25°C and 30°C throughout the year.

Two catamarans sailing in the Seychelles

Skippered or bareboat charter from Phuket, Thailand

From secret beaches to uncrowded anchorages, there are numerous exciting and relatively unknown experiences waiting to be discovered in Thailand. Sites that only the travel aficionados and locals experience! Voyage to the tropical bliss of the Andaman Sea, where you will find more than 130 islands to explore. Wind your way through mysterious, emerald waters, drop anchor off deserted beaches and moor in completely untouched and undeveloped fishing villages still steeped in ancient cultures. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, climb up to Radar Hill, Phuket’s highest viewpoint on the island. It’s not frequently visited, and you will discover the most amazing panorama view of Patong Beach. Thailand’s climate is subtropical, so you can expect year-round hot and humid conditions between 30°C and 40°C. The driest season runs from November to March.

Family sailing holidays for advanced sailors

Bareboat in Abacos, Bahamas

With fair winds, short passages and line-of-sight navigation, an Abacos charter is ideal for families and groups of friends in search of a pleasant cruising in paradise. Discover reefs bursting with marine wildlife at Manjack Cay, an uninhabited island only accessible by boat and adored for its stunning beaches. Cruise in Little Harbour waters and be transported back to a time when the Bahamas remained an undiscovered paradise, and enjoy five-star snorkelling and scuba diving with famous wreck dive spots to explore, as well as great watersports, shopping, and fine dining in Hope Town, and be sure to head ashore to explore the island by golf cart. Temperatures are warm all year-round, averaging between 25°C and 32°C.

Abacos Lighthouse

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