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Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean Yacht Charter & Sailing Holiday

Remote, wild, and unexplored

Scattered into small islands and cays harbouring sensational coral reefs, many of the Indian Ocean’s jewels remain largely untouched and little known. With strong winds, powerful currents, and submerged hazards to navigate, experienced skippers will relish the opportunity to conquer an ocean that has so much to offer adventurers.

Beneath the surface, warm ocean temperatures and fantastic visibility make the Indian Ocean a favourite destination for divers, snorkelers and swimmers, while the region’s sport fishing is also considered among the best on the planet. Snorkelling and diving the coral reefs of the Seychelles reveals numerous tropical fish species as well as spectacular sights such as the gigantic whale shark, while on land, giant tortoises and coconut crabs – the world’s largest land-dwelling arthropod – are fairly common sights.

Our charter types

Choose from either bareboat charter or skippered charter holidays from our base in the beautiful Seychelles. Sail at your own pace on a bareboat charter and set your own schedule, or sit back and relax with the expert guidance and local recommendations of your own private skipper.

Bareboat charter holidays

Sail the beautiful Indian Ocean with only your curiosity to guide you, calling at the many small islands and cays of this beautiful region as you explore at your own pace. A bareboat charter holiday is the most liberating way to enjoy the Indian Ocean sailing holiday: just you, a beautiful yacht and the boundless ocean to discover.

Skippered charter holidays

Make your vacation as hands-on or as laid-back as you like on a skippered charter holiday, taking the helm to enjoy the thrilling blue water sailing of the Indian Ocean or sitting back and letting your skipper take control. Benefit from local recommendations you won’t find anywhere else as your skipper reveals the lesser-known highlights of this stunning region.

Early Boarding – Board at 10 a.m. on all Seychelles charters

Sunsail customers can now take advantage of Early Boarding* on sailing holidays in the Seychelles, so you and your crew can be on-board at 10 a.m.! Call today to find out more or to add this to your booking.
*Early boarding is a pre-paid extra. Subject to availability on request.

Where is the best place to sail from the Indian Ocean?

The Indian Ocean is a vast body of water, it is one of the five oceans of the world (Antarctic, Artic, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian),and is home to the Mariana Trench – which is the world’s deepest oceanic trench – and many spectacular islands, ideal for sailing around at your own leisure. Below we have summarised our favourite spots in the Indian Ocean, depending on the type of sailing holiday you’re after.

There are many opportunities for families wanting to sail an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The Seychelles, are all popular sailing spots for families, couples and large parties alike. Islands in the Indian Ocean, each boast powder-soft beaches lined with palm trees and pristine waters and wonderful dining experiences.

These Island Collections all require a good knowledge and experience of sailing.If you want to brush up on your sailing skills or add to your range of sailing qualifications and skills, the Sunsail Sailing Schools could be of use to you, with bases in Portsmouth, UK, Agana, Croatia and Lefkas, Greece – find something for you, regardless of your prior sailing experience.
Equally, Is your after a mainland experience or find these archipelagos a little too laid back for you, we recommend checking out Phuket, Thailand. Though classed as South-East Asia, this lively and built-up area of Thailand backs onto the Indian Ocean, giving you the opportunity to have adventure, exploration and blissful sailing all at your door.

When is the best time to visit the Indian Ocean?

The Indian Ocean is a vast expanse of Land and Sea that contains many destinations that boast year-round tourism. This is because many countries within the Indian Ocean have warm and sunny climates year-round. However, depending on the specific areas you choose to visit, there may be more rainfall and humidity during specific months – which might not be ideal for those wanting a tanning, beach retreat!

If you’re looking to travel to the Seychelles, we’d recommend visiting between May and April, or October and November, for optimum conditions with average temperatures then being  29°C to 31°C.

What are the sailing conditions in the Indian Ocean?

The Indian Ocean has North West trade winds between February and December in the Seychelles.

Our Seychelles charters require a Level 3 Sailing Experience, with higher average winds, tidal variations and strong currents common here. However, Phuket only requires Level 2.

How much does it cost to charter a yacht around the Indian Ocean?

As with anything, a sailing experience in the Indian Ocean can start at a variety of price points depending on specific location, time of year, type of yacht and more. Flights also need to be considered as they won’t be covered in your main charter booking.
Our Seychelles Yacht Charters start at £3,765 for a 7 day, for 2 people out of peak season.

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