Fancy coming face-to-face with a giant tortoise in the Galapagos. How about seeing whales breach the icy waters of Antarctica? Or, perhaps you would like to partake in scientific research to help protect the world’s precious marine life for future generations to enjoy. Aboard your every own explorer yacht you can do all this and more.
Built to withstand the harshest of weather conditions, these ocean-going vessels boast all the luxurious amenities of a traditional superyacht. Indeed, explorer yachts are ideal for the world’s most elite travellers who have adventure destinations in mind, where they can experience unique wildlife encounters.
Explorer yachts have surged in popularity as the world’s wealthiest opt to explore destinations far removed from the traditional blue water havens of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Indeed, today’s wealthy travellers frequently wish to enjoy more meaningful experiences, with nature-led excursions and experiences at the top of wish lists.
At the forefront of the explorer yacht trend are German shipyards, who have built some of the world’s most innovative explorer yachts, coupled with cutting-edge design and state-of-the-art technology.
Here are some of the most spectacular off-the-beaten-track adventure destinations the world’s wealthiest are visiting aboard explorer yachts in search of unique wildlife experiences.
4 explorer yacht adventure destinations to visit now
1 – Visit the icy waters of Antarctica
Explorer yachts are equipped for traversing the icy waters of Antarctica. One of the world’s remotest and most incredible ice adventure destinations in the world, Antarctica recently recorded its busiest explorer yacht season as the world’s richest seek to enjoy more purposeful travel experiences and witness breathtaking scenery coupled with an outstanding abundance of wildlife. Just some of the majestic wildlife that calls Antarctica home includes leopard seals, king penguins, killer whales, and albatross.
2 – Explore unique wildlife on the Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands are best known for their awe-inspiring wildlife and pristine landscapes. Walk among hundreds of blue-footed boobies, snorkel with sea lions, and come face-to-face with giant tortoises and iguanas; these are just some of the magical wildlife encounters the world’s wealthiest enjoy when aboard an explorer yacht in the Ecuadorian archipelago of the Galapagos. Because the wildlife in these unique islands has not been overexposed to human contact most critters are inquisitive, enabling nature enthusiasts to enjoy up-close encounters. The volcanic Galapagos Islands are spread across some 200-kilometers, making a luxurious explorer yacht the ideal way to charter a path between the islands, discovering some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife experiences.
3 – Discover marine life along the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The only living thing on earth visible from space, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is a diver’s dream and an explorer yacht offers the ideal way to discover one of nature’s greatest wonders. Teeming with marine life, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef and an adventure destination unlike any other. This breathtaking marine marvel features more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for a staggering 2,300 kilometres. So, where to start? Popular spots including Opal Reef, which boasts an extraordinary abundance of tropical marine life; Ribbon Reefs, home to spectacular soft and hard corals; and Escape Reef, a great spot for snorkellers and divers alike.
4 – View exotic wildlife in Madagascar, Africa
Vibrant jungles teeming with exotic wildlife awaits visitors to Madagascar. Located off Africa’s east coast, Madagascar is rich in rare flora and fauna, including more than 250 bird species. Those aboard an explorer yacht can effortlessly explore some of the remotest archipelagos, boasting an abundance of wildlife, lush foliage, and pristine white sandy beaches. During a hike of the interior of these islands’ visitors will likely see lemurs, fossas, aye-ayes, and a number of other species found nowhere else in the world.
Whatever wildlife experience the world’s wealthiest covet, an explorer yacht is the vessel of choice.