How adventurous would you say you are? When it comes to choosing your sailing destination are you a fair weather sailor or an adrenaline junkie? Sailing anywhere is fun, but if you fancy something a bit more challenging than the Ionian or away from the popular British Virgin Islands, why not try the following:
Off the Western coast of Africa, the islands of Cape Verde boast miles of sandy beaches, a tropical climate and friendly locals. Cape Verde consists of 25 islands, 9 of which are uninhabited. Every island has a character all of its own that begs to be explored. The Western islands have high volcanic mountains and rocky coast lines.
The Eastern islands are dryer and flatter; the islands of Sal, Maio and Boavista are home to breathtakingly beautiful beaches. The crystal clear waters reveal brilliantly coloured fish making it the perfect spot for scuba diving and snokelling. Ideal wind conditions as well as warm water and sun, make the islands of Cape Verde great for year-round sailing.
The archipelago of the Azores is located in the middle of the northern hemisphere of the Atlantic Ocean and extends in an area approx. 600km wide.
The nine islands that make up the Azores are in fact the peaks of some of the world’s tallest mountains, reaching from deep beneath the Atlantic. The once-uninhabited, volcanic archipelago now hosts thousands of tourists every year who flock to the islands for sun, sand and verdant mountain scenery.
The weather is best between June and October with the hottest months being July, August and September.
Located west of Africa, the Canaries enjoy a sub-tropical climate and sunshine all year round. From the bases on Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote you are perfectly positioned to explore the surrounding islands. La Gomera remains blissfully untouched by tourism. Perhaps this is due to the lack of white sandy beaches, but it does have hideaway coves and a historic port at San Sebastian, the starting point for Columbus on his first voyage in 1492.
El Hierro may be the smallest of the Canaries, but it’s strikingly dramatic and the sea is so clear, it’s a paradise for snorkelers and divers. La Palma, the most exotic of the islands formed from a volcanic crater with a coastline of majestically steep cliffs and black volcanic sands. If you’re lucky you may even enjoy seeing dolphins and pilot whales playing in your bow wave!
Sailing around French Polynesia exploring the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora-Bora, Tahaa, and Raiatea you will feel like you are visiting another world. You will begin your charter on Raiatea, nicknamed “The Sacred Island,” in the heart of ancient Polynesia. From jagged volcanic peaks to stunning waterfalls and breath-taking lagoons, you will be surrounded by picture-perfect scenery. Snorkel and dive with exotic sea-life in paradise. Whether on land or sea, you will not run out of things to see and do in the South Pacific.
Scandinavian yacht charter territory begins in Finland, on the East, and goes right through Sweden and Norway, in the West. The region boasts protected bareboat sailing areas, uncrowded anchorages and surprisingly warm and dry weather. The Scandinavian fjords are an undiscovered gem, and each country has a wealth of fantastic cruising coastline. A yacht charter in Scandinavia will leave you feeling breathless from the shear raw beauty that the landscape provides.
If you want to know more aboutsailing in one of these destinations, speak to one of our experts who will be happy to share their knowledge with you. Use our price comparison tool to search for charters by date or destination, request a quote or contact our team on 01227 479 900.
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