Top Kitesurfing spots in Greece

The Greek islands can be windy in July and August. This, however, is an advantage for our action seeking clients! Kitesurf is the new fad with an increasing number of devotees.

Kitesurfing requires a basic level of lessons from an instructor, but after some lessons, you can find yourself skimming on top of the waves –and if you are bold enough jumping above them!!! Some Greek luxury charter yachts have their own kitesurf instructors onboard, but there are several spots in the Greek islands where you can get your lessons. Here’s a selection of the best kite surfing spots in Greece:

Naxos Island is the most known kitesurfing spot in the Cyclades. When the meltemi is blowing, Mikri Vigla bay is the ideal playground for kitesurfers. A steady wind of 20-25 knots and relatively high waves combine to create the ideal conditions for spectacular jumps. When you are not wrestling with the wind and waves, take some time to explore the island of Naxos, particularly the Northern inland villages, which are unspoiled by mass tourism.

In the Ionian Islands, you can kitesurf in Lefkada island. The beach in Agios Ioannis is conveniently close to the marina and has some of the best waves in the area. In general, the Ionians boasts very calm seas on the Eastern shores (which represent the favorite yacht cruising ground in the area), but are exposed to the long stretch of open sea on their Western shores (which can be windy and abundant with waves).

Contact now our expert broker team and start planning your Greek motor yacht, sailing yacht or catamaran charter. Your captain will make sure you can go to one of many kitesurf paradises in the Greek islands and organize your adrenalin-filled lessons!

A Food Guide for the Gorgeous Greek Cyclades

With famous islands such as Santorini and Mykonos making up part of this beautiful area of the Greek Cyclades coastline, it is easy to imagine, with the images brought to mind, as to why this is such a popular holiday destination. The quaint whitewash streets and stunning scenery are world-renowned with each inhabited island having its own individual culinary specialties to make this a vibrant and exciting charter destination this summer. GalleryImage_2983_5959_580975Due to the beautifully warm climate – ideal for sunbathing, but not so good for agriculture – the inhabitants of the islands rely largely on getting their fresh produce from the sea, making their seafood dishes exceptionally tasty with beautiful tangy flavours of the Aegean Sea. One of the only creatures that seems to thrive on land here is sheep and goats, who often roam freely on the islands which produce the beautiful cheese often associated with this area of the world.

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It’s Time for Posh Newport, Rhode Island – the Sailing Capital of the World!

If you are looking for a different and upscale experience, then a charter from Newport, Rhode Island, U.S., is the perfect choice for your next sailing adventure. Famous as a New England summer resort and home of the prominent Newport Mansions, it was also the site of some of the ‘Summer White Houses’ during the administrations of  Presidents Dwight D Eisenhower and John F Kennedy.

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Off the Beaten track in Greece Onboard Luxury Crewed Catamaran NOVA

Let’s talk about Greece! Despite what you may have been led to believe, Greece is not all about Santorini or Mykonos.  With one the largest coastlines amongst all the Mediterranean countries, Greece offers a surprisingly extended choice of destinations.

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Lambros Tsolakis, one of the Boatbookings’ Brokers, just returned from a late season cruise to Monemvasia onboard NOVA, the only Lagoon 620 based in Greece and has nothing but superlative comments for the yacht as well as the destination. “Nova is a beauty: open, modern spaces inside and out. with a huge fly bridge and excellent sailing qualities; add to this a super crew and you get a remedy for a sure success… Captain Costas, hostess/mate/ubiquitus Dina, and NOVA’s professional chef offer 5 star luxury service to their lucky clients onboard!” Continue reading

FOREVER: The Perfect Crewed Yacht for your Mexican Adventure

Following on from yesterday’s post on Christmas and New Year in Mexico, FOREVER is the perfect yacht to take you there.

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After an extremely successful show at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival, the iconic Sunreef 60′ power cat is currently one of the most talked about yachts in her class. Combining the space, comfort and fuel economy of a catamaran with the speed and range of a motor boat, the Sunreef 60′ power cat is ideal for the modern day green charterer who demands the very best quality!

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When you’re selecting the perfect charter yacht for your next vacation, you will want to have a dedicated crew with unrivalled expertise. Aboard FOREVER, you will be mesmerised by Captain Julian’s expert recommendations for the most secluded coves, private beaches, premier dive sites, and the best ancient Mayan ruins on the Yucatán peninsula.

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Aft Dining

After a busy day exploring the impressive Mexican coastline, there is no better way to spend the evening than in your very own private restaurant on the aft deck! Sample the finest local fish and seafood, cooked in an elegant yet simple manner. Why not start off with a simple salmon tartare, complemented by a creamy avocado guacamole – a classic fusion of French technique with local Mexican ingredients. Chef Fabrizio’s Italian routes and classical French training are the perfect base for creating exciting new flavour combinations, providing you with plenty of unforgettable opportunities.

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The final part of the jigsaw in this winning combination of quality yacht with a celebrated crew are the myriad of water toys. Whether you simply want to cruise into secret coves and anchorages on the tender, try your hand at water skiing or make full use of the onboard diving equipment in one of Mexico’s renowned dive centres, your charter on FOREVER will stay with you for a lifetime!

Tenders & Toys: 
William tender for 8
Inflatable Kayaks
Water Skis
Diving equipment for 4 people + 1 for dive master
Snorkeling Equipment
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Contact the Boatbookings Team today to discuss your next charter plans. Follow us via our newsletter for the latest yachting trends, as well as the finest charter yachts in the most sought after holiday destinations.

 

Southeast Asia – The winds they are a changing

The predominant weather pattern in Southeast Asia  is the monsoon winds. Broadly speaking, the winds are southwesterlies from May to October, and northeasterlies from November to April. This leads to different ‘high seasons’ for sailing in different countries in the region, and some yachts moving destinations to follow the high seasons.

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Two of our favourite yachts have just finished their charter season in Phuket and Myanmar, and are heading southeast to more almost unexplored sailing areas in Borneo, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Stunning scenery in Indonesia, best explored by yacht!
Stunning scenery in Indonesia, best explored by yacht!

Sailing yacht ASIA is currently heading to the Komodo National Park  of Indonesia, and will be available there from mid-July, then heading further east to Raja Ampat for October and November.

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Phinisi RAJA  is available initially in Borneo and Palawan, before heading east to Komodo and Raja Ampat. If you want exploration sailing and diving in the most biodiverse waters on earth, Raja Ampat is the place to go.

RAJA, majestic under sail
RAJA, majestic under sail

You can read a little about the climates in Thailand and Indonesia on these pages:

https://www.boatbookings.com/yachting_content/thailand_phuket_pattaya_yacht_charter.php

https://www.boatbookings.com/yachting_content/indonesia_bali_java_yacht_charter.php

 To speak with our Southeast Asia expert, Kevin, get in touch today and start planning your dream yachting vacation!

A New Tender for your Luxury Yacht Charter!

When looking to charter a yacht, one of the first things you would be interested in is what the yacht looks like. Obviously style is important, and you want something that looks good. But you need to make sure you arrive in style when going to board your yacht – so Nouvoyage have made this possible, with their amphibious limousine tender.

The Nouvoyage Limousine Tender 33 is for both water and land. Why not use it to take yourself directly from your yacht to your jet, or wherever you want to go on land? This new tender is a truly different luxury item, and is sure to catch anybody's attention. Nouvoyage has overcome design issues often related with amphibious
vehicles, which normally lack reliability and are low performers. This limousine tender can reach far higher speeds and range on both water and land, and has a high fuel efficiency. The technology isn't the only detail either – there is great attention to detail, seating 12 with space for 2 members of crew, the limousine tender has luxury interiors and bathroom facilities on board, and with a convertible roof and windows, guests can feel the wind in their hair while travelling from water to land. Reaching 85mph on land and 28 knots in water, this innovative tender is more than capable of getting you from place to place. To have your own amphibious limousine is surely the most stylish way to get you from place to place during your yacht charter.
Have you never chartered before? At  www.boatbookings.com, we welcome everyone from sailing professionals to complete novices and will help you at every step of the way to make your dreams a reality. We have a team of highly skilled professionals who are extremely knowledgeable in their destinations and will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

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