The Boaters Guide to Slow Travel in The Mediterranean

In today’s fast-paced world, the concept of slow travel is gaining traction, especially among those seeking a more sustainable yacht charter experience. 

At Boatbookings, we believe that a Mediterranean boat charter offers the perfect opportunity to embrace this mindful approach to travel. Here, we explore how you can incorporate slow travel principles into your summer yachting adventure: 

What is slow travel?

Slow travel is about immersing yourself in the local cultures, savoring experiences, and connecting deeply with the places you visit. It is a stark contrast to tick-box-style tourism. When you charter one of our greener crewed charter catamarans, you are already a step ahead in the slow travel game. You can set your own pace and explore hidden gems off the beaten path. 

Benefits of slow travel via yacht: 

Reduced carbon footprint: By spending more time in fewer locations, you minimize the fuel consumption and carbon emissions associated with constant movement. 

Support local economies: Being in marinas allows you to discover local markets, restaurants, and artisans, directly supporting small businesses. 

Deeper cultural understanding: Extended stays provide opportunities to engage meaningfully with local communities and traditions. 

Enhanced relaxation: A slower pace means less stress and more time to unwind and truly enjoy your surroundings. 

Better for marine ecosystems: Fewer movements mean less disturbance to sensitive underwater habits. 

Slow Travel in the Mediterranean:

Choose quality over quantity: Instead of trying to visit every single place, select a few key destinations to explore in-depth

Embrace flexibility: Allow room in your itinerary for spontaneity, unexpected discoveries, and extended stays. 

Prioritize sustainable activities: Opt for eco-friendly excursions like guided nature walks, visits to organic vineyards, or participation in local beach clean-up efforts. 

Savor local cuisine: Visit local markets, learn about regional specialists, and even try cooking classes. 

Engage in local culture: Attend local festivals, visit small museums, and meet with local artisans to better understand the area’s heritage. 

We are committed to helping you create a Mediterranean itinerary that aligns with slow travel principles. Our experienced team can guide you in selecting the perfect destinations and activities to ensure a relaxing and more sustainable yacht charter. Contact one of the team today to chat about your Mediterranean itinerary or a last-minute summer booking for one of our greener crewed catamarans

Top 5 Essential Tips For an Eco-Conscious Yacht Charter This Summer

As the Mediterranean summer charter season is finally here, many guests seek ways to enjoy a crewed yacht charter while minimizing their environmental impact. At Boatbookings, we believe sustainability and yachting experiences can go hand in hand. So, here are some ways you can ensure you embrace more sustainable practices this summer onboard your next boat charter: 

1. Choose A Greener Yacht 

The first step toward a more sustainable yacht charter is selecting a yacht with minimal impact on our oceans. We are committed to minimizing our fleet’s carbon footprint and championing this selection of greener crewed charter catamarans. A range of technologies, such as solar, wind, and electric, are being incorporated into yacht design to reduce emissions. The Sunreef Eco 50 Tiril is a prime example of utilizing this solar energy.

2. Eco-Friendly Playtime 

Nothing says summer like watersports. There didn’t used to be a lot of choice when trying to minimize your impact with fossil fuel-powered toys, but today, there are increasingly innovative designs and green technology when it comes to on-the-water fun. Whether you keep it simple and opt for human-powered fun through paddleboarding and kayaking, zip around on an electric-powered jet board, or launch yourself onto a hydrofoil water toy, it does not have to have a negative impact any longer. 

3. Docking Responsibly 

Whether you go for a bareboat or crewed charter catamaran for your summer yachting vacation, you will likely tie up in a marina or two. When choosing a marina, look for those accredited to the Clean Marinas Program and The Blue Flag award; both set standards for better eco-awareness and environmental preservation within marinas worldwide, from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean. We always advocate staying in a marina that adheres to regulations and implements sustainable practices. 

4. Careful Consumption 

While our charter boats are equipped with state-of-the-art amenities, it is essential to use the resources mindfully. Reduce excessive energy and water consumption while onboard your charter yacht. Before your charter, be sure to request eco-friendly toiletries and cleaning products to be used onboard; opting for reusables and nontoxic products are small changes but ones that make a big difference to our oceans. While onboard, you can also request that the chefs use local and seasonal produce, reducing your food miles and ensuring you get the freshest and tastiest menus! 

5. Offset Your Carbon 

At Boatbookings, we are passionate about helping our clients reduce their impact as much as possible. We have developed our carbon offset calculator to help understand the cost of carbon credits, which will offset the carbon footprint of their charter. Carbon offsetting is to offset unavoidable carbon emissions through certified carbon credits. Our work with Climate Care, funding UN-approved projects, ensures that credits go toward approved projects. 

Contact one of our Boatbookings team today if you would like to learn more about our greener crewed charter catamarans or for more general information about how to reduce your impact this summer. 

The Top 5 Hidden Gems Of The Mediterranean

The anticipated Mediterranean summer season is finally here! This region is known for its picturesque towns, rich culture and history, culinary cuisines, and endless opportunities to explore the landscapes and waters. While popular hotspots like the French Riviera are great to explore, they often face the pressures of overtourism. 

At Boatbookings, we appreciate the boating community’s impact on particular destinations. With our selection of greener crewed charter catamarans, there are some incredible off-the-beaten-track Mediterranean locations to escape the crowds and minimize your impact this summer.

Here are our top five:

1. Aeolian Islands, Sicily 
While most boats flock to the famous Amalfi Coast, Italy and its islands offer a more unique and peaceful cruising experience. Nestled along the northern coast of Sicily are the Aeolian Islands. This volcanic archipelago boasts dramatic landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and great island-hopping adventures. Explore the rugged terrain of Stromboli or anchor at Salina, known for its lush vineyards and eco-friendly wine production. 

2. Mljet, Croatia 
One of Croatia’s national parks, Mljet is a hidden Mediterranean summer gem offering secluded beaches, lush forests, and a chance to disconnect from the summer hustle and bustle. Sailing along the island’s pristine and sandy coastline, there are plenty of opportunities to spend the night anchored in a secluded cove with no one else around. As Croatia’s greenest island, you can explore the park’s many hiking trails. In the north are the saltwater bays, the Great and Small Lakes, ideal for swimming in these calm waters. 

3. Hydra, Greece 
The Greek Islands have become a popular yacht charter destination, and for good reason. However, some islands are overrun by tourism, so why not visit one of the lesser-known islands this summer? Hydra is located within the Saronic Island chain and is only accessible by boat, and as it’s car-free, most transport is done on foot or by donkey. Wandering through the idyllic port town, you can enjoy the laid-back vibe. Just a short hop from Athens, this is the perfect island to add to any Greek yacht charter itinerary. 

4. Formentera, Balearic Islands 
Often overshadowed by its larger and livelier neighbor, Ibiza, Formentera is well worth a visit when cruising the Balearic Islands. It is the smallest of these islands, and some say the prettiest, with its relaxed atmosphere. For those seeking a quieter and more sustainable catamaran charter, Formentera delivers with its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. 

5. Gozo, Malta 
While Malta is a popular tourist destination, its smaller sister island, Gozo, remains relatively untouched. The rugged island boasts world-famous dive sites, rocky shores, and ancient cities steeped in history, including UNESCO sites. The idyllic island is a stone’s throw from Malta but boasts a more tranquil charter experience. Whether you explore the prehistoric ruins, hike the rugged cliffs, or dive into the clear waters, there is plenty to do without leaving an impact. 

By exploring more off-the-beaten-track locations and supporting sustainable tourism initiatives, you can explore the Mediterranean’s hidden gems while minimizing your impact. Contact one of the Boatbookings team today to learn more about our greener crewed charter catamaran options and availability for the rest of the summer. 

4 Steps To Take Action This World Ocean Day

Each year, World Ocean Day is about coming together to celebrate our oceans and raise awareness of how to protect them better. This year, the 2024 World Ocean Day theme on the 8th of June is “catalyzing action for our ocean and climate.”

This is a call to action for us all to take tangible steps toward better safeguarding our oceans’ health and mitigating climate change’s impacts. At Boatbookings, we firmly believe our commitment to preserving them must match our love for them. As a yacht charter company, we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to do so. 

The oceans cover 70% of our planet’s surface, generate the oxygen we breathe, regulate our climate, and thousands of communities rely on them. Yet, the oceans are under threat, facing enormous pressures such as pollution, overfishing, habitat destruction, and the escalating climate crisis. 

This World Ocean Day, we must collectively catalyze action to protect our oceans; we have put together some of the steps you can make toward a better future:

Step 1: Charter A Greener Boat

Before you begin your boat charter, we want you to choose better. We aim to offer a vast selection of sustainable electric charter catamarans so that clients can choose a more responsible boat for their boating vacation. While most charter yachts are still diesel-powered, the segment for electric and hybrid boats is increasing rapidly. Not only are they better for mitigating the environmental impact, but these yachts also provide a more pleasant experience without noise, vibration, and fumes to contend with while trying to relax on the water. 

Step 2: Choose Better Preferences 

Once you have chosen your greener crewed charter catamaran, it is essential that you fill out the yacht’s preference sheets before getting onboard. These preference sheets help the crew curate the best yacht charter experience for you, and this is also where you can reduce your environmental impact. For the chefs, you can request that you eat locally and sustainably sourced menus versus flying produce to add to food miles and your carbon footprint. When it comes to using products onboard, request that all cleaning and toiletry products, such as reef-friendly sunscreen, are ecologically friendly; everything that goes down the drain onboard actually ends up in the oceans. Also, be sure to state that you would like to minimize single-use plastic wherever possible, primarily through reusable water bottles. 

Step 3: Be Aware Of Your Impact 

When cruising the world’s oceans, whether in the Mediterranean or the Indian Ocean, ensuring your activities are not disrupting the ecosystems is vital. Your onboard crew will adhere to marine conservation regulations regarding cruising and anchoring to minimize the yacht’s impact. When swimming, snorkeling, and diving, be mindful of your activities under the ocean. It is also essential to acknowledge any influence you may have on the communities you visit – this can have a positive impact, for example, contributing to the local economy. 

Step 4: Support & Spread Awareness 

As this year’s World Ocean Day theme suggests, we must all act. You can get involved in various local ocean conservation initiatives, such as beach clean-ups or restoration projects. If you cannot help first-hand, then spreading awareness of the pressures on our oceans is just as important. 

While acknowledging the topics behind World Ocean Day is essential, we should work to protect and conserve our oceans every day. At Boatbookings, we started this by helping facilitate greener chartering, providing clients with a more sustainable charter fleet and practices. To learn more about our greener crewed charter catamaran options and availability, contact the Boatbookings team today. 

One Ocean, One Climate, One Future – Together! 

What You Should Know About The World’s First All-Electric Boat Race

The electric boat sector is making waves in its journey toward a more sustainable future, with innovative ideas and developments emerging regularly.

At Boatbookings, we have long been a leader in embracing electric boating, which is why we offer our range of greener-crewed charter catamarans. The boating sector as a whole is prioritizing sustainability, with new technologies and concepts introduced, including the boat racing side of things…

The E1 Series 

In February this year, the world’s first all-electric boat race – the E1 Series – was launched. Labeled as “Formula 1 of the seas,” this series has been backed by high-profile names like Tom Brady and Sunreef’s ambassador Rafael Nadal. This pioneering event promises to transform the boating industry by showcasing cutting-edge technologies and more sustainable propulsion systems. 

It has been making its way around the world throughout the year, having kicked off in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This June, it is making its way to Europe, from Puerto Banus in Marbella and Geneva in Switzerland. Then it heads to Monaco in July, finishing up in Rotterdam in September. 

The RaceBird

Specifically built for the E1 Series, the RaceBird is a sleek and powerful electric powerboat developed to push boundaries. It is made of carbon fiber and weighs 800 kg. During the launch event, the RaceBird wowed spectators with its impressive performance. The boat model, with the help of Mercury Racing, reaches up to an eye-watering 50 knots. Kreisel provides advanced battery technology within the boat. 

RaceBird is a testament to the possibilities for the electric boating sector. The sustainable design incorporates state-of-the-art hydrofoil technology, effortlessly gliding through the water, significantly reducing drag, and maximizing energy efficiency. This enhances the boat’s performance and points toward more potential for future solutions on a wider scale. 

An Electric Future 

The E1 Series is an important catalyst for change. By bringing together the best minds in engineering, design, and sustainable technology, it is a platform to drive further technical developments in the electric boating industry. 

Charter Electric Today! 

There are so many benefits to chartering an electric boat for your yacht charter this year. From the improved boating experience to the greener credentials, you can immerse yourself in nature better with silent propulsion while protecting our oceans. 

Deciding to charter an electric boat is about committing to a more sustainable future for the boating industry. As you plan what crewed charter catamaran you will charter next, consider your choice’s impact and contact the Boatbookings team to talk about our greener-crewed charter catamarans and opt for electric.