Exotic Yacht Charter Opportunities

Antarctica, Central and South America, and Western Australia are all on the menu this year.
Adventurous cruisers can take a yacht charter to Antarctica onboard Sherakhan. Weekly base rate is $640,700 for 26 guests. Courtesy Y.CO

Most crewed charter yachts ply the waters of the Mediterranean each summer, and then the Caribbean during the winter. But there also are usually a handful of yachts that head off the beaten course to destinations far more exotic, where charter clients can book vacations that are only occasionally available at all.

Three yachts are offering exotic options for yacht charter in the upcoming seasons, for fans of motoring and sailing alike.

The first yacht on this list is Sherakhan, a 228-foot Vuyk en Zonen motoryacht that’s part of the charter fleet at Y.CO. This longtime favorite vessel on the charter-yacht scene is heading to Antarctica from December 2024 through March 2025, with a lowest weekly base rate of about $640,700 for 26 guests in 13 staterooms.

Sherakhan’s crew includes members who have chartered in Antarctica before, meaning they are familiar with this cruising ground that is unfamiliar to most people on earth.

The sailing yacht Aquijo is headed to Central and South America. The yacht accommodates 12 guests in seven staterooms at a weekly base rate of $544,000. Photo by Stuart Pearce

The second yacht heading to an exotic destination is the 282-foot Vitters/Oceanco Aquijo, which is also part of the Y.CO charter fleet. This mammoth sailing yacht is in Central and South America this winter, and has plans to charter in the South Pacific during the upcoming summer season.

Aquijo accommodates 12 guests in seven staterooms, with a lowest weekly base rate of about $544,000. Onboard features mirror what is often found aboard power-driven superyachts, including an elevator, a master stateroom with a private terrace, and a beach club with a steam room, sauna and hot tub.

For chartering Down Under, the 110-foot Akiko accommodates 12 guests. Pricing available from 26 North. Courtesy 26 North

The third yacht offering charters in an exotic destination is the 110-foot Alloy motoryacht Akiko, which is available for bookings in Australia’s Kimberley region, on the Great Barrier Reef and in Papua New Guinea.

Akiko is a 2007 launch that had an extensive refit and then returned to the charter market in 2023. Recent upgrades include a hull extension, an interior refit and fresh paint. The crew includes a local guide who specializes in adventurous expeditions. Accommodations are for 12 guests, with rates and availability details through 26 North.

Can any charter broker help a client book a week aboard any yacht? Yes. Charter brokers use systems similar to the ones that real-estate agents use on land, so “buyers” who want to book a charter vacation can work with any broker they prefer.

Take the next step: check out Yachting’s charter news hub for more options as they become available.