2023: your MOST ADVENTUROUS YEAR YET with PELORUS
Are you on the look-out for some yacht destination inspiration in 2023? Our adventurous friends at Pelorus, who recently joined the Oceanco NXT collective, have put together a year-round selection of places worthy of your ultimate bucket list.
Whether you’re a culture vulture, love nature or fancy a long and leisurely cruise, there’s somewhere for you.
FOR WHEN YOU WANT TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF EXPLORATION
The ‘White Desert’ is considered by many to be the most inaccessible place on Earth. Only a fortunate few – scientists and explorers, in the main – have experienced this continent. But with the right assistance, you can enjoy ground-breaking and incredibly exciting experiences for the first time in Antarctica.
- Ice climb towering glaciers in view of your yacht.
- Use submersibles to explore the unexpected abundance of life under the ice.
- Ski tour and heli-ski down incredible first descents, with the option to name a peak after your expedition.
- Camp overnight on a remote island surrounded by ice and wildlife.
When to go: December to February
FOR WHEN YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR TIME
If you are looking for a lengthier, once-in-a-lifetime cruise that extends into months rather than weeks long, a leisurely cruise along both coasts of Central America offers an abundance of experiences to enjoy with your loved ones. Start off by ringing in the New Year in Costa Rica and then head south to the unspoiled Pacific coastline of Panama before passing through the middle of the continent on the Panama Canal. Next up is Columbia, a hidden gem best explored by superyacht, followed by a visit to the natural wonders of Belize, then round off your trip with a tour of the unique cultural attractions of Cuba.
- Trek deep into the jungle to discover huge waterfalls, caves and amazing archaeological sites.
- Helicopter over the Sierra Nevada, the world’s highest coastal mountain range, to visit the Ciudad Perdida, aka ‘The Lost City’.
- Kite surf through archipelagos in total isolation to reach desert islands for a survival experience set up by ex-British military experts.
- Dive some of the most beautiful reefs in the Caribbean, keeping a lookout for saltwater crocodiles.
When to go: January to April
Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands
FOR WHEN YOU HAVE AN ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT
A cruising destination like no other, Papua New Guinea is one of the most unexplored and culturally diverse countries in the world. For those with a growing desire to explore parts of the world that very few others have, and who appreciate the meaning of being truly off the beaten track, this is about as remote and experiential as it gets. The peak time for diving in Papua New Guinea, when visibility is at its best, is between October and March. Unspoiled and relatively untouched by the influence of the modern world, the Solomon Islands is an under-the-radar paradise that for centuries has remained much as you find it today. On land the topography is visually stunning, and underwater the sea teems with colorful and exotic marine life.
- Meet remote tribes on shores and mountains, experiencing rituals and taking part in traditions; with 312 different tribes to choose from which to choose.
- Go spearfishing in traditional outrigger canoes or head to more remote spots to fish formarlin off the back of your yacht’s tender.
- Immerse yourself in the world’s richest area of marine biodiversity, home to smaller species like seahorses, crabs and nudibranchs as well as sharks, fish, turtles and sea snakes.
- Explore the volcanic islands, crocodile-infested mangroves, huge lagoons, tropical islets and emerald forests that are scattered with WWII relics.
When to go: October to July
FOR WHEN YOU CRAVE ADVENTURE IN RUGGED LANDSCAPES
Alaska is one of the few places on Earth to offer such rugged beauty so effortlessly, made up of dramatic landscapes, glaciers, mountains and an abundance of wildlife that thrives in the sparsely populated land. As one of the most majestic cruising grounds in the world, this remote region of the US has more ocean coastline than all the other US states combined, so the options for going extreme are broader than just about anywhere else.
- Kayak past towering blue glaciers and breaching orcas on pristine waterways.
- Plunge below the surface and see what lies beneath with ocean or ice diving in a dry suit or piloted submersible.
- Jump on a private convoy of snowmobiles to penetrate further inland in spectacular isolation.
- Carve powder at a whole new level and altitude by heli-skiing the colossal Alaskan peaks.
When to go: April to September
Amalfi Coast & Sicily
FOR WHEN YOU HAVE AN APPETITE FOR CULTURE & HISTORY
The effortlessly charming Campania region is a favorite among yacht owners and it’s not hard to see why. There is plenty to explore beyond the colorful, cliff-hugging towns of the coast, too. Venture inland for some truly wonderful experiences, impossibly good views and the unique flair of the Italian locals. After tracing the Amalfi coastline, round off your classic Italian cruise in Sicily. Aside from its stunning beaches, the island is bursting with distinctive culture and history. Discover the hidden secrets of the old towns, the origins of thousand-year-old traditions and the roots of the unique Sicilian spirit.
- Exert yourself with a late-afternoon ascent of mount Etna to summit at sunset, just in time to view the lava with a volcanologist at twilight.
- Discover the tradition of Sicilian puppetry with a private visit on the aft deck of your yacht. Learn about the techniques of making and performing with the puppets before settling in for a show.
- Sip limoncello and relax as you enjoy a rustic lunch beneath fragrant lemon trees.
- Snorkel and dive fascinating wrecks, searching for hidden treasures.
When to go: April to October
FOR WHEN YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE A UNIQUE NATURAL WORLD
The Komodo National Park encompasses a total of 29 volcanic islands – including the three major islands of Rinca, Padar and Komodo – and is home to approximately 2,500 Komodo dragons and many other species of terrestrial reptiles, birds and mammals. The park’s terrain is uniquely diverse, consisting of a mountainous hillside, tropical rainforests, grass-woodland savannah and pristine white sandy beaches that harbor rich marine biodiversity.
- Join local rangers to learn about the world’s largest reptile and lizard, the Komodo dragon.
- Explore the Komodo National Park’s abundance of dive sites ranging from challenging blue water current dives with a chance of glimpsing manta rays, sharks and dugongs, tolow-visibility muck dives where you can discover rare invertebrates closer to shore.
- Witness colonies of giant flying fox bats erupting from the mangroves and soaring into the spectacularly colorful sunset sky.
- Take a helicopter ride to remote crater lakes for watersports and kite surfing on top of the world.
When to go: May to October