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Indian Ocean Yacht Charter

Some of the world’s best island destinations are in the Indian Ocean, and a yacht charter offers you the best opportunity to experience these special places.

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Highlights

  • pristine coral reefs
  • Secluded white sand beaches
  • stunning natural seascapes

Sailing the Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean beach and yacht charters and boats

Sail the precious tropical jewels of the Seychelles and Maldives which offer a true desert island experience, with the clearest waters and beaches with the whitest, finest sand. 

From our bases you can reach tropical and exotic wildlife among coral reefs, rainforests and azure lagoons. There are so many things to explore on a sailing vacation in the Indian Ocean, from vibrant fish and colorful birds to sweet-smelling vanilla plantations and exotic flowers.

Sailing the Indian Ocean is a fantastic option for those who love swimming, snorkeling and diving. The underwater world in this region showcases delicate and intricate marine ecosystems. You’ll see turtles, rays and even hammerhead sharks.

The food you’ll find served within the countries in the Indian Ocean will tantalize your taste buds with its fusion of Asian, Indian, French and African cuisines. Try delicious fish curries and local fish cooked under hot coals. Receive a friendly welcome while sailing the Indian Ocean from locals who will make your vacation so memorable.

Deciding on an Indian Ocean yacht charter means you are taking yourself to one of the world’s bucket list destinations. It really is impossible to describe the true natural beauty of this paradise region.

Indian Ocean Yacht Charter

Set sail from our bases in the Maldives or Seychelles to experience crystal clear waters, tropical islands, azure lagoons, white-sand beaches and the outstanding natural beauty of the Indian Ocean and its many islands.

Seychelles

Discover one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Maldives

An island hopping paradise with idyllic beaches, lagoons and atolls.

Top things to do in the Indian Ocean

Seychelles

From the double Coco de Mer coconuts to black parrots and giant tortoises, the granitic and coral islands of the Seychelles really are the epitome of what we understand as paradise. It‘s home to unique beauty and you can sail La Digue, Cousin’s nature reserve, Curieuse’s marine park and Praslin.

Maldives

Sail between hundreds of tiny lagoon-ringed coral islands in the world’s most low-lying country. Swim with manta rays at Manta Sand Bank and colorful tropical fish on the Baa and Raa atolls. You might even see whale sharks. Explore Meerufenfushi’s lagoon, the reef at Alikoi Rah Sand Bank and handmade crafts at Guraidhoo Island.. 

When is the best time to visit the Indian Ocean?

Indian Ocean guest enjoying sailing vacations in yacht charter

The best time to visit the Indian Ocean varies depending on which country you are visiting. 

Between November and April is the prime time for the Maldives. In the Seychelles, the best time to sail is April to May or October to November.

However, sailing in high season means better weather but that comes at the price of busier cruising grounds.

What are the sailing conditions in the Indian Ocean?

The sailing conditions in the Indian Ocean include the trade winds, which blow NW between December and February in the Seychelles.

Fall has stronger winds than spring in the Maldives, although in the north there is a northeasterly between December and February.

What are the mooring fees in the Indian Ocean?

Indian Ocean mooring fees will vary depending on where you are sailing, especially if you want to enter a commercial port or marina.

National park fees also depend on which country you are visiting. In the Seychelles, you will need to budget around $15 per day to visit the national parks.

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Useful information for Indian Ocean yacht charters

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Where is the Indian Ocean located?

The third largest ocean, the Indian Ocean is between Africa, Asia, Australia and the Southern Ocean.

What is the currency in the Indian Ocean?

Each country in the Indian Ocean has its own currency. For the Seychelles it’s the Roupie Seychelloise and the Maldivian Rufiyaa is the currency of the Maldives.

What is the Wi-Fi connection like in the Indian Ocean?

The Wi-Fi connection and internet access on the islands in the Indian Ocean varies. There is free Wi-Fi at most cafes in the Maldives and in some places in the Seychelles. Some countries in the Indian Ocean operate Wi-Fi networks which you can access by buying a card.

What is the best way to get to the Indian Ocean?

The best way to reach the Indian Ocean from the US depends on which country you are sailing from. You can fly via Abu Dhabi, Paris or Dubai for the Seychelles and Maldives.

Discover Indian Ocean charter vacations with Dream Yacht Charter

Sailing Indian Ocean

Take the helm of one of our catamarans or monohulls and create your own Indian Ocean sailing adventure, where you can make the most of the world’s finest paradise islands.

Skippered Indian Ocean charters

No sailing qualifications are needed, you just need a love of adventure. Hire a skipper and enjoy a sailing vacation where you relax while your yacht is sailed for you.

Indian Ocean cabin charters

Our by the cabin cruise charters include the Seychelles and Maldives. Relax as a professional team sails your yacht and serves full-board meals while you enjoy time on board with a double cabin and private bathroom.

Luxury Indian Ocean crewed charters

Discover the ultimate all-inclusive sailing vacation and hire your own private, luxury yacht. Tailor your meals and itinerary to your preferences and be looked after by your own captain and hostess.

Indian Ocean sailing itinerary

Research your Indian Ocean yacht charter with suggestions from our expert team. They’ve suggested itineraries in the Seychelles and Maldives to help you sail the Indian Ocean and make the most of your sailing vacation.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht?

Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have +60 exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

The following options are available in limited locations:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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