On a lazy day, you can lounge on a deck, warm sun blanketing you as you’re gently rocked into an afternoon slumber. But this isn’t just any relaxation vortex, it’s your own private tour of the 590-mile-long archipelago: the Bahamas. As for your mode of exploration? Your own private luxury sailboat.

Sailing the jeweled islands is many a sailor’s dream. But you don’t need to be James Cook to live out the fantasy. Plenty of charter companies offer crewed options. If you are looking for an island paradise, set out for the untouched beauty found in the 700 islands and 2400 cays that make up the Bahamas. While the pirates that once charted these waters are merely tales from the past; the incredible reefs, calm trade winds, lush vegetation, and uninhabited beaches remain. There’s no better way to explore the turquoise Bahamian waters than chartering your own private yacht, and these companies offer some of the most luxurious vessels on the sea.

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The Moorings: Sailing the Exumas

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Celebrating 50 years, the Moorings offers a range of high-end yachting choices all over the world. It’s a great opportunity for sailors who want to take the helm and there is no formal certification required for most areas. However, skill levels are matched to an appropriate yacht. as an experienced team assures you are completely comfortable prior to sail off. If you would rather leave the sailing to a crew, just sit back and relax while your captain takes you to the unspoiled strip of 365 islands and cays, known as the “Out Islands.” With first-hand knowledge of the best snorkel and dive spots, where to swim with sharks and noteworthy anchorages, the crew ensures that your idea of paradise is met. A crewed charter grants an all-inclusive experience complete with your private chef, captain, all meals snacks and beverages (including a fully stocked bar), as well as housekeeping and water sports equipment.

Our Pick: The Mornings 5000, the newest sail catamaran.

IYC

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There is no shortage of excitement from the moment you board your yacht at Paradise Island. From casinos to a waterpark at Atlantis is worthy of at least one day before sailing off. Sail from Paradise Island to HIghbourne Cay, the Gateway to the Exumas. After spending the day walking along uninhabited beaches where you stop to hand feed iguanas; your private chef will prepare epicurean fare for you to savor while watching the sunset. Other stops include Normans Cay Shroud Cay and Over Yonder Cay; the private island boasting some of the best facilities in the Bahamas. You can indulge in a spa treatment, set out to snorkel with marine life or hop on jet skis and head to the secret sand bar, where you can eat strawberries and sip champagne. IYC belongs to a global network of industry leaders, which means access to the best yachts in the world. Think state of the art entertainment systems and modern designs offering 360-degree panoramic views from the upper deck salon. Browse the fleet options and with a knowledgeable team determine the best fit for your needs.

Our Pick: The 125’ Twilight, designed by Dubois and built by Oyster

 

Boatbookings

Akin to a 5-star floating hotel Boatbookings charters leave no stone unturned when it comes to sailing in sophistication. Catamaran charters boast spacious layouts while the dual hulls offer more privacy between staterooms. Notorious for their stability and smooth rides, cats make a great choice for first-timers. Enjoy gourmet meals of freshly caught fish prepared by your private chef, cast a line and catch a fish of your own or check out the nightlife at one of the islands. Whatever you desire, your crew can point you in the right direction.

Our Pick: Tellstar 77’