There are as many ways to enjoy luxury yacht charters as there are people to enjoy them. On one extreme are those who enjoy their days sipping on a tropical drink while turning the next page in their book. On the other extreme are those who want to go-go, doing and seeing as much as possible while on vacation. Then there are those in the happy middle for whom a combination of water sports and leisure is perfect. If you are in this middle area, there are many water toy options available on a luxury yacht charter.
Use this list below as a checklist to help determine what you’d like to do on your vacation. Happy planning!
SUP Boarding (short for Stand Up Paddle Boarding) is one of the most popular water toys for enjoying stunning views and blue waters. It’s also not a bad way to burn some vacation calories! It doesn’t require much instruction and is pretty easy to learn. Children and even older adults can SUP. However, it requires a fair amount of balance. SUP Boarding can be done standing or sitting, with one or two people. Many luxury charter yachts offer this watersport and often have two boards available to guests.
Kayaking has a longer history than SUP Boarding, but kayaks do offer some of the same features. They, too, are a great way to explore your surrounding waters and get close to some really amazing scenery. There are different types of kayaks, including single or tandem kayaks and “sit on tops” or cockpit-style decks.
As much as there is to explore above the water, below the water exists another world entirely. Snorkeling is an incredible, accessible way to discover the stunning world beneath the surface of the beautiful waters at which you’ve gazed from your luxury yacht charter. A popular water toy for all ages and abilities, snorkeling requires very little equipment (a mask, snorkel, and fins) and can be done with very little instruction. It’s a great way to observe and admire the underwater world beneath you.
SCUBA stands for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus and is much like snorkeling in that it offers the opportunity to experience the sea life around you. The advantage SCUBA diving offers is that, because of the oxygen tank you wear on your back, you are able to go deeper underwater and stay underwater longer than you’re able to while snorkeling. This type of water toy requires a bit more training and is not suitable for all types and ages, but for those who are able to try it, SCUBA diving can be an amazing experience. Many luxury yacht charters have equipment on board and those that don’t can often arrange for rendezvous dives.
As the name suggests, tubing involves an inflatable tube that the tender of your luxury yacht charter pulls. This is another fun water toy for people of all ages and can be done with one or more people, depending on the size of the tube. You won’t get much sightseeing done on this one, but you’ll have a blast zipping through the water and maybe even catching a little air!
Waterskiing is one of the best water toy options enjoy the water. It does take a bit of training and preparation, but if you have a need for speed, waterskiing is great fun. It is a solo activity and can be done on one or two skis while being pulled behind the tender on your luxury yacht charter. You’ll be asked to wear a life jacket and you will definitely get wet!
The Subwing is a very new water toy, and it is becoming very popular. A combination of snorkeling with the ease of being pulled behind a tender, the Subwing lets you submerge underwater and discover the life below. You are in control of which direction you go and can come up for air when you need to. The sensation is like flying underwater!
With an eFoil, a hydrofoil propels the board over the water’s surface. The lift the hydrofoil provides creates a lift similar to that of an airplane wing. You don’t need to paddle or pump with your legs to keep the board in motion.
Kiteboarding or kitesurfing is an extreme sport where the kite uses wind power with a large power kite to glide on the water’s surface. It combines aspects of paragliding, surfing, windsurfing, skateboarding, and wakeboarding.
Water toys are great fun and many can be available on your luxury yacht charter, but when stunning blue waters surround you, make sure to add swimming to your list of things to do. Splashing around is great, and if you’d like to take it to the next level, discover different techniques such as total immersion swimming and really take advantage of your vacation.
Most luxury yacht charters offer one or more, if not all, of the water toys listed here. Make sure to let us know which you’d like to experience on your next vacation!
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