Are you planning a trip to the Bahamas? Or are you simply interested in the idea and looking for more information?
Trips to the Bahamas have been popular for several years, decades even. But recently, their popularity has skyrocketed with more individuals looking for exotic places to travel to.
The last few years have consisted mostly of staycations and small national trips. Now that international borders are reopening and travel restrictions are being lifted around the world, traveling abroad is more attractive than ever.
Boat trips are in demand. People seem attracted to the freedom, sense of adventure and the exciting activities that come with boat trips.
A great place to go on a boat trip is the Bahamas. This article will discuss some of the reasons why you should head to the Bahamas for a boat trip.
It will also provide some tips as to how you can charter a boat for your sea excursion. A list of activities you can do during your boat trip will also be provided.
There are many reasons why you should charter a yacht in the Bahamas, but perhaps the most important is the fact that the islands are “an archipelago” with almost 700 coral islands and sixteen major islands. Thirty of the islands are inhabited.
This makes it a perfect territory to explore on a boat and will give you the impression of being a real adventurer.
The Bahamas is near the Caribbean although it is technically part of the Atlantic. It still has the quality of Caribbean beaches, waters and sea life.
Whether you prefer to lounge on a beach, go snorkeling, scuba diving, jet-skiing or just go for a swim, there’s an activity for you in the Bahamas.
If you prefer on-land activities, you can easily use your boat to jump from island to island and go on hikes through the green and lush landscapes.
As mentioned before, going on holidays to the Bahamas is a very popular destination because of how unique, original and exciting it is. The weather is great, the scenery is mesmerizing and the activities available are far from ordinary.
Chartering a boat is even better as it gives you more freedom to explore less touristy-places and to have more control over your holiday experience.
From your chartered boat, you can observe breathtaking sunsets or sunrises. If you are lucky, you might even see dolphins or other sea animal creatures.
Because of the popularity of boat chartering in the region, you won’t have any difficulties finding a boat to charter. However, you will need to bear the following things in mind when looking for a boat.
Tips for chartering a boat in the Bahamas
To charter a boat in the Bahamas, start by looking at different companies and their options. You can find these companies online and book a boat remotely before picking it up in-person.
If you would rather look at the boats before selecting one, head to one of the main islands in the Bahamas. There are 16 major islands in the Bahamas with chartering companies.
For example, you can head to Exuma Cays or Abaco Islands in the Bahamas to charter a yacht.
Then, before chartering a boat, you must select the type of charter you are interested in. There are three types of charters:
• bareboat charter
• cabin charter
• crewed charter
A bareboat charter is just the boat without crew members. You will be responsible for the boat and solely in charge of navigating it.
You can bring family, friends and others on board who can help you navigate it.
Any issues with the boat will be your responsibility, legally and financially. Because of this, you will need a boat license and the mandatory paperwork to prove that you can navigate it.
Depending on the size and price of the boat, you might need to provide more documents and buy insurance to protect you.
Bareboat charters may seem like a lot of responsibility, but they are great if you want complete freedom and privacy during your boat trip.
A cabin charter is very different from a bareboat charter. With a cabin charter, you join an experienced and professional crew.
You do not get to select the crew members on the boat. This charter is ideal for individuals looking to meet new people and learn more about navigating a boat as a crew member themselves.
Finally, there’s the crewed charter. With the crewed charter, you pick the crew members who will then look after the boat and navigate it.
With this option, you just need to sit back and relax without having to navigate the boat yourself. Most individuals, including celebrities, opt for the crewed charter.
The crewed charter is also the most beginner friendly as the other charters require more experience, work and preparation.
The final thing to bear in mind is the size of the boat, and the type of boat, you’re interested in.
For example, depending on your taste, preferences, and budget, you might want to opt for a small yacht or a superyacht. A superyacht is anything above 24 meters long.
For reference, the biggest superyacht in the world measures 180 meters.
But yachts are not the only option available to you. There are other types of boat including catamarans.
Catamarans and yachts are pretty similar, although yachts only have one hull whereas catamarans have two.
In general, catamarans are considered more beginner-friendly because they are considered more stable than yachts. If you are not going to be navigating the boat, this won’t make much of a difference for you.
Finally, pick a boat that fits your needs and the type of excursion you are going on. If you want to go for short excursions, a small yacht will do.
A longer excursion will require a bigger and better equipped boat with an experienced and very professional crew.
This article provided some tips to guide you through your first yacht chartering experience in the Bahamas. As mentioned above, there are many activities available in the Bahamas that suit all needs and preferences.
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