Tucked away in remote corners of the world, are fabulous secret Island Archipelagos waiting to be discovered by private yacht charter. These are yacht charter cruising locations where your charter yacht might be the nicest accommodation and restaurant for miles around. Many have never heard of these islands where airports are non-existent; and where visiting these island groups is most easily done by private yacht charter.
The Eastern Flores Archipelago, Indonesia
On the eastern side of Flores Island, on the eastern side of Bali, villagers in this archipelago create a unique Ikat Textile woven by hand, where warp and weft cotton strands are “lost” to coloring by natural homemade dyes, through wrapping those strands in resist fibers such as the fibers of palm leaves. Cotton is grown, harvested, carded, spun, and dyed, with natural dyes made from barks, plants and flowers. Spinning is done by village women using a spindle and their toes. Weaving is done on small looms made from wood and tree branches. Cruise up “Volcano Alley” to visit Ikat Textile Weaving Villages for weaving demonstrations, dancing exhibitions, and the chance to purchase beautifully hand dyed, hand woven textiles from the hands of the weaver.
The Aeolian Islands, Italy
Just off the north eastern tip of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands were better known in Ancient Times than they are today. “Nature’s Lighthouse” the continuously erupting volcano on Stromboli Island was a major ancient aid to navigation. Today, anchor off the coast of Stromboli Island and enjoy dinner on the top deck, dining by the light of “Nature’s Fireworks”. Seven main islands make up this archipelago, volcanic in nature, that popped up from the ocean’s floor. Included in this island group, is Panarea, the “San Tropez” of this archipelago for those in the know. A UNESCO National Heritage Site, the Aeolian Islands will slumber on as they have for centuries, with no further modernization allowed.
The Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
Reached by flying into Phuket, Indonesia and crossing over into Myanmar from Ranong, this archipelago has only opened to western yachtsmen in recent history. Undisturbed beautiful coral gardens, some say the best in the world, fill the ocean bottom, and are home to fantastic underwater marine life. The Mergui Archipelago is also home to the Moken Sea Gypsies, a virtually lost civilization, numbering only in the 1000’s, who while hunting and foraging for their food, move makeshift floating boat “homes” from island to island. With beautiful clear water, fine sandy beaches and many remote anchorages, this is a destination to truly be away from it all, including often a cell phone signal.
National Marine Park of Alonnisos, Greece
In the northern Aegean Sea, part of the Sporadic Islands of Greece, this archipelago is a national park and home to the rare Monk Seal. It was protection of this species (only around 500 remain) that started the initial drive to achieve national park status of these islands and waters in the 1970’s. The park archipelago includes the island of Alonnisos, and part of Skopelos, which are the only two inhabited islands, six smaller islands, Peristera, Kyra Panagia, Gioura, Psathoura, Piperi and Skantzoura, and 22 islets. The water is beautiful, and the islands come complete with caves, grottos and beaches. Enjoy beautiful clear water filled with marine life; play with dolphins, and perhaps have a rare sighting of a Monk Seal.
The Banda Islands, Indonesia
Home to the Nutmeg Tree, ownership of these islands was hotly contested in the 1500’s, as the Banda Islands were the epicenter of trading and wealth for the Dutch East India Company given their position as a trading junction between China, and Europe. Merchant vessels under control of the Dutch East India Company sailed to the Banda Islands to trade for nutmeg, mace (also from the Nutmeg Tree), and blue and white tin glazed china from China, that triggered production of Holland’s blue and white Delftware in the 16th century. Today, cruise through these sleepy islands, that have settled into obscurity from their illustrious past. Garbage in the 1500’s was thrown in to the surrounding waters, including china when broken. Snorkelers and scuba divers today might find blue and white shards of china remaining on the ocean’s floor
Each location is a fabulous destination in which to explore a beautiful exotic location, enjoy outstanding new life adventures, and unique bits of world cultural heritage when cruising on a private yacht charter when cruising in these remote corners of the world.
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