The Mediterranean teems with outstanding diving sites to enjoy on your summer yacht charter, from the deep-dive wrecks of France and Cyprus to the colourful reefs and caves of Sardinia, Malta and Greece.
On a dive charter in Cyprus, you can sit in the cab of one of the trucks that are still lashed to the deck of MS Zenobia – considered by some as the best wreck dive in the world. Along the French Riviera, advanced divers can explore incredible wrecks of submarines and cargo ships, while the beautiful Gulf of Saint Tropez has some wonderful coral formations and marine life to discover.
Perhaps you’d like to visit the emerald coast of Sardinia on your diving yacht charter, where the crystal clear waters and vibrant marine ecosystems ensure some of the best diving in the Mediterranean. Further south, there’s brilliant scuba diving to be found in the warm waters of Malta, with caves and wild rock formations hiding a wide array of life, as well as sunken bomber airplanes and religious statues resting on the sea floor.
Timeless and stunning, Greece is one of the most popular regions for yacht chartering, and the waters surrounding the island of Chios offer some of the best diving in the Med. Also worth exploring is the extraordinary volcanic formation that rests beneath the waters of Santorini, or the giant canyons of Lefkada. Further afield, Turkey’s Turquoise Coast is also on the rise as a diving charter destination.
A private yacht charter is the perfect way to enjoy a diving vacation, as you drift between stunning locations, simply diving from swim platforms to explore the world below. Many charter yachts carry a range of diving equipment as well as onboard instructors.
We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 yachts for diving charters in the Med this summer, which are all available through Fraser Yachts:
The 60m M/Y PARAFFIN has an exceptional charter pedigree and is one of the best yachts available for Mediterranean diving charters. This iconic yacht from premier yacht builder, Feadship, was launched in 2001, with an extensive refit in 2013, ensuring her fantastic condition. Despite her sumptuous décor, her spectacular sundeck and her spacious onboard gym, this yacht’s crowning glory is her water sports ‘toy chest,’ which includes six sets of scuba gear and a compressor, as well as kayaks, Waverunners and much more. M/Y PARAFFIN will be cruising the Western Med for summer charters, giving great access to the dive sites of Sardinia, the French Riviera and Malta.
BELUGA is a 44.7m motor yacht with six sets of diving gear and a compressor onboard. Built in 2014, this stunning motor yacht accommodates up to 10 guests in five palatial staterooms, including a master suite and two decadent VIP staterooms. Special features include a stylish Art Deco interior that showcases natural materials, a sauna with easy access to the swim platform, and a waterslide. M/Y BELUGA will also be available for diving charters in the Western Mediterranean in summer 2016.
Sailing superyacht OHANA is well equipped for a fantastic diving yacht charter, carrying four sets of dive gear and a compressor on board as well as a whole host of other water sports equipment. The 49.7m fly bridge sloop from Fitzroy Yachts is fast and elegant under sail yet also supremely luxurious, with a modern and airy interior of natural tones and deeply elegant deck spaces. OHANA accommodates up to 10 guests in three double staterooms and two twins, and will be sailing the Western Med for unforgettable dive charters.
For those wishing to sail and dive the Eastern Mediterranean this year, the 51.7m sloop, S/Y PRANA, offers the perfect opportunity. Dive the Zenobia wreck in Cyprus or look for ancient artefacts on the sea floor in Greece on board this exquisite sailing yacht from Alloy Yachts. Sleeping up to 10guests in three double staterooms and two twins, PRANA’s outstanding features are her fresh modern interior, her stunning foredeck Jacuzzi and her performance under sail. S/Y PRANA carries dive gear along with a veritable treasure trove of water sports equipment, making her an ideal choice for your summer diving charter.
Classic motor yacht SARITA SI offers a great opportunity for lesser experienced divers who want to explore beneath the waves, or, more specifically, for those that want the freedom of diving without the discomfort of oxygen tanks. This 38.6m yacht from CRN Ancona carries a two person Powersnorkel – a device that allows for diving to depths of up to six metres for periods up to 70 minutes without tanks. On board, enjoy the lavish décor of yesteryear on this ‘gentleman’s yacht,’ where up to 12 guests are accommodated in six elegant staterooms, while long Mediterranean afternoons can be spent relaxing in the Jacuzzi.
To plan your diving charter in the beautiful Mediterranean, or to find out more about chartering one of these spectacular yachts, please contact Fraser Yachts.