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Top 9 Destinations to Charter a Luxury Motor Yacht for the Day

Hot off the press: The best places to charter a luxury motor yacht for the day

I absolutely love the feeling of a warm ocean breeze running through my hair while hearing the waves crashing alongside the bow of a yacht. A private yacht vacation is truly one of the most incredible ways to travel. However, not all itineraries can accommodate for a week (or more) gliding through the waters.  Fortunately, all you need are about 5 to 6 hours, and the perfect location to create marvelous vacation memories aboard a luxury motor yacht!

Here are 9 destinations where you can charter a luxury motor yacht for the day:

2. Puerto Vallarta

Along the Pacific Coast, Puerto Vallarta, is a beautiful vacation destination that offers a genuine taste of Mexican culture. There are a number of exciting excursions and day trips to fill up any vacation itinerary. Spend a day and escape to Zona Romantica, otherwise known as the city’s colorful old town. On Another day, find Mexican Orchids among the 20-acres of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens.

Before you fill up your itinerary, make sure to set one day aside for a charter with Mondrian Yacht Charters. The tropical climate, deep waters and active marine life of this destination make for the perfect day of luxury motor yacht cruising. Each charter is unique and can be customized to fit your mood. Craving some adventure? Ask your captain to take you to the hidden beach on the Marieta Islands. The only way to access this beach is by paddle boarding or snorkeling through a small tunnel. Seeking a romantic evening? Head on over to the pristine North Shore of Punta Mita. Exquisite beaches, afternoon whale watching, and a sunset cruise craft the perfect experience. In the bustling bay of Puerto Vallarta, a day cruise is the most luxurious and exclusive experience you can have.

Luxury Motor Yacht: Puerto Vallarta


This destination is one of my absolute favorite vacation spots. When I think of paradise, I think of my stay at Amanyara. Looking out across the white-sand beaches and 20 shades of turquoise waters affords the most breathtaking of views. The best part about this destination is that there are 7 main islands and over 40 smaller islands and cays to uncover. Get out on those turquoise waters, even if just for a single day, and find those hidden pristine beaches you need to see to believe. Rent a luxury motor yacht with Eden Yacht Charters and rely on their expert divers and gourmet BBQ chefs to craft the perfect day aboard. Along with a day cruise, you can also add a thrilling night dive option.

Although this location is one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet, an experience aboard a private yacht charter is a feeling of pure bliss. Only the finest amenities, fresh caught fish and toasts of champagne are available for you and your fellow travelers. This private yacht comes with two en-suite bedrooms, an air conditioned living space, surround sound, sun beds and more. The only thing you’ll be left dreaming of, is more time aboard this luxury motor yacht!

Luxury Motor Yacht: Turks & Caicos


I was fortunate enough to spend a week discovering the irresistible yacht life of the British Virgin Islands. However, you don’t need a full week to explore these unspoiled islands. A completely private day charter to a few close islands is just a breezy cruise away. Enjoy refreshments and snacks on board as your captain crafts the perfect day in the blue waters of the BVI. Break for lunch on a beachy backdrop in between quick snorkeling jaunts.

In a single day you can explore a shipwreck near Cooper Island before heading to the volcanic boulders of Virgin Gorda. If you need some advice on which islands to explore, check out my British Virgin Islands itinerary. Depending on what you are looking for, there are a number of serene beaches, dramatic dive sites and delicious lunch spots to craft those moments you’ll never forget.

Luxury Motor Yacht: British Virgin Islands


There are over 6,000 islands and islets off the shores of Greece. So, where do you even begin?! If you only have a single day, consider visiting the Saronic Islands which lie to the South of Athens. A must stop along your day charter is at Hydra, where donkeys are the main mode of transportation. The landscape here is dramatic and stunning, with the greenish-blue waters washing alongside the rocky cliffs.

Another must stop on your journey should be Kaiki Beach on Spetses Island. This island not only has a rich naval history during the War of Independence, but it’s also home to some of the brightest shades of blue. Lay under a luxurious cabana alongside the rocky seashell shore and stare at the magnificent colors. Don’t forget a cold beverage!

Luxury Motor Yacht: Greece


Believe it or not, there are day charters available closer to home. No need to travel over the ocean blue to experience a sunny day aboard a luxury motor yacht. When my family and I need a quick escape from reality we head out to sea with Seaforth Yacht Rentals in Coronado. San Diego’s amazing weather makes it possible to charter a private yacht year-round. Voyaging along the wavy bay waters you’ll have incredible views of the San Diego skyline and iconic Coronado Bay Bridge.

There are a variety of day trip options, whether it’s a romantic sunset cruise, family celebration or even a private whale watch outing. Surprisingly, the bay waters are full of wildlife with harbor seals, pelicans and even dolphins! There is nothing better than twisting an ordinary weekend close to home into a luxurious vacation day.


My heart is already racing just thinking of the sensational views along the NaPali Coastline. Kauai Island is truly one of the most beautiful destinations I have ever visited. Rising 3,000 feet out of the waters are the NaPali Sea Cliffs. Talk about a dramatic experience as your day captain navigates the surrounding waters. Although the views are top notch, the secluded beaches, waterfalls and sea caves are all just as astonishing.

If you are traveling from November to March, you’ve hit the marine wildlife jackpot. Forage through the waters to find the majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat. The best part about renting a luxury motor yacht for the day is that each experience is personally tailored to your liking. If you have some extra time in your itinerary, consider a different perspective and check out the NaPali coastline by helicopter.

Kauai Adventure Photography Workshops


I’ve already written about the most beautiful destinations for island hopping in Thailand. If you only have one day to hop around these islands, you really can’t go wrong! At this destination, you can cruise on over to a beach hideaway, go on an electrifying adventure dive or visit a more iconic island, like Koh Phi Phi. No matter where you charter you can count on a vibrant paradise pallet. Each island is sprinkled with lush greenery, turquoise green waters and golden limestone structures. Don’t forget to drink the coconuts- my favorite afternoon pastime!

Luxury Motor Yacht: Thailand


A popular vacation hotspot – the French Riviera beaches and coastline – draw some of the most impressive superyachts from around the world. Travelers venture near and far, for the excitement of the Cannes Film Festival or the bustling Monaco Grand Prix. Join the yacht party and spend a day cruising the Riviera’s hottest destinations. A day trip to St. Tropez is where you’ll have the best luck spotting those famous movie stars. Settle into beach cabana and keep your eyes peeled for those celebs who are in town for the summer’s hottest events.

If instead you are looking for a quieter, more serene spot, head towards the red rocks at Esterel Cliffs. Its volcanic origin molded picturesque rugged terrain and deep ravines. Jump off the yacht and explore this spot on foot. Another quiet getaway, is the quaint seaside town of Ville Franche. The town’s winding streets and terraced hills are just moments from the remote sandy shores. Whether you are looking for a popular celebrity hotspot or a private day’s escape, this destination has it all!

Luxury Motor Yacht: French Riviera


Indonesia holds some of the world’s most bucket list-worthy island hideaways. For example, Komodo Island’s pale pink sands and of course those postcard views of Bali that’ll have you drooling for more. If you are planning a trip to Bali, I would highly recommend renting a luxury motor yacht for the day. South Lombok, Gili Air, Nusa Lembongan and numerous other nearby islands depart from Bali’s main port. Right from the start, this makes for an easy and convenient travel day. If you are an avid surfer choose Nusa Lembongan for their mellow beach vibe. Are you dreaming of relaxing in a swinging ocean hammock or virtually dining above the turquoise waters? If so, head to Gili Air- you will not be disappointed!

There are so many incredible destinations around the world where you can spend the day lounging in a luxury motor yacht. I’ve only scratched the surface. Whether it’s a single day or a whole month, you should add an experience on a private yacht to your travel bucketlist. It’s a voyage unlike any other with endless itinerary possibilities, complete privacy and of course your own personal crew. I can’t wait for you to join me in exploring some more uncharted destinations worthy of this list!

Luxury Motor Yacht: Bali

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Misha Gillingham is the owner and operator of Wildluxe. Fascinated by luxury hotels and all of the details that go into creating that perfect guest experience, Misha focuses her creative efforts on showcasing only the most exclusive properties in the world. Follow along and discover the travel destinations you've been dreaming of.

  • Hey! Amazing blog. This is so beautiful and creative blog.

    January 18, 2018
  • Jon Aronson

    Hey Misha! Can you recommend any full day yacht adventures off the Amalfi Coast???? My wife and I are going in Late May/Early June and I’d love to explore the seas for a day. Thanks so much and hope all is well! – Jon Aronson

    January 19, 2018
    • Hi Jon! The Amalfi Coast will be such an amazing place to yacht through! I haven’t done Amalfi by yacht, but I can tell you that my favorite places there are Positano and Ravello! Definitely should stop at both and spend some time exploring.

      February 1, 2018

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