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Tropical Sailing Holidays

These sailing destinations are worth organising a special trip for or you can include a yacht charter in a longer holiday to the Far East or Australia. We can arrange flights, hotels, car hire, whatever you want to make your dream holiday come true.

Click on the cruising areas below for more details on sailing in the Tropics.


Sailing holidays in Seychelles

Seychelles

Stunning scenery in this unspoilt paradise. Huge granite rocks polished by the waves, giant palm trees, turquoise inlets fringed by lush green takamakas shading white sandy beaches. This is the paradise of the Seychelles in the middle of the Indian Ocean "1,000 miles from anywhere."

Sailing holidays in Seychelles
Sailing holidays in Thailand

Thailand

Explore the enchanting Andaman Sea from Phuket on the West coast of Thailand. Find peace and tranquillity amongst dramatic scenery and beautiful beaches. Phang Nga Bay is a protected, very dramatic cruising area with a fantastic gallery of giant limestone sculptures rising out of emerald waters.

Sailing holidays in Thailand
Sailing holidays in Malaysia

Malaysia

The hundred or so islands in the Langkawi archipelago offer deserted beaches, modern marinas and world-class resorts. The outstanding natural landscape is covered in lush ancient rainforest and framed by blue skies. On Langkawi Island there are many fabulous resorts, beautiful beaches and bays to explore.

Sailing holidays in Malaysia
Sailing holidays in Tahiti

Tahiti

Raiatea, Bora Bora, Tahaa and Huahine in Tahiti are the jewels of the South Pacific. Discover a world of palm-fringed beaches, azure seas, lush tropical forests, sparkling silver waterfalls, stunning anchorages and perfect sailing. You’ll be enchanted by the magical beauty of these islands.

Sailing holidays in Tahiti
Sailing holidays in Whitsundays

Whitsundays

Sail the Whitsunday Islands with fantastic beaches, resorts and excellent diving. The highlight of your next trip down-under - lush green islands protected by the Great Barrier Reef, calm seas and balmy tradewinds, the Whitsundays are a sailor’s paradise.

Sailing holidays in Whitsundays

"All went very well and we had a great time. Horizon Charters presented the yacht in excellent condition and when a couple of small problems showed up during the briefing they were dealt with immediately and very thoroughly. I found Horizon to be probably the best charter company I have dealt with in 40yrs of chartering in these respects."

BVI 2014 - A.C.

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.