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What are the best destinations for a yacht charter in February?

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The best yacht charter destinations in February

In February, the crowds have cleared, peak season is over, and yet the clement climate lingers on. Sailing enthusiasts celebrate fair winds and following seas in the Caribbean, New Zealand and parts of Europe, while motor yacht lovers can bask in the glow of new season sunshine and new year adventure.

Caribbean

The view from Antigua's Shirley Heights overlooks English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour
The view from Antigua's Shirley Heights overlooks English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour

February in the Caribbean has much to offer. Antigua kicks off sailing regatta season at Jolly Harbour with the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Caribbean 600 race, while nearby St Barth’s 22 beaches offer remote relaxation with the white sands on Anse du Gouverneur being particularly alluring for those looking to get away from the island's chic French buzz.

Anse du Gouverneur on St Barth's southern tip is a perfectly unspoilt gem of a beach
Anse du Gouverneur on St Barth's southern tip is a perfectly unspoilt gem of a beach

What are the average temperatures in the Caribbean in February?

In February hurricanes are but a memory, temperatures are comfortable and rainfall unlikely
In February hurricanes are but a memory, temperatures are comfortable and rainfall unlikely

February remains pleasantly hot across all Caribbean beaches with water temperatures averaging a balmy 26-28C around most islands, perfect for swimming, snorkelling and watersports.

What is the weather like in the Caribbean in February?

Sandy Cay, off Jost Van Dyke in the BVIs, is picture-postard, pinch-yourself beautiful
Sandy Cay, off Jost Van Dyke in the BVIs, is picture-postard, pinch-yourself beautiful

The Caribbean is one of the best cruise destinations around this time of year as rainfall is low, with February to May typically being the driest months. Hurricanes are nowhere to be seen although the odd tropical storm can bring a little welcome relief.

Things to see and do in the Caribbean in February

Steady, reliable tradewinds are perfect for kite and sail watersports
Steady, reliable tradewinds are perfect for kite and sail watersports

Known as the Spice Isle, Grenada’s aromatic nutmeg plantations fragrance the air. Alternatively, a week of kitesurfing and whale watching in the Turks & Caicos Islands is up for grabs on a yacht charter in February.

Which yachts are available for chartering?

RAMBLE ON ROSE is a perennial charter favourite
RAMBLE ON ROSE is a perennial charter favourite

Take your pick between RAMBLE ON ROSE's lavish beach club at sea level and its glorious sun deck jacuzzi.

Soak up the sun and sip on a cocktail as you relax in the yacht's sun deck jacuzzi
Soak up the sun and sip on a cocktail as you relax in the yacht's sun deck jacuzzi

South East Asia

The diving in South East Asia is some of the best in the world
The diving in South East Asia is some of the best in the world

Wellness, culture and diving sit at the heart of an itinerary in South East Asia, a sought after yachting destination. Scuba aficionados can set eyes on rare black coral that thrives in the Raja Ampat region. More than 31 World Heritage Sites are spread across the mainland peninsular and 20,000 islands, combining intoxicating cuisine with unmatched beach parties.

The entire region is renowned for its laid-back, hedonistic vibe
The entire region is renowned for its laid-back, hedonistic vibe

 

What are the average temperatures in South East Asia in February?

Phuket's Big Buddha commands spectacular views east towards the Cape Panwa peninsula
Phuket's Big Buddha commands spectacular views east towards the Cape Panwa peninsula

Much of South East Asia enjoys warm temperatures and dry weather in February. Average daytime temperatures in Phuket reach around 33C, but the heat onboard is offset by a cooling sea breeze.

What is the weather like in South East Asia in February?

Lower humidity makes other sorts of activities possible, like exploring the interior
Lower humidity makes other sorts of activities possible, like exploring the interior

Peak humidity has not yet hit South East Asia at this time of year making sunbathing on the aft deck after a swim in the sea a welcome past time.

Things to see and do in South East Asia in February

Waigeo Island is home to the rare and beautiful Wilson's bird of paradise
Waigeo Island is home to the rare and beautiful Wilson's bird of paradise

Raja Ampat's Misool Island has ancient cave paintings and Waigeo is home to the Wilson's bird of paradise. Cruise up Thailand’s west coast to discover lands covered in lush rainforest canopy offering shade and exploration.

Which yachts are available for chartering?

The perfect way to entertain up to 32 guests in the most unforgettable way
The perfect way to entertain up to 32 guests in the most unforgettable way

Permanently based in Asia, SALUZI is a vibrant charter yacht accommodating 32 guests. The experienced crew offer diving and snorkelling expeditions, sensational beach BBQs and freshly grilled delicacies on tap - not to mention an all-singing spa for 24-hour pampering.

Among a host of guest-pleasing features is a fully-equipped spa with two therapists as well as a personal trainer
Among a host of guest-pleasing features is a fully-equipped spa with two therapists as well as a personal trainer

Australia

The Great Barrier reef is renowned for its diving and it is the largest dive site in the world
The Great Barrier reef is renowned for its diving and it is the largest dive site in the world

Australia is the unsung hero of yacht itineraries and one of the best cruise destinations in February. Dive and snorkel along Queensland’s wildlife-rich Great Barrier Reef and sail throughout the stunning Whitsundays.

For stunning scenery and unspoilt nature, The Whitsundays are hard to beat
For stunning scenery and unspoilt nature, The Whitsundays are hard to beat

What are the average temperatures in Australia in February?

There is some wonderful cruising through ancient landscapes in Kimberley
There is some wonderful cruising through ancient landscapes in Kimberley

Temperatures range from 23°C with the odd short heat wave reaching highs of 40°C in February catching the tail end of the Southern Hemisphere summer.

What is the weather like in Australia in February?

As well as pristine wilderness above and below the waterline, Australia has some thriving cosmopolitan hubs
As well as pristine wilderness above and below the waterline, Australia has some thriving cosmopolitan hubs

February is an ideal time to visit Australia, though it is during the wet season when the highest rainfall is recorded by way of short tropical showers and the occasional cyclone.

Things to see and do in Australia in February

Immerse yourself in the Daintree Rainforest, one of the oldest in the world at around 135 million years
Immerse yourself in the Daintree Rainforest, one of the oldest in the world at around 135 million years

The best views of Australia’s coastline are by helicopter delivering aerial vistas of heart-shaped reefs and temporary sand spits. Head inland to visit the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest surviving tropical rainforest in the world.

Which yachts are available for chartering?

HEMISPHERE, the largest sailing catamaran in the world, has its own dive centre
HEMISPHERE, the largest sailing catamaran in the world, has its own dive centre

HEMISPHERE, the world's largest sailing catamaran, is the ultimate vessel to island hop your way around the Whitsundays, equipped with a custom sports fishing tender to help bag some yellow perch or catfish.

Captain Gavin loves diving and knows where and when to find the best dives
Captain Gavin loves diving and knows where and when to find the best dives

Norway

Ice ages have carved out a hugely impressive landscape in this world of extremes
Ice ages have carved out a hugely impressive landscape in this world of extremes

The Norwegian fjords are calling, the snow-capped mountains are standing tall and majestic waterways invite the free spirited. Norway’s primordial forests, cascading waterfalls and gigantic glaciers feed into the icy waters of the North Sea, while those who set foot on land follow the path of the Vikings.

It's a great place to heli-ski untouched slopes from the luxury of your yacht
It's a great place to heli-ski untouched slopes from the luxury of your yacht

What are the average temperatures in Norway in February?

Find the local wildlife with a guided snowmobile tour
Find the local wildlife with a guided snowmobile tour

February is during the heart of Norway’s bitter winter, meaning icy temperatures of around -7C can be expected.

What is the weather like in Norway in February?

Or you could go old school and fire up the huskies for a sled tour
Or you could go old school and fire up the huskies for a sled tour

Norway receives just three hours of sunshine a day during the winter months. Rainfall and snow is high, which is ideal for skiing, snowboarding and sled dog racing.

Things you can see and do in Norway in February

The aurora borealis is surely on everyone's bucket list of experiences
The aurora borealis is surely on everyone's bucket list of experiences

February is the prime time to catch a glimpse of the mesmerising Northern Lights. Based in the heart of the aurora zone in the Norwegian Arctic, Tromso is widely regarded as the world's best place to do so. By day, tear across ice floes on snow mobiles and heliski powder-coated mountainsides.

Which yachts are available for chartering?

RAGNAR is built for high-latitude adventure
RAGNAR is built for high-latitude adventure

A cool conversion from a commercial vessel, Viking-inspired superyacht RAGNAR is an explorer unlike anything else. A radical refit in 2020 equipped the Arctic explorer with a helipad, submersible, double master cabins and 6,000nm range to go off the grid in Norway.

RAGNAR has a toy garage positively bursting with exciting toys
RAGNAR has a toy garage positively bursting with exciting toys

New Zealand

New Zealand loves adventure and adrenaline-fuelled activities, like white-water rafting
New Zealand loves adventure and adrenaline-fuelled activities, like white-water rafting

Caving, canyoning, river boarding, white water rafting and kayaking are just a few of the adrenaline-fuelled activities on offer in New Zealand. Its haunting landscape of forests, geothermal springs, alpine lakes and snowy mountains make it as versatile as it is bewitching.

There are magical natural scenes everywhere, like these glow worms illuminating Waipu Caves, just inland from the northern end of the Bay of Islands
There are magical natural scenes everywhere, like these glow worms illuminating Waipu Caves, just inland from the northern end of the Bay of Islands

What are the average temperatures in New Zealand in February?

At the southern end of South Island is Te Anau (Fiordland National Park), home to some arresting landscapes, like Piopiotahi (Milford Sound), seen here
At the southern end of South Island is Te Anau (Fiordland National Park), home to some arresting landscapes, like Piopiotahi (Milford Sound), seen here

Both January and February are New Zealand’s hottest months when yacht charter guests can expect highs of around 25°C even in the so-called 'Winterless North’.

What is the weather like in New Zealand in February?

Kayaking around Marlborough Sounds has the added benefit of some exceptional vineyards ashore
Kayaking around Marlborough Sounds has the added benefit of some exceptional vineyards ashore

February is the last month of summer in New Zealand when it’s generally warm and dry, making it an ideal climate for outdoor activities. The daylight hours are long with around 13 hours of sun each day.

Things to see and do in New Zealand in February

The Bay of Islands is a playground for cruising with hundreds of islands and thousands of bays to explore, amazing local produce too
The Bay of Islands is a playground for cruising with hundreds of islands and thousands of bays to explore, amazing local produce too

Arrive before 6 February to grab your berth and observe Waitangi Day – New Zealand's national celebration in the Bay of Islands.

What yachts are available for chartering

DREAM is well used to exploring the less visited parts of the world. She is an adventurous spirit
DREAM is well used to exploring the less visited parts of the world. She is an adventurous spirit

DREAM has a seriously cool sky lounge with a cinema screen for all-round entertainment, and an award-winning Bannenberg & Rowell interior for a calming ambience.

Come the evening, watch movies or review video of the day's adventures
Come the evening, watch movies or review video of the day's adventures

Europe

The history of civilisation is writ large across Europe, like this Roman amphitheatre in Pula, Croatia
The history of civilisation is writ large across Europe, like this Roman amphitheatre in Pula, Croatia

Europe contains many of the best cruise destinations in February, from striking Roman architecture to Turkey’s ancient ruins, and shipwreck dives in Malta to Monte Carlo’s glamorous boutiques and restaurants.

Malta has the best diving anywhere in Europe
Malta has the best diving anywhere in Europe

What are the average temperatures in Europe in February?

February sees Ibiza's almond trees in picturesque bloom
February sees Ibiza's almond trees in picturesque bloom

Portugal, Cyprus and Spain tend to be the warmest countries in Europe in February, though still in the winter season. Ibiza offers highs of 15°C and a landscape beautified by almond trees dusted in pink-white blossom.

What is the weather like in Europe in February?

Some of the finest dining and highest fashion are to be found in Monaco year-round
Some of the finest dining and highest fashion are to be found in Monaco year-round

February is one of the colder times to head to Europe, and yet, also one of the best times to visit as it falls outside of peak vacation periods or national holidays.

Things you can see and do in Europe in February

The masks that characterise Venice Carnival are symbols of equality, anyone can be anyone
The masks that characterise Venice Carnival are symbols of equality, anyone can be anyone

February is carnival time in Venice, while in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca sailing regatta season is in full swing. A hike to Monaco’s Trophée d'Auguste makes a pleasant workout, but the Greek isles’ mild winter climate mean it’s the ideal time to dive into ancient ruins.

Which yachts are available for chartering?

FAITH's beach club is simply without equal
FAITH's beach club is simply without equal

FAITH’s glass-bottomed swimming pool and open to the sea beach club and al fresco fire pit make it an ideal boat for chartering Europe’s Mediterranean waters. For some 1920s glamour, NERO has it all with a classic wooden tender to match, and a spectacular owner's duplex suite.

Is NERO the most recognisable yacht in the world?
Is NERO the most recognisable yacht in the world?

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