As the Caribbean yachting season is underway, now is the best time to consider combining the comforts of a private crewed yacht charter with the exciting experience of seeing an array of sea life and underwater ecosystems below the waves.
With ideal weather from December through to April, a luxury yacht charter affords the perfect opportunity to experience underwater wildlife in the Caribbean. Get in touch with your chosen luxury yacht broker and cruise to some of the world’s most postcard worthy bays and reefs to witness wildlife in all its natural glory.
Here are the top five underwater ecosystems to see on your Caribbean yacht charter.
Discover the top underwater ecosystems in the Caribbean from your yacht charter
1. Great Blue Hole
Off the coast of Belize lies a staggering underwater sinkhole that extends 125-meters into the Earth’s crust. Named the Great Blue Hole, avid divers and snorkelers have been exploring the water’s surface for decades. However, very few have dared to plunge deeper and explore what lies beyond the darkness. The structure is right in the centre of the world’s second-largest coral reef, the Belize Barrier Reef, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Coral reefs and stalactites dominate the area, alongside native reef sharks and turtles, making for an inviting dive.
Make sure to spend an afternoon diving down from your yacht charter to see the show of colours and mesmerising marine life. Expect to see hundreds of different species of reefs and sea sponges. From purple tube-like structures, bright red cylinders, green strings, and tall pillars, each unique in shape and colour. Each also housing a diverse range of organisms, both giant and microscopic.
2. Sea Turtle Sanctuary
It is hard not to get excited seeing dozens of sea turtles surround your yacht charter. Often seen feeding around the rainbow reefs are the Caribbean’s native sea turtles. With the help of sea turtle conservation and education, many crucial nesting areas throughout the Caribbean are increasingly protected. This means you are guaranteed to spot these beautiful creatures gliding through the clear sea.
Expect to get up close and snorkel with Loggerheads and Green Sea Turtles in the seas around Mexico, Antigua, and Barbados. To help get involved with a turtle release programme, set sail for the Dominican Republic. Here, you can snorkel around a natural sanctuary, visiting the rescued and protected turtles. If you happen to spend an evening on dry land, look closely for hundreds of baby turtles crawling towards the sea, beginning a long journey ahead.
3. Bioluminescent Waters
Want some of the most magical and unique photos? Head to the Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica on your private yacht charter. Sweeping along the coast from the town of Falmouth, there is a mesmerising swathe of microscopic organisms that emit a blue light when disturbed. As a result, the sea lights up in a surreal and dream-like vibrant blue colour. One of the best ways to experience this natural phenomenon is to take the kayaks out at night off the back of your yacht charter. You’ll peacefully glide through the glowing sea.
You can also organise a night dive with your yacht broker. You will be taken to a shallow reef to experience this magnificent display alongside colourful corals, fish, eels and other sea creatures boasting bright colours.
4. A Sea of Tropical Fish
One of the most amazing sights under the water’s surface in the Caribbean Sea? That would be the colourful, rainbow waves of tropical fish that dwell around Bloody Bay Wall in Little Cayman.
Bloody Bay Wall is a submerged mountain range, plunging 2000 metres to the sea floor. Such a mesmerising experience, divers from around the world travel here to experience the unparalleled marine life. Darting through the coral sponges are a myriad of sailfin blennies, arrow crabs and octopus.
Further down the wall you will find a glorious scene of nasa grouper, barracuda and black durgon triggerfish patrolling the crystal waters alongside the dramatic shadow of the wall. Swim alongside the dense schools of shiny silver fish gliding through the water in heavy clouds, all swimming together in unison. It’s a must-do for snorkelers!
5. Swimming with Sharks
Off the coast of Bayahibe, Dominican Republic, enjoy personal encounters with some of the most ominous sea creatures. Intimidating but harmless, reef and nurse sharks patrol these blue waters, gliding above ancient coral structures that look like vibrant yellow straws and cotton-like white fans. Looking for adventure and thrill as well? Sail your yacht charter to the Bahamas, Curacao or Antigua to see larger and more intimidating sharks, including lemon sharks and bull sharks.
Alternatively, swim alongside the ocean’s gentle giants, the whale shark, along the coast of Quintana Roo. Spotted all year round, these spectacular creatures are most easily detected from your luxury yacht charter.
A yacht charter is an ideal way to explore these magical underwater ecosystems, for privacy, convenience and luxury. Make sure to request that your Florida yacht broker add these incredible sites to your charter itinerary.