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The Red Sea, Middle East

There are few experiences on Earth like a Red Sea luxury yacht charter, where the desolate and dramatic desert landscape contrasts with the colour-filled aquatic wonders awaiting beneath the glassy seas of the Middle East .

Shopping enthusiasts will be amazed by the choice available to them, particularly in Saudi Arabia, where the shopping centres are part of the culture and have art galleries and libraries within as well as the expected shops, cinemas and eateries. Sample a wide range of local dishes from street vendors to award-winning restaurants, and party the night away to live music at ambient bars and clubs indoors and under the stars.

The incredible marine life is one of the main attractions for visitors to the region, and with your own transport, crew and flexible itinerary, you can make your way to the best sites and spend as much time there as you desire. Spend your days playing with the water toys in the shallows, snorkel and Scuba dive at thriving reefs and then rest on one of the incredible beaches sipping on a cool cocktail at sundown.

The Red Sea is home to 200 species of hard and soft corals which attract myriad fish species as well as sharks, dolphins, rays, turtles and the rare dugongs. This lively eco system has countless dive sites covering reefs, canyons and wrecks that will thrill experienced divers while making for a memorable training ground for beginners.

A Red Sea luxury yacht charter is an opportunity for sun, sand and sea in a region that has proven its excellence without attracting too much international attention so far. Now is an excellent time to discover this culturally rich destination before the rest of the world does.

Five quick reasons to visit the Red Sea

Magnificent rare marine species, Perfect for water sports, Unique desert landscape, Fantastic beaches, Year-round sunshine

More about this part of the Middle East

The Red Sea is situated between the east countries of Egypt , Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti, and Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. These long desert coastlines provide stark contrasts between remote sandy beaches fringed by sapphire seas and towering ancient settlements and modern day resorts with spas, golf courses and beach bars and restaurants.

The region has undergone a significant transformation to boost tourism in recent years and the cities offer Scuba diving services as well as activities such as sky diving, paragliding, rock climbing and much more.

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The Red Sea Yacht Charter Experiences

A cruise along the Western side of the Red Sea will take guests to striking turquoise lagoons fringed with pale sands that are perfect for an afternoon sunbathing in the shade, snorkelling or simply soaking in the wonderfully warm temperatures of the sea. Wadi el Gemal National Park is close to Marsa Alam and is a treat for non-motorised water sports and picture-perfect scenery, and the nearby resort town has plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants if you desire a change from eating on board. Unwind after an action-packed day with a massage, then stargaze from the sunbeds aboard your vessel or turn in early for a comfortable night's rest in air-conditioned cabins.

Jeddah in Saudi Arabia is a city not to be missed: Shop for the latest local and international fashions in the malls and pick up some choice souvenirs in the local markets. The Athr Galley will give insight into the thriving contemporary arts scene within the city, while for a truly ancient and atmospheric attraction close to the port, visit the old town of Al-Balad, which has been standing since the 7th Century, and the nearby museum Dokkan albalad.

Scuba diving in the region is abundant, from the 10m/32.8ft deep Moses Rock and 15m/49.2ft Dolphin Reef in Israel to the plethora of coral reefs, canyons and wrecks along the Egyptian coast. The shores of Egypt alone boast a massive variety of dive sites for all ability levels, and snorkelers can have close encounters with the wildlife and amazing fauna at the shallowest sites under 10m/33ft. Sharks, octopi, turtles, rays and dolphins are all spotted in the region on a regular basis, while a cruise to the popular resort of Marsa Alam might result in an encounter with dugongs.

The SS THISTLEGORM was listed as one of the 'Top 10 Diving Sites in the World' by The Times, and this 1940s armed merchant navy ship rests on the seabed at 30m/100ft. Following her sinking, she was rediscovered by Jacques Cousteau in the 1950s using information from local fisherman, and is now a popular dive site for Scuba enthusiasts of an intermediate level and beyond.

Sataya Reef is a wildlife sanctuary and visitors of all ages will be awed by the curiosity and friendliness of these creatures as you swim among them.

Another exceptional and popular dive site is the Elphinstone Reef, where the brightly coloured coral walls are visited by sea turtles and Oceanic white-tipped sharks. The strong currents will take experienced dives on a drift dive for a thrilling tour through the area.

Things to Consider:

Yachting seasons & climate:.

Temperatures in the Middle East reach a high of 35°C/95°F in summer months of April to October, with July-August being the peak. At night it can drop by more than 10°C/20°F.

The winter months of December until March experience a low of 23°C/73°F during the day and at night the temperatures are a cool 14°C/57°F. This is considered the best time to visit for guests who want to spend a lot of time out of the water, sunbathing along the beaches or sightseeing in the region. The trade-off for a winter yacht charter is that conditions on the water are choppier so that diving is inadvisable during this time.

The sea temperature varies between 20°C/68°F and 30°C/86°F throughout the year, providing 'warm bath' temperatures for those looking to wallow in the shallows, and excellent conditions for beginner divers and those more experienced who want to go deeper without having to worry about cold exposure. Summer is the best time to visit for water sports activities due to the calmer seas.

Clothing to Pack For Your Charter:

The Red Sea has a desert climate alleviated by the sea breezes, with a hot summer and a warm winter, with temperatures dropping noticeably at night. A jumper (sweater) is recommended for colder nights, as is a wind breaker. A hat is an essential accessory throughout the year to shade from the intense sunshine.

For time spent on the beach and aboard your luxury yacht it is advisable to pack natural, breathable fibres and a loose long layer to cover up once you are done sunbathing. The resorts and popular tourist locations have a more relaxed dress code, however when visiting religious sites and more conservative areas visitors should cover shoulders, collar bones and knees.

Main Ports and Marinas:

Jazan Port (Saudi Arabia), Jeddah Marina (Saudai Arabia), Eilat Port (Israel), Suez Port (Egypt), Marina El Gouna (Egypt), Sagafa Port (Egypt), Berenice Port (Egypt), Port Sudan (Sudan), Massawa Port (Eritrea), Djibouti Port (Djibouti)

Famous Restaurants & Clubs:

White Elephant Thai Restaurant And Sushi Bar (Sharm el Sheikh), Camel Bar & Roof Bar & Club (Naama Bay), On Deck Restaurant (Naama Bay), Viva Beach Bar (Naama Bay), The Lodge Bar (Hurghada Marina)

A Must See Attraction:

Wadi el Gemal National Park (Marsa Alam, Egypt), Coral Beach Nature Reserve (Eilat, Israel), Farasan Island Marine Sanctuary (Saudi Arabia), Athr Gallery (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Al-Balad 'Old Town' (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

Best beaches to visit on your yacht:

Coral Beach (Jordan), El Gona (Egypt), Hurghada Beach (Egypt), Safaga black sand beach (Egypt), Soma Bay (Egypt), Sharm El Lili (Egypt), Marsa Mubarak (Egypt), Yanbu Al Bahr Beach (Saudi Arabia), Silver Sands Beach (Saudi Arabia)

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Best time to go:

The best time to visit the Red Sea depends on the kind of interests and itinerary that guests want to have during their luxury yacht charter: The winter has cooler temperatures for longer time spent on the beaches and visiting cultural sites, but due to rougher sea conditions it is unsuitable for most Scuba dives.

The summer is the most popular time to go and in comparison is an excellent time for underwater adventuring and guests can still enjoy time outdoors with a cooling sea breeze, and plenty of shade provided by a beach setup.

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The Voyage in Between

  • By Cap'n Fatty Goodlander
  • Updated: January 26, 2011

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Fatty and the Red Sea

Like most sailors, I’m apolitical. I prefer to avoid the squabbles of dirt dwellers. Plus, as a long-term world cruiser, I’m usually a guest in a foreign country. I don’t believe a guest should criticize his or her hosts. If I don’t like a destination, I show it my transom. I leave. I vote with my keel.

One of the places that my wife, Carolyn, and I love dearly and keep coming back to is Southeast Asia. It’s a very exciting, very stimulating cruising destination. There are thousands of safe harbors, with the vast majority completely devoid of yachts. Most Asians are friendly, honest, hardworking, and nonviolent. The area is rich in diversity: the Buddhists of Thailand, the Muslims of Malaysia, the capitalists of Singapore, the Hindus of India, and the Chinese of Hong Kong are all vastly different people. Yet they manage to—mostly—get along just fine.

Another popular cruising area we love is Europe. It also teems with life, with passion, with history. Carolyn was deeply interested in anthropology when I snatched her away from academia. She’s still fascinated by Greek, Roman, and Turkish culture. Ruins continue to enthrall her. She’s mesmerized by ancient tombs and dusty works of art. Eastern Europe is history heaven for Carolyn.

Unfortunately, in between Southeast Asia and Europe is the dreaded Mideast. This is an unsettled, war-torn area where, in my humble opinion, racism and intolerance are glorified. I had no desire to visit Egypt, none. I had to, in order to transit the Suez Canal. This isn’t an ideal recipe for carefree, recreational cruising. There are three major challenges to transiting the Red Sea area: the Somali pirates, the adverse winds in the northern Red Sea, and the regional politics.

Surprisingly, the threat from the sea pirates of Somalia turned out to be easier for us to deal with psychologically than the reality of the land pirates.

“I’ll drop you at the Suez Canal Authority dock in one minute, from the portside,” I told our final Suez pilot, curtly. “Be ready.”

“No, no, captain,” the pilot started hollering as he saw the dock approaching. “I must get off on pilot boat only. And you need to pay them baksheesh money, too!” My heart sank. I caught sight of the swift, 55-foot pilot boat rushing between Wild Card and the dock. Its scarred, dented topsides were high and flared, making it impossible to come alongside without damaging our low-freeboard sloop. “Baksheesh!” the pilot boat’s Egyptian crew screamed at me as it slid alongside with gunning engine. “Hey, skipper! Baksheesh!”

“No more money!” I shouted. “I have no more money! None!”

This was the moment I’d dreaded. They’d intimidated me with their heavy-displacement vessel by getting closer and closer as they demanded money. But perhaps our pilot wasn’t that heartless. The surge from a wave pushed both vessels together. The pilot jumped. I yanked the helm over hard a’port—and at the same time I fended off the giant pilot boat as its starboard quarter slid into, and over, us. It was dangerous of me to do this, perhaps stupidly so, and it took all of my strength, but I managed to get us separated without damage to Wild Card .

There was a supply boat just ahead, and I rudely cut across its onrushing bow as its horn blared angrily. I now had some separation from the pilot boat and ducked behind an anchored freighter. I felt a surge of hope; I could see freedom ahead in the deep-blue waters of the Med.

A green fishing boat towing a long net chugged past. We slid along its starboard side and surreptitiously reached the Mediterranean Sea. We felt our bow dip and curtsy. We were free of the tyranny of Egypt. “Never again,” I said to Carolyn with a huge sigh of relief.

She concurred. “Rounding the Cape of Good Hope was 10 times easier,” she said with a shake of her head.

Now you may ask, dear reader, what tropic-loving, nearly penniless sea gypsies who hate cold weather are doing cruising northward into the expensive, chilly Med. The answer is the pitter-patter of tiny feet. That’s right, our daughter, Roma Orion, is preggers. We’re going to be (doting) grandparents. And so we decided to move our floating home closer to Europe, where Roma and her husband, Christian live, love, and play. “Excellent!” said our daughter when she heard the news. “That will make it easier for you to teach the kid to sail.”

I could almost see her beaming over the phone.

“And we’ve already acquired an infant-sized P.F.D. and a gimbaled bassinet for our first grand cruise together,” I told her. “And your mother’s so excited that she’s hyperventilating with joy!”

So we left Southeast Asia, transited the Indian Ocean, and even tiptoed our way through the Gulf of Aden, right under the noses of the napping Somali pirates. But the Red Sea transit presented an entirely different challenge from, say, the empty, wave-tossed Indian Ocean passage. Suddenly, the twin factors of politics and religion reared their ugly heads. Mideast war intruded. The U.S. State Department warned us, via our shipboard email, not to step ashore in Eritrea—just as we were about to clear into the specifically mentioned dangerous port of Massawa, where U.S. citizens were being tossed into jail without charge or trial. Sudan was under United Nations-imposed sanctions. And Egypt was, well, Egypt.

“Are you sure you’re ready for the culture shock?” asked Carolyn, who, after our 40 years of cruising together under sail, knows me better than I do myself. “The Med is filled with marinas and with rules, neither of which are your favorite things, Fatty.”

“Change is good,” I said. “We took our job as parents seriously, and I think we should be equally conscientious about raising our grandkids. They’ll need to know that everyone isn’t a shore hugger. They’ll need to learn the lessons of the sea. We’ll teach them—show them that there are alternatives to dirt dwelling and clock punching. After all, a floating playpen is the best playpen of all.”

The southern entrance to the Red Sea is a strait called Bab al Mandab; the name means Gate of Tears. It’s said that the wind, seas, and current will be against you no matter what time of year it is or which direction you transit. Our weather forecast called for a north wind; our plan was to anchor just outside, then wait for a wind shift before entering at morning.

Weather forecasting in the Red Sea is often less than accurate. Actually, that’s not true; it’s usually wrong. Or to put it another way, when the GRIBS are correct, it’s the exception to the rule. So we ended up not being able to anchor (it was a dead lee, in the southerly breeze); instead, we shot through the strait at midnight in windy, squally conditions.

Carolyn was down below, scanning our charts, watching our depth sounder, monitoring our A.I.S., and fine-tuning our radar. Suddenly, she said, “Small target, dead ahead, and very close!”

Visibility was poor, in heavy murk and blown spume.

“Within something like a quarter of a mile?” I asked.

“More like about a hundred yards,” she said casually.

Carolyn is always quite calm from the comfort of her nav station. It’s only on deck that the real world of close-quarters action is so scary to her. When I pointed our searchlight dead ahead into the blackness, it picked up a swaying Yemeni fisherman standing up in a small outboard fishing vessel; he was hauling an illegal surface net. The vessel was completely unlit. And I knew that type of net. Wild Card might sail right over it as it raked our stem or, if we were unlucky, catch it on her Max-Prop.

“Dog poop!” I said, or something similar, and jibed to starboard while releasing my permanently rigged boom preventer. I hadn’t gotten her squared away when Carolyn said with a yawn, “Similar targets, closing fast, starboard bow.”

This time there were two small, unlit fishing vessels; I hoped they were tending a different net. We were in the narrowest part of the channel. The current opposed the waves. They were all humped-up white horses. We were wallowing sickeningly in the troughs.

“Damn it!” I hissed and crash-tacked back to port. “It’s like a cautionary driver’s ed training film for yachts!”

“You’re doing fine,” Carolyn mused, as if polishing her nails in boredom. “It’ll open up soon. No worries, Fatty.”

Nothing fazes Carolyn. She’s always confident of her equipment and my abilities. I’m far more cautious. Together, my timid yin and her brave yang have managed to survive many a dark and stormy night at sea.

The Red Sea is a puzzle. We transited northward in March and April, which is considered prime time. The longer you wait, the harder the north winds blow as you close with the Med. So there’s a tendency to rush northward with good tactical reason. However, the marsa anchorages—lovely, lonely pots of water suspended between the vast emptiness of the desert and the unending combers of the Red Sea; marsa is an Arabic word for bay—are among the best, most stunning anchorages in the world. And the diving is superb. So you want to linger. But you’re always torn in the Red Sea, torn between hope and dread. This cruising area is full of surprises: I expected to hate primitive Sudan, and it turned out to be one of our finest stops ever.

Yes, we wanted a change from the tranquil tropics—and we certainly got it. Sailors of old always hugged the eastern shore of the Red Sea while working north to avoid the worst of the wind and adverse currents. But they currently shoot at you if you poke your bowsprit into some of the harbors in northern Yemen, and the Saudis don’t welcome yachts, to make an understatement. So politics plays a role in almost everything in the Red Sea.

Security is an issue as well. One of our first Red Sea anchorages was in the lee of Suyul, a small but dramatic island just off the larger Hanish island. We expected it to be deserted. It wasn’t. There was a makeshift, primitive army base perched precariously on the lofty cliff—whose army, we weren’t sure. As we attempted to anchor in the narrow shelf of shallow water below, the thin, tattered soldiers stared down at us with hard eyes. We waved gaily and sang out hello in a variety of local languages. They continued to stare down, to frown, to refrain from responding. So we put on our sail cover and nervously hid below.

The following day, we learned that at that moment there was a pirate attack on a southbound freighter not five miles to the west of us—within sight of the garrison. The Red Sea isn’t a place to grow lax.

Our game plan was simple: Sail northward on a south wind, then tuck into a safe harbor on a northerly breeze. The problem was that each step north meant more and stronger nor’westerly breezes. By midway up the Red Sea, the wind was almost always directly, relentlessly on the nose. This nor’wester became our implacable enemy.

Just to add spice, there were sandstorms. Our first took place in Khor Nawarat, in the lee of Bushy Island. With a deteriorating weather window, we pulled into the large, deserted bay that was completely surrounded by desert. The wind quickly rose to 35 knots, and the air turned orange—that’s right, orange, from all the suspended sand particles. Soon our decks were covered with sand. I noticed it clinging to the grease on our winches, windlass, and roller chocks. Our Monitor windvane’s delicate plastic bearings were clogged with the sharp, gritty abrasive. It gathered on the spreader tops and cascaded down when the rig shook in the wind. I couldn’t look up—sand was raining down into my eyes.

Each piece of running rigging became tubular sandpaper and began wearing away at whatever it ran through.

It made me ill just to think about it—a minute in the Red Sea is like a month of normal wear and tear. I never thought about it, but having your vessel sandblasted 24/7 is a rather expensive way to wait out a blow. Within a few days of arriving in the Red Sea, you want to get out. Now. Soon. Immediately.

But scattered amid the misery of the sand and the relentlessness of the headwinds are the breathtaking marsa anchorages. There were hundreds of them, each more beautiful, lonelier, and more visually stunning than the previous.

I’ve never loved the desert. I’ve read books written by those who have. I know that it’s possible to feel about the desert as I feel about the open sea, but the passion wasn’t in me. Then. Now it is. The sea and the desert are very similar—both empty and full, both dangerous and supportive, both welcoming and threatening.

Picture an empty sea alongside an empty desert—and a single pot of dazzlingly clear water punched into the coast. Our first lovely marsa in Sudan was like anchoring betwixt and between two completely different but almost identical worlds.

Forget time—nothing has changed here since the birth of man.

Animals frequently come upon the marsas after they’ve wandered across the endless desert sands, gradually dying of thirst. They see mirages and probably hallucinate water all the time. Here in the marsas, the shore is low. There’s a beach. The thirsty, wobbly creatures wander down, can’t believe their eyes, and can’t stop themselves. They gorge on the salt water. The water is delicious, for a moment or two. Then they cramp. Fall over. Paw the sand—frantic at first, then more feebly. Then they go dim.

Thus the beach was littered with corpses of donkeys, dogs, goats, sheep, and animals too far gone to identify.

Camels wander by. They prefer to avoid you, but failing that, taking a deep bite of your tender flesh is a delicious second option. Trust me, a spitting camel is best to be avoided if you don’t want to temporarily end up on the wrong side of the food chain. Deserts are famous for both mirages and visions.

One morning, while I’m writing my On Watch column in the cockpit, I glance up. A human figure in billowing white is walking toward Wild Card from across the desert. He shimmers in the flickering heat waves. He is tall, very black, and carries a majestic staff. At the shore, he drops the staff and walks into the water with arms outstretched, and he only stops when the water is chest high. He’s close but utters not a sound. He’s staring at me intently, a combination of horror, fascination, and amazement on his beatific countenance.

I wait for him to do something. He does nothing. He’s a statue. I want to talk to him, befriend him, crack some nomadic jokes, but I’m scared. He’s frozen. I can’t tell if he’s breathing. Eventually, I glance at my watch and take a sip of my lukewarm tea. When I look back, he’s gone. Disappeared, without even a puff of smoke. I grab the binoculars and scan a dozen miles of empty coast. Nothing. I can’t even make out footprints. I mentally kick myself for not snapping a photograph, but that would’ve killed the moment, a bigger crime than missing its recording.

A manatee levitates to the surface and makes kissing sounds with its bearded, macerating mouth. Pink flamingos flap past. The word “enchanted” pops into my reeling brain.

A few days later, we follow a flock of fishing dhows back through time and into Suakin, on the coast of Sudan: no electricity, no roads, no radio, no television. Just a market, a mosque, and some simple dwellings.

The first person I see is carrying a sword. Using pantomime, I convey to him that I want to buy one, and maybe a knife, too. Soon, groups of strangers are dashing up to show me their swords. By the following day, everywhere we go, we’re met with groups of young men rushing toward us with swords drawn. It takes awhile to stop flinching, but we manage.

The villagers don’t know where we’re from, nor do they care. They sell us bread, fruits, and shriveled vegetables. We drink coffee together. They are poorer than dirt because they don’t have dirt, only non-fertile sand. Still, they survive, smile, laugh, and die.

One day, a young boy is kicked in the stomach by an animal in the market. He’s silent. He’s scared. He’s bleeding from the mouth. They rush him away on a cart drawn by a donkey. Later, I ask if they got him to a hospital in time. “Yes,” someone says sadly. “We got him home to his parents before he died.” Life and death are hard in Sudan.

We spend a couple of weeks there and are the toast of the town. Swords in the hands of dark, turbaned men flash above our heads constantly. The local equivalent of a mayor tells us—I think—to keep an eye out for the landmark signs that, evidently, point out things of interest to the visiting tourist. Once we see one such sign up close, however, we realize we’ve misunderstood him. The signs don’t advertise landmarks—they warn of landmines! Not all the fruits of Sudan are sweet.

The forceful northwest wind takes on a personality. We struggle against it. We claw. We power. We tack. Any progress is good. Sometimes we’re beaten back. Other times, we barely manage to maintain our place.

Yes, the nor’west wind is our enemy. We leave the safe harbor at 0200 and inch our way northward until 1000, when we seek the protection of the next marsa. Weeks go by. We measure our progress in miles, meters, and, eventually, inches. Finally the Red Sea is astern, and we begin tacking up the Gulf of Suez, playing the lifts, hiding from the currents, sneaking along the frothing reef edge. We forget all about our ultimate destination. We chip away at it; we take what we can. Our latitude increases. It gets colder.

We arrive at the modern port town at Suez. Supposedly, we’re in civilization again, but this characterization seems completely wrong to us. We’re surrounded by greedy jackals. We miss our warm, wonderful Suakin friends.

Our agent conspires with the measurer to overcharge us, then generously knocks off a few dollars when we loudly complain. We’re supposed to thank him. Everyone—every single person, employed or just laying about—at the Suez Yacht Club demands baksheesh—in addition to the ridiculously high dockage fees. Egypt is surreal. I’m walking across a desert and a policemen approaches me on a camel. We stop. He dismounts, approaches, puts out his hand, and demands baksheesh. I angrily demand to know why he even thinks I’d give him money. He shrugs. This is how it is, he seems to say. I shake my head negatively, with vehemence, and stalk away.

The canal itself is a boring 100-mile-long drainage ditch. There’s not even a lock to go through to allow you to pretend all the abuse was worth it. But we did it. We’re goal-oriented sailors. Some voyages are better than others, and the Red Sea, we learned, is a bittersweet ride.

With the rest of our lives before us, Carolyn hoisted the mainsail and we were roaring along under sail again. We were free of the land sharks. The Mediterranean Sea lay at our feet. I hooked up the Monitor self-steering gear, then Carolyn and I met in the middle of the boat on the starboard side for a much-needed hug.

“What do you hear?” I asked Carolyn after we’d kissed.

“The pitter-patter of tiny feet!” she said with a giggle.

Cap’n Fatty and Carolyn Goodlander are presently dividing their time between their boat in Turkey and their new grandchild in Amsterdam.

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The Red Sea is an enchanting and captivating destination for those seeking an extraordinary yacht charter experience. Nestled between the continents of Africa and Asia, this ancient body of water offers a unique blend of natural beauty, vibrant marine life, and historical significance.

Embarking on an Odyssea yacht charter in the Red Sea promises a journey of unparalleled exploration. With its crystal-clear turquoise waters and an array of vibrant coral reefs, the Red Sea is a haven for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Beneath the surface, a kaleidoscope of marine life awaits, from exquisite coral formations teeming with colorful fish to majestic sea turtles and elusive dolphins. The Red Sea’s warm temperatures and excellent visibility create the ideal conditions for underwater adventures, making it a paradise for novice and experienced divers.

The coastline of the Red Sea is studded with a tapestry of diverse cultures and histories, reflected in the charming coastal towns and cities that line its shores. From the bustling bazaars of Hurghada in Egypt to the ancient port city of Aqaba in Jordan, each Red Sea yacht charter stop offers a glimpse into the region’s rich heritage. Explorations ashore might lead to ancient ruins, vibrant markets, and delectable cuisine, adding a cultural dimension to the nautical journey.

The Red Sea’s strategic location has historically made it a crossroads of civilizations, and remnants of its storied past can be found scattered along its coastline. Adventurers can immerse themselves in the tales of Pharaohs and traders, Ottoman empires and maritime expeditions as they explore historical sites and landmarks that bear witness to the region’s diverse legacy.

Whether seeking adventure beneath the waves, the thrill of sailing against a backdrop of dramatic desert landscapes, or the allure of uncovering centuries-old mysteries, an Odyssea yacht charter in the Red Sea promises an unforgettable voyage. It is a realm where natural beauty and cultural treasures converge, offering a unique blend of luxury, exploration, and relaxation that will leave indelible memories for every traveler fortunate enough to traverse its waters.

Please note that weather patterns can vary, and it’s always a good idea to check the local forecast before planning your yacht charter.  The temperatures shown are average temperatures.

January in the Red Sea region brings mild and pleasant weather, making it an inviting time for a yacht charter. Temperatures range from 20°C to 25°C (68°F - 77°F). The sea is calm and inviting for snorkeling and water activities, with relatively cooler waters. Clear skies and gentle breezes enhance the serene atmosphere, offering comfortable conditions for both relaxation and exploration.

Similar to January, February continues to offer mild temperatures between 20°C and 25°C (68°F - 77°F). The sea remains tranquil, providing excellent visibility for underwater activities. While it might be a bit cooler compared to the summer months, the Red Sea's inviting waters and pleasant weather create an ideal setting for a yacht charter filled with leisurely sailing and aquatic adventures.

March sees a slight increase in temperatures, ranging from 21°C to 26°C (70°F - 79°F). As spring approaches, the sea becomes more inviting, perfect for snorkeling, diving, and swimming. The weather is comfortable for exploring coastal towns and engaging in water sports. This is a delightful time to witness the blossoming marine life and enjoy the gradual transition to warmer conditions.

April ushers in warmer temperatures, ranging from 24°C to 29°C (75°F - 84°F). The sea is comfortably warm, offering excellent conditions for underwater exploration. As you sail along the Red Sea's coastline, you'll enjoy balmy breezes and the opportunity to soak up the sun on deck. This is an optimal month for a balanced yacht charter, combining water activities with relaxation.

May introduces even warmer temperatures, ranging from 26°C to 32°C (79°F - 90°F). The sea is now comfortably warm, inviting you to immerse yourself in its azure depths. The weather is perfect for engaging in an array of water sports, from snorkeling and diving to paddleboarding. Coastal towns are buzzing with activity, allowing you to enjoy cultural experiences alongside your maritime journey.

June marks the beginning of summer, with temperatures ranging from 29°C to 35°C (84°F - 95°F). The sea is pleasantly warm, encouraging extended periods of water-based activities. As you explore the Red Sea's treasures, you'll find that the warm air and sea temperatures create a harmonious environment for yacht charter adventures, whether you're diving into the depths or basking in the sun.

July brings warm and sunny conditions, with temperatures ranging from 30°C to 36°C (86°F - 97°F). The sea is delightfully warm, perfect for extended swims and water sports. Sailing along the Red Sea's coastline offers a refreshing escape from the summer heat, with the cooling sea breeze providing a comfortable backdrop to your yacht charter escapades.

August continues the warm and sunny trend, with temperatures ranging from 30°C to 36°C (86°F - 97°F). The sea remains invitingly warm, beckoning you to explore its aquatic wonders. This month is ideal for an immersive yacht charter experience, as you dive, snorkel, and engage in various water activities while enjoying the luxurious amenities and comforts of your yacht.

September sees a slight decrease in temperatures, ranging from 29°C to 34°C (84°F - 93°F). The sea remains warm and inviting, ensuring enjoyable water activities throughout your yacht charter. The weather is still pleasant for coastal exploration and relaxation, making this a prime time for a well-rounded maritime adventure that balances underwater exploration with cultural experiences.

October offers mild and comfortable temperatures, ranging from 27°C to 32°C (81°F - 90°F). The sea remains pleasantly warm, providing an excellent backdrop for water-based activities. As you sail along the Red Sea's shores, you'll appreciate the gentle breezes and comfortable conditions, making this a serene and enjoyable time for a yacht charter filled with both relaxation and adventure.

November introduces cooler temperatures, ranging from 24°C to 29°C (75°F - 84°F). The sea retains its warmth, making it a favorable month for snorkeling, diving, and other water activities. Coastal towns continue to be vibrant and inviting, offering opportunities for cultural exploration alongside your yacht charter journey. The pleasant weather and clear waters create a tranquil and picturesque environment.

December ushers in cooler temperatures, ranging from 21°C to 26°C (70°F - 79°F). The sea remains inviting, albeit slightly cooler, for various water-based activities. As you navigate the Red Sea's waters, you'll find that the milder temperatures provide a refreshing backdrop for exploration and relaxation. This is a delightful time for a yacht charter that combines the beauty of the Red Sea's landscapes with the comfort of your private yacht.

Red Sea Yacht Charter Sailing Regions

Egypt

Egypt, a land of ancient wonders and timeless allure, presents an enchanting canvas for an extraordinary Odyssea yacht charter. Nestled between the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, Egypt offers a seamless blend of rich history, vibrant culture, and unparalleled natural beauty. Sail along the stunning coastline, where historic ports like Alexandria and bustling cities like Hurghada beckon with their unique charms. Explore the Red Sea's crystalline depths, encountering a kaleidoscope of marine life amidst vibrant coral reefs. Embark on onshore excursions to delve into the mysteries of the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the temples of Luxor. The Nile River, the lifeblood of Egypt, unveils picturesque landscapes and archaeological wonders. With an Odyssea yacht charter in Egypt, every moment becomes a tapestry of discovery, where ancient legends and modern indulgence intertwine to create an unforgettable maritime odyssey.

Red Sea Jordan

Jordan, a gem of the Middle East, offers a captivating tapestry of experiences for an exceptional yacht charter. Embarking on these azure waters, you'll discover a unique juxtaposition of desert landscapes meeting the enchanting Red Sea coastline. Set sail from Aqaba, a historic port town with a vibrant blend of cultures, and navigate the Red Sea's inviting depths. Dive into a world of underwater wonders where vibrant coral reefs and exotic marine life captivate the senses. The majestic backdrop of the Wadi Rum desert unfolds as you approach the coastline, revealing ancient wonders and the enduring legacy of Petra. With an Odyssea yacht charter in Jordan, you'll encounter a fusion of natural beauty and cultural heritage, where the past seamlessly intertwines with the present, offering an immersive journey that leaves an indelible mark on your senses and soul.

Red Sea Israel

Israel, a land of rich history and diverse landscapes, beckons with its captivating charm for an unforgettable Odyssea yacht charter. Sail along the Mediterranean coastline, where ancient ports like Jaffa and modern cities like Tel Aviv offer a fascinating blend of past and present. Explore hidden coves and pristine beaches, perfect for tranquil moments of relaxation or vibrant water sports. As you glide through the turquoise waters, encounter historical gems like Caesarea's ancient ruins and the mystical city of Akko. The Red Sea's Eilat, a renowned diving paradise, unveils an underwater world teeming with vibrant marine life. With an Odyssea yacht charter in Israel, you'll journey through time and culture, from the Old City of Jerusalem to the modern allure of Haifa. This maritime odyssey offers a harmonious fusion of discovery, relaxation, and cultural immersion, creating lasting memories against a backdrop of captivating beauty.

Djibouti, Red Sea

Djibouti, a hidden jewel on the Horn of Africa, entices with its untamed beauty and unique experiences for an exceptional yacht charter. This enigmatic destination boasts the ethereal merging of the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, offering a diverse marine playground. Sail along the rugged coastline, where pristine beaches and untouched landscapes await, perfect for secluded relaxation and adventurous exploration. Encounter rare marine species like whale sharks and manta rays in the deep-blue waters of the Gulf of Tadjoura. Beyond the shoreline, Lake Assal's otherworldly landscapes and Ardoukoba Volcano's surreal landscapes promise awe-inspiring adventures. Djibouti's rich cultural tapestry, with influences from Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, adds a fascinating layer to your journey. An Odyssea yacht charter in Djibouti unveils a realm of natural wonders and cultural discovery, where every moment unfolds as a unique and unforgettable maritime escapade.

Red Sea Eritrea

Eritrea, a hidden gem along the Red Sea coast, offers a captivating setting for an unforgettable yacht charter. Sailing these azure waters, you'll encounter a harmonious blend of history and natural beauty. Begin your voyage in the charming port city of Massawa, where well-preserved Ottoman architecture and vibrant markets await your exploration. As you navigate the coastline, discover pristine beaches, picturesque islands, and vibrant coral reefs, perfect for snorkeling and diving adventures. Eritrea's historical treasures, including the ancient city of Adulis and the Italian colonial influence in Asmara, add a fascinating layer to your journey. The Red Sea's allure continues with vibrant marine life and crystalline waters. An Odyssea yacht charter in Eritrea unveils a captivating fusion of cultural immersion and maritime exploration, where each moment on deck and onshore paints a vivid tapestry of discovery.

Red Sea Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, a land of mystique and grandeur, beckons with its uncharted waters for an extraordinary Odyssea yacht charter. Embark on an enchanting maritime journey along the Red Sea's pristine coastline, where untouched beauty meets modern luxury. From the bustling port city of Jeddah to the serene shores of the Farasan Islands, a realm of exploration unfolds. Dive into vibrant coral reefs, swim with dolphins, and uncover the secrets of historic sites like Al-Balad's UNESCO-listed architecture. As the desert meets the sea, you'll witness a unique convergence of landscapes and cultures. Saudi Arabia's emerging tourism offerings and rich heritage create an immersive yacht charter experience. A voyage here promises a harmonious blend of relaxation and adventure as you navigate the captivating Red Sea waters against a backdrop of stunning vistas and cultural treasures.

Red Sea Sudan

Sudan, an unspoiled jewel nestled along the Red Sea, offers an alluring, off-the-beaten-path destination for an exceptional yacht charter. Sail into the azure expanse, where pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and a wealth of marine life await your discovery. As you traverse Sudan's untouched coastline, immerse yourself in underwater wonders, encountering majestic manta rays, playful dolphins, and kaleidoscopic coral gardens. Explore the historic charm of Port Sudan and absorb the cultural richness of Suakin's ancient architecture. Remote islands like Sanganeb and Abington promise secluded anchorages, perfect for serene relaxation and thrilling water sports. The Red Sea's allure comes alive here, revealing a realm of natural beauty and cultural heritage. An Odyssea yacht charter in Sudan is an invitation to embrace adventure, indulge in relaxation, and witness the enchanting meeting point of land and sea.

Yemen, Red Sea

Yemen, a land of captivating contrasts, beckons intrepid travelers to embark on a unique yacht charter along its enchanting coastline. Sail the cerulean waters of the Arabian Sea, where rugged cliffs meet pristine beaches and a world of maritime discovery awaits. Explore the historic port city of Aden, where centuries-old architecture and bustling markets reveal the country's rich heritage. As you navigate Yemen's shores, encounter hidden coves, tranquil islands, and vibrant coral reefs, inviting you to snorkel, dive, and indulge in water-based adventures. Amidst this picturesque landscape, Yemen's ancient history comes alive, offering insights into its role as a historic maritime crossroads. An Odyssea yacht charter in Yemen is a journey of exploration and cultural immersion, where moments of relaxation on deck are juxtaposed with vibrant onshore experiences, creating memories that resonate deeply within the heart.

Red Sea Yacht Charter Attractions

Snorkel in the Red Sea from a yacht charter

Snorkeling and Diving Adventures

Plunge into the mesmerizing depths of the Red Sea, a haven for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. Explore vibrant coral gardens that teem with an astonishing diversity of marine life. Dive with graceful dolphins, encounter majestic sea turtles, and marvel at the surreal beauty of shipwrecks that have become thriving underwater ecosystems. The crystal-clear waters and excellent visibility create an immersive experience, whether you’re a seasoned diver or a novice snorkeler. Uncover the secrets of this aquatic wonderland, where every dive is a chance to unveil new marvels beneath the waves.

Visit Red Sea culture on a yacht charter

Cultural Exploration

Embark on a journey through time as your Odyssea yacht docks at coastal towns and cities along the Red Sea. Step ashore to walk in the footsteps of ancient civilizations, exploring archaeological wonders that whisper tales of pharaohs and traders. Wander through bustling bazaars, inhale the scents of exotic spices, and witness the fusion of cultures that have converged along these shores. Engage with local communities, savor traditional cuisine, and visit historical landmarks that testify to the region’s rich and diverse heritage.

Relax on a Red Sea yacht charter

Luxurious Relaxation

Indulge in the epitome of opulence aboard your Odyssea yacht sanctuary. Lounge on the sun-drenched deck, where gentle sea breezes complement the breath-taking views of the Red Sea’s azure expanse. Delight in gourmet culinary creations prepared by skilled onboard chefs, catering to your every culinary desire. Unwind in lavish interiors adorned with modern amenities and sumptuous comforts. As you traverse tranquil waters, allow the rhythmic motion of the yacht to lull you into a state of pure relaxation, surrounded by the luxurious embrace of this aquatic haven.

Red Sea watersports

Water Sports Extravaganza

Satiate your thirst for adventure with an array of exhilarating water sports in the Red Sea’s inviting playground. Feel the rush as you water ski across the shimmering surface or paddle on a kayak, exploring hidden coves and picturesque coastlines. Stand-up paddleboarding offers a unique perspective, allowing you to glide peacefully over the sea’s glassy waters. Whether you seek heart-pounding thrills or serene moments of connection with nature, the Red Sea provides an array of aquatic activities to elevate your Odyssea yacht charter experience.

Coast of Red Sea, in Gulf of Aqaba, near Dahab.Egypt

Island Escapes

Discover untouched beauty as your Odyssea yacht anchors near secluded islands and pristine beaches. Step onto shores unspoiled by time, where soft sands meet crystalline waters. Take leisurely strolls along the shoreline, collecting seashells and basking in the solitude of these paradisiacal retreats. Host a beachside barbecue, sharing laughter and stories with fellow travelers under the open sky. Embrace the serenity of these island sanctuaries, far removed from the cares of the world, as you create cherished memories amidst the Red Sea’s breathtaking island escapes.

Example Itinerary for Your Red Sea Yacht Charter

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This is a sample itinerary that might be altered by the captain depending on weather factors or guests’ requests.

Hurghada, Egypt

Your remarkable Red Sea yacht charter begins as you step aboard your luxurious vessel in the vibrant city of Hurghada, Egypt. The attentive crew warmly welcomes you and provides a comprehensive safety briefing, ensuring your comfort and security throughout the voyage. As the sun casts a golden glow over the horizon, you set sail along the picturesque coastline, soaking in the breathtaking views of the Red Sea. An idyllic anchorage offers the perfect opportunity to plunge into the azure waters for a refreshing swim or indulge in some snorkeling, setting the tone for the days of aquatic exploration ahead. As night falls, you relish a delectable onboard dinner, savoring each bite under the star-studded sky.

Giftun Islands

The second day dawns with a sense of anticipation as your Odyssea yacht navigates towards the Giftun Islands, a veritable paradise nestled within a marine reserve. Immerse yourself in the vibrant underwater wonderland as you snorkel amidst intricate coral formations, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of fish. A leisurely exploration of the islands' pristine beaches follows, allowing you to bask in the serenity of these untouched shores and relish a delightful beach picnic. The afternoon sees you sailing towards Safaga, where you can relax, take part in invigorating water sports, and toast to another captivating day.

Today's adventure unveils the historical riches of Safaga, where you have the opportunity to explore the awe-inspiring Temples of Karnak and Luxor. For those seeking a deeper immersion in the region's history, an optional excursion to Luxor offers a journey through time and culture. Returning to your Odyssea yacht, an afternoon of sun-soaked tranquility awaits, allowing you to unwind on deck or engage in exhilarating water activities. The yacht then gracefully glides towards the tranquil waters near El Gouna, where you can indulge in a serene evening under the stars.

Your day begins with the discovery of El Gouna, a captivating resort town offering an array of indulgent experiences. Engage in thrilling water sports like kiteboarding or paddleboarding, and meander through the town's marina, lined with charming shops and inviting restaurants. As the sun descends, your Odyssea yacht sets sail for Sharm El Sheikh, where you can look forward to a memorable evening of entertainment and exquisite dining against the backdrop of the Red Sea's tranquil beauty.

Sharm El Sheikh

A new day invites you to explore the underwater wonders of Sharm El Sheikh, an unparalleled paradise for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Guided dives and snorkeling sessions reveal a world of vibrant coral and mesmerizing marine creatures. An optional excursion to Ras Mohammed National Park promises a glimpse of stunning coral formations and abundant marine life. The day concludes with a leisurely cruise to Tiran Island, where a delightful beachside barbecue and stargazing spectacle await.

Tiran Island

Your penultimate day is devoted to the enchanting Tiran Island, renowned for its exceptional dive sites. Embark on a full day of underwater exploration, encountering an array of marine marvels at sites like Jackson Reef and Gordon Reef. With each dive, you're introduced to a diverse cast of underwater inhabitants, from graceful rays to elusive reef sharks. As the sun sets, your Odyssea yacht charts a course back to Hurghada, allowing you to savor the coastal panorama one last time. The evening culminates in a magnificent gala dinner, a fitting celebration of the unforgettable voyage you've embarked upon.

As your final day arrives, your Odyssea yacht gracefully returns to Hurghada's shores, bringing your remarkable journey to a close. Following a leisurely morning sail, you bid farewell to the attentive crew and disembark, taking cherished memories of an extraordinary Red Sea yacht charter that seamlessly blended relaxation, exploration, and cultural immersion into an unparalleled maritime experience.

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Private Yachting Cruises in the Red Sea

A superyacht charter in the Red Sea contrasts ancient cultures and historical sites in a stunning desert setting. With crystal clear waters, a vibrant and biodiverse eco-system, iconic dive sites and a dream playground for watersports lovers this is a cruising ground like no other. Rent a crewed motor or sailing boat with YPI to have the best charter experience possible in the Red Sea.

Marina Hurghada, Red Sea, view of the harbour at night

Hurghada Marina

Luxury all the way.

Arrive at your Red Sea charter yacht and be welcomed on board with a refreshing glass of Karkadeh, a traditional Egyptian drink made from an infusion of hibiscus flowers. Familiarise yourselves with your motor or sailing boat before enjoying a delicious lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring the yachting hub of Hurghada or venture into the old town. Take a camel safari into the surrounding desert or try some dune buggying. In the evening, stroll along the seafront before enjoying a welcome cocktail party and a sumptuous dinner on board.

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Valley of the Kings

Wake up in Safaga after an overnight cruise. History buffs can make an early start with a private car and guide to head through the desert to Luxor and to the Valley of the Kings. See the tombs of several Ramses kings like Tutankhamun, Seti and Septah. Divers have their own treat in store with their own personal guide to explore the Red Sea's rich underwater world. See the vibrant colours of inquisitive triggerfish, emperor fish, wrasse, parrotfish and clownfish, with reef dives, wall dives, and in stunning coral gardens. If relaxation is more for you, head to the Kempinski hotel in Soma Bay and spend some time in the Cascades Spa. Congregate here for dinner or opt for a quiet evening on board your superyacht.

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Giftun El Saghir

Dive delight.

The motor or sailing boat will cruise back up towards Hurghada as you enjoy breakfast, arriving at the uninhabited island of Giftun El Saghir in good time to explore the coral reef and gardens before lunch. Non-divers can also experience the teeming marine life snorkelling in the shallower waters. Stunning empty beaches call out to set up your beach encampment and stretch out with a good book or indulge in some beachcombing. Around midday, the yacht's crew will come ashore and set up a picnic lunch of your choosing. After a day on Giftun El Saghir, enjoy sundowners on board with your favorite cocktails as you head back to Hurghada for dinner in town.

Superyacht Charter El Gouna

Desert Paradise

Next, your motor or sailing boat brings you to the pretty town of El Gouna. Being a modern resort built across islands and lagoons, it offers a myriad of beaches, water sports and land activities. Learn to kitesurf, go horseriding along the beach or indulge your competitive side on the tennis or squash courts. Golfers can get their fix and take on the challenging course at the Steinberger Golf Resort while non Golfers can pamper themselves at one of the many Spas. Take a local guide and head into the desert for some hiking. Have a stroll around Abu Tig Marina and enjoy cocktails at one of the many bars before dinner: try The Smokery El Gouna Yacht Club where the resident DJ will get the party started after your meal.

Underwater coral, the Red Sea

Salute the Sun

Practice some early morning yoga as the superyacht cruises across to Tawila Island. Tawila has perfect conditions for kitesurfing as well as beautiful beaches to choose from. Take your cameras for a hike across this small island and spot a variety of different birds. Swim in the protected lagoon or simply doze on the beach. Your yacht crew will set up lunch for you on the beach before the divers amongst you head across to Sha’b Abu Nuhas. Only a short hop away, Sha’b Abu Nuhas has no less than four wrecks to explore, including SS Carnatic, a British steam ship which sunk in 1869. The coral reef is a kaleidoscope of colour with exotic marine creatures including rays, turtles and octopus. Finally, enjoy cocktails and a delicious dinner prepared by your chef.

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Catalina Site

Watersports galore.

Wake up at the luxury resort island of Sindalah, part of Saudi Arabia's Red Sea Project. Spend the day enjoying the wonderful activities and facilities on offer. Visit the Spa and be pampered with luxurious Red Sea treatments. Indulge in all the watersports on offer all around the island or head straight for the sunloungers at the Beach Club for a wonderfully relaxed day, interspersed with a spot of shopping for some beautiful artisanal souvenirs at the Bazaar. You may wish to visit the Catalina site where a seaplane ran into trouble and was abandoned in 1960. The wreck still remains on the shore of the Gulf of Aqaba. Finish off the perfect day at the Michelin star restaurant at the beach on Sindalah Island before returning to your motor or sailing boat.

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Sharm El Sheikh

A morning cruise brings you to cosmopolitan Sharm El Sheikh, winding through many coral islands surrounding Tiran Island. Go to the vibrant Old Market and see the stunning Al Sahaba Mosque in the old town or head to Soho Square, with its dancing fountain, for some serious shopping. Visit the modern Heavenly Cathedral to witness the lavishly decorated interior depicting scenes from the bible. Keen divers should head straight over to the Ras Mohammed Natural Reserve and onwards to dive the wreck of the SS THISTLEGORM, sunk in 1941, still laden with tanks and rifles. Farewell cocktails on board your superyacht set you up for your final taste of Egypt at El Kababgy.

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Sharm El Sheikh Intl. Airport

Enjoy your final leisurely breakfast on your private motor or sailing boat before bidding a fond farewell to your great Captain and crew as you head out to the airport for your onward flight.

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RED SEA YACHT CHARTER

The Red Sea is touted as a leading destination for luxury charter yachts for a good reason. Located between the Suez Canals and the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea is known for its glittering expanse of crystal clear waters and coastlines dotted with rich cities, vibrant villages and historical sites. Its expansive ancient desert shores offer everything from rich cultures to world-class cuisine and adventurous activities, such as desert safaris or sand surfing. The surrounding waters are teeming with biodiverse ecosystems, including coral reefs and deep caves, making the Red Sea the ideal destination for watersports lovers. In addition, its year-round warm and dry climate make it the perfect holiday spot whether it is summer, spring or fall.

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Luxury Yacht Charter in the Red Sea

A Red Sea yacht charter brings the best of yachting to life. From world-class dive spots to secluded desert islands, and from exclusive nightlife to ancient history, the Red Sea offers a new world of adventure to her visitors. Turquoise waters, enchanting culture and rich history: welcome to a luxury Red Sea yacht charter.

Located in North Africa between the Suez Canal and the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea is an enchanting destination where the desert meets the Indian Ocean. Made up of nine international shorelines and 25 islands, the Red Sea covers an area of more than 430,000 square kilometres and offers travellers a feast of buzzing coastal cities, exclusive resorts, spectacular diving and ancient history. Within easy cruising distance of some of the Red Sea’s best yacht charter destinations, the yachting town of Hurghada in Egypt is a popular starting point for a Red Sea luxury yacht charter.

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Selection of Available Charter Yachts in The Red Sea

M/Y TITANIA yacht for charter with YACHTZOO

  • Motor yacht
  • 73 m / 240 ft
  • LÜRSSEN - 2006
  • 12 guests in 7 staterooms

EMIR Megayacht for charter DJI

  • 82.5 m / 271 ft
  • GOLDEN YACHTS - 2004
  • 28 guests in 14 staterooms

M/Y SERENITY Yacht Charter Red Sea

  • 72.00 m / 236 ft
  • AUSTAL - 2004

M/Y LAUREN L yacht for charter

  • 90 m / 295 ft
  • CASSENS WERFT - 2002
  • 36 guests in 20 staterooms

Vertigo sailing

  • 67.20 m / 220 ft
  • ALLOY YACHTS - 2011
  • 12 guests in 5 staterooms

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  • 56.00 m / 184 ft
  • GOLDEN YACHTS - 2018

M/Y SALUZI yacht for charter

  • 69.00 m / 226 ft
  • AUSTAL - 2003
  • 32 guests in 16 staterooms

M/Y Katina yacht for charter full view on sea

  • 60.00 m / 197 ft
  • BRODOSPLIT BSO - 2015
  • 12 guests in 6 staterooms

M/Y SOLANDGE yacht for charter with YACHTZOO

  • 85.10 m / 279 ft
  • LÜRSSEN - 2013
  • 12 guests in 8 staterooms

The Red Sea yacht charter highlights

With year-round warm weather, vibrant coastal resorts, and some of the world’s best dive sites, the Red Sea has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. The Ras Mohamed National Park is one of the top Red Sea yacht charter highlights. Overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba to the east and the Gulf of Suez to the west, the Ras Mohamed National Park is home to great dive sites such as the Jolanda and Shark Reefs.

The Red Sea’s Northern Territory

Although vibrant coastal towns and top Red Sea destinations can draw the summer crowds, there are still plenty of isolated spots for luxury cruising in complete privacy in the Red Sea. The Red Sea’s Northern territory is one such place, offering an opportunity to go beyond the well-known areas of the region to find exclusive, secluded scenes to take your breath away. Fish for fresh lobster and eat al fresco on your superyacht as the sun sets to experience the best of the Red Sea yacht life. 

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Red sea scuba diving.

With 2,000 kilometres of reef along the coastline and an astonishing 1,100 different fish species, the Red Sea is world-renowned for its fantastic diving scene. One of the most well-known Red Sea diving destinations to visit on your Red Sea yacht charter itinerary is the small, bohemian town of Dahab. Located in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and a former Bedouin outpost, Dahab is one of the Red Sea’s best diving spots, with the famous Blue Hole a particular draw to diving in Dahab. A submarine sinkhole with depths of 100 meters, the Blue Hole is a dive site best suited to experienced divers, though there are plenty of equally beautiful dives in the area for the whole family. 

Sharm El Sheik is also one of Egypt’s most famous diving gems and a must on any luxury Red Sea yacht holiday. Spend your days island-hopping from site to site, enjoying plenty of fishing and snorkelling on the way. In addition to incredible Red Sea diving, Sharm El Sheik’s nightlife is world-famous: head ashore and enjoy the best of Middle Eastern hospitality in one of the exclusive beach resorts or restaurants for a night to remember. 

Ocean Paradise to Desert Plains

From diving in the vibrant waters of the south to the Eastern Desert’s sandy landscapes: a luxury yacht charter in the Red Sea has just as much to offer on dry land as it does in its vibrant waters. Arrange a unique day trip camel riding or quad biking over the desert plains, or travel back in time to visit ancient history.  

Some of the most important historical sites in the world lie in the mountains and the ancient desert towns that line the Red Sea coast. Visit the 16th Century Ottoman Fortress in Al Quseir, and shop in a traditional souk for unique souvenirs. For those looking for a more in-depth insight into the Red Sea’s ancient civilisations, take a day trip to the Valley of the Kings and the Pyramids of Gaza and immerse yourself in the world of the Ancient Egyptians. 

What is the Best Time for a Red Sea Yacht Charter?

With year-round warm weather, the Red Sea is a fantastic yacht charter destination any time of the year. The Red Sea waters are warm even in the winter, with an average water temperature of 20 degrees Celsius in the middle of the winter months, and an average water temperature of 25 degrees Celsius in the peak summer months. The best time to charter a yacht in the Red Sea is November to April, with average temperatures of 29 – 35 degrees Celsius. The months of May to October are the hot summer season, with average temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius. 

Looking to contact a Red Sea yacht charter broker?

YACHTZOO prides itself on privacy and trust for our charter clients. Booking a yacht charter in the Red Sea is no exception. With the help of YACHTZOO’s dedicated Red Sea yacht charter broker specialists, you can choose between the highest quality superyachts, a choice of itineraries and the best rates available.

If you would like to book a Red Sea yacht charter, please get in touch with a YACHTZOO Red Sea boat charter broker by filling in the form here . A dedicated yacht charter broker will be in touch with you by phone or by e-mail with the perfect yachts for discovering the best of the Red Sea.

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Chartering a luxury yacht in the Red Sea can be a truly unforgettable experience, with its crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life. Whether you want to explore the coast of Egypt, Israel Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea offers a unique and exotic destination for your next yacht charter. And with 26 North, you can trust that your yacht charter will be tailored to your every need.

With 26 North, you can choose from a range of luxurious yachts to make your Red Sea charter experience unforgettable. Whether you are looking for a classic sailing yacht or a modern motor yacht, we have the perfect vessel for you. And with our expert crew and concierge service , you can sit back and relax while enjoying the comfort and amenities of your yacht.

Book your Red Sea yacht charter with 26 North today and discover the beauty of this unique destination.

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The Red Sea is home to an incredible variety of sea creatures, including dolphins, sea turtles, and colorful tropical fish. Snorkeling, diving, and water sports are popular activities for yacht charters in the Red Sea, with numerous dive sites to explore.

Featured Luxury Yachts In Red Sea

279' | silent-yachts | 2019.

279′ Silent Yachts BOLD For Charter

295' | Cassens Werft | 2002

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154' | San Lorenzo | 2023

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180' | Trinity Yachts | 2006

180′ Trinity Yachts PURPOSE For Charter

223' | Custom | 2012

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210' | Astillero Na | 1999

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155' | International Shipyard Ancona | 2006

155′ International Shipyard Ancona Oasis For Charter

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180' | Custom | 2009

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NEOM TOUR: SINDALAH MARINE SANCTUARY

After arriving at Neom airport, why not start your charter vacation in style by transferring by helicopter from here to the nearby Sindalah island to join your yacht? After a welcome drink, relax, settle in and enjoy a dip in the turquoise water before setting off to visit the island’s artisan villages. Enjoy an update on the NEOM project and sign a pledge to project the wildlife and the region during your trip. Cruise to Sindalah Marine Sanctuary. Desert island exploring & unique beach experience of archaeological artefacts by DMC awaits.

NEOM TOUR: GEORGIOS G. SHIPWRECK AND WADI TAYYB-ESM

The hidden gem of Saudi Arabia - Georgios G shipwreck is best known for being one of the best places to dive in the northern parts of the Kingdom. It is a half-sunken shipwreck with a stunning beach and mountain backdrop. The “The Titanic of Saudi Arabia” was built in England and ran into the reef in 1978. This area is famous for clear water, moray eels, lionfish, barracudas, sand tiger sharks, and garden eels. Later on explore Wadi Tayyib, one of the magical natural wonders of Saudi Arabia, and walk down the scenic route down the canyon.

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NEOM TOUR: YUBA’S CORAL

Spend the third day of your trip island-hopping and soaking in the sun on the white sand beaches of Shusha Island - the perfect location for snorkelling. Explore the nearby point B in Yuba Island for the best snorkelling and diving experience. In the evening, travel to Om Thalajah sand bar for a magical sunset dinner.

Be among the first to access the “Maldives of the Red Sea ”. Visit the untouched islands near beautiful Umluj. Explore wild shores, learn about conservation efforts, and enjoy a special picnic in paradise. North of the town, discover over 100 small islands with pristine white sands and ancient palm trees, home to vibrant marine life. Relax on the stunning beaches like Ras Al Shaaban and Doqm, or take a boat to islands like Jabal Hassan. Near Umluj, you can also tour mango farms or visit the unique black lava field of Harrat Lunayyir, a striking contrast to the coastal scenery.

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AL ULA AND MARAYA

Located in north-western Saudi Arabia, Al Ula is cradled in a spectacular valley with palm groves running through its centre and sandstone cliffs surrounding it. Dating to pre-Islamic times, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO location is the largest preserved site of the Nabatean civilisation. Tour more than 100 well-preserved tombs with elaborate facades cut into the rock. After head towards the magnificent Maraya Concert Hall which has set a Guinness record for the largest mirrored building in the world. Maraya (meaning mirrors in Arabic) has been dubbed the “mirrored wonder” due to the giant sheets of glass attached to its structure, which reflect Al Ula’s breathtaking landscape.

Commonly known to locals as the ``Spring by the Sea``, Yanbu is a popular destination and is known throughout the region for its miles of beautiful beaches, water sports and aquatic landscape. The city of Yanbu played an important role in the development of Saudi Arabia and was once a very famous port. One of the nicest and quietest beaches in the country, Yanbu Beach offers visitors a perfect escape from the city. Experience scuba diving, sailing, fishing, jet skiing and much more. Or take a break from the action and find several picnic areas or places to take a long stroll. Although large stretches of the waterfront are covered in stone or cement that slopes down to the water, there are several places where you can enter the water for a swim or snorkel.

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Spend the last day of your magical trip in Jeddah, the main Saudi seaport on the Red Sea. The city’s architecture is a mixture of ancient mud houses, historic souks that sell everything from automobiles parts to the best chocolates imaginable, and multiple shopping malls with the latest designer products. Add this to the 30 km boardwalk – The Corniche - along the Red Sea, and you have a city which is exotic and yes, romantic. In addition to scuba diving (some say, the best in the world), there are a large number of recreational options: desert hiking and desert camping trips, tennis, team sports (e.g., baseball, soccer, rugby, cricket, etc.), swimming, horseback riding, etc.

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Yachting.Rent invites you to explore one of the world’s most captivating and unique marine environments – the Red Sea. With our Red Sea yacht rental service, you have the opportunity to embark on a sailing adventure that encapsulates the essence of this stunning region.

Spanning over 1,400 miles and touching the shores of several countries, the Red Sea is celebrated for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, diverse marine life, and intriguing historical landmarks. Whether you’re an avid sailor, a diving enthusiast, or someone seeking a relaxing escape, the Red Sea offers something for everyone.

One of the major highlights of the Red Sea is its extraordinary coral reefs, some of which are considered among the most beautiful and well-preserved in the world. Through Yachting.Rent, you can sail to these natural wonders and experience them up close. From snorkeling in shallow waters to diving into the deep abyss, the underwater world is teeming with colorful corals, fish, sea turtles, and even sharks.

But the allure of the Red Sea isn’t confined to what’s beneath the surface. Its coastlines are dotted with historic sites, picturesque islands, and luxurious resorts. Whether you’re tracing the footsteps of ancient civilizations in Egypt, exploring the hidden gems of Sudan’s coastline, or savoring the opulent lifestyle in the resorts of Jordan and Saudi Arabia, the choices are as vast as the sea itself.

The climate of the Red Sea is ideally suited for sailing, with consistent winds and temperate weather throughout the year. Yachting.Rent offers various sailing vessels, from sleek sailing boats to spacious catamarans, all equipped with modern amenities and safety features. Our professional crew is on hand to guide you, ensuring that your sailing experience is both enjoyable and secure.

The culinary experience on board complements the richness of the surroundings. Enjoy freshly prepared meals featuring local flavors and fresh seafood. Whether it’s a romantic dinner on deck under the stars or a lively barbecue with friends, the dining experience with Yachting.Rent is designed to delight your senses.

Environmental conservation is a key concern in the Red Sea region. Yachting.Rent is committed to sustainable sailing practices that protect and preserve the delicate marine ecosystem. We strive to minimize our impact on the environment and encourage our guests to do the same.

Planning a personalized itinerary with Yachting.Rent allows you to create the perfect balance between exploration and relaxation. Choose to island-hop, visit archaeological sites, indulge in water sports, or simply unwind on the sun-kissed deck. Our flexible approach ensures that your Red Sea sailing experience is uniquely tailored to your preferences and interests.

The magic of the Red Sea lies in its blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and recreational diversity. Yachting.Rent’s Red Sea yacht rental service brings you closer to this enchanting world, offering a gateway to explore, discover, and connect with a sea that has fascinated travelers for centuries. Engage in a journey that transcends mere sightseeing and becomes a meaningful experience, one that resonates with the heart and soul, and leaves you with memories that last a lifetime.

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Welcome to Yachting.Rent, your premium partner for unforgettable yacht charter experiences in the awe-inspiring Red Sea. As an esteemed yacht rental company, we bring together luxury, adventure, and the highest level of service, making us the premier choice for sailing enthusiasts, adventure-seekers, and leisure travelers alike.

The Red Sea, with its impressive biodiversity, warm turquoise waters, year-round sunshine, and calm sea conditions, is a world-class yachting destination. It provides a unique maritime playground, stretching more than 2,000 kilometers along the coasts of Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. From the culturally rich Aqaba to the magnificent coral reefs of the Egyptian coast, the Red Sea is filled with unparalleled experiences just waiting to be discovered.

At Yachting.Rent, we boast an extensive, carefully selected fleet of high-quality yachts, tailored to cater to a wide range of preferences and needs. From sleek, high-performance sailing boats to the spacious and comfortable catamarans, from luxury motor yachts for the ultimate power and convenience to classic, elegant gulets for a touch of traditional charm – our fleet has something to suit every traveler’s style.

Each yacht in our fleet is meticulously maintained, fitted with the latest navigation technology, safety equipment, and a wealth of amenities to ensure your journey is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. Moreover, we take pride in our experienced, professional crew, who are dedicated to providing outstanding service and ensuring your time on board is a memorable one.

But a yacht charter with Yachting.Rent is more than just renting a vessel; it’s about crafting unique, tailored experiences. It’s the freedom to explore secluded coves, dive in the crystal-clear waters, witness the vibrant marine life, soak up the sun on unspoiled beaches, and marvel at the spectacular sunsets that only the Red Sea can offer. We are here to help you create your own path through this maritime paradise.

Yachting.Rent’s reputation is built upon our unwavering commitment to exceptional service, expert knowledge, and an exquisite fleet of yachts. We strive to exceed your expectations at every turn, ensuring your Red Sea yacht charter is a voyage of a lifetime.

Your unforgettable adventure in the majestic Red Sea starts here, with Yachting.Rent. We invite you to step aboard and discover the unparalleled beauty of the Red Sea on your terms, at your pace, with the comfort, luxury, and service you deserve. Let us turn your dreams into reality, one nautical mile at a time.

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Why is Red Sea a good sailing destination?

The Red Sea is not just a sailing destination; it’s a mesmerizing journey into a world that combines natural splendor, historical intrigue, and unparalleled adventure, all available through Yachting.Rent.

The incredible marine life in the Red Sea’s coral reefs is some of the most diverse and well-preserved on the planet. The vibrant underwater ecosystem, home to over 1,200 species of fish and 200 types of corals, provides a thrilling exploration opportunity for snorkelers and divers. Dolphins, turtles, and even hammerhead sharks are part of this aquatic symphony.

The weather in the Red Sea is tailor-made for sailing. With consistent winds and warm waters throughout the year, sailors of all skill levels can enjoy the sea’s embrace. The lack of cyclones and the mild weather patterns provide a safe and pleasurable sailing experience.

Along the coasts of the Red Sea, history comes alive. From the ancient Egyptian temples and tombs to the relics of Ottoman and Roman empires, there’s a rich tapestry of human civilization to discover. The fusion of African, Middle Eastern, and Asian cultures adds a unique flavor to the region.

The Red Sea’s islands are a blend of sandy serenity and rugged beauty. Whether it’s the secluded beaches of the Egyptian coast or the wild landscapes of Saudi Arabia’s Farasan Islands, each offers a unique charm. These islands provide perfect anchorages for yachts and excellent spots for picnicking, swimming, or simply basking in the sun.

Resorts and marinas dotting the Red Sea coast offer a touch of luxury and convenience for sailors. Yachting.Rent ensures that the vessels are equipped with all modern amenities, so you can sail in style and comfort. Customized itineraries and professional crews enhance the quality of the journey.

The Red Sea’s beauty is fragile, and preserving it is a priority. Yachting.Rent promotes responsible sailing practices, emphasizing environmental stewardship. Our commitment to sustainability ensures that future generations can also enjoy this magnificent sea.

Sailing in the Red Sea is never monotonous. Water sports like windsurfing, kayaking, and jet-skiing add excitement to the trip. Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck in the abundant waters, while those seeking relaxation can find peace in the gentle rocking of the sea.

Situated between Africa and Asia, the Red Sea is easily accessible. Its proximity to major cities and tourist destinations adds to its allure as a preferred sailing destination.

The mineral-rich mud and waters of the Red Sea are known for their therapeutic qualities. Many sailors combine their voyage with wellness therapies that rejuvenate the body and mind.

In essence, the Red Sea offers a multifaceted sailing experience that resonates with adventure seekers, history buffs, nature lovers, and those in search of tranquility. Yachting.Rent brings this experience to you, crafting journeys that are not just vacations but lifetime memories. It’s more than a good sailing destination; it’s an extraordinary one.

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Sailing boat or Catamaran, what to sail in Red Sea

At Yachting.Rent, we understand that the choice of your sailing vessel can greatly impact your maritime adventure in the Red Sea. Two popular choices among sailors and sea enthusiasts are the traditional sailing boat and the modern catamaran. Each of these vessels offers its own unique advantages, catering to different sailing styles and expectations.

If you are a sailing purist, you might lean towards the traditional sailing boat. With its monohull design, a sailing boat is made for cutting through the waves, offering the classic feeling of being one with the wind and sea. As you navigate the Red Sea, a sailing boat will offer you an exhilarating sailing experience, providing the perfect blend of performance and pleasure. The sleek and elegant design of a sailing boat gives it an air of sophistication, making it an ideal choice for those who value tradition and the authentic sailing experience.

On the other hand, if you prioritize comfort, stability, and space, then a catamaran might be your vessel of choice. The twin-hull design of a catamaran gives it superior stability, minimizing the rolling movement, which is especially beneficial for those who are prone to seasickness. A catamaran also boasts a larger deck and interior space, perfect for social gatherings or relaxing in the sun. The shallow draft of a catamaran allows you to explore closer to the coastline and anchor in shallower waters, perfect for exploring the diverse marine life and beautiful coral reefs of the Red Sea.

Regardless of your choice, Yachting.Rent ensures that all of our vessels are equipped with the latest navigational systems, safety equipment, and amenities to ensure your safety and comfort. Our experienced and professional crew members, with their extensive knowledge of the local sea conditions and marine life, will help make your voyage a unique and unforgettable experience.

Whether you choose the adventure and thrill of a sailing boat or the comfort and stability of a catamaran, Yachting.Rent is dedicated to providing you with an exceptional sailing experience in the Red Sea. We are here to ensure your voyage is perfectly tailored to your desires and expectations. Let us help you create memorable experiences and explore the wonders of the Red Sea in your own unique style.

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A heavenly haze of sun-kissed desert

Encompassed by a plethora of barren desert land, towering mountain landscapes and alluring crystalline waters, the Red Sea is a breathtaking fusion of striking natural beauty and inspiring ancient history. With fantastic opportunities for diving, beach hopping and sightseeing, the Red Sea offers a collage of colour and contrasts waiting to be explored.

With year round warm waters and constant coastal winds, the Red Sea is an idyllic sailing vacation with a backdrop of stunning volcanic islands, endless blue skies and turquoise waters teeming with abundant marine life, this location offers the perfect getaway for any yacht charter. Renowned as one of nature’s last frontiers, the Red Sea is a favoured destination for avid diving enthusiasts with remote diving spots and secluded bays abound with an endemic population of fish and miles upon miles of reef-lined coastline as far as the eye can see.

The Red Sea conceals a whole host of treasures from the natural wonders of the great pyramids to the sun drenched sands of the bronzed desert plains. Nestled to the northwest of the Red Sea, lies the inviting allure of Egypt. Bordered by crystal waters and steeped with natural marvels Egypt is brimmed with a plethora of spectacular delights. The stunning resort of Sharm-El-Sheikh offers some of the world’s most exotic diving opportunities whilst the bustling town of Hurghada is rapidly becoming a favoured yachting destination. From Egypt, cruise southwards along the dramatic coastlines around the Sinai Peninsula down towards the border with Sudan.

Discover the seaside town of Bur Safaga, whose commercial port lies close to excellent dive spots. Unspoiled by tourism, Safaga offers a low-key alternative to its Hurghada neighbour. Framed with towering mountains and encompassed by arcs of sandy beaches, Port Safaga provides the perfect anchorage for shore excursions to Luxor or the Valley of the Kings.

Cruising across the Red Sea to Juddah, explore one the largest cultural melting pots in the world. Laced with a plethora of shops, souks, restaurants and a kaleidoscope of inhabitants this laid back land has been considered to be one of the most cosmopolitan in the world. Brimmed with nostalgic architecture and crumbling buildings, the old town is unmissable for anyone looking to meander along the footprints of a bygone era.

Saturated in sun and boasting a myriad of opportunities for diving, snorkelling or simply soaking up the sun, the Red Sea offers a wealth of opportunities for adrenaline fuelled activities, admiring historical landmarks and roaming along beautiful seaside promenades against a backdrop of natural wonder.

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At Emerald Cruises, your enjoyment comes first. Sail with the small cruise ship experts and benefit from our attentive service, as you dock in the heart of exciting destinations across the Red Sea that larger vessels simply cannot reach.

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Emerald Cruises specializes in providing the small yacht cruise experience . You’ll notice how a limited number of guests, an excellent staff-to-guest ratio, and the purpose-driven design and layout of our luxury yachts offer you a comfortable and luxurious Red Sea cruise experience.

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Our ocean-going yachts are your home away from home, boutique floating hotels that provide guests with luxurious surroundings, a wealth of amenities, and unique innovations such as the Marina Platform for swimming in the sea and the Sky Bar for enjoying an evening drink as the sun sets.

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Escape to your private sanctuary of serenity. With our range of suites and staterooms , there’s an option to suit all preferences and budgets, whether you need plenty of space to stretch out, or you’re longing for a cozier accommodation.

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Emerald DISCOVERY is designed to take you far beyond the standard tourist experience, with a variety of exciting excursions . You’ll enjoy an included excursion nearly every day and have the option to join our Emerald PLUS , Emerald ACTIVE , and extra-special Discover MORE excursions^ to explore each destination in even greater depth.

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Your Red Sea cruise should also provide complete peace of mind. This is why we cover all port charges, provide all meals on board and with accompanying beverages , offer complimentary Wi-Fi, and cover all gratuities on board and onshore. You’ll also benefit from a first-class English-speaking crew , and enjoy tours led by knowledgeable, local guides.

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Boasting its nomadic ancient history and stunning natural beauty, the Red Sea, with its year round warm waters and pleasant coastal winds, is an ideal destination for your luxury yacht charter. Sharm-El-Sheikh resides here, inviting you in to explore the culture of egypt. Sudan’s peninsula also shares the Red Sea, embedded with spectacular diving spots by seaside towns and souks. Enjoy some shopping in Judah and its marketplaces, or sail deeper into the Red Sea to enjoy serenity and seclusion in its glory. The melting pot of cultures, colours, and luxury, interlaced with its nomadic history, will ensure a B&Y private yacht charter experience that aims impress.

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In Egypt’s Hurghada resides an international airport for your convenient arrival. Be welcomed aboard your private luxury yacht by your crew and enjoy some refreshments on board. Spend the day ashore, embedding yourself in Egyptian culture as you explore the seafront town, tasting local delicacies, before setting sail. Your first stop if the Island Giftun El Saghire, where you will anchor for the night.

Giftun El Saghire

Rise early to explore the coral reefs bellow you with a cool snorkel in Red Sea waters, and have relaxing lay down on the pristine beach. The Aquarium awaits you, a site praised for its astonishing array of eclectic marine life. After lunch, head towards Tawila, a picturesque isle that homes a sheltered lagoon, around which you can find intriguing bird species and rich vegetation.

After a refreshing dip in the lagoon, and a marvelous on board breakfast, take a slow sail towards Sharm El Sheikh. This is Egypt’s most alluring and inviting coastal regions, where top fishing spots (where you can catch large Tuna!), quaint coastal towns, and local delicacies captivate you.

Sharm El Sheikh

Wake up to the view of Sharm El Sheikh, home to the very best snorkeling and diving locations in the world. This famous getaway also offers spectacular on land sights, due to the impressive desert and mountains. You can also opt for a day trip to Luxor, where daily flights take you to the ancient city and the famous Valley of Kings. After dinner, indulge in an evening of shisha or hookah on land, accompanied by authentic mint tea and dates.

The perfect morning activity awaits you at Ras Muhammad Marine National Park, which boasts a breath taking coral reef beneath its clear waters. After lunch, head over to the island of Tiran for anchorage, stay mesmerized by being surrounded by coral islands and a sandy lagoon. If you’re lucky, you’ll see dolphins from your luxury yacht deck in this area!

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Enjoy a last rejuvenating dip in the Red Sea before you have to set sail to the port in Sharm El Sheikh. Hold on tight to your Red Sea memories as you big a fond farewell to your crew and private yacht. Sit back and reminisce on your way to the international airport, just under 25 minutes away.

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In our latest special report, world cruising veteran Janneke Kuysters explains how to sail across the Indian Ocean

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“It’s still a long way to get home,” Carina Hammarlund muses. My partner Weitze van der Laan and I nod. Between us and our home ports in northern Europe it feels like we have to sail half the globe.

In the New Year yachts from all over the world gather in Phuket, Thailand, for the last legs of their circumnavigation . For yachts from northern Europe, there are three options to get back to their home countries.

The first is sailing across the Indian Ocean and rounding the Cape of Good Hope before sailing back up the Atlantic. The second is to sail around India and then head up the Red Sea, across the Mediterranean and then home. The third is to ship the yacht home from Thailand and jump on an aeroplane.

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Sailing via the Cape of Good Hope costs around £47,000 and you need to allow 18 months

Every option has its advantages and disadvantages, and making the right decision depends on a lot of very personal factors. We spoke to cruisers who had chosen different solutions.

Shipping home

“We ran out of time,” Conny Hammarlund says. “We enjoyed four years of glorious cruising and found ourselves in Thailand, trying to decide which way to go back to Sweden.” An enticing job offer for his wife, Carina, made the decision simple: their Amel 56 Ultimo was going back on a ship and they would fly.

“For us it was a simple business case,” Carina says. “ The cost of the shipping versus the time we would save to get home and get back into a great job was better than using at least another six months to sail her through the Red Sea.

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“We prepared the boat in Phuket in March and in April she was picked up by the transport ship. Four weeks later she was offloaded in Copenhagen. We made the decision in January and were back home in April. She is our home, so we went to Copenhagen straight away to pick her up and sail her to our home port of Stockholm.”

Carina continues: “The advantages of shipping are simple: it is a quick and safe way to move the boat if you need to get back home relatively fast.”

Conny adds: “Of course there are disadvantages. Preparing the boat for transport is something you don’t do often in your sailing career, so you have to learn fast. Apart from that, it is expensive at first sight. But the comparison with the wear and tear of a long ocean crossing was not too unfavourable for shipping Ultimo .”

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Slings are attached to Ultimo ’s chainplates…

There are three main elements to the cost of shipping a yacht . First the Hammarlunds spent two months preparing to ship, which cost around £5,000 (if we assume an average cruising cost per month to be £2,500 for fuel, maintenance, insurance and living costs). This was done at anchor in Thailand. The actual cost of shipping was £40,800, plus the two flights home from Thailand.

After Ultimo was relaunched in Copenhagen, the couple sailed straight to Sweden that same day, so they incurred no additional harbour costs.

The third minor cost was insurance: “We signed a third party insurance via the transport company which was £160. During the transport there was no insurance cost, because the boat is covered by the transporter,” Conny explained.

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… before she’s hoisted aboard the transport ship

The couple did a lot of research before Ultimo was loaded onto the transport ship. “We compared prices, but also the experiences and feedback of other cruisers.” They based their choice not only on cost, but on customer references.

“We invested a lot of time in communication with the shipping company and the agent right from the start. This proved to be vital, because in the first stages a lot of information needs to be exchanged fast.

“During the transport they kept informing us and sent us all necessary details. You need to be flexible; schedules change, pick up dates and even locations can change because of regulations and delays.”

The Red Sea question

For a long time, sailing to Europe via the Red Sea was a definite ‘no go’ – yachts have been hijacked by Somali pirates, yachtsmen kidnapped and sometimes murdered. The efforts of the international maritime community have decreased the risk of piracy and past years have seen more and more boats successfully making this passage.

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The Trintella 49 yacht Blue Roger in Port Ghalib, Egypt

In the 2019 season 53 boats travelled through the Red Sea in both directions. Among them were Frank Mulder and Sandra van Manen, who sailed their Trintella 49 Blue Roger through the Red Sea and Mediterranean en route to the Netherlands.

“For us the most important reason to travel through the Red Sea was the limited time we had,” Van Manen said. Her work commitments as a doctor and, even more importantly, the birth of a grandchild, urged them back home. She adds: “We didn’t feel like doing long crossings again and wanted to sail the shortest route back home.”

“And it was a quick passage,” Mulder says. “We left Thailand mid-January and were back home in the Netherlands at the end of May. It took us a month to travel the 1,000-mile track up the Red Sea and through the Suez Canal.

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Frank Mulder and Sandra van Manen arrive safely home in the Netherlands

“There we left Blue Roger for two weeks in Egypt to fly home and be with our grandchild. After that, we sailed the passages in the Mediterranean, Bay of Biscay and North Sea at leisure.”

In Frank’s opinion: “Safety is not really an issue any more, especially with the help of UKMTO (United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations). In the Gulf of Aden there is the biggest risk of piracy though.”

For Mulder, the disadvantages are: “The weather. You have to think of the Red Sea as a chimney: the hot deserts on both sides with the cooler water of the Med on the north. The wind blows from the north with a Force 6-7 all the time.

“The wind shifts make it very hard to tack. We’ve had days that we only moved forward with 1.8 knots. It’s very frustrating, and you have to be on your guard all the time.

“There are yachtsmen who anchor under way in between the reefs but they are poorly charted and we considered the risk too high. In that respect it was one of the most dangerous parts of our circumnavigation.”

For the five months it took Blue Roger to sail from Thailand to the Netherlands, the total cost was £12,500. “In addition to that,” Van Manen comments, “you need to budget for the transit of the Suez Canal (£450) and for a lot of small cash payments. At least £1,800 is needed to pay for all these expenses while you transit the Indian Ocean and Red Sea.”

Having access to good and recent information is vital. “We used the Red Sea Pilot and we were members of a secret Facebook group of Red Sea crossers . That was very helpful. And the contacts with UKMTO were invaluable,” Sandra says.

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Cruisers sharing resources

“In Thailand an informal flotilla formed,” Frank explains. “But because of our time pressure, we didn’t join them. These flotillas have advantages, but there are disadvantages too, especially when some boats are a lot faster than others. There is a sense of security when travelling in a group. We went alone and never felt unsafe.”

Transiting the Red Sea is not a decision to be taken lightly and would require very thorough research. The reduction in piracy attacks reflects the greatly reduced number of vessels passing through the Gulf of Aden or venturing close to the Somali coastline, but the political issues which created the piracy problem remain, combined with increased instability in Yemen. Nevertheless, for those considering it, Frank Mulder has the following tips and suggestions:

  • Take cash: at least $2,500 USD in small notes.
  • Stay away from Saudi Arabia; they are not used to yachts there and treat (and charge) you like a large cargo ship. There are also security issues.
  • Make sure the boat is ready to tackle strong upwind conditions; prepare for significant wear and tear and carry lots of spare parts.
  • A satellite phone is useful in the Gulf of Aden: you cannot use your radio to contact UKMTO. If there is an issue with a vessel approaching you, call UKMTO and they can send a plane to fly overhead.
  • Most insurance companies will not cover sailing in the Red Sea. Start talking to alternative insurers at an early stage.

noonsite.com has additional advice from Wade Alarie , who runs the private Red Sea Facebook Group and transited the Red Sea this January. It includes carrying substantial fuel.

“You must be able to motor at least 1,200 miles,” says Alarie. “Every year several unprepared sailors run out of fuel, food, and money. Some end up begging for diesel from the Coalition Forces while sailing slowly in the High Risk Area (HRA). This ends up being a distraction to the hard working Coalition Forces, one that Somali pirates may use to their advantage.”

How to sail across the Indian Ocean

We chose to sail Anna Caroline across the Indian Ocean for two reasons. First, we were not sure that we wanted to tackle the headwinds and potential danger of the Red Sea. But more importantly we wanted to visit the wonderful islands in the northern Indian Ocean and then sail around the Cape of Good Hope. As part of our itinerary we have already sailed around two of the three big Capes, so this third one was still on our wishlist.

Choosing to cross the Indian Ocean means adding a year to your circumnavigation. To avoid running into cyclones, you need to leave Thailand in January, make a stop in Sri Lanka and arrive in the Maldives in March. You then have over six months to spend in the Maldives, Chagos, Seychelles, Mauritius or La Réunion until the southern summer starts and you can round the Cape of Good Hope, so it is a relaxed schedule.

The other option is to stay longer in Thailand or Malaysia and cross in September straight to Madagascar. Either way, cruising to Europe via South Africa will take around 18 months.

The advantages of crossing the Indian Ocean include having the time to pick relatively benign weather, and the ability to visit some groups of islands that are still not overrun by cruising yachts. You might also choose to make some interesting land trips ashore in Africa.

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The authors’ yacht Anna Caroline in Thailand

The disadvantages are mainly the time that is involved in getting back to Europe, and the extra wear and tear on the yacht caused by sailing many miles (for us on Anna Caroline it will be around 16,500 miles from Phuket to the Netherlands) in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

If you take this option, there are two major cost factors. First there is the additional cost of living, maintenance and insurance. Given the earlier assumption of £2,500 per month, this amounts to £45,000 for 18 months. On top of that, there is the cost of hiring agents, clearance and cruising permits.

Chagos and the Maldives are expensive with an average cost of between US$1,000-1,500 each. For other countries, the cost is lower, often much lower, but you should allow another £2,000. Depending on your insurance company, you may also see an increase in premium or deductibles.

Because cruising in the Indian Ocean is still relatively rare, sources to find information are scarcer. The Indian Ocean Cruising Guide  by Rod Heikell is helpful, as are numerous Facebook groups and forums. There are some older cruising guides for specific destinations like the Seychelles and Maldives, but they are very hard to find in hard copy. We found that it is a good idea to start selecting agents at an early stage; a lot of countries require you to have an agent and there are quite large differences in fees.

“For everyone dreaming of crossing the Indian Ocean the way we did, I would recommend that you do a very thorough check of the boat and all your spare parts while you are still in Thailand and close to resources,” Wietze van der Laan advises. “Most boats are at the end of their circumnavigation and the many miles that have been sailed by then have taken their toll.

“Your boat needs to be in mint condition, because it is very hard to get spare parts in most parts of the Indian Ocean. You need to be independent.”

COVID-19 update

The scenarios mentioned are for a ‘normal’ cruising season. The 2020 season has been anything but normal with COVID-19 causing lockdowns and restrictions.

At the time of going to press many countries, including South Africa, required arriving yachts to undergo COVID-19 testing and quarantine. The Maldives and Tanzania are relatively unrestricted, while Madagascan authorities are limiting yacht movements heavily. Social upheaval caused by factors like rising unemployment and the collapse of tourism is also impacting on the safety of destinations in the Indian Ocean.

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“The coalition forces don’t encourage cruisers in the area but they will tolerate us – particularly if we try to follow their guidance,” says Wade Alarie, moderator of the private Facebook group for Red Sea crossers.

Organisations issuing guidance include the Maritime Security Centre for the Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) and United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO).

About the author

Dutch couple Janneke Kuysters and Wietze van der Laan are sailing around the world in their Bruce Roberts 44 Anna Caroline , returning home via the Indian Ocean.

First published in the October 2020 issue of Yachting World.

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The Houthis Freaked: Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt Is Sailing In Their Backyard

Summary and Key Points: The USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR), a Nimitz-class supercarrier, has relieved the USS Eisenhower in the Red Sea as part of Carrier Strike Group 9 (CSG 9), accompanied by Carrier Air Wing 11 (CAW 11). This deployment is part of Operation Prosperity Guardian, aimed at countering Houthi attacks on shipping.

The Roosevelt, along with its escort ships and aircraft, represents a formidable force capable of defending against various threats.

Since July 9, U.S. forces have destroyed multiple unmanned aerial and surface vehicles launched by the Houthis. The mission aims to deter aggression and ensure the safety of merchant vessels in the region.

USS Theodore Roosevelt is Headed Back to the Red Sea

Aircraft carriers serve as an enduring image of the power of the U.S. Navy and help maintain stability and freedom of the seas. They frequently deploy to hotspot areas or the scenes of natural disasters. The Red Sea is one such arena of tension and has commanded a carrier presence since last October. On July 12, the USS Teddy Roosevelt strike group with its embarked air wing relieved USS Eisenhower as the carrier on station in the region to confront Houthi attacks on shipping. 

An Overview of the TR and Nimitz Carriers

The Roosevelt is a Nimitz-class supercarrier, one of the largest warships ever built. Commissioned in 1984, she is the fourth ship in her class and has seen service in multiple conflicts around the world.

This class of ship is the first nuclear-powered carrier produced in large numbers. Her two reactors power four propellers that give her a top speed over 30 knots. This allows her to launch and recover aircraft even in completely calm winds. The power produced by the reactors is also used in the steam catapult launch system, which can fling an 80,000-lb aircraft off the end of the flight deck at 140 knots. 

CSG 9 and CAW 11:

Teddy Roosevelt did not travel to the Red Sea alone. She is accompanied by the escorting ships of Carrier Strike Group 9 (CSG 9) and the embarked aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 11 (CAW 11). Included in CSG 9 is the cruiser USS Lake Erie and destroyers USS John S. McCain , Halsey , and Daniel Inouye . Between them, they represent a formidable force capable of defending the carrier against airborne, surface, and subsurface threats. In addition, their 5 inch guns and Tomahawk missiles can strike targets afloat and shore. 

CAW 11 will no doubt be busy as the Roosevelt patrols off the coast of Yemen. The air wing is composed of four squadrons of F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighter aircraft, a squadron of E/A-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft, two helicopter squadrons flying the MH-60R and MH-60S, an E-2D airborne command and control squadron, and a squadron of C-2 logistics aircraft. 

Mission in the Red Sea

The sailors and aviators of CSG 9 will participate in Operation Prosperity Guardian , confronting the continued threat posed by the Houthis in Yemen. The Houthis have continued to launch missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and unmanned surface vehicles at shipping in the Red Sea. While they claim to only target vessels affiliated with the U.S., UK, and Israel, they have struck many merchant vessels. 

Since July 9, U.S. forces including those from CSG 9 and Teddy Roosevelt have destroyed 11 UAVs and 7 USVs in Yemen and in the Red Sea. For the next few months, the crews on these ships will have much to do as they continue to deter Houthi aggression and protect merchant shipping in the region. 

About the Author: Maya Carlin

Maya Carlin , National Security Writer with The National Interest, is an analyst with the Center for Security Policy and a former Anna Sobol Levy Fellow at IDC Herzliya in Israel. She has by-lines in many publications, including The National Interest, Jerusalem Post, and Times of Israel. You can follow her on Twitter: @MayaCarlin . 

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Houthis claim video shows one of its sea drones striking an oil tanker in the Red Sea

  • The Houthis shared a video of a claimed sea drone strike on a crude oil tanker in the Red Sea.
  • A spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces said the vessel had violated its entry ban.
  • The Iran-backed rebel group has become more adept at targeting commercial vessels, experts told BI.

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Yemen's Houthi rebel group shared a video of what it claimed was one of its sea drones striking a crude oil tanker in the Red Sea.

In an X post on Tuesday, Ameen Hayyan, the director of the Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesperson's Office, said it had targeted the Chios Lion on Monday.

The Yemeni Military Media, or MMY, also published the video on its website , saying that it showed the MT Chios Lion being targeted by a drone.

Hayyan said the vessel was struck because the company that owns it violated its decision to ban entry into the "ports of occupied Palestine."

Footage of the alleged sea drone attack shows a blurred vessel approaching the front of the Chios Lion and exploding on impact.

US Central Command, or CENTCOM, reported on the attack on Monday, saying the Houthis attacked the Liberian-flagged, Marshall Islands-owned, and Greek-operated crude oil tanker with an unmanned surface vehicle in the Red Sea, causing damage to the vessel.

It said the Houthis also launched multiple attacks on the MT Bentley I, a Panama-flagged, Israel-owned, Monaco-operated tanker vessel, using one USV, two small boats, and an anti-ship ballistic missile.

It said no damage or injuries were reported related to that vessel.

The Houthis have used naval drones in a string of recent attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea.

The Houthis have characterized their campaign as a response to the Israel-Hamas war, but they are also attempting to position themselves as a big player in Iran's proxy network.

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The Iranian-backed group scored its first hit with a naval drone in June, striking the M/V Tutor, a Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned bulk carrier, CENTCOM reported at the time.

Since then, it has ramped up its attacks, deploying one or more sea drones almost every day last week . CENTCOM said its forces destroyed all of those drones.

Between October and April, the Houthis carried out at least 53 attacks on commercial vessels, the US Department of Transportation and Maritime Administration reported in April.

And between December and March, Houthi attacks damaged at least 19 commercial ships, according to a June 13 report published by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Experts told BI last month that the spike in successful attacks was proof that the Houthis were picking up lessons from their monthslong campaign of attacks on maritime lanes in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, and that Iran, their primary military and financial backer, was still supporting them.

"Every single Houthi attack, the Houthis are probably learning something about what works and what doesn't," Brian Carter, the Salafi-Jihadism team lead and an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute's Critical Threats Project, told BI.

"If you think about how a military organization operates, they're definitely taking away lessons from the different strike packages that they're using," he added.

Following the attacks on Monday, Yahya Sare'e, a spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces, said in a statement that the operations will not stop "unless the aggression is stopped and the siege on the Palestinian people is lifted in Gaza."

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