A day on the water in Punta Mita

A day on the water in Punta Mita.

Why Your Next Great Adventure Is on the Water

Why restrict a vacation experience to solid ground? Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts around the world are extending their unparalleled hospitality to the sea with luxury dive boat charters. Whether it’s snorkelling or sunbathing you’re after, we’ve compiled the many ways you can change your perspective on paradise.

Koh Samui yacht

KOH SAMUI, THAILAND

On Samui Island, guests at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui can extend their range with its two yachts. The Minor Affair Sunseeker, a 64-foot (19.5-metre) yacht accommodates up to 12, with two cabins and a master suite. Its hydraulic swimming platform has a built-in shower, and a Bose sound system is ready to supply your sailing soundtrack.

The Resort’s new 42-foot (12.8-metre) charter, the Siam Seas Explorer, has an outdoor deck where you can lie still in the sun. It also happens to be an island-hopping speedboat that can reach up to 44 knots (about 50 mph). The crew – a personal assistant and a deckhand – can provide picnics, full meals and, of course, Champagne.

Trips aboard each yacht are fully customizable, but the Resort suggests several itineraries, such as a jaunt to the Angthong National Marine Park – 42 uninhabited islands great for snorkelling, with a chance to dive through a cave to the saltwater Emerald Lake. The yachts also offer sunset cruises and tours around Koh Samui or to Thailand’s most southern Island, Koh Phangan, where every month up to 30,000 people flock to dance at its Full Moon Party.

“Our guests really enjoy the yacht trips to Angthong Marine Park – it is a beautiful destination with a nice trek and secluded beach,” says Sean Mosher, General Manager of the Resort. “What’s equally impressive is the experienced and knowledgeable crew, especially our captain.”

Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

A boat cruising in the waters of Lanai

LANAI, HAWAII

When guests at Four Seasons Resort Lanai board the 45-foot (14-metre) Lanai V, they’ll notice the difference. Its design bridges the gap between smaller boats and large sportfishing yachts for an intimate experience that still delivers peak performance, safety and comfort. For day trips, it can hold up to four divers, or six passengers for a fishing excursion.

The Resort also charters a 65-foot (20-metre) luxury sailing catamaran, and the two vessels carry guests on day trips to Maui, dive trips, snorkelling expeditions, fishing, tours of the coast, whale watching and sunset sails. Guests can also book private tours.

“An ocean adventure is one of the best ways to explore the southern coastline of Lanai,” says Captain Kamalani Ranis of Lanai Ocean Sports. “Just minutes from the harbour are some of the best dive sites in the world, resident spinner dolphins and some of the highest sea cliffs in the world. All experiences with our Lanai-based crew are unique.”

Four Seasons Resort Lanai

A private boat makes its way around the coast of Bora Bora

BORA BORA, SOUTH PACIFIC

At Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, up to 20 people can embark on two-hour excursions aboard a custom-built, 39-foot (11.8-metre) Andreyale Bateaux Taxi. The taxi boats – Heinoanoa, Leana, Poeiti and Vaihani – were inspired by New York City commuter boats that, in the 1920s, transported Wall Street executives from Long Island to New York’s financial district. But the 21st-century models are made with mahogany, teak and stainless steel, and they stick to the South Pacific.

The Andreyales take guests for snorkelling with rays and sharks, deep-sea fishing, or touring the area with a local guide. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora has its own fleet for one-hour to full-day excursions, including a catamaran that can accommodate up to 50. One choice is easily the most popular.

“A private Sunset Sushi and Champagne Cruise is an incredibly romantic experience,” says Diego Stembert, General Manager of the Resort. “Not only do you get to see the beautiful colours of Bora Bora’s lagoon and sky change with the sunset, but you get to do so with your loved one while enjoying the perfect pairing of fresh sushi and Champagne. It’s truly one of Bora Bora’s most memorable experiences.”

Editor’s note: In accordance with local health authorities, some services and amenities may be modified. Please contact the Hotel or Resort directly for assistance.

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