Australia yacht charter

From dynamic cities and breathtaking unspoilt landscapes to sweeping beaches and stunning coastlines brimming with natural wonders, Australia offers extraordinary experiences.

Sail into Sydney for iconic views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Aquatic adventures await you at the Great Barrier Reef, or play a round of golf before sampling superlative seafood on one of the Whitsunday Islands. Lose yourself in the dramatic red gorges of the Kimberleys where nature reigns supreme. Australia is a world of its own, unique, unspoilt, awe-inspiring.

  • Best time to visit
    May - October
  • Getting there
    Multiple city links
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Best time to visit

Great Barrier Reef (North Queensland - Australia):
May to October

The Whitsundays (Australia):
May to October + Christmas and NY

The Kimberleys:
May to September

Multiple city links

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport
Cairns Airport
Brisbane Airport
Hamilton Island Airport
Broome International Airport

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On the secluded northern tip of Hamilton Island, qualia has pristine views, world-class dining, two infinity-edge pools, a blissful day spa. This chic, luxury resort is 2km from Catseye Beach, 3km from the Hamilton Island Golf Club and arranges heli tours to the famous Heart Island.
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Cape Lodge
Private Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary Retreat in the heart of Margaret River Wine Country.
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The Louise
An idyllic vineyard retreat with the acclaimed Appellation restaurant on a gentle hill surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines, with breathtaking vistas across the renowned Barossa Valley.
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Saffire Freycinet
Saffire Freycinet is a gem of Tasmania's Coles Bay providing set in the natural wonders of Freycinet National Park and nearby Wineglass Bay.
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Icebergs Dining Room & Bar
Ideally positioned on a bluff overlooking Bondi Beach, Icebergs serves seasonal Italian cuisine with a terrace for those looking to watch the surfing action.
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Perched on a wharf overlooking Sydney Harbour's Rose Bay a stone's throw from the Royal Sydney Golf Club, this family-run restaurant serves the best Australian seafood and shellfish with European and Asian influences.
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Hamilton Island Golf Club
This 18-hole, par 71 course, designed by five time British Open winner Peter Thomson, is strung along the spectacular ridges and steep valleys of Dent Island with spectacular views of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands and Coral Sea.
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Great Barrier Reef
The 2,300km (1,430 mile) Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail this living masterpiece.
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Arkaba Conservancy
A wild bush luxury property in the Flinders Ranges welcoming ten guests at a time to share this remote 60,000-acre private wildlife conservancy dedicated to the conservation of Australia’s unique wildlife and birds. Expert field guides immerse you in the story of the bush.
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Whale watching
From July to September humpbacks and other cetaceans are a common sight off the Kimberley coast.
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Swim with whale sharks
From March to July the world’s biggest fish can be seen gliding along filter feeding as they migrate past Ningaloo Reef.
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Marlin season
From September to December, black marlin return to the waters of Lizard Island and for seven days each October, game fisherman head for Anchor Bay for sport fishing.
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Lord Howe Island Golf Club
Nestling in the middle of the Tasman Sea this club has a picturesque nine-hole course set among kentia palm groves overlooking a turquoise lagoon.
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Swim with turtles
Green and Hawksbill turtles are a regular sight in the well sheltered waters off the white sands of Lord Howe Island's Old Settlement Beach.
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Snorkelling safari
Ned's Beach is Lord Howe Island's best known stretch of sand and a great place to explore the reef and feed the numerous fish.
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Whitehaven Beach
With pure-white sand and sheltered sapphire waters, Whitehaven Beach stretches for 7km on Whitsunday Island’s east coast.
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Lizard Island
Australia’s northern-most beach resort is a national park with over 20 white-sand beaches and endless ocean views from Cook’s Lookout at the top of the island. Take the tender to the Blue Lagoon for lunch on the beach and snorkelling the clam gardens, or dive the Snake Pit between two bommies to spot highly venomous, but fortunately very docile, olive sea snakes. You also find coral gardens, reef sharks, rays, wrasse, barracuda, turtles and so much more.
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Rowley Shoals
Over 300sqm of undisturbed marine habitat across three atolls with a huge diversity of coral and marine life. A pristine haven 300knm off the Kimberley coast.
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Sal Salis
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is an exclusive beach safari camp nestled in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park near Exmouth in Western Australia with views of the surrounding bush and over the Indian Ocean and the fringing Ningaloo Reef.
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El Camino Cantina
Nestling on the water right next to Manly's ferry wharf, this Mexican themed restaurant is the perfect place to watch the sun set with a margarita.
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Moseley Beach Club
This relaxed summer-only beach club in Glenelg near Adelaide borrow the best of European and South East Asian beach clubs with daybeds, live music and entertainment.
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Pee Wee’s at the Point
From its location in East Point Nature Reserve with sweeping views across Darwin Harbour and the city skyline, the stunning setting of Pee Wee’s at the Point has to be one of the finest in the Northern Territory. The restaurant’s menu is equally impressive, with the freshest Northern Territory produce used to create dishes like Paspaley Pearl Meat sashimi and wild caught Saltwater Barramundi. Be sure to arrive in time to enjoy the sunset.
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Noosa Beach House
Located on Noosa Heads’ bustling Hastings Street, this lively restaurant has a beach house feel. The kitchen’s skilfully conceived and innovative contemporary dishes ensure seasonal local produce shines through. Enjoy local Harvey Bay scallops and Murray Cod from the Raw Bar and meat eaters will enjoy O’Connor dry-aged ribeye and Kurobuta pork belly. Before dinner have an aperitif at the up-tempo front bar, which is a great place for people watching and enjoying live music (weekends only).
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Orzo Restaurant
Refined and understated are not words often associated with Queensland’s bustling Gold Coast, but both of these qualities are abundant at Orzo. A traditional Italian restaurant with a contemporary twist, the menu focuses on sustainable local produce, with homemade pastas and breads infused with flavours from southern Italy and accompanied by a considered curation of fine Italian wines.
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Fleet, Brunswick Heads
With only 14 covers, dining at this Brunswick Heads restaurant is a VIP encounter. Chef patron Josh Lewis creates a well-proportioned tasting menu using a variety of fresh produce from the Northern Rivers region. Signature dishes include a chip and dip starter made from mullet cooked over pinecones, and Ballina king prawns roasted in black garlic oil. The front of house vibe is friendly and charming, creating an illusion of dining in a private home, albeit with a more impressive wine cellar.
map pinByron Bay, New South Wales
Tamarind, The Reef Hotel Casino
For a contemporary fusion of Oriental flavours and fresh, regional produce the multi award-winning Tamarind restaurant in Cairns is worth stepping ashore for. Combining seasonally selected ingredients in an imaginative menu, dishes such as palm sugar-cured beef fillet or kangaroo fillet tataki are complemented by a carefully curated wine list. An innovative house cocktail selection inspired by Asian ingredients is also perfect if you fancy a drink before or after your fine dining experience.
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Oaks Kitchen and Garden
With a talent to transform almost any fish into the most flavoursome of dishes, Patron Chef Josh Niland sets the bar high with his seven-course tasting menu at this award-winning restaurant. Located in Sydney’s trendy Paddington, its intimate setting is an experience for all, with a daily changing menu created around the morning’s catch. Niland’s commitment to minimising waste is also reflected in his whole-fish butchery and by using techniques usually used in meat. Waste not, want not.
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LuMi Dining, Pyrmont Bay
Fusing Asian flavours with the flair of Italian-style cuisine, LuMi’s head chef Federico Zanellato has created a contemporary dining experience like no other. Attracting well-heeled locals for almost a decade, the glass box setting overlooking the harbour in Pyrmont Bay is equally contemporary, and further enhances the exquisite tasting menu of classical Italian dishes elevated with Asian ingredients.
map pinSydney, New South Wales
With its own Japanese garden and Asian-inspired décor, Tetsuya’s is an oasis of Zen located right at the heart of Sydney’s city centre. A regular on the world’s best restaurants lists for over three decades, the constantly evolving tasting menus created by chef patron Tetsuya Wakuda consist largely of Japanese dishes influenced with classical French style cuisine and have continued to elevate this fine-dining establishment to superior levels.
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Bentley Restaurant & Bar
If you like your wine and food given equal importance, then Bentley Restaurant & Bar is the place to head. The innovative and quirky dishes served here include quality, Australian farmed and fished produce such as steak grilled over charcoal, and swordfish with pickled mussels. New-wave and rare wines are superbly paired by wine aficionado (and co-owner) Nick Hildebrandt; patron chef Brent Savage being the other co-founder. A proven duo with five restaurants under their belt.
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With spectacular harbour views to include the infamous Opera House, it's easy to see why the award-winning Quay has appeared in the world’s best restaurant lists several times over. However, views alone don’t win awards and Executive chef Peter Gilmore’s latest tasting menu is equally impressive. Featuring ingenious updates to signature staples such as the white coral dessert with a wine list tweaked to suit the new menu, the views still rock, but the cuisine has been raised to another level.
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This Sydney Harbour stalwart has been winning awards for almost two decades for its innovative Australian fare. Helmed by chef Tom Gorringe, the seasonal menu here is based around flavoursome local produce. Signature favourites include Tuna sashimi with Tasmanian wasabi, and Moreton Bay Bugs with roasted macadamias. Arrive early for an aperitif in the Aria-adjacent wine bar and be sure to reserve a table in the main room to enjoy the spectacular views over the harbour and Opera House.
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Bennelong, Sydney Opera House
Located inside the iconic building itself it may not have views over the Opera House, but the spectacular backdrop of Circular Quay and the boats in the harbour through the iconic windows still make for great views and a truly unique dining experience. As with sister restaurant Quay, Bennelong’s vibrant, award-winning menu by Executive chef Peter Gilmore is a showcase of flavours and quality seasonal local produce, celebrating Australian classics in a whimsical manner.
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Ormeggio at The Spit
Located on the other side of Sydney Harbour, Ormeggio at The Spit has become one of the city’s favourite Italian restaurants. Best known for its buzzy atmosphere, and with waterfront views over Middle Harbour and the boats in D’Albora Marina, the recently renovated premises serves high quality, sustainable seafood dishes with Italian classic cocktails and an extensive wine list (Italian of course).
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Saint Peter, Paddington
With a talent to transform almost any fish into the most flavoursome of dishes, Patron Chef Josh Niland sets the bar high with his seven-course tasting menu at this award-winning restaurant. Its intimate setting is an experience for all diners, with a daily changing menu created around the morning’s catch. Niland’s commitment to minimising waste is also reflected in his imaginative use of offal, which he achieves with whole fish butchery and by using techniques usually used in meat.
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Cottage Point Inn
Savour the perfect alfresco lunch at the prime waterfront location of the Cottage Point Inn on Hawkesbury River – located a 40-minute drive (or a twenty-minute seaplane) north of Sydney. Based in a converted 1950s boat house on the edge of Cowan Creek, the restaurant has been around in one form or another since the 1950s. Today chef Kevin Solomon delivers innovative modern Australian cuisine with plenty of choices ranging from a la carte to an eight-course tasting menu.
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Berowa Waters Inn
Set in bushland along the Hawkesbury River, the Berowa Waters Inn can only be reached from the water by seaplane or boat, which makes it all the more exciting as a destination dining venue. The restaurant has been an icon of the Sydney food scene for years, and with chef patron Brian Geraghty taking over in 2021, its iconic status is set to continue. Geraghty’s fresh approach to the fine dining experience celebrates Australian cuisine at its best.
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Buccaneer Archipelago
Named after British privateer William Dampier, who surveyed these waters in 1688, the waters around these 1,000 islands have a tidal range of 12m (39.4ft), constantly changing the coastline and creating whirlpools.
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Haggerstone Island Resort
This reef-ringed island offers guests spearfishing, adventures on sand dunes and waterfalls by helicopter and dining on the ocean's freshly caught bounty. What's not caught is grown organically on the island.
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The Horizontal Falls
Massive tidal movements create a waterfall effect as ebbing water backs up against one side of the narrow cliff passage, only to be repeated in reverse when the tide turns.
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Stanley Island
First declared a national park in 1939, the island is part of the Flinders Group, one of the world’s most rugged landscapes with great rock art sites too depicting visiting sailing ships from foreign nations. Best known is the huge Yintayin rock shelter, also known as the Ship Rock Shelter’. This unique art site is seldom visited due to its isolated location.
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This buzzing riverside state capital city between the ocean and rugged national parks is known as a cosmopolitan hub for culture, arts and also dining. It's close to nature, and you can feel the laid-back Queensland vibe.
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Three Islands Group National Park
Densely forested islands sit in shallow turquoise waters atop a reef. Expect near-white sandy beaches, mangroves and grassland.
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The Ribbons Reefs
Home to several of Australia’s most spectacular dive sites, as well as some very special gamefishing including black marlin. Dive Cod Hole to swim with giant potato cod and Steve's Bommie for brightly coloured corals and schooling fish.
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Visit Bicentennial Park and the botanical gardens or explore the physical landscape to discover a spiritual one with an induction into Aboriginal culture and lore.
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Magnetic Island
Choose the Forts Walk to discover history, ocean views and koala sightings and visit the storied, weathered and much-travelled hull of the clipper ship City of Adelaide, built in 1864.
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Montgomery Reef
The entire reef appears to rise from the ocean on the falling tide. Revealed are nearly 5m (16.4ft) of reef gradually emerges from the ocean with water cascading down waterfalls and creating a river cutting through the reef as it drains.
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Butterfly Bay
This marine national park green zone, on the north coast of Hook Island, gas some great snorkelling around coral gardens with many small, colourful reef fish. As the name suggests, you may also spot a variety of butterflies and birds.
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Silica Beach
Most beaches here are yellow sand but this one is made up of nearly pure silica quartzite creating powder-soft bone-white sands that squeak underfoot. Towards the edge of the archipelago, it's also a great place to watch 20,000 migrating humpback whales between June and October.
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Kazu Pearl Farm
One of the more secluded islands in the Torres Strait, this is where Kazuyoshi Takami has grown pearls for over four decades. Enjoy seven-courses of freshly prepared sushi as Mr Kazu shows you how he seeds his pearls. Fascinating.
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Prince of Wales Island
The largest island in the Torres Strait, with an area of 203sqkm. The island was used as a cattle station and it now has a population of wild cattle, as well as goats and rusa deer. Locals come here to cool off around its many waterfalls.
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Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
Tucked away inside the Dampier Peninsula on Mission Bay, Cygnet Bay is where the fourth generation of the Hunter family sustainably grow what they say are among the finest quality South Sea pearls
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Raft Point
Go ashore for a walk to a spectacular galley of Wandjinas (indigenous rock art). Visit some of the artwork created by local indigenous people hundreds of years ago and enjoy the stories shared by your local aboriginal guide.
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Hayman Island
The most northerly Whitsunday Island is ringed by small coves and coral beaches, making it fantastic for diving. To the north of the island is Blue Pearl Bay, a beautiful beach with teaming sea life. The best diving and snorkelling is off Castle Rock and Dolphin Point.
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Hamilton Island
This is the largest of the six that are inhabited and is home to a large marina and the famous Hamilton Island Race Week. Here you can relax in the turquoise shallows or explore unspoilt nature trails. There's also a great golf course.
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South Molle Island
The Whitsunday island of South Molle is hilly with a lush rainforest interior, reefs just offshore and quiet bays. At low tide the island is joined to tiny Mid Molle by a spit of sand if you want to explore further.
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Cape Trib Beach House Resort
Explore the ancient World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest by zipline on a two-hour tour between six treetop canopies guided by an expert.
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Airlie Beach
A lively town with many sea-side restaurants, shops and bars where you can enjoy live music.
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Upulo Reef & Cay
Ideal for snorkelling or try-diving as there is so much just beneath the surface. Think cobalt starfish, bright corals, green turtles and blue spotted rays.
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Fitzroy Island
Discover the reef from a different angle on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard in the morning, then explore walking trails through tropical rainforest to reach the summit, or take the Lighthouse Road trail for jaw-dropping views
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Low Isles
Just northeast of Port Douglas is the Low Islands Reef where you will find amazing diving with fine corals, plenty of turtles and abundant sealife including parrotfish, angelfish, clownfish, trevally, fusilleers and more. The reef's many corals were the first ever to be studied scientifically in 1928 and all reef ecology stems from here.
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Sunset Bar and Grill
Overlooking iconic Cable Beach, you can eat here at any time of day from a 6.30am breakfast after a morning run, or gather at the Grill for dinner. Each dish delivers the best in fresh seasonal ingredients, executed to perfection.
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Fat Controller Club
Step into the Fat Man’s basement to catch a range of live and club beats on Thursdays through to Saturdays. Main events are ticketed (and there are some stellar acts coming up) so book in advance.
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The Sub Club
Blurring the line between art project and nightclub, Sub Club curates immersive events that transport you through sound. Ethically spot-on, they pride themselves on an all-inclusive clubbing experience.
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Jimmy Rum’s
Welcome to a cocktail experience like no other. The vibrant lounge interior is the backdrop to exquisitely crafted cocktails of every colour and concoction. First come, first served – so get there in good time for a good time!
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Styled as a speakeasy, you will step into a world of flappers, suffragettes, and bootleggers in a Broadway musical set. Pick a VIP package for a private booth and tipple of your choice, then sit back and watch ballroom dancers, DJs and live musicians.
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Chinese Laundry Club
One of Sydney's largest and longest running nightclubs, the Chinese Laundry is a famed venue which regularly hosts live artists. From house, electro, tech, bass, party mash-up, hip-hop and breaks – check their social media for a preview.
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Step ashore at Darling Harbour and into the biggest night you’ll find in Sydney. This club has eight room, multiple levels, and top of the line audio-visuals throughout – plus an incredible line up of events from international DJs to Drag Queen Mardi Gras.
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Charter yachts available in Australia

This is a small selection of the yachts available to charter in the Australia. Please contact your Burgess broker for a personalised selection.

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Frequently asked questions
The charter agreement
After the availability of your chosen yacht has been verified, you will receive a standard MYBA Charter Agreement for signature. If your chosen cruising itenerary necessitates embarking or disembarking from a point other than your yacht’s home port, positioning charges (delivery/ redelivery fees) may be required. These charges, if applicable, will be confirmed in advance and affirmed in the Charter Agreement, together with any taxes that may apply.
Payment terms
A deposit of 50 per cent of the total charter fee is payable by bank transfer immediately on signature of the MYBA Charter Agreement. The remaining 50 per cent, plus an Advance Provisioning Allowance, together with any taxes, delivery/redelivery fees and any additionally agreed charges, is payable by bank transfer five weeks before the commencement of the charter.
Operating expenses

The Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) is due at the time of the final charter payment. Under MYBA terms, this sum is usually equivalent to 30 per cent of the total charter fee, but may be up to 40 per cent in some cases.

Intended to cover the operating expenses of a charter as explained under Charter Terms, such as fuel, food, drinks, port fees and ad hoc incidentals, the APA will be given to the captain before the start of your charter. The Captain will ensure that the yacht is fully fuelled and provisioned when you step on board. While an up-to-date summary of accounts can be requested at any time during your charter, a full set of accounts will normally be submitted by your captain at the end of the cruise. If, during the charter, the expenditure exceeds the sum already paid, additional cash funds will be required at once.

All outstanding bills from the yacht charter should be settled in cash or by bank transfer before your final disembarkation. Of course, any remaining credit at the end of your charter will be reimbursed to you in full. On request, transfer arrangements to and from the yacht can be made by Burgess or by the yacht’s captain, payment for which will be deducted from your APA.

Every detail counts
Several weeks before you board your yacht, Burgess will ask you to complete a detailed questionnaire describing the preferences and special needs of all the members of your party, such as dietary or medial requirements, details of any allergies, and your sporting or entertainment requests. This will enable Burgess and the crew of your chosen charter yacht to ensure that everything possible is done to make your charter a fabulous experience.

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