Indian Ocean

Luxury Indian Ocean yacht charters

In search of winter sun, warm turquoise waters and remote islands with their own unique cultures? With easy sailing distances between the jungle-covered, mountainous main islands and an abundance of opportunities to explore the more remote Outer Islands, an Indian Ocean yacht charter around the Seychelles can be tailor-made for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The warm, clear waters, shipwrecks and rich marine life of the low-lying coral atolls of the Maldives also provide ideal ingredients for exceptional snorkelling and diving; thrill-seekers will find some great surfing spots, too.

  • Best time to visit
    May - November
  • Getting there
    Multiple city links
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Four Degrees
Barefoot, beachfront dining on seafood straight from the grill at this beach club-style restaurant in the Hilton Resort.
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Grann Kaz
Just outside the Hilton Resort you can explore authentic Creole cuisine in the converted home of the Dauban family, who owned this island in the 1800s. Every dish is homegrown, homemade, or locally sourced.
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Another Hilton Resport establishment, this lakeside Japanese restaurant let's you watch as the chefs juggle, sear, and flip fresh seafood caught by local fishermen on a specialty teppanyaki grill.
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Four Seasons Resort
On the shores of Petit Anse, this resort has a number of restaurants and culinary experiences to offer, from Creole food you can grill yourself on the beach to Japanese, Asian and modern Mediterranean.
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Restaurants at this Baie Sainte Anne resort are set in landscaped gardens with water features. Cuisines on offer include Indian, Chinese, South East Asian, Japanese and Mediterranean using the best locally sourced and international produce.
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Morne Blanc Trail
Hike the Morne Blanc Trail as it winds through a former tea plantation and up into the misty forests to the top of Morne Blanc. Your reward? You get panoramic views across the western coast.
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Spa at Constance Ephelia
Enjoy a rejuvenating range of massages, facials and body treatments using aromatic natural products inspired by Indian Ocean botanicals, and a sauna, hammam, reflective, thermal and still pools, jacuzzi, Kneipp footbath and a yoga pavilion.
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Silhouette Island
Northwest of Mahé , this one-town, forested island criss-crossed with nature trails where you can see the native flora, fauna, and animals up close and personal. There are some beautiful deserted beaches too, accessible only by boat.
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Poivre Island
This remote, uninhabited island in the Amirante Group has huge saltflats for bonefishing fans, perfect for watertoys too, and there's a thriving bird and turtle population. Got a submersible on board? Head for the Amirantes Trench, a drop-off from 60-12,000m (200ft to 7 miles) that is home to all kinds of marine life.
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This remote Amirante Group island is a Save our Seas nature reserve studying vulnerable species like manta rays and green turtles and you can dive to meet them in their natural habitat. The island is also surrounded by sand so ideal for beach BBQs.
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African Banks
Furthest north in the Amirantes Group, these two uninhabited islets are mostly bare of vegetation, rising only 3m (10ft) above sea level. Visit the derelict lighthouse on the northern island and see the turtle and seabird breeding grounds.
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Vallée de Mai
Take the tender into the Grand Anse Beach jetty. Walk the trails to explore the Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its naturally preserved palm forest with the largest population of native coco-de-mer, or 'coconut-of-the-sea'.
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Curieuse Island
To the north of Baie Sainte Anne, this island is best known for its colony of giant tortoises. Beyond the mangroves there is some fine diving with coral gardens off the east coast.
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L'Union Estate Park
Step ashore to explore the plantation house, one of the oldest examples of French colonial architecture in the Seychelles. The coconut and vanilla plantations will transport you back in time.
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Anse a la Mouche
Calm and shallow , it's the perfect place for a day at anchor. Sit on the swim platform and do some fishing in the quiet morning hours before snorkelling to explore the bottom.
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Desroches Island
This remote atoll in the Amirante Group abounds with unique fauna and flora in a jungle that can be explored by bicycle. Try game fishing for wahoo, kingfish, tuna and sailfish or dive to explore underwater caves, swim-throughs and underwater labyrinths.
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Grande Sœur
Anchor between Grande and Petit Soeur islands for a day of leisure. Enjoy lunch ashore at a beach BBQ and do some jetskiing, wakeboarding, and even surfing if the swell is right on the west side of the island. Snorkelling off the beach is excellent, with crystal-clear waters and turtle nesting area nearby.
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This island's protective reef is rich with schools of fish. Take to the trails on foot or mountain bike and get acquainted with tropical birds and giant tortoises. Enjoy walking on the canopied pathways amidst cashew thickets, bamboo glades, citrus and avocado plantations.
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Cousine Island
Anchor off this private island resort and nature preserve west of Praslin with a broad arc of white sand wrapping itself round the island's northern tip. Let the crew work their magic with the beach set-up and settle in for a day of relaxed fun.
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Anse la Passe
A beautiful beach where you can while away the day paddling the shallow waters snorkelling, paddleboarding and bodyboarding.
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St Joseph’s Atoll
In the Amirantes Group, St Joseph’s Atoll's abundant, colourful reef fish, shark pups, bonefish, rays, turtles, and dolphins make it perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. You can dive your own oysters too.
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St François and Bijoutier
These uninhabited islands in the Alphonse Group are almost untouched by civilisation. The sand-ringed, V-shaped St François is covered in coconut palms, and Bijoutier is a picture-perfect desert island. Both have amazing diving with hammerhead sharks, dogtooth tuna and potato cod in the blue and vibrant corals with fish, turtles and shrimp inshore.
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Gourmet meals under the ocean’s waves in an underwater restaurant. Explore the world’s first underwater wine cellar before you reach a dining room surrounded by the sea. Watch sharks, turtles, and tropical fish swim by as you dine.
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Dine in an underwater restaurant inspired by the Maldivian coral reefs. Reach Subsix by speedboat and descend a dramatic three-tier staircase. Chandeliers illuminate the descent like shining coral. In the depths, find the swooping curves of the clam-inspired bar, tucked into the soft anemone chairs beneath the soft waves of capiz shells draped from the ceiling.
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Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Nine restaurants and bars to choose from, offering casual to formal dining, seafood to Arabian fare.
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Set in a hidden garden lit by flickering candlelight, Botanica by Brent Savage serves natural ‘garden-to-table’ cuisine.
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Reethi Restaurant has a spectacular setting, rich colours, and the ever-changing scenery of the sky and ocean all around. The restaurant offers three dining experiences: Earth - serving exquisitely executed French cuisine; Fire - pan-Asian dishes incorporating colourful influences from Indian, Maldivian, Sri Lankan and Thai cuisines; and Aqua - a true taste of Italy using the finest, fresh ingredients.
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Tapasake serves Japanese cuisine with a contemporary twist, expertly prepared sushi and sashimi and inventive small plate dishes. The restaurant is a gloriously stylish showcase of glass, stone and stainless steel, perched over-water on the western tip of the island.
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Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Dine five meters below the surface of the ocean, in the world’s first undersea restaurant, with panoramic coral garden views and fusion menus matched with fine wines. Ithaa can be reserved for private dining, weddings and special occasions.
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Found on its own private island in the southern part of the North Male Atoll, Baros features multiple restaurants with an emphasis on seafood, a beautiful infinity pool, and a white sand beach that stretches all around the island.
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Terra at Waldorf Astoria
Gaze across the ocean as you dine among the treetops in one of seven bamboo nests. The unparalleled dining experience at Terra features the world's finest ingredients, such as Miyazake Wagyu Beef and Alba White Truffle, complemented by an extensive collection of premium wines and the resort's signature Krug Champagne handpicked by the first Maldives' Krug Ambassador.
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5.8 Undersea Restaurant
The world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant. Try the multi-course tasting menu for a fully immersive gourmet experience.
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Crab Shack at Finolhu Resort
A 20-minute stroll or 5-minute boat ride, the Crab Shack is at the end of a sandbank. With wooden planks and palm thatch, this is a relaxed and delicious dining choice.
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Baa Atoll
An UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve resplendent with marine life, Baa Atoll is the place to snorkel with the manta rays and whale sharks. The atoll’s glittering jewel is undoubtedly the famous Hanifaru Bay where the world’s largest gathering of manta rays can be witnessed.
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Hanifaru Bay
Manta, Whale shark and sharks natural reserve, snorkelling allowed. No diving or anchoring allowed without permission in advance. (Approx. 1 week before visit)
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Coco Bodu Hithi Spa
A menu of deeply restorative treatments inspired by ancient Indonesian, Thai and Indian techniques and boosted by products inspired by the healing properties of tea.
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Six Senses Spa at Soneva Fushi
Six Senses spa at Boutique hotel Soneva Fushi. Treatments are high-touch, high-tech and hand-crafted to give you an amazing wellness experience.
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AWAY@ Spa at W Maldives
Have a massage, wrap, or facial under the Dhow-inspired sunshade. Stretch to the horizon with private yoga sessions in the pavilion on the wraparound sundeck with outdoor rainforest shower and expansive day bed for sun-soaking.
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Big game fishing in the early hours of the morning; this is a sport not to be missed near Fulidhoo Island at Vaavu Atoll.
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Velaa Golf Academy
For any golfers in the group, we recommend a lesson at Velaa Golf Academy. This unique course was designed for developing your game with just nine tees, six greens, and seven bunkers to shoot around at.
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Meemu Atoll
Take a snorkeling tour of the western reef of the Meemu Atoll. Once you’ve had your warm-up snorkel, it’s time for the real action; a dive at Mulaku Channel. The sea-life here is always prolific, with big coral blocks and brightly colored soft corals. You can see just about every species of fish found in the Maldives in this channel.
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Gemendhoo Private Island
Ideal for private snorkelling & water sports.
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Male Atoll
NORTH MALE ATOLL HP Reef “There are nearby dive sites for novices, but HP itself is for experienced advanced divers only.”
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Ari Atoll
NORTH ARI ATOLL Maalhos Thila “An exciting dive for advanced divers only.” Maaya Thila “Fine for both novices and experienced divers.” Fish Head aka Mushimas Mingili Thila “For novices or intermediate divers.”
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Rasdhoo Atoll
Rasdhoo Madivaru “Known as the hammerhead dive - for intermediate or advanced divers. Beginners can dive too, but with less chance of seeing the sharks as they are usually in deeper water.”
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Felidhu Atoll
Fotteyo Kandu “Off the beaten track, for advanced divers only.”
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Faafu Atoll
Exciting, unspoiled dive locations with profuse marine species and beautiful coral formations. There are also two wrecks of traditional dhoni (small sailing vessels) to explore for the more advanced divers. For beginners, there are easy, shallow dives with little current in the inner atoll.
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The islands of Gan, Maandhoo, Kadhoo, and Fonadhoo are linked by a causeway 11 miles (18km) long, making up the longest stretch of dry land in the Maldives. Gan has some unique features such as a freshwater lake (Red Lake, named for its red color from the tree leaves falling into it) as well as mounds known as Hawitta from a pre-historic Buddhist time over 600 years ago.
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Dhaalu Atoll
Dhaalu Atoll is famous for its skilled craftsmen, evident in the beautiful mosques with ancient stone carvings. Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian adventurer, commented that its mosques had some of the finest masonry he had ever seen.
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Alifushi is a local village famous for the art of traditional boat building on the northern part of the atoll. It is a center for imparting the traditional skills of building fishing boats, or ‘dhonis’. The boatyard at Alifushi produces dozens of dhonis every year.
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COMO Maalifushi
COMO Maalifushi on the Thaa Atoll invites you to meet with the resident Marine Biologist to see how new coral frames are planted on the seafloor to encourage reef growth.
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Dhiggiri Island
As you cross southward into the southern part of the Ari Atoll, stop off at the deserted Dhiggiri Island. It’s a picture-postcard stretch of perfect, powder sand, a few palm trees and turquoise seas all around.
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One of the many deserted islands in the South Male Atoll, Maniyafushi is known for its pristine beauty. Again, you’ll find white sands, blue waters and very little else to disturb you!
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A well known, half-moon shaped island with its resort offering stunning stretches of sandy beach, palm trees and a wide lagoon with fascinating submarine realms - ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
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Rasdhoo Atoll
A tiny group of 5 islands (inhabited by some 850 souls) just off the North Ari Atoll and serving as its administrative capital. Here, you’ll find a quaint village, a deep-sea medical centre, and unique shops.
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On South Malé Atoll for a relaxing afternoon on the white sandy beach and crystal clear waters of an azure lagoon. Stop inside the northern side, the perfect spot for water sports or a relaxing swim, while enjoying the magnificent view.
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Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll
This is one of the largest atolls in the world. At low tide, you can walk across over 80 islands encircling the 22 mile (35km) long lagoon. Walking along the islands gives you the chance to take a glimpse at the local way of life as well.
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Olhahali Picnic Island
Known as the best BBQ Island in the area and an idyllic setting for snorkelling and sunbathing. One of the best options for privacy.
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Nibiligaa Sandbank
This tiny tear-drop shape of sand with a few trees and vegetation is a pretty spot to stop for a picnic ashore and snorkelling.
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Yachts available for charter in Indian Ocean

This is a small selection of the luxury motor and sailing yachts available to charter in Indian Ocean. Please contact your Burgess broker for a personalised selection.

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Whether you are looking for a 70m motor yacht to cruise the Caribbean or have your heart set on an adrenaline-fuelled sailing experience, we are on hand to guide you every step of the way.
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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