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Motor Yachts

Bahamas Motor Yachts for Charter

Bahamas motor yachts have consistently held the preference among charterers, primarily owing to their speed and their shallow draft—an invaluable advantage in the Bahamas, where the water is predominantly very shallow (in many places too shallow for a sailing yacht charter). The inherent design of motor yachts allow them to navigate these waters with unparalleled ease, making them the optimal choice for those seeking a seamless and unrestricted exploration of the shallow Bahamas. We therefore strongly advocate for clients to consider a motor yacht, provided their budget allows, for their Bahamas yacht charter.

Why choose a Motor Yacht for your Bahamas Yacht Charter?

The shallow draft of motor yachts is a critical advantage for unrestricted navigation in the shallow waters of the Bahamas

The higher speed of motor yachts enables exploration to more remote destinations

The larger size of motor yachts means more luxury and space for water toys, enhancing the overall charter experience

Bahamas motor yacht charters

The high Speed of Motor Yachts allows you to make the most of your Bahamas yacht charter

Motor yachts have distinct advantages in both performance and speed: One of the top yacht charter destinations in the Bahamas is the Exumas, and some of the best parts of the Exumas lie far enough away from the popular starting point, Nassau, that either a faster boat or a longer yacht charter is needed in order to reach it.

Most of our clients choose to follow one of our recommended 8-day and 7-night island-hopping itineraries. Here we emphasize the distinct advantages of choosing a motor yacht for your Bahamas yacht charter, allowing for the inclusion of additional destinations while significantly reducing travel time. This also gives you the freedom to be pickier: should a port not align with your preferences, lifting anchor and changing to a more desirable location is quick and easy.

Additionally, the element of speed not only grants freedom of movement but also imparts excitement and pleasure to the time spent reaching the destinations. There is hardly a better feeling than cruising at top speed, with the wind in their hair effortlessly navigating the hot spots scattered across the countless islands of the Bahamas.

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A scuba diver in his diving gear sits in front of a boat and enjoys the view of the tropical landscape with turquoise sea

A luxury Yacht Charter offer more space, more luxury and more toys

Bahamas motor yachts have “grown” in size in recent years, so our top-tier luxury yachts are now able to accommodate a large group of guests as well as state-of-the-art amenities and comforts that were seldom found a few years back, such as a variety of water toys, jetskis, open-air jacuzzis and more.

One thing we are especially seeing on Bahamas yacht charters, is an increase in the popularity of waterslides. The waterslide injects an element of exhilaration and pure play into a luxury yacht charter. The appeal especially lies in the ability to initiate every anchorage by sliding directly into the crystal-clear water, creating moments of sheer fun and spontaneity. This feature proves especially popular among families, groups of friends, or anyone eager to unleash their inner child amidst the stunning backdrop of the open sea. We offer a diverse selection of yachts equipped with waterslides and other floating devices, just mention to your broker that you wish to include one in your Bahamas luxury yacht charter.

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LIMITLESS

From $54,900/week
4 cabins
101 ft
Hargrave
8 guests
Refit: 2021
113 Litres/Hr

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ALEXANDRA JANE

From $69,000/week
5 cabins
110 ft
Broward
10 guests
Refit: 2019
40 US Gall/Hr

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Freedom

From $100,000/week
5 cabins
110 ft
Horizon
10 guests
Built: 2023
80 US Gall/Hr

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When is the best time to for a Bahamas Yacht Charter holiday?

The optimal time to charter a motor yacht in the Bahamas aligns with the region’s peak season, spanning from late November to early May. During these months, the Bahamas experience mild temperatures, minimal rainfall, and favorable sea conditions, creating an ideal setting for a seamless and enjoyable yachting experience. This timeframe ensures that charter clients can fully appreciate the stunning beauty of the Bahamas, explore its diverse islands, and indulge in the pleasures of cruising in optimal weather conditions.

Book well in advance

Ideally, you’d inquire about a Bahamas motor charter 12 months in advanceWHY? The best motor yachts are often fully booked long in advance and it’s not unusual to see popular dates booked 2 summers ahead for a Bahamas yacht charter. Inquiring less than 6 months ahead often means that your first choice is unavailable for charter. Additionally you might find that the motor yacht you want, can’t make it to the port where you wish to commence your yacht charter.

Atlantis Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas

Where to go on your motor yacht on your Bahamas yacht charter?

Most of our charters start and end in Nassau, The Capital city of The Bahamas. This is where the airport is located, and it is here you will find the best provisoning to get ready for your Bahamas yacht charter. After leaving Nassau most of our clients choose a route heading south along the Exumas, stopping at locations such as Highborne Cay, Norman’s Cay, Warderick Wells Cay and Staniel Cay, and then doing an anticlockwise loop up to Eleuthera before ending in Nassau again at the end of their bahamas yacht charter.

The Exumas

The Exumas are a stunning chain of islands in the Bahamas, known for their pristine beauty and exclusive appeal, making them an ideal yacht charter destination. Comprising over 365 cays and islands, the Exumas offer a diverse range of experiences for yachting enthusiasts.

  • Highbourne Cay, Shroud Cay, and Norman’s Cay are popular starting points, each offering its own charm and natural beauty.
  • The famous swimming pigs of Big Major Cay and the Thunderball Grotto, featured in James Bond films, are must-visit attractions.
  • Great Exuma, the largest island in the chain, offers a mix of culture, history, and stunning landscapes.

Eleuthera

Another fantastic yacht charter destination is Eleuthera. Eleuthera is a long, slender island, approximately 110 miles in length, and is situated to the east of Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. It is characterized by stunning pink-sand beaches, towering cliffs, and vibrant coral reefs.

  • Eleuthera is a paradise for surfers, particularly at Surfer’s Beach, where the swell from the Atlantic create ideal conditions.
  • Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts can explore the vibrant marine lifeunderwater caves, and shipwrecks in the surrounding waters.
  • Explore the island’s rich history at the Queen’s Bath, a series of natural tidal pools, and the Preacher’s Cave, which played a role in Eleuthera’s early settlement.
  • The Haynes Library in Governor’s Harbour is a historic landmark and a treasure trove of Bahamian literature and artifacts.
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The Exumas, Bahamas
Eleuthera on the right-hand side (aerial view)

Other Great Bahamas Yacht Charter Destinations for Bahamas Motor Yachts

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  • Paradise Island: Connected to Nassau by a bridge, Paradise Island is home to the famous Atlantis Resort, known for its luxurious accommodations, water parks, and marine exhibits.
  • Grand Bahama Island: Explore Freeport, the main city on Grand Bahama, known for its shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Lucayan National Park is also worth a visit for its stunning underwater cave system.
  • Andros Island: The largest of the Bahamas’ islands, Andros is a haven for nature lovers. You can explore its blue holes, nature reserves, and the mesmerizing Andros Barrier Reef.
  • Abaco Islands: Known for their charming towns like Marsh Harbour and Hope Town, the Abaco Islands are perfect for boating, fishing, and experiencing the laid-back Bahamian lifestyle.
  • Bimini: This group of islands is famous for its great fishing opportunities, especially for big game fish. Bimini is also known as the “Island in the Stream,” a reference to the Gulf Stream that brings a variety of marine life.
Bahamas Long Island Dean's Blue Hole
Dean's Blue Hole in Long Island, Bahamas, is one of the world's deepest known blue holes, reaching a depth of 663 feet (202 meters). Situated near Clarence Town, its clear blue waters against a sandy beach backdrop make it a popular spot for free divers and scuba enthusiasts. Home to diverse marine life and hosting international freediving competitions, Dean's Blue Hole is a must-visit for those seeking the allure of natural wonders and underwater exploration in the Bahamas.

How to Get to your Bahamas Yacht Charter

For travelers coming from the United States, the Bahamas stands out as an exceptional yacht charter destination due to its geographical proximityconvenient accessibility, and its status as a paradisiacal haven offering everything a luxury Yacht Charter needs, such as perfect white sandy beaches, crystial-clear water and an infrastructure that easily accomodates luxury living.

Most travelers prefer departing from cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or even New York, as they offer direct flights to Nassau, minimizing travel time and ensuring a smooth transition to the luxury yacht charter experience. The flight duration is relatively short, usually a couple of hours, allowing charter enthusiasts to swiftly transition from the mainland to the serene waters of the Bahamas.

Upon arrival in Nassau, a well-connected hub, travelers can seamlessly proceed to the designated marinas, where their charter yachts awaits. Nassau also provides excellent provisioning, ensuring that your yacht is well-stocked for the journey ahead.

Bimini Island seen from Airplane

Diving and Snorkling on your Bahamas Motor Yacht Charter

The underwater world of the Bahamas is legendary and attracts divers from around the world. The crystal-clear waters of this archipelago offer unparalleled visibility, perfect for exploring the vibrant coral reef with a diverse array of marine life.

A luxury yacht charter on a motor yacht takes this exploration to new heights, allowing charterers to uncover a myriad of locations quickly and easily. With the inherent speed of Bahamas motor yachts, adventurers can access more dive sites and snorkeling havens, maximizing their underwater adventures in a way unparalleled by catamaran charters and sailing yachts.

Dive Hotspots in the Bahamas

  • Andros Barrier Reef: One of the world’s largest coral reefs, Andros Barrier Reef showcases an abundance of marine life and vibrant coral formations.
  • Dean’s Blue Hole: Located on Long Island, Dean’s Blue Hole is renowned as one of the deepest underwater sinkholes globally, offering an awe-inspiring dive experience.
  • Thunderball Grotto (Exumas): Famous for its appearance in James Bond films, Thunderball Grotto in the Exumas invites snorkelers to explore its intricate underwater cave system and diverse marine life.
  • Shark Dives – Tiger Beach: For an adrenaline-filled adventure, Shark dives at Tiger Beach provide encounters with various shark species, creating a thrilling and memorable experience.
  • Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park: This protected marine area is a snorkeling and diving paradise, featuring well-preserved coral reefs, vibrant marine ecosystems, and a diverse range of underwater landscapes.
  • Shipwrecks – James Bond Wreck (Nassau) and Theo’s Wreck (Grand Bahama): Nassau’s James Bond Wreck and Grand Bahama’s Theo’s Wreck offer intriguing dive sites, exploring the history of sunken vessels and the marine life that has made these wrecks their home.
Bimini, Bahamas -Divers interacting with a Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) in Bimini, Bahamas
The Bahamas provides enchanting opportunities to witness turtles in their natural habitat. Snorkelers and divers can encounter these graceful creatures gliding through the clear waters, with popular locations like Green Turtle Cay offering memorable encounters.
The water in the Bahamas is generally very shallow. This greatly enhances the stunning turquoise color the Bahamas is so famous for. This also offers a more accessible and visually inviting setting for a diverse range of water activities, in contrast to some locations in the Mediterranean that are characterized by deep and dark waters.

Luxury Motor Yacht Fishing Charters

The Bahamas is renowned for its world-class fishing facilities and possesses several unique species that are only found in these island chains. Most of the fishing in the Bahamas archipelago consists of fly fishing, bone fishing, bottom fishing, and deep-sea fishing, offering enthusiasts the chance to pursue pelagic trophies such as marlin, mahi-mahi, wahoo, barracuda, and tuna.

Contrary to standard boat rentals that typically provide single-day fishing excursions, a luxury motor yacht charter redefines the experience by offering a full charter revolving around fishing. Larger motor yachts in this category are outfitted with “chase boats,” essentially smaller, shallow-drafted vessels designed to detach from the main yacht. These chase boats are perfect for high-end fishing easily and swiftly navigating shallower waters. They come equipped with outriggers and all the necessary fishing gear. Non-fishing guests can indulge in water toys and onboard amenities.

The primary advantage of a full fishing charter lies in its expansive range, effortlessly reaching all prime fishing locations across the Bahamas. It’s not just about a day of fishing; it’s about a fully immersive and extended fishing experience.

  • Bonefishing:
    • The Bahamas is particularly famous for bonefishing, with numerous flats and mangrove-lined shores providing an ideal habitat.
    • Locations like Andros Island are renowned for world-class bonefishing, offering opportunities for both novice and experienced anglers.
  • Reef Fishing:
    • The extensive coral reefs surrounding the islands are teeming with a variety of reef fish, making reef fishing a popular choice.
    • Snapper, grouper, and yellowtail are commonly targeted species in the vibrant and diverse underwater landscapes.
  • Big Game Fishing:
    • The Bahamas is a hotspot for big game fishing, attracting anglers seeking thrilling encounters with marlin, wahoo, and sailfish.
    • Various fishing tournaments are held throughout the year, showcasing the region’s reputation as a premier destination for big game fishing.
  • Regulations and Conservation:
    • Anglers should be aware of fishing regulations in the Bahamas, including catch limits and seasonal restrictions.
    • The country is committed to marine conservation, with efforts to protect and sustain the rich biodiversity that makes it a prime fishing destination.
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Motor Yacht Charter Taxes in the Bahamas

Navigating the waters of luxury motor yacht charters in the Bahamas introduces a crucial consideration—cruising taxes. As a percentage of the overall charter cost, these taxes swiftly escalate into a significant financial factor, particularly in high-end charters. Understanding and factoring in these expenses becomes paramount for those seeking an optimal and transparent budgeting approach when booking a yacht charter.

Charter taxes in the Bahamas comprise a cruising tax of 4%, a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 10%, and a 35% Advanced Provisioning Allowance (APA), the cumulative tax, added to the initial charter cost, comes to approximately 50%. Therefore, a charter valued at $100,000 effectively translates to a total cost of $150,000. It is noteworthy that, in comparison, the VAT in Greece stands at a significantly higher rate of 25%. If you’re looking for an area with lower taxes, consider mybvicharter.com

Understanding the complex financial side of yacht charters can be a bit overwhelming. That is why we are here to make it all smoother for you. Our commitment is to guide you through the whole process, from selecting a yacht to the moment you step off it, and making sure you get the most out of your budget guaranteeing an unforgettable Bahamas charter experience.

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Refit: 2022
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From $159,000/week
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Built: 2023
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From $159,000/week
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12 guests
Built: 2010
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From $155,000/week
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12 guests
Refit: 2021
80 US Gall/Hr

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From $155,000/week
6 cabins
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12 guests
Built: 2010
100 US Gall/Hr

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From $155,000/week
7 cabins
164 ft
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Refit: 2014, 2018, and 2020

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From $150,000/week
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10 guests
Refit: 2019
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From $150,000/week
5 cabins
142 ft
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10 guests
Refit: 2018
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From $145,000/week
6 cabins
133 ft
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From $145,000/week
6 cabins
135 ft
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12 guests
Refit: 2024
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From $145,000/week
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132 ft
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Refit: 2022
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