Tiger Blue, Komodo, Indonesia

Messing about on boats

Discover a world of nautical adventures.

Messing around on the water, nothing beats it; it’s a joy we never grow out of. Being captain, playing pirates, discovering unknown shores—excitement and tranquility combine in generous measures.

Our boat-based family adventures, wherever they might take you, offer something for everyone of any age. Under sail across a distant sea, under steam as you chug down river, or as you’re serenaded by the slow, reassuring thump of engines as you explore a hidden inlet, fjord or cove, we guarantee adventure that will make time stand still, creating shipmates and salty sea dogs of you all.

Nautical Adventures

Below are a handful of our favourite boat-based experiences from around the world, designed to unleash our inner explorer and see the world from a different perspective.

Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau – A Dahabiya, Egypt

Private Nile Adventure

Charter a Dahabiya, a traditional Egyptian boat, to explore the Nile between Luxor and Aswan. Dock in quiet bays for a picnic lunch and visits to the riverside temples at quiet times.

Route planning, cruise, Komodo, Indonesia

Sail Indonesia’s Ring of Fire

For a truly magical family adventure, explore the remote islands of Komodo National Park at your own pace. Access idyllic islands that few others can and seek Komodo dragons, hidden beaches and underwater worlds. Charter your own boat for the ultimate exclusive itinerary or join a fixed departure to travel alongside like-minded families.

NaiSabah Dhow, Lamu, Kenya

Sail the Lamu Archipelago on NaiSabah Dhow

From the privacy of your own traditional Dhow, sail the pristine waters and mangrove waterways of the Lamu archipelago. Snorkel in secluded coves and spend quality family time enjoying beach picnics, nature walks and Swahili cultural experiences.

View of Yacht and Canoes, Paciffic Yellowfin, British Columbia, Canada

Charter the Pacific Yellowfin

Sail the fjords of the Desolation Sound, anchoring in secluded coves. Spend an afternoon water trampolining and shooting down a 40-foot inflatable slide. Relax in the hot tub while the kids head out on paddleboards, wakeboards and kayaks. Ashore, explore mountain bike trails, visit remote communities or go in search of bears with a private guide. Return to your private yacht for a coast-to-table dinner.

Delfin II, Amazon, Peru

Cruise the Peruvian Amazon

Spend three nights on the Delfin II, cruising the waters of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in the mighty Amazon. Kayak, fish for piranha, go on a jungle night walk or visit a local community, all within one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. With only 14 cabins and interconnecting suites, she is the ideal vessel for a family adventure to the Amazon.

Elephants roaming around the Chobe river in the Chobe National Park in Botswana, Africa

An Elephant River Safari

Embark on a two or three-night river cruise through Chobe National Park, witnessing herds of elephants from the water. Charter your very own villa on water and glide through floodplains, swamps and woodland, surrounded by wildlife. Relax on deck while the children spot different species, explore the shore, take a tender boat safari, or try your hand at fishing.

Felucca at sunset, River Nile, Egypt

Felucca Fun

The Nile is Egypt’s lifeblood and a felucca cruise provides an authentic connection to its people. Sail with Nubian sailors, spotting osprey and kingfisher as you navigate hidden corners of the Nile. Enjoy a picnic on deck and try your hand at the wheel, even cruising at night, sitting on deck under the stars en famille, embracing the simplicity and beauty of this timeless mode of transportation.

Rafting, Peru

Raft the Apurimac Canyon

Combine three days of rafting the rapids of Apurimac Canyon with two nights camping on riverside beaches and campfire dinners. Explore waterfall creeks and ride class III rapids, spotting river otters and tropical Andean birds enroute.

Exterior, Ocean Spray, San Cristobal Island
Galapagos Islands

Charter a Yacht

In the company of an expert naturalist guide and a professional crew, privately charter a vessel for a feeling of complete exclusivity and quality family time. Travel around the islands, totting up the impressive list of species spotted during a single day, from land iguanas and sea lions, to blue footed boobies and sunfish.

Floating Accommodation

We know that where you stay can be a highlight of any family adventure. We also know that there can be an overwhelming choice. Below are a few of our favourite boats from around the world – talk to us to find the best fit for your family.

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