Yacht Charter Marquesas Islands

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Experience the volcanic beauty that erupts when you cruise the Pacific Ocean’s French Polynesian islands of the Marquesas archipelago. Prime for diving and snorkeling and boasting beautiful palm-fringed beaches and sparkling seas, a Marquesas Islands yacht charter is pure paradise.

The tropical paradise of the Marquesas Islands is found in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, miles and miles away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. As remote as they are beautiful, these stunning islands are the perfect place to disconnect from the typical and reconnect to your loved ones and nature.

The Marquesas archipelago

Eight northern islands and seven southern islands comprise the Marquesas archipelago. Nuku Hiva, located in the north, is the main island of the grouping. This is where you will fly before embarking on your Marquesas Island yacht charter. The island’s main town is Taioha’e, which sits in a now-extinct volcano’s crater that has partially fallen into the sea, creating a beautiful bay. This bay is the first place you can get in the water during your charter holiday. Don the yacht’s snorkeling gear to check out the incredible sea life found here.

Ua Huka

Ua Huka is one of the most unique islands of the Marquesas. From stunning hilltop views to incredible underwater sights, there is so much to do while ashore or anchored out. A visit to Hiva Oa allows you to take in the ancient Tiki statues that have stood on the island since antiquity. Snorkeling and diving here also are a must, thanks to the seawalls that beckon to sea creatures. Head ashore at Ua Pou to experience the indigenous culture. The island also is an excellent place for on-land pursuits, from hiking to ATV riding and more.

No matter which islands you visit during a Marquesas Islands yacht charter, you are bound to find natural beauty, pristine flora and fauna and a true piece of paradise that you will never forget.

Get in touch with a Marquesas Islands yacht charter broker

Northrop & Johnson is a leading yacht brokerage that specializes in crafting incredible vacations on the water in French Polynesia and the Marquesas Islands. We have access to the best crewed yachts for charter in French Polynesia from 30-meters, including elegant sailing yachts, motor yachts, and expedition vessels. We offer bespoke cruising itineraries, enabling you to enjoy a tailored holiday that precisely matches your vacation experience. If you want to explore the stunning natural beauty of the Marquesas Islands, contact a Marquesas Islands yacht broker today or browse our luxury yachts for charter.

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Charter Highlights Marquesas Islands

  • Dive the sunken caldera of Taioha'e to visit manta rays and other sea creatures
  • Hike the Ua Huka hilltop to take in views of the archipelago and beyond
  • Grab your camera and head ashore Hiva Oa to take photos of the ancient Tiki statues
  • An inspiration for indigenous artists, Ua Pou is the perfect place to take in local culture
  • Hop on an ATV ashore on Ua Pou and get a real feel for the land

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Yacht Charter Marquesas Islands: FAQs

Where are the Marquesas islands?

The Marquesas Islands are a group of volcanic islands in French Polynesia located in the central South Pacific Ocean. They are situated about 1,400 miles (2,300 kilometers) northeast of Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia. The Marquesas Islands are known for their rugged beauty, rich Polynesian culture, and unique flora and fauna and are primed for exploration by private yacht.

What's the weather like in the Marquesas islands?

Due to their location near the equator, the Marquesas Islands enjoy a year-round tropical climate, with temperatures typically ranging from the mid-70s to 80s F (24-30C). There are two primary seasons: the wet season, from November to April, and the dry season, from May to October. For sailing enthusiasts, the Marquesas Islands enjoy consistent trade winds which blow from the east. Whether you want to rent a luxury crewed motor yacht, sailing yacht, or luxury catamaran, Northrop & Johnson can connect you with your ideal vessel. Contact our team today.

What marine life can I see in the Marquesas Islands?

Due to the remoteness and nutrient-rich waters, you can expect to see fabulous marine life, making it an ideal destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. Marine life includes:

  • Manta Rays
  • Dolphins
  • Sharks
  • Whales
  • Sea turtles
  • Octopus
  • Sea Stars
  • Tropical fish species

Is the Marquesas Islands good for fishing?

Yes, the Marquesas islands are superb for fishing, especially deep-sea fishing. Expect to catch mahi mahi, jackfish, marlin, and tuna. Some of the biggest catches in the world have been made in the South Pacific! Your private yacht’s captain will be able to take you to the best fishing grounds in the Marquesas Islands, and your private yacht chef will be able to prepare a spectacular meal featuring your catch of the day prepared to your precise liking.

What are some of the best destinations in the French Polynesia Marquesas Islands?

With so many wonderful destinations to drop anchor, a Marquesas Islands yacht charter is limited only by your imagination. Popular cruising destinations include Nuku Hiva, Ua Huka, Hiva Oa, and Ua Pou.

Hakataea Bay on Nuku Hiva

The anchorage of Hakataea Bay on Nuku Hiva is considered one of the most scenic in the archipelago. Soak up the beautiful scenery from your luxury yacht, or head ashore and hike the lush rainforest, where you’ll find tumbling waterfalls and refreshing swimming spots.

Ua Pou

On the island of Ua Pou, you can discover the native Marquesan artists and learn more about the significance of the ancient Polynesian tattoos. The stunning island of Hiva Oa boasts fascinating ancient Tiki statues and pre-colonial sites, while below the waves, you’ll find wonderful sea walls and vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life.

Ua Huka

Finally, a visit to the volcanic island of Ua Huka is a must; home to wild horses and a stunningly beautiful mountainous landscape peppered with deep, lush valleys. Don’t forget to visit the Papuakeikaha Arboretum, home to the world’s largest collection of citrus fruit trees. What other destinations can I visit in the South Pacific Ocean?

South Pacific Ocean

The South Pacific Ocean is home to some of the most exotic and remote island chains. Other stunning yacht charter destinations in the Pacific Ocean include Fiji, the Cook Islands, and the Society Islands. Northrop & Johnson is a leading yacht brokerage with access to the best yachts for charter in the South Pacific, including motor yachts, sailing yachts, and catamarans. Contact our team today or browse our luxury yachts for rent.

What marinas are there in the Marquesas Islands?

There are no dedicated marinas in the Marquesas Islands and, therefore, limited marina services; instead, yachts must anchor off-shore.

What water toys will my private yacht have?

Every luxury boat is unique, so water toys do differ between vessels; however, common water toys include:

  • Jet skis
  • Paddle boards
  • Seabobs
  • Inflatables
  • Kayaks
  • Water skis
  • Snorkeling and scuba diving equipment
  • Fishing gear

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