Beyond the traditional al fresco decks, swimming pools and lavish interiors, a full garage packed with tenders, power watercraft, inflatables and more is a must on board charter yachts. Youngsters, and the young at heart, will love the excitement of zipping across the water on a jet ski or bouncing off a trampoline into the clear blue sea. Here we bring you our guide to the must-have water toys and experiences for 2024.
Inflatable water parks and slides
For those seeking a family-friendly aquatic experience, inflatable water parks have become a staple onboard many superyachts. These floating playgrounds feature slides, trampolines, climbing walls, and other interactive elements, transforming the open sea into a private water-based amusement park.
An inflatable water slide is another family favourite and will keep the kids busy for hours under the watchful eye of the crew. Being attached to the upper deck means nobody strays too far and can easily swim back to the yacht for another go.
No guide to water toys on superyachts would be complete without mentioning the timeless classic – jet skis. These high-speed watercrafts offer an adrenaline-pumping experience, allowing guests to explore the vast expanse of the ocean surrounding the yacht. With powerful engines and agile manoeuvrability, jet skis are an essential addition to any superyacht’s water toy collection.
It is important to mention that a license to operate watercraft is needed in many countries. Superyachts can often have RYCA which can award a license after some on board training.
One of the most exhilarating additions to the superyacht water toy repertoire is the Seabob. This sleek, torpedo-shaped device allows passengers to glide effortlessly through the water, diving and resurfacing with ease. With adjustable speed settings and the ability to reach impressive depths, Seabobs give guests the ability to explore the amazing underwater landscapes in their chosen charter destination.
Taking water sports to new heights – quite literally – flyboards are the ultimate adrenaline rush pushing you out of your comfort zone. Water enthusiasts strap into these jet-powered devices, propelling themselves into the air and performing gravity-defying acrobatics. With the ocean as a backdrop, flyboarding provides a breathtaking spectacle for both participants and onlookers.
Stand up Paddle Boards (SUPs)
For those looking for a more serene experience stand up paddle boards are easy to master and allow guests to explorer under their own steam. The sport is suitable for all ages and allows guests to explore quieter spots, caves and coves at a slower pace while being able to enjoy the sounds of nature, rather than the roar of an engine.
These incredibly light boards are like powered surfboards, controlled by a hand-held Bluetooth remote, with the benefit of not needing waves to offer the surfing experience. As they are completely adjustable, they are suitable for all abilities and are also incredibly environmentally friendly, running almost silently with zero emissions.
For superyacht owners and guests who want to explore the ocean’s depths without getting wet, submersibles offer an unparalleled underwater adventure. These compact, state-of-the-art submarines provide a window into the mesmerizing world beneath the surface, allowing passengers to witness marine life and underwater landscapes in all their glory.
Specialist yachts, those with RYCA accreditation, can offer diving on board or rendezvous diving can be arranged. A specialist boat and team will meet the yacht, bringing with it all the equipment needed plus a dive master and other local guides. Guests can then return to the comfort of the yacht to take a relaxing jacuzzi and share stories of the underwater wonders they’ve seen.
There is no doubt that watertoys and activities add another dimension to a luxury yacht charter, but it is important to remember that safety comes first. The captain and crew will be experienced and understand the local conditions, so guests must follow their instructions at all times. The use of watercraft and diving may require a license or certificate in some countries, so be sure to ask your charter broker in advance to fully understand what is needed before you book.