Lookng for sail adventures? Hong-Kong based nowboat is the first all-in-one online seafaring platform, connecting travelers and seafaring operators in a matter of two clicks, and providing marine NGOs with a reliable fundraising platform.
Before the creation of nowboat by Italian entrepreneur and designer Giovanni Alessi Anghini (we recently interviewed), booking sailing adventures meant browsing the Internet for hours, drifting through scores of slow, old fashioned and poorly maintained sites. Nowboat aims to collect the world’s best yacht and sail adventures in one user-friendly platform, allowing operators reach an ever-growing audience and granting access to digital marketing instruments, while introducing travelers to hundreds of trusted operators in 245 locations worldwide.
Nowboat also supports over 60 projects run by marine conservation NGOs worldwide – among the charities supported we can mention Mission Blue, led by legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle and also supported by Richard Branson, and Plastic Pollution Coalition, founded by artist and activist Dianna Cohen, who is campaigning for the ban of single use plastic.
One feature that sets nowboat apart from competitors is that besides renting boats and chartering yachts, the platform allows travelers to book ‘adventures’, ranging from diving or snorkeling day trips to multi-day sailing expeditions as far afield as Antarctica and New Zealand. There are also hundreds of adventures on offer in well-established sailings destinations like Indonesia, Maldives, Mauritius and the Mediterranean.
Here are 5 of the best sail adventures and yacht charters available on nowboat for next Summer, to get an idea of what the platform has to offer.
1) 15 Day Private Cruise to Sicily and Malta
This luxurious yacht charter offers travelers the opportunity to spend 15 days exploring off the beaten track locations in the Southern Mediterranean. After setting sail from Taormina, the yacht will sail along the eastern Sicilian coast, before visiting the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino with its sparkling blue lagoon. Before heading back to ‘mainland Sicily’, the yacht will head to Pantelleria and Lampedusa, two tiny, remote islands located halfway between the Sicilian and Tunisian Coast.
2) 6 Day Sailing the Egadi Islands, Sicily
One of the benefits of traveling wit nowboat is that all our operators are locals with years of experience, keen to take travelers away from the crowds and share their local knowledge. Our Sicilian operator Marco has put together this exclusive 6 day itinerary focusing on the Egadi Islands, with stops to admire the turquoise bays of Favignana and the fishermen villages of Levanzo and Marettimo. The cruise also includes stops at San Vito Lo Capo and Riserva dello Zingaro on the western Sicilian Coast, home to some of the island’s wildest beaches.
3) 8 Days Sailing and Climbing in the Dodecanese
Our Greece-based operator designed this exclusive getaway around the Dodecanese, calling at some of the remotest islands in the archipelago like Kalymnos, Leros and Lipsi. Travelers will be able to climbing and sailing, as well as relaxing in comfortable surroundings – and for the passionate adventurer seeking some breathtaking climbing destinations in Greece, this is the right adventure!
4) Sailing and Lesson in Croatia
This one of a kind adventure is ideal for those that want to learn how to sail, explore tranquility of the Adriatic Sea, all in one day! The day is dedicated to learning the ropes and getting the skills required to become a seasoned skipper.
5) Sunset Sailing Tour in Lisbon
One of our best European adventures is this sailing tour of Lisbon, taking in some of the best landmarks and locations in the Portuguese capital. The departure point is Belem, home to the famous Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries), and to the delectable pasteis de nata, the most famous Portuguese sweets. The yacht will sail past Lisbon Old Town, up the mouth of the Tagus river and past the famous Vasco Da Gama Bridge, before returning to Belem.