Aquatic Adventures

Yacht Charters Offer the Ultimate in Luxury and Relaxation


There are many ways to enjoy the beautiful Hamptons during the summer, but none is more relaxing, more fun, more downright indulgent than spending a day cruising on a yacht. You don’t have to own your own boat to experience the luxury of a private floating resort – several companies provide day charters for groups big and small, with offerings ranging from specific packages to endlessly customizable experiences. In many cases, you choose your own docking points and activities, including water sports, fishing, dining, and more.

Here are four suggestions for making the most of your day:

“Be a yacht owner for a day” entices Luxury Day Charters, and the company makes it easy to do just that. There are yachts of every size — from compact boats for groups of 10 or less revelers to magnificent vessels of cruise ship proportions for parties of several hundred — and each comes fabulously outfitted. Choose your own departure port and itinerary, which may include a stop at the quaint, historic Montauk Point Lighthouse or the charming former whaling village of Greenport, where you can grab a bite and savor the view at one of several casual eateries like Claudio’s Clam Bar on the wharf. Or you can opt to pick up lunch for onboard dining or an onshore picnic at Citarella in Bridgehampton, Loaves & Fishes in Sagaponack, or Herb’s Market in Montauk, all of which offer a tempting variety of prepared foods.

Though you never have to leave the boat with onboard amenities including sunpads for relaxing and tanning, jacuzzis, comfy lounges, wet bars and various dining options; you’ll probably want to drop anchor for a swim in the quiet natural bays of East Hampton or Sag Harbor. Those who enjoy water sports can take advantage of the snorkeling gear, jet skis, water skis, wakeboards, and other fun options provided. End your day with wine and cheese, watching the sunset on the water and making plans to do it all again as soon as possible. (786.202.2628)

For a super-relaxing day in the Hamptons that will leave you feeling and looking amazing, there’s nothing better than a spa charter through Heron Yacht Charters. The company’s gorgeous, super-luxe 63-foot catamaran, notable for its distinctive seafoam green hue, sets sail from Montauk or Sag Harbor, so you choose the spectacular backdrop for your day of pampering. Local mobile outfit Hamptons Organic Beauty Bus provides several services, including open-air massages and reflexology, organic facials, and pre-wedding specialties that make up Heron’s exclusive Fete de Bachelorette, the nicest way to celebrate a prospective bride that we can think of. Enjoy the Heron’s complimentary signature cocktail of rum punch topped with fresh nutmeg and partake of food options ranging from wine and cheese pairings to feasts prepared by Heron’s private, award-winning chefs.

Captained by Cameron and Shannon McLellan, Heron was originally designed for a family to sail around the world and thus has a unique layout perfect for hosting large gatherings, with ample airy spaces both above and below decks. Whether you opt for a half-day, full-day, or sunset sail; bonding with a couple of pals or a large, joyful bachelorette party; your onboard spa day will be a memorable one. (631.875.3611)

Maybe you’ve always wanted to experience the excitement of a boat race, or perhaps you just like the idea of commanding your own festive armada, a cluster of vessels full of friends or family. There’s probably no more out-and-out fun to be had in the waters of Eastern Long Island than a three-hour flotilla boat party, as offered by Sail Montauk.

With the company’s fleet of four roomy Catalina 22 sailboats accommodating up to five passengers each, there are many options for maximum enjoyment. Float peacefully side-by-side your fellow vessels, engage in friendly head-to-head racing or watergun battles (weapons included), hook up for one big rafting party or anchor together for a quick swim. These versatile gatherings are great for corporate events, family reunions, bachelor/ette parties, or any excuse to get a bunch of people together for a good time. Each boat is equipped with a friendly, experienced U.S. Coast Guard-certified captain, whose mission is to make sure everyone has the most fun possible. Coolers full of ice, soft drinks and water are provided, but you can BYOB or carry snacks onboard as well. Connect to onboard speakers with Bluetooth and groove to your custom playlist or just chill to the sounds of the water. This might be the best three hours you’ve ever spent. (631-522-5183)

One of the shortest and sweetest of all Hamptons sailing options is the sunset cruise, and Montauk’s Mon Tiki catamaran offers a particularly lovely outing. A great way to unwind after a week at the office or a day of beach activities, this two-hour trip can also be the perfect start to a romantic evening as the two of you watch the setting sun ignite a riot of color in the sky over Block Island Sound. (Note: Families are welcome from Sunday through Thursday, but Friday and Saturday sunset cruises are reserved for adults.)

Designed by renowned engineer James Wharram and built by Captain David Ryan and his crew in Bridgehampton, Mon Tiki was assembled by local craftsmen using only natural, sustainable, eco-friendly materials. Inspired by Polynesian double-canoe designs, this beautiful boat boasts 500 feet of deck space, more than enough room for 15 passengers, the general limit for sunset cruises. Feel free to bring your own snacks, beer or wine to make the most of your voyage. Reservations aren’t required, but it’s a good idea to buy tickets in advance. You wouldn’t want to miss out on such a pleasurable experience. (631.668.2826)