Welcome to the Americas
The Pacific Voyage of Discovery
One of the greatest feelings a Master of a superyacht can experience is clearing the Miraflores Locks on the southern side of the Panama Canal and splashing into the clean blue salt waters of the Pacific Ocean.
It is hard to imagine any other point on this earth that offers so much diversity depending on which course the Captain sets after clearing Balboa.
Should he head south to the West Coast of South America where he will discover the coastlines of Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina, then on to Antarctica?
Or north to Central America and the West Coast of North America; Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, the US states of California, Oregon, Washington, then Canada and Alaska?
Or southwest to the Galapagos, Easter Island, Marquesas, French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia?
Or northwest to Hawaii, Japan and Asia?
Where else in the world is a superyacht captain presented with so many exotic options to explore and embark on an voyage of discovery?
Since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, superyachts have ventured into the Pacific through Panama in greater numbers than ever before. Many visit for a purpose; to go to Central America, Mexico, California, Alaska or Galapagos and return back into the Caribbean.
But increasingly many superyachts are choosing to explore the whole Pacific Rim and taking a year or more to do so.
Depending on the time of year and the wishes of the owner, superyachts generally circumnavigate the Pacific Rim in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.
A clockwise route takes the yacht direct to the Galapagos, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Australia before heading north to Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Palau, Eastern Asia and Japan before crossing to Alaska, Canada and West Coast USA and back to Central America.
Due to the large numbers of yachts transiting this Pacific voyage of discovery over the last decade, high quality purpose-built facilities catering to Superyachts have been created in many of the ports frequently visited by these Superyachts.
Large Superyacht refit facilities are also available in New Zealand, Australia and San Diego, providing much needed ‘pit stop’ services and support able to repair even the largest of Superyachts.
Superyacht Captains will discover a very mature support industry and network of agents; many of them ex-superyacht captains themselves, who will be pleased to provide all the assistance necessary to make your voyage a memorable success.
Welcome to the West Coast of the Americas and the enticing blue Pacific awaits you!