The Indian Ocean & Asia region encompasses several destinations which are similarly located in this vicinity of the world, but with very different characteristics. This region has thousands of islands to explore, consisting of expansive rain forests with many varieties of plant and animal species that thrive in this tropical climate. Due to this region’s proximity to the Equator, the sunsets happen quickly; the transition from day to night takes only a few minutes and leaves behind a skyline glowing with magnificent colors. The abundance of sunshine in the Indian Ocean and Asia region creates a prime area for yacht chartering vacations – both all inclusive yachts with crew and bareboat charters to explore yourself.
These destinations start with the Seychelles – located 900 miles off the east coast of Africa. With over 100 uninhabited islands to explore and scenery that never disappoints, you’ll find it difficult to leave the stretching white-sand beaches lined with palm trees and gorgeous boulders. Northeast from the Seychelles, and approximately 500 miles southeast of India, is the Maldives. Right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is known for its archipelago of lagoon-surrounded islands and incredible reefs. Together they produce a synergy of resort islands and remote islands with something for everyone. About 1,700 miles east of the Maldives is Thailand -“the land of smiles”- and 130 miles south along the mainland coast is Malaysia -“land of the free”. These countries are well known for their peacefulness and friendliness. Their land showcases captivating architecture that is influenced by ancient religions, plus exceptional temples and gardens inspired by nature. Thailand’s spectacular offshore scenery overflows with limestone karsts (rock formations) and Malaysia’s beaches are serene and vast. Finally, 1,500 miles to the southeast is Bali: an Indonesian island sitting on the east side of the Ring of Fire. This area contains some of the most active volcanoes in the world – it’s simply a geologic wonderland. In all, Indonesia’s landscapes include lush mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, and sweeping rice fields. They are well known for their variety of animals, both within the sea and on land; gorgeous beaches; and quaint local villages.
These tropical paradises offer yachting enthusiasts year-round warm climates with little seasonal variation. The region of the Indian Ocean and Asia is humid in nature; therefore, rain occurs regularly with some differences of quantity depending on the season. But not to worry: there are an abundance of sunny days! The water temperatures are always ideal for swimming and the air temperatures remain in the low 80s during the day and decrease into the mid-high 70s in the evening. The wind generally blows year-round with some changes depending on the destination – for example, Seychelles tends to have stronger winds around the spring equinox in March and the autumn equinox in September.
The seasons in the Indian Ocean and Asia region vary depending on each destination’s location relevant to the Equator. Destinations that are located south of the Equator like the Seychelles and Bali, Indonesia will generally have seasons similar to the South Pacific; the least rainfall is during June to October and the most rainfall is during December to February. Destinations that are located north of the Equator like the Maldives, Thailand and Malaysia have seasons similar to the Caribbean; there’s less precipitation during the first half of the year and more precipitation during the second half of the year. Please see the details of each destination for specific weather conditions.