Author Archive for Nicholas Dean

Nicholas Dean is Managing Partner and Co-founder of global full-service superyacht brokerage company Ocean Independence, who specialise in yacht sales, charter, new build and management. With a passion for sailing from an early age, Nicholas started his career in the British marine industry, progressing into the large yacht market 32 years ago. His trusted expertise and knowledge combined with exceptional insight have generated a global reputation for excellence. One of the fastest-growing companies in the luxury-yachting sector, Ocean Independence operates the largest crewed charter fleet in the world and a team that combines more years of marine expertise than any other brokerage company globally. Founded in 2005, Ocean Independence now has approximately 115 employees, operating from 15 offices around the world, speaking 24 different languages.

Buccaneer Archipelago Australia

Experience the Kimberley, Australia by yacht

Travelling along the north-western edge of Australia offers an introduction to a raw, wild coastline dotted with some 2,600 beautiful islands. The isolated and rugged Kimberley coast is often referred to as one of Australia’s great natural wonders; this never-ending natural haven of crystalline waters, white sands, pounding waterfalls, and sandstone gorges is guaranteed to […]

Amalfi coast

Revel in la dolce vita on the Amalfi Coast

Well-known for scenery, history, cuisine and style, the famous stretch of coastline along the Amalfi Coast is blessed with warm sunshine, fascinating culture and beautiful beaches. Tracing the shoreline of this UNESCO heritage site by yacht allows full appreciation of this extraordinary destination. Not only will the views be even more spectacular, but a yacht […]

Alonissos village

Idyllic sailing in the Greek Sporades

An archipelago of outstanding beauty, the Sporades are scattered along the eastern coast of mainland Greece, with only four of the 24 isles permanently inhabited: Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros. Rugged and charming, these cruising grounds deliver peaceful serenity whilst sailing amongst some truly breath-taking island scenery. This is an area rich in natural splendour […]

Hole in the rock NZ

‘Kia ora’ yachting in the Bay of Islands

One of the ultimate ways to explore the beautiful New Zealand coastline is by yacht, where stunning islands are scattered over azure seas and charming seaside towns are immersed in history. Here, silvery beaches line contrastingly rocky coasts, while pods of dolphins play offshore amidst a wealth of marine life. This destination delivers a wealth […]

Umag Croatia

The irresistible charm of yachting on Croatia’s Istrian Riviera

On the north western coast of Croatia, the Istrian Riviera is an exceptional region sprinkled with charming villages and national parks where a blend of rich history and vibrant culture thrive. As Croatia remained relatively unaffected by the Coronavirus crisis and has been one of the first countries to reopen to yachting and international travel, […]

Diver and sea turtle

Travel inspiration: Yacht charter in Baja California, Mexico

Famous for its stunning shorelines, fine weather and delicious food, the west coast of Mexico has its very own magic and is a great choice for yachting enthusiasts. From Baja California down to Guadalajara, you will find some of the most fascinating spots in the Pacific providing an excellent cruising ground for visiting yachts. Expect […]

A Caribbean getaway to the ABC Islands

A Caribbean getaway to the ABC Islands

Although there are a range of global travel restrictions currently in place, this doesn’t mean you need to put your travel plans permanently on hold. To the contrary, now is the time to dream and look ahead at fresh opportunities. What better place to offer destination inspiration than the stunning Caribbean ABC Islands? The three […]

Yacht charter in the Lofoten Islands

Yacht charter in the Lofoten Islands

Atmospheric and spectacular, the Lofoten Islands in Norway are interconnected by winding roads and jaw-dropping fjords on the Norwegian Sea. Renowned for the welcoming locals and traditional fishing villages that dot the landscape in shades of red and yellow, this is a magical destination for a yacht charter amongst some incredible scenery. During summer, experience […]

Sail the Saronic Islands of Greece

Sail the Saronic Islands of Greece

From the twinkling blue sea to the blissfully relaxed pace of island life, the Saronic Islands of Greece are, quite simply, very special. Enjoy a warm welcome at whitewashed tavernas, stroll endless beaches and relish the calm. For history fans, this is a treasure trove of incredible ancient culture, where alluring ruins exude spellbinding appeal. […]

Sicily: a yachting haven

Sicily: a yachting haven

Bursting with sensory delights, a yacht charter itinerary encompassing Sicily and its neighbouring islands is an absolute treat. Trace the curves of this spectacular coastline to soak up stunning views across emerald waters or head ashore, where a warm Italian welcome awaits. Take time to inhale the lingering fragrance of lemon groves, tantalise your taste […]

Travel beyond

Travel beyond

The dawning of a New Year brings the opportunity to consider a host of exciting travel plans for 2020. Whether impassioned by a spirit for adventure or a long-term wanderlust, exploratory experiences are becoming a bucket list headline.  Far flung destinations, perhaps not previously considered, are becoming far more accessible and a voyage of discovery […]

Island-hopping in Croatia

Island-hopping in Croatia

Seeking relaxed tranquillity and a touch of romance? Explore the wonders of beautiful Croatia, where picture-perfect beaches, azure waters and quaint seaside towns form a charming distraction from the rigors of everyday life. Bursting with countless natural gems, the coastline of Croatia brings balmy days cruising between verdant isles as the terracotta rooftops of medieval towns […]

The family-friendly Maddalenas

The family-friendly Maddalenas

For anyone yachting around Corsica and Sardinia with children, the Maddalena Islands are something of a concealed treasure. Although the prime summer months of July and August can still be busy, outside these times the islands tend to be quieter than mainland Sardinia. For parents this is a bonus, giving a certain degree of freedom […]

Magic in the Cayman Islands

Magic in the Cayman Islands

With shimmering turquoise waters and vibrant coral reefs, the Cayman Islands are renowned as a natural playground and yachting haven. The three islands of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, all within easy cruising distance, are filled with wonderful attractions such as Seven Mile Beach, Boatswain’s Beach turtle farm and Queen Elizabeth II Botanic […]

Island discovery in Phuket

Island discovery in Phuket

A taste of the exotic awaits in Thailand with pristine bays and wide stretches of sun-kissed beach. Experience vibrant tradition, diverse shopping and buzzing nightlife in Phuket, while the myriad of nearby islets burst with natural beauty and underwater discoveries. Island-hopping by yacht in these stunning locations amidst authentic Thai culture delivers a fully immersive […]

Inspiration on the French Riviera

Inspiration on the French Riviera

So much more than just a coastline, the French Riviera is dotted with hidden gems steeped in local history, excellent cuisine and artists hideaways, discretely located alongside the region’s world-renowned glamour. Head inland from the waterfront bustle to explore towns immersed in rich Mediterranean culture, where pristine vineyards hug hillside contours and an array of […]