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.

A yachting getaway in the Aeolian Islands

A yachting getaway in the Aeolian Islands

Peppering the Tyrrhenian Sea just off Sicily’s northeast coast, the Aeolians are a group of seven picturesque islands with volcanic origins, providing stunning cruising grounds for a scenic and relaxed yacht charter. The area is protected by UNESCO and the landscape, as well as the atmosphere, varies significantly from island to island. Exploring by yacht […]

Island-hopping by yacht in New England

Island-hopping by yacht in New England

Fair winds, cool culture and untold idiosyncrasies, a New England yacht charter delivers an great opportunity to holiday in style. From tranquil spots on secluded beaches to mouth-watering cuisine in lively townships, this is the trip of a lifetime, wherever you choose you cannot go wrong. The greatest time to visit these coastal isles is […]

Ibiza - beyond the crowds

Ibiza – beyond the crowds

The opportunity to experience authentic Ibiza is something that relatively few take the time to do. A yacht charter discovering this island’s hidden treasures is the ultimate way to travel whilst affording a chance to create unique and unforgettable memories. Explore isolated coves, spot wild orchids in almond groves and stroll through whitewashed hamlets exuding […]

The magical Ionian Islands of Greece

The magical Ionian Islands of Greece

The Ionian Islands are an idyllic destination to experience the delights of a yacht charter in Greece. A line of stepping-stones across the sea, the mix of islands trail the western coast of mainland Greece. Ribbons of sand frame the undulating shoreline backed by dense woodland on soaring hills. Blessed with deep anchorages, sheltered coves […]

Motor Yacht SEAGULL II Croatia

Yachting paradise in Croatia on board motor yacht SEAGULL II

Croatia offers an abundance of spectacular cruising grounds, perfect to explore on a summer yacht charter. Boasting exceptional marine life, fascinating culture and a truly captivating coastline, there is something for everyone in this region of the Adriatic. Soak up the delights  on board 54m beautifully restored classic motor yacht SEAGULL II, packed with allure […]

Escape to the Bahamas on a yacht charter

Escape to the Bahamas on a yacht charter

An unsurpassed destination south of Florida, the beautiful islands of the Bahamas are easily accessed and perfect for a yachting voyage of discovery. It is surprising how truly uncrowded and unspoiled these islands are, considering how close they are to the mainland. A yachting haven offering sheltered harbours, diverse sailing grounds and deserted islands, this […]

Island-hopping in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Island-hopping in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Consisting of over 32 islands and cays, only nine of which are inhabited, St Vincent and the Grenadines have been appropriately dubbed ‘the jewels of the Caribbean’. Famed for secluded beaches, crystal-clear water, and sublime dive sites, most of this sprawling archipelago is only accessible by boat, making it an ideal spot to take a […]

Serene sailing in the Seychelles

Serene sailing in the Seychelles

Located to the north east of Madagascar and strewn with World Heritage Sites, the granite archipelago of the Seychelles clusters together approximately 115 inner and outer islands. While the more remote outer islands can be reached with a local guide or specifically trained captain on board, most visited are the inner islands, including well-known Praslin, […]

Natural wonder in Antarctica

Natural wonder in Antarctica

Achingly beautiful and wildly pristine, remote Antarctica is unlike any other destination on earth and defies the imagination. The land is a vast white icescape, dotted with soaring mountains untouched by mankind and blessed with wildlife flourishing in this snowy enclave. Take time to marvel at the many wonders of this incredible peninsula where ice-filled […]

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 […]