As you know, part of the ability to maximize your charter income, relies on your knowledge of the best charter destinations, and the best charter experiences.

Most travelers know that if you want to hike, mountain climb, or otherwise experience “the great outdoors,” there is no better place to do so then at a National Park, or nature preserve. But, did you know that there are places like that, to visit not on land, but at sea. They are known as “Marine Reserves,” and they could very well be some of the most exciting yacht charter destinations on the planet!

One of the world’s top such marine reserves is right here in our own backyard, and it is indeed a state park. However, Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, is no Yellowstone. It is a kind of mecca for snorkelers and scuba divers. There you can see a world famous underwater statue, the Christ of the Abyss, while frolicking amongst hundreds of species of tropical fish, lobsters and the many other residents of the coral reef. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was actually the first undersea park in the United States. It encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles.

Also in the keys, about 70 miles off of Key West, no trouble by charter yacht, you will find the Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands.  Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs, abundant marine life, and the vast assortment of tropical birds that frequent the area.

Of course not all such marine reserves are in the Florida Keys, in fact, they are not even all in the United States! Here are some more of the world’s most magnificent marine parks, all of which are even more spectacular places to visit, when you do so via luxury motor yacht.

World’s Best Marine Reserves and Marine National Parks

Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve – British Overseas Territories

The Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve can claim the title of being the biggest continuous marine park in the world. It is located around the Pitcairn Islands, a British Overseas Territory that encompasses Henderson, Oeno, Ducie and Pitcairn islands.

The marine reserve covers 834,000 square meters, or more than twice the land area of the British Isles. The goal of the marine reserve is to protect the wealth of the ocean from illegal fishing activities and safeguard endemic species like butterfly fish and squirrelfish, among others.

Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge – Guatemala

Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge spans nearly 800 square miles. The coastal marine wetlands surround a small, largely uninhabited peninsula that has been a reserve since 1999 with expanding protections occurring since. The area houses tropical rainforest, mangroves, sandy beaches and the country’s most important coral reef system.

Cano Island Biological Reserve – Costa Rica

The Cano Island Biological Reserve was established in 1978 making it one of oldest marine reserves in Latin America. The reserve boasts the highest concentration of coral building organisms in the Pacific Ocean. Located off the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, this tropical paradise is home to one of the best dive sites in the country, with visibility of up to 100 feet at certain times of year (typical visibility is 30-60 feet).

Hol Chan Marine Reserve – Belize

At only three square miles, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Belize is easily the smallest marine reserve on this list by far. However, it packs some big thrills, especially for first time visitors to a marine reserve. Originally created in response to a concern around unregulated fishing and diving in the area, Hol Chan was expanded in 1999 to include Shark Ray Alley where huge schools of nurse sharks and rays congregate. It is not uncommon to see abundant reef fish, manatees, moray eels, hammerhead sharks and loggerhead turtles here, and it is an excellent spot for novice snorkelers and divers to see a wide array of marine life, since the animals and fish are quite used to people and don’t disperse as quickly as in other areas.

Knowing the Top Charter Destinations Means Increased Charter Income

Getting to know and leverage the most popular destinations to visit by motor yacht is an important part of maximizing your yacht charter income.

When you sign up for our On Demand Yachting, or one of our charter income programs, our professional charter brokers will work with you to design yacht charter itineraries that are best suited for your yacht, and your earning potential!


Operating a motor yacht can be costly. Putting your boat in Charter can earn income, and defray some of the costs of ownership. On Demand Yachting from FYM can show you how. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.

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