Meridian Adventure SAIL is a ‘private explorers’ club that arranges ‘leave no trace adventures’ to far-flung corners of the world. Olivia Palamountain reports
Meridian Adventure Sail offers exotic catamaran adventures in unexplored climes combined with all the luxury services and amenities one would expect from a premium sailing trip.
The company is keen to impress that it is not a charter company, but an “exclusive explorers club with esteemed members around the globe.” The operation is built on an environmentally conscious ethos and aims to ‘leave no trace’.
Every bespoke journey is unique and takes place in far-flung destinations around the world such as Papua New Guinea, Panama and Tahiti, while itineraries can also be arranged closer to home – think Turkey or Greece. Activities on offer include scuba diving, fishing and water sports, plus hiking, excursions and ‘tribal experiences’ on dry land.Founder and CEO of Meridian Adventure Sail, Sean Galleymore, told Superyachts: “Meridian Adventure SAIL is a new, ultra-exclusive private explorers club creating tailor-made voyages in the world’s most remote and unspoilt ocean locations.
“We operate a fleet of six sailing catamarans. Each journey is uniquely tailored to a group voyage, whether a multigenerational family adventure, a special celebration or a corporate getaway for up to 32 guests. The fleet, boasts up to 24 exceptionally trained crew, who are on hand throughout the journey, with a support vessel, high-tech dive boats, seated tour boats and dive masters.
“A wide range of activities are included in the voyage, from top-of-the range diving equipment and custom high-speed dive-boats, scuba diving, paddle boards and rocket wake surf boards to Seabobs and fishing gear.
“All cabins are fully serviced with an impeccable food and wine offering and every voyage includes a dedicated photography crew that equips you with videos and photo book keepsakes after your trip.”
“Our accomplished members know there are no shortcuts to any place worth going, and that’s why we take you on journeys – not destinations. The experience is for the bold and the adventurous; and evokes a sense of immersive exploration unlike any other out there.”
This year, the company will be setting sail to Raja Ampat, an Indonesian archipelago off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua, and one of the most important marine epicentres in the world.This region is known for its vast range of fish and coral species and pristine sailing conditions. Recorded as holding 75% of all known species of ornamental and coral fish in the world, plus exceptionally clear waters, Raja Ampat is a treasure trove for underwater explorers.
The ‘experience as currency’ trend that tracks consumers’ insatiable demand for unique travel experiences that go far beyond the norm is not going anywhere, as covered in Globetrender‘s “Future of Luxury Travel Forecast: 2020-2025“.
Companies ready to cater to this new breed of traveller include Pelorus, which crafts intrepid itineraries both off and on board that aim to revolutionise yachting and industry stalwart Intrepid Travel, now offering sustainable, carbon offset adventure cruising voyages.
Eco-credentials feature high on the new priority list too. The arrival of ‘E’, a new 60ft zero-carbon eco-catamaran that is powered by the sun, sea and wind is just one example of the luxury charter yacht industry evolving to become kinder to the environment.