While sailing off in a yacht to anchor off a perfect sandy beach might be the stuff of dreams for many, it’s in fact remarkably easy and affordable from Singapore. As long as you get a decent crowd of people together, it’s perfectly feasible to be diving off your private boat into azure waters less than 30 minutes from Singapore’s CBD at a cost of less than $100 per person.

Plain Sailing

Text and Photos by Justin Eeles

Plain Sailing

Text and Photos by Justin Eeles

Plain Sailing

Text and Photos by Justin Eeles

Plain Sailing

Text and Photos by Justin Eeles

A number of charter boats offer this service, with most sailing out to the undeveloped Lazarus Island, where a large stretch of golden sand and swaying palm trees complete the paradisiacal picture.
One good option for a beach escape is the power catamaran Mikanna, which docks at Oneo 15 Marina Club on Sentosa. Part of a fleet of over 35 different sized boats, Mikanna features both indoor and outdoor dining areas, two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a fully-equipped galley with bar and fridge, a spacious saloon and a BBQ pit. It also has a very decent music system, so provides the ideal craft if you’re looking to party with a group of friends.
Guests can charter Mikanna for the whole day or choose from the morning (11:30am-4pm) or evening (5pm-9pm) four-hour charter. It’s amazing that only a short cruise from Sentosa can take you a world away from the pace and modernity of Singapore to a deserted white sandy hideaway.
To get the best of the weather, we’d advise the morning departure. This allows you to reach Lazarus Island and have a swim, paddleboard or kayak session before enjoying a leisurely BBQ lunch on deck, expertly prepared by the boat’s helpful crew. You can then turn up the tunes, mix up some cocktails and party like a rock star until it’s time to head back to the marina.

As alcohol is very often involved on one-day party charters, the crew takes the safety of guests seriously and before setting off there is a safety demonstration on deck to ensure no one is lost at sea after one too many martinis. The boat can comfortably take between 20 to 26 guests, with a choice of areas to eat, sunbathe and relax. Food and drinks are not included in the charter price so it’s wise to stock up on supplies at the handy Cold Storage supermarket located at the marina.

Once you’ve exhausted yourself doing water sports, worked on your tan and eaten and drunk your fill, the boat then makes its way back along the coast of Singapore towards Sentosa. For many this is the highlight of the trip, as you get to see the city’s dramatic skyline silhouetted by the slowly setting sun.

Once back on solid ground, the bars and restaurants of Sentosa’s Quayside Isle await, ensuring you don’t have to end the party until way after night has fallen. Happy Boating!

For more information, visit one15marina.com

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