The experiences that
shape a legacy

Your vision of an ocean paradise really exists. It’s time to find our planet’s true unspoiled islands, mysterious rivers and dive spots – places that you don’t have to share with the crowds. Venture well beyond the usual yachting circuit, to incredible destinations that others can’t reach, while enjoying the highest level of comfort, style and independence. This is the ultimate luxury experience.

In the footsteps
of giants

Sir Ernest Shackleton, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir James Clark Ross, Roald Amundsen, Captain James Cook. The real legacy of these men is not just in the place names they inspired, or stone huts they left behind, or the records they broke. The real legacy is in their leadership, management, planning and preparation, decision-making under extreme circumstances and most of all, determination not to accept that it couldn't be done. Retrace their footsteps in landscapes little changed for centuries, but with the technology of today’s new era of exploration.

This headstone in Grytviken, South Georgia, marks the final resting place of one of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration’s greatest adventurers.

Circumnavigator
Russian Faddey Faddeyevich Bellinsgauzen circumnavigated the globe. In 1820 he became the first explorer to see land in Antarctica.

Reaching the North Pole
Americans Robert Edwin Peary and Matthew Henson were the co-discoverers of the North Pole in 1909.

Crossing the Indian Ocean
Arguably the world’s first great maritime explorer, China’s Zheng He commanded expeditionary voyages to Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa from 1405 to 1433.

Prince of Travellers
In the 12th Century, Ibn Battuta visited most of the known Islamic world as well as many non-Muslim lands, and is generally considered one of the greatest travellers of all time.

Ernest Shackleton
Robert Falcon Scott
James Clark Ross
Roald Amundsen
James Cook

"Reaching the
wildest places
on the planet"

Interview Rob McCallum, Founding Partner, EYOS Expeditions

About EYOS Expeditions

After decades designing once-in-a-lifetime experiences to our planet’s most remarkable places, the experts at EYOS Expeditions know better than anyone how to organise bespoke superyacht expeditions in complete luxury and safety. Working with Captains, they build bespoke itineraries, acquire permits, arrange aviation services and gather a world-class expedition team.

Organising exclusive private expeditions to destinations like Greenland, Antarctica and Papua New Guinea is a growing niche in high-end luxury travel. Seattle-based New Zealander Rob McCallum is right at the forefront as one of the founders of EYOS Expeditions, whose clients want to go far beyond the conventional yachting experience.

When do Owners need a specialist expedition guide?
“Our clients want to reach the wildest places on the planet. They bring their own ideas for these adventures and they want to live extremely well while they’re having them. But they understand that there's no yachting infrastructure in those remote destinations. Actually, most of the time there’s no infrastructure of any kind. Some of these waters are poorly charted, and you face the inherent challenges and risks from icebergs, fast-changing weather and seas, unpredictable wildlife, you name it. Our clients come to us because we get them and their family and friends there and back in total comfort, luxury and safety.”

Are your expeditions only for Explorer yachts? Or traditional superyachts as well?
“We make a bespoke plan for each client’s expedition and we’ve normally had to reduce the plan to match the capabilities of the yacht. The traditional ‘white’ yachts can only go so far, and to be honest, even most of the vessels calling themselves Explorer yachts are operating outside their design specifications. Often you see they have an ‘Explorer’ look, and maybe transatlantic range, but none of the actual capability you need. So for true luxury expeditions, we’ve often had to compromise with converted commercial vessels. These ships are actually very capable in certain conditions, but they were never built for the types of destinations our clients seek.”

So what makes a yacht truly suited to luxury expeditions?
“Capability. And even more capability. I’ll give you three examples. The hull and propulsion installation should be built according to the Polar Class regulation with the capability to break through the ice. I don’t mean just the light ice reinforcement (Ice Class 1C) that you see on some yachts – that’s not nearly enough. Another example is extra storage – gear, fuel, provisionings, staff and guides. You’re taking it all with you for weeks at sea without a port call. And one more example, a heavy duty hull that’s designed for optimum seakeeping and comfort. Even with just those three demands, you’ve already run out of capable yachts. And the thing is, we still have at least another hundred features on our wish list! That’s why we are so excited about the SeaXplorer. At last, here is a vessel that we can safely operate at the very ends of the Earth.”

The wildest
places

Beyond the superyacht circuit

The Mediterranean and the Caribbean Seas and all their islands are undoubtedly beautiful, but altogether they amount to only 6% of all the world's coastlines and only 1.5% of the ocean's total surface area. Yet 90% of luxury superyachts never venture any farther. If you're willing to go off the beaten track, Earth is still a big place.

Destinations