Cruising Area of Buena Vida

Pref. Pick-upNassau, Bahamas
Other Pick-upStaniel Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
Summer PortExumas, Bahamas
Winter PortExumas, Bahamas
Summer OperationsBahamas
Winter OperationsBahamas

Accommodations

Guests10
Cabins5
Crew2
Queen3
Double2
Showers5
Wash Basins5
Heads5
TP in HeadsYes
Electric Heads5
Accommodation Details
3 queen cabins and 2 double cabins all with dry heads for guest use.

Buena Vida Specification

Length50 Feet
Beam26.7 Feet
Draft4.7 Feet
Built2023
A/CFull
A/C NightYes
DeckshowerYes
Guest PetsYes
InverterYes
Water MakerYes
Water Capacity240G
Internet AccessOnboard WIFI
GeneratorYes
Turnaround48-hour / inquire for 24-hour

Water Sports

Dinghy (Feet)Center Console 12´
Dinghy Hp30hp
Dinghy Pax8
KneeboardYes
Sea ScootersYes
Snorkel Gear8
TubeYes
Floating MatsYes
Standup Paddle2
Swim Platforms1
Boarding LadderYes aft
Fishing GearYes
Other Toys
2 seascooters
4 floating rafts
4 noodles

Scuba Diving Scuba Diving Symbol

ScubaYacht offers Rendezvous Diving only
Air CompressorNot Onboard

Entertainment

Salon StereoYes
Other Entertainment
Small dogs allowed with additional cleaning fee of $500
Starlink internet onboard

Cuisine

Special DietsInq
KosherInq
BBQYes

Green Initiatives

Make Purified Drinking WaterYes

Buena Vida Crew Profile

Crew Number2
Crew SmokeNo
Captain
CaptainRob Hyson
NationalityUSA
SpeaksEnglish;
License100ton USCG captain, PADI Divemaster
Chef
ChefLeala Simich
NationalityUSA
LicenseSTCW, 100ton USCG captain, Food Safety & Hygiene L2


Captain Rob -

I´m a dynamic yacht charter captain and PADI Divemaster with over 15,000 nautical miles under my belt, always on the lookout for the next thrilling adventure. My recent role as Captain of the Leopard 58, S/Y Leeway, with Paradise Yacht Management has been an exhilarating experience. I´ve been hands-on with an exciting offseason refit, adding a generator and dive compressor to gear up the vessel for dive charters. My days are filled with planning unique itineraries, ensuring smooth operations, and creating unforgettable vacation experiences for our guests while exploring the stunning waters of the BVI and beyond.

Before this, I had the pleasure of captaining the Lagoon 52, S/Y Ventana. From sailing the picturesque NY Harbor to handling maintenance and repairs, every day brought new challenges and rewards. I also successfully managed the transfer of the vessel to new owners and delivered it to Belize for its next chapter as a term charter boat. My time with Sailaway New York at Chelsea Piers on a Jeanneau 50 was equally exciting, where I juggled daysails, annual Coast Guard inspections, and even stepped in as chef and photographer, making every moment count.

My journey also includes a stint as Senior Project Manager at WoodHull Maine, where I led luxury home construction projects, ensuring top-notch quality and client satisfaction. As Captain of the Fountain Pajot 50, S/Y Oceanfront Property, I planned week-long charters, maintained the vessel, and engaged with guests and brokers to create amazing sailing experiences. With certifications like USCG 100 Ton Master and PADI Divemaster, and a degree in mechanical engineering, I blend technical expertise with a passion for adventure, making each charter a joyful and memorable journey.

Chef Leala -

As an experienced yacht chef, I specialize in creating exquisite culinary experiences and ensuring seamless charters. Recently, I served on the 90 ft Ferretti, M/Y Indulge 11, navigating the waters of the BVI, USVI, and St Barts, and had another rewarding stint on the same yacht from September to August 2023.

In summer 2023, I was the chef on the 84 ft M/Y Northern Song in Alaska, catering to eight guests and four crew members. During the 2022 holiday season, I served as chef and first mate on the Helia 44, S/Y Abundance, for a term charter in the USVI. My roles on yachts like S/Y Touch the Sky, S/Y Katrina, and S/Y Heavenly throughout 2022 further honed my skills.

A highlight was cooking on the 112 ft Broward, S/Y Lady Sharon Gale, in March 2022 for eight guests in the USVI, and delivering the 130 ft Westport, S/Y Tsalta, from Ft Lauderdale to St Thomas.

Earlier roles on yachts such as S/Y Ocean Front Property, S/Y Rapscallion, and the M/Y Ship Show in New England allowed me to cater to diverse tastes in picturesque locations. I hold key certifications, including STCW Basic Training, an OUPV & 100 Ton Master Upgrade, and am a graduate of the Ashburton Yacht Chef Course, with ASA 101, 103, 104, and Multi-Hull certifications.

Every charter is an opportunity to create memorable experiences through exceptional cuisine and dedicated service, fueling my passion for delivering outstanding culinary delights and impeccable hospitality on the high seas.

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Buena Vida Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
May 21, 2024May 26, 2024Booked: Nassau, Bahamas* to Nassau, Bahamas*
Jun 03, 2024Jun 09, 2024Booked: Nassau, Bahamas* to Nassau, Bahamas*
Jun 12, 2024Jun 19, 2024Booked: Nassau, Bahamas* to Nassau, Bahamas*
Jun 23, 2024Jun 30, 2024Booked: Nassau, Bahamas* to Nassau, Bahamas*
Jul 02, 2024Jul 05, 2024Booked: Owner Use - Bahamas to Owner Use - Bahamas
Jul 09, 2024Jul 15, 2024Booked: Nassau, Bahamas* to Nassau, Bahamas*
Jul 16, 2024Jul 20, 2024Booked: Nassau, Bahamas* to Nassau, Bahamas*
Jul 22, 2024Jul 27, 2024Booked: Nassau, Bahamas* to Nassau, Bahamas*
Aug 05, 2024Oct 28, 2024Unavailable: Fort Lauderdale, Florida* to Fort Lauderdale, Florida*
Nov 16, 2024Nov 23, 2024Booked: Nassau, Bahamas* to Nassau, Bahamas*
Mar 21, 2025Mar 28, 2025Booked: Miami, Florida* to Miami, Florida*
Apr 25, 2025May 05, 2025Booked: Nassau, Bahamas* to Nassau, Bahamas*

Buena Vida Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $20,000
(normal rate)
High price: $26,000
(normal rate)

Buena Vida Special Offer!
Discount: 10%!
Offer: Buena Vida is offering a 10% discount for any new, non-discounted charters of 5 nights or more that complete in 2024. Excludes Christmas and New Year's.
Old price: $20,000 - $26,000 / week
New price: $18,000 - $23,400 / week (Save: $2,000 - $2,600 / week)
Minimum nights: 5
Travel before: Dec/15/2024

Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax9 Pax10 Pax
2024 Summer$20,000$20,000$20,000$20,500$21,000$21,500$22,000$22,500$23,000
2024/25 Winter$20,000$21,000$21,500$22,000$22,500$23,000$24,000$25,000$26,000

Yacht terms: All Inclusive
An all-inclusive charter covers all provisioning and running expenses. This includes a captain and crew that is fully trained and committed to your safety and enjoyment of your trip. A chef will provide the kind of exceptional, personalized meal preparation that you would expect of a five-star restaurant. The listed rate may not include all local taxes, cruising permits, premium beverages and scuba activities. Inquire for more information.

ADDITIONAL RATE DETAILS


STANIEL CAY RELOCATION FEE:
Relocation fee of $1,500 round trip or $750 one way and a minimum of 72 hour turn required on either side of charter dates for boat transit. Please inquire for availability.

GEORGETOWN RELOCATION FEE:
Relocation fee of $2,500 round trip or $1250 one way and a minimum of 96 hour turn required on either side of charter dates for boat transit. Please inquire for availability.

TURKS & CAICOS RELOCATION FEE: Inquire for rates.

MINIMUM NIGHTS: 5

GUEST PAX: 10

LESS THAN 7 NIGHT CHARTER RATES: For 6-night charters, divide the weekly rate by 7 nights X 6 nights. For 5 nights or less, divide the weekly rate by 6 nights X number of nights.

SLEEP ABOARD: 1/2 the daily rate. Dinner ashore at the client´s expense. Includes boarding after 4 pm, welcome cocktail, breakfast the next morning, and early start.

HALF-BOARD OPTION: $100 discount per person
Includes 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, & 3 dinners, all other meals to be eaten ashore at the client´s expense.

CHILDREN DISCOUNT:
$100 discount per child.

LOCAL FARE OPTION: $75 discount per person
Includes 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners, all other meals to be eaten ashore at client´s expense.

TURN AROUNDS: 24-hour turn arounds available for $400 per charter, otherwise 48-hour turns are standard

HOLIDAY RATES:
2024 CHRISTMAS: 7-night minimum $26,000 for 2-10 guests, must finish by December 26th.
2024 NEW YEARS: Flat rate of $34,000 for 2-10 guests and a 7-night minimum. Must begin no sooner than Dec 28th.

ALL-INCLUSIVE RATE INCLUDES:
• Meals & Beverages onboard
• Fuel
• Mooring fees
• Private Yacht & Service of the crew (captain, chef/mate)
• Insurance for the yacht and the passengers (civil liability)
• Accommodation in private air-conditioned cabins each with an ensuite bathroom and bedding, towels, and beach towels.
• Snorkel gear
• Stand Up Paddle Boards
• Kayaks
• Floating mat
• Tube

ALL-INCLUSIVE RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
• Bahamas 14% VAT, customs fees, and taxes - to be paid by the Charterer prior to embarking on vessel.
• Special provisioning requests (inquire for further details)
• Cancellation insurance and private insurance
• Airport transfers to/from yacht base
• Personal Expenses
• Tip

TIP:
It is customary to tip your crew at the end of your charter. The amount you leave is at your discretion and should be based on the level of service provided. The suggested gratuity is 15%-25% of the total charter fee.

CONTRACT SPECIAL CONDITIONS:
The Charter Fee does not include the Bahamas VAT of 14%. Payment is due at final payment stage as listed in payment schedule.

Buena Vida Guest Reviews

I can’t believe I almost did not come on this trip!

I can’t believe I almost did not come on this trip! Thank goodness my first catamaran trip was on the Buena Vida with you guys, Andrew and Julia. It was the trip of a lifetime filled with amazing animals (I never thought I would ever pet a shark!!), beautiful views, snorkelling, swimming, Julia’s amazing meals and all with my beautiful siblings, in-laws and fantastic husband. Thank you Andrew & Julia, from the bottom of my heart for making this trip so special and thank you brother Paul for making it all possible. Love Mary DiNardo Midyette

Andrew & Julia, thank you for all you did for our family this week!

Andrew & Julia, thank you for all you did for our family this week! Your care for us, the boat and our adventures made this a truly amazing experience that we will never forget. Andrew, thanks for keeping us on the safe side of the storms and currents while snorkelling. Your passion for sailing the islands is contagious. Julia, a picture paints a thousand words and the fact that we took photos of every meal you served says it all. Thank you for treating us to such a thoughtful and beautifully prepared meal three times a day! We appreciate all you did for us! Wishing you both fair winds and travelling seas!
Friends on the journey, Lora & Paul DiNardo

Thank you for an absolutely amazing trip.

Andrew & Julia,
After reading the entries from my siblings there is not much more I can add. I would like to say that there is so much love in our family and a family with great hearts and kindness. When we were with you we felt your love and kindness for our family too! So we now officially consider you ‘family’. You also shared your love of sailing, your love of the ocean, your love of cooking and your love from this amazing boat. You cared for it like it was yours. Thank you for an absolutely amazing trip. From the blue waters to snorkelling, to petting sharks, it was the trip of a lifetime, and you all made it special. I wish you love and success as you move forward. Love, Jimmy D

Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

Andrew & Julia,
Thank you for such a wonderful experience! Our trip was off to a great start the moment we met you both on the dock. Your kindness and experience made this trip one we will never forget. You both quickly became our friends. Andrew, thanks for keeping us safe while we were having a blast! You gave us every opportunity to see and experience what was available. Julia, you lavished us with the most amazing meals. Every meal was beautiful and delicious. Thank you also for joining us at the games. We truly enjoyed our conversations and laughter. May God bless you both and may the wind be always at your back. Love, Helen & Pete

Hi, Jeb here, goodbye friends!

Dear Julia and Andrew.
Hi, Jeb here, goodbye friends! We will meet again, I promise). You hosted all of us with aplomb and we felt safe and appreciated under your watchful eyes. Food was on time and nourishing. All the rest – from hikes to wildlife contact and Andrew’s clarity about all things we encountered. Thank you guys.

Silvarolli Charter - If there’s a heaven or paradise, this is the place!

Dear Julia and Andrew, Thanks for hosting us on your lovely vessel. We’ve visited unimaginable locations. Antonio said “if there’s a heaven or paradise, this is the place.” It was an amazing experience, to visit and stay on your vessel with our family. It was a blessing and we thank you for that!!! Best wishes and a great 2024. Fritz, Dani, Fre, Anna, Pedro, Antonio, Zahra and Leo

It was amazing and a 11/10 experience and I would 100% do it again!

Leigh, Francois, Riley and Conor
What a special time on this beautiful boat. We’re fortunate to spend this Christmas with special friends. What an experience. Andrew and Julia were an amazing team and made the experience seamless. Amazing food and sailing/boating knowledge. Highly Recommend!
Chloe
This was such a fantastic trip! Thank you for helping make such amazing memories and absolutely mouth watering meals. You guys made this trip really special and a Christmas to remember!
Charlie
Thank you so my for such a wonderful holiday! Each day was filled with and abundance of fun activities and delicious food. Over the past few days I HAVE HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME AND HAVE CREATED MEMORIES I’LL NEVER FORGET.
Conor
One of the best vacations I’ve ever gone on! Filled with one of a kind views and experiences! Food was phenomenal and people were amazing. Thank you for memories Ill never forget.
Riley
thank you so much for a wonderful trip! It was amazing and a 11/10 experience and I would 100% do it again.
Gerry and Sheena
Once you step on this fabulous catamaran, you will experience pure serenity an utter bliss. The captain and chef go out of their way to cater for your every need. Fantastic trips around the beautiful islands, matched with scrumptious meals. We were totally spoilt. Will definitely do it again!