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MAURITIUS DISCOVERY
» 30 Mar 2017
BUCCANEERS CHARTERS

CAN YOU TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR COMPANY?
Buccaneers Charters was created in 2009. In November 2009, our letter of intent was approved by the Tourism Authority, I therefore purchased a sailing yacht, specifically, a Beneteau Oceanis 361 in December 2009. The yacht arrived in Mauritius in May 2010. I did a good refit on the yacht as it suffered a bit from its sailing trip to reach Mauritius. In December 2010, the commercial licence for the yacht was issued by the Tourism Authority so we could finally start our activity which is to provide private yacht charter in Mauritius.
YOU ARE OPEN FOR MORE THAN 6 YEARS NOW. HOW IS THE RESPONSE FROM THE PUBLIC?
We are starting our 7th year of operation. When we started in December 2010 it was very slow, it took a good 3 years before we got into a good cruising speed. The Tour Operators were very cautious in the beginning as it is a different product. All the tour operators were only used to selling catamaran tours, but sailing in a mono-hull yacht is different, it is actually more popular among people who know sailing or have been sailing on mono-hull yachts previously. Sailing on catamaran is getting more and more popular, but sailing on a mono-hull will always be more romantic! Buccaneers charters offers an exclusive product which can’t be sold as a catamaran or speedboat tour, the target market is different and it took 3 years before Buccaneers charters found its place among the activities offered to the tourists. Now we are starting to have some repeaters, which is a very good sign!
WHAT PRODUCTS/ ACTIVITIES ARE THE FAVOURITES?
The most popular activity will remain the day cruise. The meeting is at 9.30am at the Sunset Boulevard in Grand baie. They will sail to the west side of Flat island in a small bay called Palisade. If the sea condition is good, they will stay there for lunch, otherwise if the sea is too choppy, they will cruise to Coin de Mire island where they will stay for lunch. It is also a beautiful spot for snorkelling. After a good lunch and nice glass of wine, they will sail back to Grand Baie in the afternoon and will be back at the Sunset Boulevard pontoon at around 4.30pm. There is an increasing demand for Sunset cruise followed by a dinner on board. This activity is very popular among honeymooners or couples looking for a romantic activity!
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF YOUR COMPANY?
Each charter is unique as the demand of each client is different. We dedicate personalized attention to detail and guarantee a unique sailing vacation.
WHAT MAKES YOUR COMPANY UNIQUE?
We try to be different, we want to offer a unique experience to our guests, our product is already different as we are the only ones in Mauritius offering mono-hull sailing yacht cruises. We also try to differ from the competition by offering a great service to our guests. Even the food and beverage we serve on board is a class above what you will have on a catamaran tour. We serve good wine from France and South Africa, not the usual local wine which will give you the worst headache ever! The food is fresh and the crew is always giving great service to the guests.
WHAT CAN CUSTOMERS EXPECT IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
The yacht just went through a major refit, she is now equipped with a solar panel and wind turbine which provide green energy to the boat, the 2 cabins and common area has also been totally refit, new cushions everywhere, new varnish inside and even a new genoa. We are now equipped to live aboard, we are therefore starting to promote overnight trips on board Bayberry.

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