At the end of Autumn each year, over a million people flock to Sydney Harbour to see the most incredible illuminated light show under the night sky, Vivid. These light installations and 3D projections are set up all over Sydney, from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay, Luna Park and the Harbour Bridge. All perfect destinations to be viewed from the Harbour itself.
We’ve put together our top 6 reasons to see Vivid from a yacht this year.
1. You will have a prime view of the city skyline
Watching Vivid from the sea is one of the most unique vantage points for this immersive event. As you cruise around Sydney Harbour, you will have a beautiful overall view of the city skyline. Picture drifting past the Opera House, the light installation in full view from every angle. The Harbour Bridge glowing in the distance, with sparkling lights dazzling all around. There is no doubt you will be amazed every way you look from the deck of your yacht.
One of the most exciting light shows this year, Written in the Stars, will feature 1000 drones flying over Circular Quay. These will take place on 6 key dates:
- Sunday, 28 May 2023
- Wednesday, 31 May 2023
- Sunday, 4 June 2023
- Wednesday, 7 June 2023
- Monday, 12 June 2023
- Wednesday, 14 June 2023
What a sight that would be to see from the water!
2. The view can be enjoyed from the privacy of your own yacht
There is nothing more exclusive or luxurious than viewing Vivid from the privacy of your very own yacht. Sit back in comfort and take in the show with your closest family or friends, escaping the crowds of Vivid on foot! You will have the sounds of the ocean lapping around you and the sky lit up with one of the best views in the city.
3. You’ll be warm!
If you have walked around the streets at Vivid before, you will know the night can get extremely cold. Beanies, gloves and snow jackets are worn by almost every individual in the city. When you are on your own yacht, know you will be cosy and snug with blankets available to wrap around yourself. If you wish, you can gaze out to the lights from inside the vessel. The interior can be heated and warm drinks are always available.
Dining on board Element.
4. Catering and drinks will be at your fingertips
Enjoy delicious canapés, mouth watering meals and drinks of your choosing on board your yacht. Dine outside while taking in the lights, or take your food inside to sit in comfort and warmth. Special catering and beverage packages are available for this exciting annual event.
Waiter on Element.
5. Five star service
Yachting is the pinnacle of luxury and you can expect nothing less than impeccable five star service during your night on the harbour. Professional wait staff will attend to your every need, giving you their utmost attention. You can relax knowing you will be taken care of and catered for during your night out for Vivid.
6. Incredible photo opportunities
Capture Vivid’s breathtaking fusion of art, innovation and technology from a truly magnificent setting. The aft deck of your yacht will offer a phenomenal perspective, no matter whether you are taking snaps on your iPhone, or you have a professional camera. As one of the most photographed events in the world, capturing the lights of Vivid from a yacht is a must-do!
Book to see Vivid from a yacht
This year, Vivid will take place from Friday 26th May 2023 – Saturday 17th June 2023, with 60 light works focused on this year’s Creative Direction, ‘Vivid Sydney, Naturally’.
The Yacht Life has access to every boat in the Harbour, with packages curated specifically for the event. The vibrant colour display of light art is yours to revel in on board a boat of your choosing with unobstructed ocean views as far as the eye can see. Whether you are looking for a larger vessel to enjoy the night with a big group of friends, or a smaller vessel for a relaxing evening out on the water with an intimate group, there is an option for everyone.
Prometheus at Athol Bay.
Yachts specials for Vivid 2023
Browse through our range of yachts offering specials below, including Prometheus, Element, Mon reve, Sirenuse and Mohasuwei. Additional vessels are available on request. We welcome you to get in touch with one of our yacht charter specialists to find out more.
Guests: up to 36
Packages: 2, 3 and 4 Hour charters
Starting from: $3,645
BYO or Catering available
Guests: up to 35
Packages: 2 hours 5:45pm – 7:45pm + 8:15pm – 10:15pm
Starting from: $3,900
Catering and Beverage packages available
Will operate 2-hour charters and is open for additional hours
Charter Rate remains at: 1,200 per hour
Wait staff $175 (min 4 hours) per 10 guest
View Mon Rêve.
Grazing platter + access to the gold tier drinks package included.
2 hours up to 18 guests
4 hours up to 18 guests
4 hours up to 36 guests
Guests: up to 36
Special: 2 hours, canape package, BYO beverages + wait staff
Starting from: $7,500