Sailing in March: Top 10 Places to Visit

March is the Perfect Month to Go Sailing, With Desirable Conditions and Quieter Waters

Sailing in March: Top 10 Places to Visit

The best destinations to go sailing in March vary with temperature and crowds depending on what type of yacht charter you desire.

March is a great month to go sailing in Caribbean destinations as the weather is warm and the winds have stabilised. The Indian Ocean, Australia, and Tahiti are also great places to go sailing in March as the weather is perfect for sailing in March.

Sailing in March

Some of the best destinations to go sailing in March are Tahiti, Australia, St Lucia, Seychelles, Malaysia, Thailand, and other Caribbean destinations.

March is a great time to go sailing as conditions are favourable, prices are often cheaper out of the high season for yacht charters and flights. In March you can often find a last-minute or bargain trip with fewer people opting to go sailing in March.

Depending on where you decide to take a sailing trip too, March still has superb weather in the Caribbean and further afield the weather is favourable for sailing. The water temperatures are still ideal for swimming when you go sailing in March.

Top 10 Places to Visit in March

1. Tahiti

Tahiti. Tahiti, long drawing attention for its irreplaceable hospitality and it’s unbelievable views, has been a destination for many. With a rich history incorporating many different countries, today Tahiti’s culture is a beautiful blend of indigenous customs, with influences from the long-standing French presence on the islands.

During your time here, take part in the incredible oral histories and the Tahitian tradition of music and dance. Observe the wonderful craftsmanship, in the weaving, quilting, sculpture, and carving that artists incorporate into their work.

Weather. French Polynesia has an average temperature of between 31-24c making it one of the best places to go sailing in March. The water still has a typical temperature of 28c. The leeward islands are home to prevailing winds coming from the east at a speed of between 15-20 knots and up to 25 knots. The ocean can be choppy with waves from 3 to 5ft.

2. St Maarten

St Martin/St Maarten. St Martin is a place of sunshine and serenity, mountains and beaches, surrounded by turquoise waters and hidden coves, where you must take advantage of the yachts and sailboats to truly absorb all that this amazing island has to offer. During the month of March, many regattas take place during the month which is great to participate in or watch.

Country of Two Halves. The northern French half evokes a more distinctly European feel with its cafes and French-speaking populace. Here you can enjoy a more secluded atmosphere: you can walk along miles of remote white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, enjoying some well-deserved privacy among picturesque rocky outcrops.

The Dutch half, on the other hand, caters to anyone looking for that festive Caribbean vibe and is where casinos, night clubs, and skyscrapers mingle with spectacular scenery.

Weather In March. St Martin is one of the best places to go sailing in March with an average temperature of 83f (28c) and an average low of 75f (24c). In March the average wind conditions come steadily from the east with a speed of between 15 and 20 knots making it one of the best places to go sailing in March.

3. Whitsundays, Australia

Weather. Australia’s Whitsundays Islands are the ideal destination for sailing in March with an average daily high of 28c (82f) and a low of 24c (75f). During March the wind conditions in the Whitsundays blow in an east southeast direction with an average wind speed of 15 knots. The Whitsundays also offer easy line-of-sight sailing for everyone no matter what ability.

The Whitsundays. The Whitsundays are a collection of 74 islands located off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Famous for having white sandy beaches, lush greenery, diverse wildlife, and the opportunity to snorkel or dive in the Great Barrier Reef.

Islands To Visit. The Whitsundays Islands are one of the best places to go sailing in March thanks to its variety of islands to explore and discover. The main islands in the collection worth visiting are:

  • Hamilton Islands – The location for the Hamilton Island Race Week yachting festival, beautiful sunsets, and the bustling resort island. 
  • Hook Island – Nara Inlet is a green and peaceful island, fishing spot, and snorkel to see tropical fish. Stonehaven is a great location to watch the sunset.
  • Whitsunday Island – Coral Sea, largest chain, Tongue Bay with beautiful scenery, turtles, and a beautiful lookout. Whitehaven Beach a beautiful beach in the area.
  • Long Island – Long Island has a large number of plant species, animal species, and a great place to enjoy cycling, and hiking.
  • Bali Hai (Black Island) – Great place to snorkel and enjoy the calm waters and marine life.
  • Lindeman Island – 19km of walking trails, 90 species of birds, humpback whales, and dolphins.
  • Daydream Island – Man-made lagoon and aquarium, marine life in natural habitat.

4. Thailand

Weather. Thailand is an excellent year-round sailing destination with the year split into two seasons – wet and dry season or SW and NE monsoon seasons.

It is one of the best places to go sailing in March as it is in the northeast monsoon season (November – April), with winds typically between 10 and 20 knots in a northeast direction. This is considered the dry season with dry and sunny conditions and average temperatures remaining between 34 – 24c (93-75f).

Thailand. Thailand is one of the best places to go sailing in March with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, on islands waiting to be explored with tropical rainforests, world-class marinas, famous bays, and thriving resort towns.

5. Malaysia

Malaysia. Malaysia is a country rich in history and mythology along with its 99 islands waiting to be discovered. Located in Southeast Asia, just above the Equator, Malaysia is a dream destination for everyone to enjoy. Nature lovers, beach lovers, and divers will find peace and tranquillity among the islands and the bright turquoise waters which surround them.

Weather in Malaysia. Malaysia is a great place to go sailing in March due to its stabilised weather system and warm weather conditions. The Northeast Monsoon season runs from November to May, and it brings light northeasterly winds ranging from 10-20 knots along with cooler dryer temperatures. The average high-temperature of 33c (91f) and an average low of 23c (73f).

6. BVI

Spring Sun. A great spring sun sailing destination. March is a great time to take a yacht charter in the BVI as there are fewer people visiting the islands, it is a little busier than other times due to America’s spring break season but it shouldn’t be crowded.  The BVI is one of the best places to go sailing in March.

Weather In March. The BVI’s weather makes it one of the best places to go sailing in March. The average high for the month is 83f (28c) and the average low is 75f (24c), although rainfall can occur it is rare at this time of year.  The wind tends to be stable between 15 – 25 knots in an easterly direction, which varies from a southeast direction in the summer months.

Uncrowded. The peak sailing time in the BVI is between December and April, with private boats venturing from the Mediterranean across the ocean, bring more boats and tourists to the area.

By March many of these boats have had their high season with a small number being busy for spring break. But it is not as crowded as during the winter months. Spring is a great time to go sailing in the BVI with regattas and sailing races happening and consistent winds.

7. St Lucia

St Lucia. St Lucia is one of the best places to go sailing in March with Spanish, French, and British influences, St. Lucia has a beautiful blend of cultures. This means that in St. Lucia you’ll find cricket tournaments, Caribbean style curry dishes, as well as Calypso, Socal, Reggae, Compas, Zouk, and Salsa music.

With a deep and interesting history, there’s no shortage of beautiful island tradition in which you can partake. Here you’ll enjoy amazing hiking trails, luxurious boutique resorts, exhilarating adventure activities, and delectable seafood.

Sailing Conditions in St Lucia. St Lucia is a great place to go sailing in March with an average temperature of between 28c (83f) and 25c (77f). The wind conditions in February range from 10 to 25 knots in an easterly direction, with very little rain. On a St Lucia sailing itinerary, there are long periods of sailing making it a great for experienced sailors or those on a skippered charters.

8. Seychelles

Seychelles. Proclaimed “the most beautiful islands on Earth”, Seychelles take you to an entirely different unique world. Immerse yourself in nature and take in the special landscape of this archipelago.

Home to 275 species of birds, 2,200 giant Aldabra tortoises, and many endemic species, Seychelles claims a unique ecosystem. Located 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is a collection of 115 islands, many of which are coral islands.

Wind and Weather Conditions. When sailing in March in Seychelles the average high is 84f (29c) and an average low of 77f (25c) during the month. The winds blow frequently in a northeasterly direction at approximately 4 knots and there is a tidal system which varies by 4.5ft or 5.9ft (1.4m or 1.8m).

Places to Visit. When sailing in March in Seychelles there is an abundance of tropical forests, white-sandy beaches, and coral reefs to explore throughout the islands. Some places not to be missed when sailing in March in Seychelles are the following;

  • Cousin – A Important Bird Area (IBA) and a world-renowned ornithological site.
  • St Anne Island – Home to St Anne Marine National Park.
  • Grande Soeur Island – A private island but a great place to swim and snorkel offshore.
  • Coco Island – Home to the IIe Coco Marine National Park and a great place to snorkel.
  • Aride – An island with untouched nature and a conservation area.
  • Saint Pierre – This uninhabited reef island is great for snorkeling with an abundance of underwater marine life.

9. Grenada

Weather. Grenada is the ideal location to go sailing in March, with an average temperature between 29c (84f) and 24c (76f). In March winds have stabilised and settled in a northeasterly direction ranging from 10 – 25 knots. March is the third month of the dry season which runs until May, so rain is less likely during March.

Grenada. With beautiful mountains, unique fauna and flora, lakes, and an abundance of wildlife, Grenada has something for everyone. In addition to its deep colonial history, Grenada is an island of volcanic origin.

This gives it a wonderfully interesting landscape of rocky coastline and beaches set against bright green foliage and rich vegetation. Coupled with the amazing scenery, the island is home to armadillos, mona monkeys, and mockingbirds. The marine life is also present in abundance, Grenada’s waters are full of colourful coral reefs, seagrass beds – making it ideal for snorkelling and sailing in March.

10. Bahamas

Weather In March. The Bahamas is one of the best places to go sailing in March with an average high of 79f (26c) and an average low of 66f (19c). The water stays at a comfortable 76f (24c) and wind conditions stabilise, gentle, trade winds of between 5 -20 knots, which are usually blowing from the east.

The Bahamas. 200 km of island paradise; Gentle winds and easy sailing conditions allow guests to enjoy some of the finest scuba-diving spots in the world, and navigation is very straight forward, mainly line of sight.

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