Introducing LaraBella, the magnificent Schionning Wilderness 1650X catamaran, expertly designed to offer a perfect blend of luxury and performance. With a length of 16.5m, it comfortably accommodates large families or groups of up to 12 guests, providing the opportunity to explore a variety of unique destinations.
Its impressive beam to length ratio and high bridge deck clearance ensures a seaworthy and high-performance cruising experience. Step inside, and you'll find spacious and private accommodations, along with ample payload capacity for all the comforts needed for long-term cruising.
Onboard, you'll find spacious trampolines, an outdoor shower, a braai (barbecue), a wine cooler, a coffee machine, a fully stocked bar, a large lounge saloon area, and 4 beautiful en suite cabins. With a cash bar and several fridges, you'll have everything you need for a delightful cruise.
Explore the breathtaking beauty of Knysna Lagoon and sail through the iconic Knysna Heads into the vastness of the Indian Ocean. You can leisurely lounge on the trampolines, basking in the warm sun, while savoring an ice-cold bubbly, creating cherished memories on this enchanting journey. Keep an eye out for playful dolphins and seals while relaxing and taking in the stunning sights. During longer scenic day cruises, indulge in swimming at Featherbed or enjoy snorkeling and Stand Up Paddleboarding activities.
Highly qualified and professional crew
Exclusive use of the yacht
Beverages, catering, entertainment & add-on activities
There is a full stocked cash bar onboard, offering a variety of drinks and soft drinks.
Enjoy unique catering packages with optional snacks available at an additional cost when booking.
Delight in a traditional South African braai (meat feast) with the onboard braai (BBQ) facilitity. You can even have the crew grill your catch of the day or have the talented chef cater to your culinary preferences.
Onboard, you'll find a versatile sound system equipped with Radio, CD, Mp3, USB, aux, Bluetooth, and speakers both inside and outside. Additionally, there's a Samsung flat-screen TV for your entertainment needs.
You're welcome to bring your own music.
Onboard facilities include a guest toilet, large lounge saloon, four beautiful en suite cabins, a kitchen with coffee machine and wine cooler. There are also spacious trampolines, an outdoor shower, and a braai (barbecue). There's a fully equipped bar, and several fridges for your convenience. Additionally, LaraBella boasts a full sailing rig with 2 x 29 HP Nanni engines and a Falcon 450 tender powered by a 40HP Yamaha motor.
NB! The cabins are not for use on day charters! Overnight accommodation is currently not available.
Depart from Sirocco jetty in Knysna, where a warm welcome awaits from the captain and crew. Experience the magic of sailing on Knysna Lagoon, navigate the famous Knysna Heads, and explore the breathtaking marine and bird life of the Indian Ocean. Upon return, indulge in delicious snacks and refreshing sundowners.
Please note that the Knysna Heads excursion is subject to weather and tide conditions. However, rest assured that your experience will be exquisite, regardless of the direction we sail. Snacks can be arranged at an additional cost when booking, and a cash bar is available onboard.
The cruising time and course are subject to weather conditions and the captain's discretion. Our top priority is the safety of you and your guests.
Bring your camera, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and something warm for cooler afternoons on the water.
Don't forget your beach towel if you plan to swim.
Please avoid wearing shoes onboard, and consider cozy socks for winter.
There is a toilet onboard, but kindly use the bathrooms on Thesen Island before boarding.
Smoking is prohibited on board.
Snorkeling & Swimming - Weather permitting, anchor near Robberg Peninsula or Knysna Heads for a quick swim or snorkeling adventure, exploring fascinating old shipwrecks.
Fishing – The fully equipped tender allows access to shallow lagoon areas, giving fishing enthusiasts a chance to catch famous kabeljou, grunter, and more (Two fishing rods available).
Supping – Experience the excitement of gliding on top of the water by stand-up paddleboarding (SUPing), with two SUPs available.
Fun - Beyond luxury sailing, our charters offer family-friendly fun, from jumping off the yacht's couch top to trying your hand at the helm or winches. Relax with bubbly on the trampolines for a perfect day out.
Learn to Sail - Discover sailing with us at our sailing school in Knysna. We stand out as the sole provider of sail training on a catamaran. From refresher courses, mile building to advanced levels like day skippers, coastal skippers, and yacht masters. Discover the joys of sailing in this captivating setting.
The following can be arranged for an additional fee: Private chef, Snacks, Pre-book medium Oysters, Photographer, Live music (violinist), Braai menu option.
LaraBella is ideal for various events like family outings, corporate gatherings, birthdays, photo shoots, marriage proposals, and more. Private cruises can be customized to your preferences, offering the perfect platform for special occasions. Consider adding a private chef, photographer, or live music (DJ, Violinist, Cellist) to enhance your experience.
LaraBella provides a perfect setting for a range of occasions, including wine tastings, birthday parties, anniversaries, proposals, engagement parties, bachelors & hen parties, baby showers, reunions, graduation celebrations, sail training / mile builders, team building, year-end functions, product launches, business meetings, corporate events, award incentives, and small conferences.
Amenities, Entertainment & Recreation
For your relaxation and entertainment LaraBella Sailing Catamaran has the following facilities, for more details please speak to your yacht charter broker.
'LaraBella Sailing Catamaran' Charter Rates & Destinations
Sept 2022 – Aug 2023 Rates
Summer & Winter season
R10,000 p/hour (min 2 hours)
R12,000 p/hour (min 2 hours)
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