As the Mediterranean season draws to a close all eyes turn to the exuberant final flourish that is the Monaco Yacht Show. This year’s elegant extravaganza will take place over the 25th to 28th of September as sophisticated socialites and trendsetters gather at Port Hercules to mingle alongside sleek superyachts and catch the very latest launches. The event, which is supported by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, features 40 exciting international debuts and brings together over 600 exhibitors in a majestic setting in the heart of Monaco.


The iconic Port Hercules is a favourite destination for yacht owners and enthusiasts thanks to the exceptional facilities and easy access to the city’s top restaurants and fantastic range of boutiques and luxury shops. The best option for fuss-free travel to the show is to touch down at nearby Nice Airport and then take a 7 minute helicopter shuttle ride to Monaco Heliport with MONACAIR. Those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground can enjoy a 24/7 luxurious chauffeur service with VIP Limousine which can be arranged by the Monaco Yacht Show. Other transport options include courtesy cars for Multipass badge holders as well as free shuttle buses and boats.


The opening night gala draws a glamorous VIP guest list of yachting world’s brightest and best. This year’s falls on the evening of the 24th of September at the Yacht Club de Monaco and kicks off with the 6th edition of the annual Superyacht Awards Ceremony. This invitation-only event brings together 350 owners, business leaders, and industry influencers to celebrate the very best yachts on display at the show each year. This year’s judges will have some 125 superyachts to choose from which include many of this year’s most exciting debuts and new launches.

As well as the stunning yachts on show, visitors can view over 30 stunning supercars on the Car Deck. Some models will even be available for a test drive with exhibits including the Cobra 289 FIA, Cobra 427 and CS GT40 MKI, classic Porsche vehicles, and even some one-off customised motorbikes including the Titan Xaver BMW K100 and Titan BlueFalcon YamahaMT-01.


Those who wish to get the very best out of the show should consider the Sapphire Experience which is exclusively available for prospective yacht buyers and charterers. This bespoke experience includes access to the VIP lounge, a full concierge service, and complimentary transfers as well as a host of other unique benefits. Those interested in this service are recommended to contact the Monaco Yacht Show organisers directly.


Amongst the most exciting top international debuts for your must-see list is the brand-new 50 metre Tankoa Yachts M/Y Bintador. Designed by the talented Francesco Paszkowski who is based in Florence in Italy, she bears a striking similarity to her sister yacht, MY Vertige, who was the first yacht in Tankoa’s 164 foot/50 metre series. Her light and airy aesthetics continue in her spacious interior spaces which have been styled by Paszkowski in collaboration with the Italian architect Magherita Casprini. In total she has five comfortable guest cabins including two VIP cabins and two twin cabins which can accommodate up to ten guests. The spacious owner’s suite is full-beam and includes a fold-out balcony on both sides of the yacht.

Another eagerly-anticipated debut is that of Royal Huisman’s new 55 metre/180 foot M/Y Sangi which has been designed by Cor D Rover with naval architecture by Van Oossanen. Her innovative design includes a lightweight aluminium hull and a “smart” propulsion system with hybrid and fully-electric options.

Her layout thoughtfully maximises living space and has been created to be fully-customised by her new owner, allowing you to express your individuality and create a yacht that meets your exact needs. There is even the possibility to remodel the superstructure in accordance with your vision.

The largest yacht at this year’s show will be the majestic 364 foot/111 meter superyacht Tis which also takes the crown for being the biggest yacht ever displayed at a show. The brand-new yacht was launched from the Lürssen shipyard in June of this year and has spent the summer season cruising the Mediterranean. Highlights onboard include a helipad, 19-person al fresco dining table, two cinemas, 40 foot infinity pool, and fully-equipped spa. Her sumptuous interiors feature antique French furniture belonging to her sophisticated new owner.


Visitors can purchase a Daily Pass for a single day entry from €280 per person when purchased online or €300 purchased directly at the show. There is also the option to include a three-course lunch with your entry for €350 per person. This includes access to all show areas with the exception of onboard yacht visits which are at the discretion of the exhibitors. The show is open to visitors from 11am to 7:30pm on the 25th, 26th, and 27th of September with an earlier closing time of 7pm on the 28th of September.

To discover the best places to sleep, dine and shop during your visit to the Monaco Yacht Show, check out our Destination Guide.