Houseboats AhoyArizona, USA
Arizona is the land of red rock formations and three-pronged cactus growing from the desert soil. It’s kinda the last place you might think to go on a houseboating holiday. But the azure waters of Lake Powell, on the Colorado River near the border of Utah, offer extraordinary beauty and the chance to get splashing. Here, you can hire one of a number of vessels, from a budget-friendly 46-foot number that sleeps up to eight to a far more luxurious offering. The 75-foot Odyssey houseboat has six staterooms, a hot tub and slide that takes from the deck and plunges you into the lake.
Regardless of whether you skimp or splurge, you can slip through secluded canyons and dramatic Navajo sandstone cliffs, before plunging into the water for a refreshing dip. Add a couple of kayaks to your rental and paddle through still coves and under Rainbow Bridge, the world’s largest natural stone bridge. Fish for fresh bass and catfish to cook on board. Watch the rusty rock blaze during sunset, and stargaze from the deck with a cold craft brew in your hand. It’s a desert holiday you’re unlikely to forget.
- Arriving at a marina to your favourite meal, prepared by your private chef, if you choose to opt for the Chef on Board program
- Navigating your houseboat around the red-stained canyons and 3000 kilometre shoreline
- The extra service fees, taxes and insurance fees that accumulate along the way
- Accommodate up to 16 people
- TVs and DVD players
- On-deck barbecues
Five-day rental of the luxury Odyssey houseboat starts at US$10,625. Economy houseboats available from US$1836 for three days.
Anyone over 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license is able to skipper a houseboat.