One of the most exciting things about sailing as a hobby is that it can take you to destinations around the globe. Each can offer you unique experiences on the water and at port. Looking for ideas for where to sail next? Here are some of the top places to sail around the world.
Consider planning a trip to Croatia to sail on the Adriatic Sea. Think about heading there in October, which is at the tail end of the season. By that point in time, the crowds have largely dispersed, but the weather is still conducive to sailing. Temperatures are mild, and while you might get a little rain, it probably won’t be a lot.
While sailing in Croatia, you can island-hop from one Mediterranean gem to another, exploring beautiful beaches and foliage and visiting charming villages. At this time of year, you may even have some spots largely to yourself.
What are some stops to add to your bucket list? If you are a foodie, drop by Vis Town on Vis. For seclusion, think about visiting Krknjaši Blue Lagoon near Split, or the Pakleni Islands. If you like churches and monasteries, visit Hvar Town.
Thailand boasts many remarkable destinations for sailing such as Kol Phayam, the Surin Islands, and the world-famous Phang Nga Bay. If you enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling, you can sail out to some impressive reefs. If dancing and drinking is more your thing, you’ll find plenty of clubs, bars and beach parties when you dock.
Also, Thailand is a good choice if you want to save money. If you are visiting from the West, your currency probably will go further in Thailand than a lot of other destinations where you might sail.
While Croatia has become a popular Mediterranean sailing destination over recent years, Greece remains the top Mediterranean destination for island-hopping.
What are some of the best places to drop anchor on a sailing expedition to Greece? For nightlife, consider Sifnos. For pristine beaches, stop by Serifos. You also may want to sail to Tzia and venture into Khora if you fancy beautiful architecture, and want to experience what it is like to explore a town where motor vehicles are prohibited. Finally, the iconic white buildings and blue roofs of Santorini are not to be missed.
4. The Whitsunday Islands in Australia
Love to scuba dive and snorkel? Then you will want to plan a sailing trip to the Whitsunday Islands in Australia. Between the 74 islands which make up this chain and the Great Barrier Reef, you will find plenty to see and do above and below the water.
5. Bay of Islands in New Zealand
In the same part of the world, you can also consider a sailing trip to the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. Here you will find 150 islands to explore. Be on the lookout for dolphins splashing through the waves, and venture to unspoiled beaches where you can relax in seclusion.
6. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
If you are interested in history and ecology, the Galapagos Islands are a must-see destination. The bright blue waters form a warm contrast against the rather stark gray islands.
But it is the wildlife which most people come to see first and foremost. Whatever time of year you visit, you should be able to see quite a few amazing animals up close and personal. Indeed, the Galapagos are remote enough that many of the animals there still are not shy of humans.
Many different species of birds come and go from the islands throughout the year. Sea creatures such as sea lions, sharks, dolphins and seals frolic in the waters. But the most iconic residents of the Galapagos islands are doubtless its tortoises, which are known for their tremendous size. A single tortoise can weigh as much as 919 pounds! It also can live for significantly more than a century.
Now you have a few ideas for prime destinations for sailing around the world. Any one of these can make for the perfect vacation. But there are dozens more to discover, so keep researching. A lifetime of adventures awaits you.