Whether it is through island hopping or sailing, some
coastal countries present their natural beauty best when you look at them from
off land from a boat.
Having the second largest barrier reef in the world, Belize has
more than 200 islands or “cayes.”
Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye might be the most well known
islands, but beyond them you can enjoy the pristine and almost deserted beaches
and the island life of Tobacco Caye, South Water Caye, Laughingbird Caye, Silk
Caye, and many more. Some of these cayes are quite remote, requiring up to
three hours on a speed boat to reach them, which makes for a great and scenic
boat ride or an excellent sailing trip – if you wish to go slower.
In case you’re wondering, the fishing and scuba diving
experience in Belize is second to none. Hey, what can you expect from a
country that boasts such a rich barrier reef?
Thailand is extremely popular among budget travelers and
island hoppers. Getting on a boat in Thailand is extremely easy, but
what’s not so easy is picking the best places to go since there are so many and
most of them are gorgeous!
Whether it is on a long tail boat (traditional Thai boat), a
ferry, or a sailing boat, there are a few islands you should visit as a main
base, and from there head out onto the sea or smaller islands. This short list
will help you narrow it down a bit.
These islands have some of the most impressive crystal blue
waters, rich corals, and impressive landscapes that will make you feel like you
are in paradise. And in case you’re wondering what Koh is, it means
The best chance for sunshine on the west coast (Andaman Sea)
is between November to April; and on the east coast (Gulf of Thailand) is from
January to September.
Greece is a gorgeous country overall, but in my opinion
Greece is best enjoyed through its islands. Athens might have the rich
capital history, but the real soul of Greece lies in its islands and their individual
As you may know, some of Greece’s islands are world renowned
for their breathtaking beaches. You can hop on a boat of any size – from
cruises, to ferries and even small sailboats – to see the different islands and
how mildly or dramatically some of them contrast the others in terms of
lifestyle and culture.
If you’re into sailing, the winds are great in this part of
the Mediterranean, especially if you visit during the hot summer months. In
case you don’t know where to go between the over 1,000 islands, don’t miss
Mykonos and Santorini – which some say has “the best sunsets in the
Australia is best known for its outback, its inland tourist
attractions, the Sydney Opera House, and the Great Barrier Reef. But, did
you know that Australia is also a great destination to go sailing? The
winds and water conditions are great for watersport aficionados, and when you
add the Great Barrier Reef to it, there’s no better way to get closer to the
rich, colorful, and magnificent sea life.
You can sail along the coast or go deep into the reef to
snorkel or dive around some of the most beautiful and colorful corals and marine
life found in this world. But if you rather stay on the surface, sailing
can be one of the most relaxing ways to explore this side of Australia.
Where do you love to go on a boat ride?
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Norbert Figueroa is an architect who hit the pause button on his career in 2011 to do a round the world trip. He's been blogging for over three years at globotreks.com, where he shares his travel experiences, budget travel tips, and a good dose of world architecture. From hiking Mount Kilimanjaro to diving with great white sharks, he is always on the search of adrenaline and adventure. Norbert is originally from Puerto Rico and he is currently based in Milan, Italy... when not roaming around the world, that is. He has traveled to more than 80 countries in 5 continents and his goal is to travel to all 193 U.N. recognized countries. Follow Norbert on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus.
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