There are many benefits to owning a boat. You can get out on the weekends and discover new treasures, and enjoy access to places that other people simply don’t have.
And, as if owning your own boat wasn’t amazing enough, you can also enjoy the knowledge that you can go places most mere (non-boat owning) mortals can only dream about.
We have scoured the world on the hunt for the six most incredible water-bound destinations to bring you this lust-list of must-sees.
#1: Zori Restaurant, St Klement, Croatia
Located amid crystalline blue water but a mere 10 minute boat ride from Hvar, Zori Restaurant is a must-do when you’re island hopping in Croatia. Cruise up to the island and drop anchor before disembarking and dining on some of the most incredible seafood and meat in Europe. After you’ve eaten and drunk your fill, swim the afternoon away in some of the most stunning, clear ocean water that you’re ever likely to encounter.
#2: Navagio Beach, Greece
Feel just like an extra from Pirates of the Caribbean when you pull into Navagio (Navagio is Greek for ‘shipwreck’) Beach. This stunning spot is also known as ‘Smuggler’s Cove’ or ‘The Shipwreck’ in homage to the famous Panagiotis wreck –an alleged smuggler’s ship – which ran aground there carrying a booty of contraband cigarettes, purportedly bound for the Italian mafia. Today you can sail or motor your boat in and splash around in the oh-so-blue waters or sunbake on the sand with other tourists.
#3: Cala Luna, Italy
Located on an island off the west coast of Italy, Cala Luna is only accessible by boat so it’s never too crowded. Enjoy stunning transparent Mediterranean waters as you swim in the warm sunshine. Dry off with a quick cat-nap on the coarse, light coloured sand before heading off to explore some of the caves at the water’s edge. Pleasure cruisers and sun lovers alike will love this boats-only spot.
#4: Lofoten Islands, Norway
Perched across the Norwegian Sea and far beyond the Arctic Circle are the Lofoten Islands. Enjoy access to unrivalled beauty and majestic mountains in combination with deep fjords and incredible wildlife. If stunning nature is what you’re after, you’re going to find it here in the Lofoten Islands. There’s a strong Viking connection here, and on your visit to the islands you’ll probably want to stop in at the Lofotr Viking Museum to see how life was lived here. Also, in Borg (a small village on the islands), you can see the largest Viking longhouse ever found. While you can technically drive here, it’s far more stunning to approach the islands just like the Vikings would have done; by the sea.
#5: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
This ethereally beautiful spot is home to stunning limestone pillars and tiny islets alike. Make sure you head for Minh Chau Beach on Quan Lan Island and enjoy this stunning kilometre-long stretch of beach. You can surf the waves or simply pull up a chair at one of the cheap beach-side eateries for some stunning seafood.
#6: Koh Rong, Cambodia
This island is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of endless tourist touts and street vendors that you’ll find in the beachside town of Sihanoukville. Escape the maddening crowds and make your way to the island of Koh Rong, a spot only accessible by boat and still incredibly lush and wild. If partying hard isn’t your thing, set a course for Sok San Beach where you’ll find untamed wilderness, stunning white sand beaches and plenty of space to relax and enjoy your stay on the island.
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