Sometimes, beautiful locales are better experienced off shore. Like Mark Twain said, “there is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage.” Boating excursions are fun, thrilling and the colour of water is scientifically proven to be soothing. A short weekend excursion to the nearest lake is exciting, but check out these locations that really take boating trips to the next level:
1. The Maldives
This small nation with alluring beaches is famous as a honeymoon destination. (Remember when Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes went there?) The country is literally more water than land, so the best, and sometimes the only, way to get around is by boat. You can enjoy long boat cruises between numerous white-sand atolls. To truly feel like being in paradise, go on an evening boat trip and watch the kaleidoscopic rays of the sun reflected in the crystal-clear water. If your vessel is equipped with the right boating accessories, you can go water skiing and wakeboarding.
2. Lofoten Islands, Norway
Tucked inside the Arctic Circle, the breathtaking Lofoten Islands are perfect for boating excursions off the beaten track. Be prepared for stunning vistas with towering crags covered in vegetation. There are four main islands—Austvågøy, Vestvågøy, Flakstadøy and Moskenesøy—with picture-perfect fishing villages. The islands are well-connected by road bridges so travelling by car is not a problem, by why would anyone want to, when you can explore the staggering beauty of these islands by boat? The islands offer excellent opportunities to go fishing. You can also go diving and snorkelling to discover incredible arctic underwater fauna.
3. Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
This might be the most unusual pick on this list. Sri Lanka is still emerging as a summer beach and safari destination. On the west coast of this small island is Kalpitiya, a sleepy fishing village that no one had heard of until some enterprising locals began offering dolphin-watching boat tours. You can go on one of these boat rides to see hundreds of bottlenose and other dolphins migrating away from the cold southern seas. You can rent a boat to navigate the captivating lagoon dotted with verdant mangrove forests. Take extra care to upgrade your ride with boating accessories necessary to navigate shallow tropical water. Here are some boating accessories on this link http://www.marineman.com.au/.
4. Hvar, Croatia
Atmospheric Hvar draws in thousands of tourists each year to its historic Gothic palaces, winding marble streets and rolling vineyards. Less well-known are the amazing boat rides around the island to explore tiny islets with spectacular beaches and secret coves of the Adriatic Sea. Here, you can easily rent a boat to enjoy an adventurous sea excursion in privacy. Local tour providers offer speed boats, inflatable boats, jet skis and yachts for rent. If you don’t want to navigate unfamiliar waters on you own, you can join a sail boat trip for breathtaking scenery complemented with caving and snorkelling excursions.