Best Places to See The World By Boat

September 10, 2018

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A vacation at sea certainly isn’t for everyone, yet more and more people are taking to the water to discover the world by boat.  For many people, exploring the world by boat means going on a commercial cruise, and whilst this can be a great way to see the world by boat, it’s by no means the only way.

Indeed, a lot of people that enjoy travelling on the water, like boating due to the sense of freedom and flexibility it provides, which is quite the opposite of an organised cruise where everything is planned out in advance.

In many ways it’s horses for courses, though the people that enjoy luxurious cruises are not necessarily going to enjoy a private sailing adventure and vice versa.  That said, when it comes to destinations, whether you’re travelling by private yacht or on a package tour, there are some wonderful places to explore by boat.

Thailand has a huge number of islands that are only discoverable by boat, in fact, some of its smaller islands can only be reached by longtail boat due to the shallow waters.  Thailand tends to have something for everyone as it is a land of contrasts; here you can find a spiritual oasis of calm or the raunchiest nightlife you’re likely to encounter in your life.

In terms of the islands, there’s a cluster of Islands on the East Coast which are famous for diving and honeymooners… islands such as Koh Samui and Koh Tao, in addition to the party island of Koh Phangan which hosts the infamous “Full Moon Party”.

Then to the west, you have some less developed islands that are a little more chilled out and reserved due to the muslim influence of these islands; places such as Koh Lanta being the most well known, though there are tiny islands dotted throughout these waters, some of which have barely been explored.

Within this region, you also have the island of Koh Phi Phi, which was made famous by The Beach.

There’s a rich cultural tapestry awaiting to be explored in the Mediterranean, with such variety you’ll literally be spoilt for choice, yet one of the favourites for those that want to explore by boat, has to be Greece.  Here, you have a number of islands that are famously beautiful and steeped in history, tradition and great food.

Islands such as Santorini and Mykonos are wildly popular with affluent tourists, whilst larger islands such as Crete attract a more history and culture focused crowd.

Next door to Greece you have Turkey, indeed, Bodrum is just 30 minutes sailing from the Greek Islands of Kos - and with world renowned sailing spots around the rustic coast of Fethiye and Kas, Turkey is a great option too.

The majority of cruise liners head for the Caribbean, yet there are some hidden gems in the Indian Ocean that are less commercialised and more traditional than the Carribean - for instance Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with warm people, beautiful food, and very attractive prices.

This may be a contributed post but all of the thoughts I agree with and match the tone of my blog.


  1. Fethiye is a great place to visit, for more things to do thee please check

    1. Thanks for letting us know and sharing! Have a wonderful day!
      Blessings, Rebecca :)