Have you ever consider going on a sailing holiday? Considered it? You may not have even heard the phrase before. It’s a fairly new concept, and for those of us that have always dreamed of sailing the sea’s but never had the money or the enthusiasm to take it up full time there is an alternative, ‘A sailing holiday’. But what does a sailing holiday involve? Basically, it’s one big voyage; around 5-6 boats (depending on the size of the company) set sail together, around your desired destination. You are given instructions on how to control your vessel and an experienced skipper is on hand to assist should you come across any problems. What a genius idea! You too can now afford set sail on the seas.
Some of our ‘first timer sailing hot picks’ are:
The Cyclades in Greece is built up of around 220 islands, the most popular of which are Mykonos, Thera and Santorini. Your sailing path will include weaving in and around the beautiful islands, taking in the mountainous views and Greek architecture and stopping off to visit a few of the more populated islands. The best times to go sailing around the Cyclades would be either spring or autumn (May, June or September, October), allowing for the best of the sunshine but it doesn’t reach the sweltering heat of their 40° summer.
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
The Bay of Islands area is situated in Northern New Zealand, and is one of the most popular fishing, sailing and tourist destinations. It’s easy to see why when you visit the Islands, enclosed within the natural bay just off the North point of New Zealand, the luxurious green mountains peep out from above the deep turquoise Ocean. You may want to pay close attention to the waters as it’s not unknown for pods of dolphins to swim by your boats, as well as, whales and sea bird flying overhead. The best time to visit the stunning Bay of Islands is within the summer months September through till April.
Phuket is better known for its seedy sex industry than its sailing tours; however Thailand has a lot to offer in the way of sailing scenery. Sailing around the coast of Phuket you will see some of the most crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches that Thailand has to offer. The bizarre landscape, of protruding mountains arising from the Ocean makes it a favourite for avid sailors and novices alike. You do have to pick the right time of year to visit South East Asia as you don’t want to become caught up in monsoon season, which is June-October.
Most people would be put off from sailing around Sydney by the thought of the expense, however unlike many other major cities you can actually anchor for free in Sydney. It’s much easy to move around Sydney by water ways than it is by car and you still get access to all the amazing Sydney sights. Whether you’re planning on spending your time in Sydney Harbour (Port Jackson) or heading over to the Manly beach you can soak up the roasting Australian sun and take in the sophisticated atmosphere of chic Sydney. Sydney’s summer months are December-February however you’d be wise to visit either just before or just after summer, as temperatures can soar as high as 40° and above.
The Galapagos Islands situated in the Pacific Ocean form an ‘Ecudorian province’ and make up a national park and a biological reserve, and sailing round this marine paradise it’s easy to see why. The Islands are home to thousands of species of animals and made famous by Charles Darwin himself when studying them for his ‘theory of natural selection’. Both the Ocean and the land boast fascinating sights, whether it’s giant tortoises, sea lions lazing on the beach or snorkelling with the abundance of fish. December-May is the ideal time to visit the Islands as the air and the water is warmer around these months, it does rain daily, however ironically it is also the sunniest time of the year.
Author Bio: Leah Jarratt is a regular guest writer for Axia FX, foreign exchange specialists.