It’s everyone’s dream to sail the world and see its wonders. And for any adventurer, it’s exhilarating to travel and see wondrous places from a different perspective. It’s not surprising that many travelers want to try one of these boating trips and add it to their itineraries.

But if you don’t know where to start with a great boating experience, we can help you. We have listed down the top 10 amazing places perfect for travelers for the best boating trips. You can check out the list and add one of these places in your future travel bucket list. 

10 Amazing Places for the best boating trips 

Traveling and getting on an adventure by water gives a new level of thrill and excitement. It’s like seeing the world from a whole new perspective. So, without further ado, here are the best places you can go sailing.

Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

Did you know that there are 425,000 km of rivers and streams and about 4,000 lakes in New Zealand? The Milford Sound in the South Island is just one of them. While cruising, you can see the iconic mountain in the Fiordland National Park, which has five peaks. And along the boat ride, you can witness the majestic Bowen Falls, the St Anne’s Lighthouse, and the towering Mitre Peak. 

When boating in Milford, one thing you should consider is its sudden weather changes as it can be either a territorial rain or glowing blue skies. Be ready with some rain gear. But you can always enjoy the rain. Whatever floats your boat, we say.

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Milford Sound Fiordland. Photo: Chris-Sisarich

The Mine Bay Rock Carvings, New Zealand 

If you are into digging through history, you will enjoy spending a day boating in the open sea and visit the Mine Bay Rock Carvings in New Zealand. Tourists can explore the area through kayaking and see the wall carvings up close.

After you’re done with the historical tour, you can enjoy a romantic sunset sailing. However, if you haven’t yet taken a boater exam for a license, there are guided trips offered by local guides. You’ll still enjoy the experience and be in awe with New Zealand’s natural beauty.

Grand Canal by Vaporetto, Venice, Italy 

Who would dare miss spending a day on the waters of Venice, Italy? The Grand Canal of Vaporetto is like no other, so travellers worldwide spend an entire day visiting the place. Coasting along the Grand Canal lets you see the Venetian beauty all around you. 

Enjoy a romantic way to cap off your tour by watching the sunset. Float along the San Marco and pass through Rialto Bridge to see the infrastructures illuminated at night Venice proudly offers.

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See Venice by boat. Photo: (Michelle Maria) via Pixabat

Horizontal Falls, Australia

Home of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia is one of the most stunning places best to explore by boat. This country is known for its beaches and the best river cruises. Horizontal Falls happens to be a famous place for river cruising. ‘Horries’ is what the locals call it, and it’s a perfect spot for any adventurer who loves to witness formations of great tides and whirlpools.

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador 

The Galapagos Islands have long been known to be a popular destination that offers an exceptional view of beautiful marine life. Many tourists can spot giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and even the rare archipelago’s famous aquatic iguanas. Boating in the waters of Galapagos while snorkeling underwater and paddle boarding are the best things to do in the area.

The Greek Isles 

Everybody loves Greece- the Mykonos, Santorini, and Paros are just some of the beautiful landscapes with seascapes on its sides. The Greek Isles shouldn’t be missed for anyone who wants to spend their time above the waters. It’s the perfect place in the Mediterranean to spend your vacation sailing, plus the locals are friendly, and the food is authentic.

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The Greek island of Hydra. Photo: Sue Reynolds via Flickr

Halong Bay, Vietnam 

Halong Bay is a popular tourist destination in Vietnam. Sunsets are beautiful here, that’s why it’s not surprising that it’s every tourist’s top place to visit in Vietnam. It’s acquainted with the striking scenery of sheer-sided limestone islets – 775 of them, to be exact. The river is filled with different boats, from the traditional Chinese junk boats to luxurious ones.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay. Photo by Rickshaw Travel

Abraão, Brazil 

You can’t go to Abraão, Brazil, without taking a boat ride. It’s the only way for you to explore the place deeply. It’s located in the natural beauty of the island of Ilha Grande. Abraão is filled with deserted beaches, paradisiacal lagoons, and rare wildlife. The place will bring you scenery you think you’ll only see in movies. It’s one of the reasons why many tourists dream of visiting Brazil.

The British Virgin Islands

A luxurious and dreamy vacation exists in the waters of the British Virgin Islands. One of the Caribbean’s pride, it houses hidden and beautiful coves. BVI has many secluded spaces that’s best for enjoying a swim. Sunset boating and snorkeling are most tourists’ favorite pastimes. Going to BVI is an expensive trip, but it’ll be all worth it once you set your toes on its fine, white sands.

Puget Sound, Lake Washington 

A metropolis surrounded by green and lavish natural allure, only boaters can genuinely enjoy the Emerald City by cruising through its rivers, surrounded by natural lush green forests. Seattle even has a boating season. It’s a tradition that started in 1895, where flocks of different boat crafts are present and attend the Windermere Cup Opening Day Regatta and Boat Parade.


Getting on an adventure by boat is a whole different experience. You get to go to places that your wandering eyes can only see when on a boat. Being in the water also makes you realize that the world is a big place, and you still haven’t been to all of it. It’s fun and exciting to add a boating experience to your next travel itinerary. There’s a lot to see and to discover, so take the time to consider and see this list if you need a travel reference. 

About the Author:

Ciara loves to travel and write all her adventures in her travel blogs. She has been almost to all places in Europe and America, and her next travel itinerary includes Asia.  Aside from writing and her love of traveling, Ciara loves cooking and sketching. She has few sketches of her favorite views, like The Eiffel Tower and a rough sketch of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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