From the legendary wildlife of the Amazon to the serene landscapes of Antarctica - unforgettable destinations abound across our globe. Here are our top 5 must-visit destinations to visit on a grand voyage:
Best for culture:
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh is a dynamic city that reverberates through your soul. Commerce and culture merge and shift like nowhere else in the world and the chaos that his city offers awakens the senses. Whilst here, wander through tranquil temples before engaging in a spot of haggling at the city’s famed market - Ben Thanh - for unique handcrafted souvenirs to take home. If time allows, an excursion to the famous Củ Chi Tunnels makes for an eye-opening history lesson, whilst rooftop bars and swanky restaurants provide a slice of modernism.
Best for relaxation:
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
If ever there was a quintessentially heavenly destination, it would be the ‘Queen of French Polynesia,’ Bora Bora. Silky sand and azure seas are not prerequisites to paradise - but they come close and Bora Bora has it all, plus so much more. With tours to Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu available and endless opportunities to enjoy snorkelling, diving, paddle-boarding and other water-based activities, your stopover in Bora Bora can be as active or as inactive as you’d like. Not only this but due to the fantastic weather, Bora Bora’s farmers are able to grow an abundance of fruits, spices and vegetables all-year-round which can be found in delicacies dishes in many of the island’s restaurants.
Best for adventure:
Airlie Beach, Australia
Australia is famed for being a country with ‘get-up-and-go,’ however, many of us associate Oz’s highlights with Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. If appearing on your itinerary, Australia’s Airlie Beach will surprise and delight you with its offerings and highlights of its own. From a variety of water-based activities and adventures in the lush, green rainforest of the Whitsunday Coast to Conway National Park and the renowned Airlie Lagoon, adventures in this town are certainly not in short supply. Airlie Beach is also the main gateway for tours to the Great Barrier Reef - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and the largest living structure on earth.
Best for diversity:
San Francisco, USA
When we think of San Francisco, the first images that come to mind are the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the infamous Alcatraz Island. Therefore, sailing under the bridge and past Alcatraz en route to the port will absolutely become a highlight of your trip to San Fran - blowing you away before you’ve even stepped ashore. Once you arrive in the city, head to Pier 39, the city’s most popular destination where entertainment is in abundance; wander the streets and admire the crooked Victorian rooftops, visit the splendid gardens and museums of Golden Gate Park. For art and history aficionados, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Young Museum and The Cable Car Museum are must-visits.
Best for nature:
The ancient rainforests of Malaysia are not only full of lush, green vegetation but a whole host of wonderful wildlife relaxing in their own natural habitats. Head to the dense forestry’s of the Danum Valley Conservation Area and spot the flutters of the colourful birdlife as well as tapir, silver leaf monkeys and if you’re lucky, the orange glimmer of the orangutan swinging through the canopy. Head to the shores of the island to spot the wildlife that lies beneath the waves. Snorkel or dive beneath the surface to swim amongst tropical fish, corals, turtles, dolphins and even sharks.