16 June 21
International holidays may be off the cards for a while - but that doesn’t mean we can’t plan holidays within Australia and plan overseas holidays for the future!
For those who own a yacht, the travel ban offers the perfect opportunity to explore everything the Australian coast has to offer.
So, where should you go on your next yacht holiday?
1. The Whitsundays, Queensland
Let’s start with somewhere close to home - The Whitsundays, situated in north Queensland.
You can’t miss taking a holiday in the Whitsundays. Perfect any time of year - the Whitsundays make for a perfect summer vacation, or allow you to escape the cold during winter. The Great Barrier Reef has an average water temperature of 23 - 29 degrees. However, make sure to visit between May to October to avoid the wet season.
Once you arrive at the Whitsundays, there are many islands to explore, including the beautiful Hamilton Island. No trip is complete without a visit to Hill Inlet - don’t forget to take your camera to get photos of an unforgettable view of Whitehaven Beach.
2. New Zealand
The travel bubble is finally here, which means we can travel to New Zealand!
If you’re looking to escape the heat, why not consider visiting New Zealand? Here, you will find a more diverse range of temperatures. During summer you will experience warmer temperatures, particularly on the North Island. However, during winter you can visit the South Island, where you’ll find glaciers and fjords.
A rumoured travel bubble destination is Fiji. Fortunately, Fiji is a fantastic yachting destination.
Fiji consists of 300 islands, so there is lots to explore, and yachting is the perfect way to get around. Keep in mind - over 80% of the population live on two main islands - Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
While you’re not enjoying time on your yacht, you can explore the ocean by diving or snorkelling - you’ll be amazed at the colourful ocean life.
Croatia is one of the more well-known sailing and yachting destinations in Europe. And no wonder why - Croatia consists of nearly 2,000 kilometres of coastline and 1,000 islands, so there are a plethora of places to explore.
While you’re visiting Croatia, make sure to stop by Dubrovnik and Split, both unmissable coastal cities.
If you’re looking to miss the busy tourist times between June to August, you may consider visiting in April and May, when the water will still be warm enough to swim in.
No yacht trip is complete without a visit to Turkey. The country consists of over 8,000 kilometres of coastline and four seas to choose from. Turkey has clear blue water, steady winds and secluded anchorages. This makes Turkey one of the most popular yachting destinations.
For a warmer climate, take your yacht up the Ionian Coast. If you’re wanting to explore more mountains, sail up the West Lycian Coast. The most popular sailing areas are the Lycian Coast and the Carian Coast.
Greece is considered to be one the best places in the world to charter a yacht. Greece boasts over 3,000 islands with stunning clear blue water. This is the ideal destination if you’re looking to go island hopping, with every island offering a different atmosphere.
If you’re looking to visit the more popular islands, you can’t miss visiting Santorini, Mykonos and Crete. If you’re looking for a busy, vibrant nightlife, Mykonos will be on your must-visit list. If you’re looking for a more relaxed option and beautiful scenery, sail to Santorini. Crete includes several docking options, and you’ll find historic locations and a mountainous range.
If you’re looking to go to the mainland, yachts can be chartered to Athens. Continue to sail north from Athens to visit Skopelos.
Looking for a new yacht before your next yacht holiday? Contact the yacht specialists at Alexander Marine Australia who will be able to find you the perfect yacht.