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Top 15 Destinations to Explore in 2024

It’s never too early to start planning your next dream holiday! But with so many incredible destinations around the world, where do you start?

With 2023 in our rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead to the top travel destinations for 2024. The world has no shortage of incredible destinations to choose from and great adventures to have but it can be difficult to narrow them down.

Unique experiences, sustainability, cultural richness, outdoor activities, and culinary appeal all play a role in the allure of these 2024 travel destinations. Don’t let another year go by without an epic adventure under your belt. 

Travel enriches our lives and broadens our horizons in so many ways. Start planning your trip now to secure your spot and get the best deal on travel in the new year.

Lofoten Islands, Norway 

The Lofoten Islands, located off the northwest coast of Norway, are a true Arctic gem, offering a wealth of experiences year-round. The best time to visit is during the summer months when the midnight sun graces the islands, illuminating the snow-capped peaks, charming fishing villages, and crystal-clear waters. 

Beyond the breathtaking scenery, Lofoten is also a popular skiing region during the winter, attracting adventure seekers to its slopes. Visitors can explore picturesque fjords like Austnesfjorden and Trollfjord, hike rugged trails for panoramic views, or ski down pristine slopes to the shore. 

Sailing enthusiasts will find the calm waters, striking fjords, and unspoiled landscapes perfect for sailing and yacht charters, providing a fantastic opportunity to explore the coastal beauty from a unique perspective.

Thailand 

Thailand is located in Southeast Asia. It is a diverse destination known for its tropical beaches, historic temples, and flavorful street food. The cool, dry season from November to February is an ideal time to visit. What makes Thailand special is its varied landscapes, rich culture, and bustling street markets. 

The calm blue waters and scenic coastlines of Thailand make it great for sailing and exploring. Discover Phang Nga Bay with its iconic limestone karsts, Koh Dam Kai “Chicken Island” for diving and snorkelling, and relax on the sandy beaches of Bamboo Island and the famous Maya Bay where the movie “The Beach” was filmed. 

Raja Ampat, Indonesia 

Located in West Papua, Raja Ampat is an Indonesian archipelago renowned for its exceptional underwater biodiversity and aptly known as the “Amazon of the Sea”. A good time to visit is between October and April when the weather is pleasant and the sea is calm. 

SeaTrek The Jewels Of Raja Ampat With Dr Joe Mueller (Sorong-Sorong)

Raja Ampat offers some of the world’s most diverse marine life like the mysterious stingless jellyfish hawksbill turtles and wobbegong sharks, making it a renowned snorkelling and diving destination. In addition to diving and snorkelling, you can explore the unique karst landscapes of Misool, engage with local communities, and hike through pristine rainforests where you can see rare wildlife like the Red Birds of Paradise and breathtaking waterfalls. 

The calm waters and secluded coves of Raja Ampat make it great for sailing and finding the perfect diving, snorkelling and hiking spots. 

Mauritius 

Situated in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, Mauritius is a tropical island nation. The dry and cooler season from May to December, is a great time to go. What makes Mauritius special is its white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, and a vibrant mix of cultures and cuisines, creating a true tropical paradise. 

You can relax on beautiful beaches, explore the Black River Gorges National Park, visit the vibrant capital of Port Louis, and savour the diverse and delicious cuisine. The calm and warm waters surrounding Mauritius offer ideal conditions for sailing, with numerous opportunities for snorkelling and water sports. It is also one of the stops of the World ARC round-the-world yacht adventure.

Fiji 

Fiji is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean known for its stunning coral reefs and clear waters. The best time to explore Fiji is from April to October when the weather is dry and the temperatures are pleasant. Fiji is known for its friendly local culture and numerous islands to explore, like the Yasawa Islands. 

Travellers can snorkel in the aqua and turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon, visit traditional Fijian villages, explore the ancient limestone Sawa i lau Caves, swim with manta rays around colourful coral reefs or relax on palm tree-lined white sandy beaches. Fiji is a true sailor’s paradise, with warm, clear waters and countless islands to explore, and a rich sailing culture that dates back centuries.

British Virgin Islands (BVI) 

Located in the Caribbean, east of Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands are best visited during the dry season from November to April. Known for their pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and a relaxed island-hopping atmosphere, BVI offers travellers the opportunity to explore the famous Baths on Virgin Gorda, sail to remote cays and islands like Tortola, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada, and snorkel in coral-rich waters or explore the wreck of the RMS Rhone. 

The BVI is a popular spot for sailors from all over the world who enjoy the calm waters and stunning anchorages of these Caribbean islands. It’s the ideal destination to sail your own boat, join a sailing trip or charter a yacht. 

Guadeloupe 

Guadeloupe is an overseas region of France in the Caribbean. December and May when the weather is dry and pleasant are the best times to visit. This Caribbean archipelago offers a unique blend of French and Caribbean culture, with stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and a variety of outdoor activities. 

Travellers can hike the Soufrière volcano, relax on beautiful beaches, savour delicious French-Caribbean cuisine or discover the luxuriant flora of Basse Terre island or visit the famous Jacques Cousteau underwater marine reserve, named after the legendary oceanographer and explorer, where snorkellers and divers can encounter underwater wildlife like parrotfish, green turtles, spotted eagle rays and nurse sharks. 

Guadeloupe

With a history of ocean exploration, it is no wonder that Guadeloupe is a beloved destination among sailors who enjoy the island’s sheltered bays, clear waters, and warm trade winds. 

Scotland 

Scotland occupies the northern third of the island of the United Kingdom. Known for its rugged landscapes, historic castles, and rich cultural heritage, including bagpipes and kilts, haggis and of course, Scotch whisky. The summer months from June to August are a great time to visit Scotland.

Sailing is one of the best, and most unique ways to experience Scotland, from exploring the Outer Hebrides, sailing along the country’s dramatic coastline to cruising through the many lochs and lakes of the Scottish Highlands on the Caledonian Canal, including the famous Loch Ness.

Sardinia 

Located in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is ideally visited from May to September when the weather is warm and dry. Sardinia’s stunning beaches, rugged landscapes, and unique blend of Italian and Sardinian food and culture make it the perfect destination for travellers looking for a truly relaxing holiday. 

A Week Sailing in Sardinia

The region’s clear waters and numerous bays and uninhabited islands like Porco and Santo Stefano also make it a popular sailing destination. Join a sailing trip or charter a yacht and explore the Maddalena Archipelago, the emerald-coloured water of Costa Smeralda, the stunning beaches of Chia and Villasimius, or anchor at Porto Cervo for some shopping. 

The Bahamas 

Located in the Atlantic Ocean east of Florida, USA, The Bahamas are perfect for visiting during the winter months from November to April when the weather is sunny and dry. Known for its stunning coral reefs, beautiful beaches, and laid-back island atmosphere, The Bahamas offers a range of experiences. 

Travellers can explore the historic swashbuckling pirate city of Nassau, swim with pigs at Pig Beach, snorkel at Sandy Cay National Park in the Blue Holes, stroll through the cobbled streets of Hope Town or take long walks along the beaches of Great Guana Cay. 

The islands are also famous for being the setting of several of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. It’s a real sailing treasure with warm, clear waters, countless islands to explore, and a welcoming, friendly atmosphere.

Croatia

Situated in southeastern Europe, Croatia’s summer is from June to September, making it the perfect time to visit. Known for its historic cities, beautiful islands, and rich cultural heritage, Croatia offers a range of captivating experiences. Travellers can explore the ancient city of Split, sail along the Dalmatian coast, visit the beautiful islands of Vis and Solta, and savour traditional Croatian cuisine in the ancient town of Stari Grad. 

Croatian Island Hopping Adventure Dubrovnik to Split

Croatia’s coast provides excellent sailing opportunities with thousands of islands, charming coastal towns, and crystal-clear waters, making it a great destination for sailing and laid-back adventures.

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand 

Located on the southwest coast of New Zealand‘s South Island, Fiordland National Park is best visited during the New Zealand summer, from December to February. Known for its dramatic fjords, lush rainforests, and diverse wildlife, this UNESCO area offers a wide range of outdoor experiences. 

Travellers can cruise through the breathtaking Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, known as ‘the sound of silence’, Chalky Inlet and Stewart Island, explore historical mining ruins or hike up to Puysegur Point lighthouse, New Zealand’s windiest lighthouse location. 

While not as well-known as other sailing destinations, Fiordland’s fjords offer a unique sailing experience with dramatic scenery, surrounded by virgin forest that descends from thousands of feet above us to sea level.

Tasmania, Australia 

Tasmania, an island state of Australia located to the south of the Australian mainland, is best visited during the Australian summer, from December to February. Known for its rugged landscapes, pristine wilderness, and unique wildlife, Tasmania offers a wide range of outdoor adventures. 

Sail along the breathtaking coastlines of the West and Southwest Coasts, explore the unspoiled natural beauty, unique ecosystems, and remote wilderness of Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey, and the World Heritage Areas of the Gordon and Franklin Rivers. The more brave and adventurous travellers can join sailing trips that circumnavigate the treacherous waters of this remarkable Australian wilderness on a spectacular, adrenalin-pumping adventure of a lifetime.

Maldives 

Located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka, the Maldives is a year-round destination, with the best weather from November to April. Known for its overwater bungalows, vibrant coral reefs, and clear, turquoise waters, the Maldives offers a range of experiences. 

While the Maldives is often associated with luxury resorts, sailing is one of the best ways to experience this magical paradise. Sail to uninhabited islands like Innafushi in the Baa Atoll and relax on the white powder-like sandy beaches, visit local communities on the Raa Atoll, snorkel and swim with manta rays at the Shahjahan Sandbank on Goidhoo Atoll and marvel at the magnificent night sky on a night sailing trip.

Canary Islands, Spain 

The Canary Islands are an archipelago located off the northwest coast of Africa, but they are an autonomous community of Spain and can be visited year-round. Known for its diverse landscapes, which include volcanic terrain and lush forests, as well as unique flora and fauna, the Canary Islands provide a wide array of experiences. 

Due to their location, the Canary Islands is a favourite stopover point for sailors heading to and from Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the Atlantic. The Canary Islands isn’t just a popular stopover point, the mild and pleasant climate year-round makes them an ideal destination for sailing regardless of the season or experience level.

Whatever your idea of a perfect holiday, from sailing along picturesque shores, relaxing on pristine beaches, hiking majestic mountains or skiing down untouched slopes, our sailing trips can take you there and promise the holiday of a lifetime! These are just a glimpse of the many sailing cruises, trips and adventures we offer. We’re constantly adding more, so visit our website and find your perfect recharge holiday in 2024.

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