You know that experiences are often more meaningful than material possessions. So this Christmas Season why not consider giving the gift of an epic sailing holiday?
At Kraken Travel, we curate sailing adventures that reflect your loved one’s tastes and preferences. To help you find the perfect fit, we have put together a list of our top picks for every type of traveller. See it as our non-traditional gift-giving guide!
Types of Travellers
Skier & Snowboarder
This person loves the feeling of skiing down pristine, untouched slopes, and they are equally at home on a snowy peak as they are on a sunlit sailboat. They are not interested in the status quo. They appreciate the mountain air, the crunch of snow underfoot, and the camaraderie that comes with both the ski and sailing community.
Our ski and sail trips combine the thrill of sailing with the excitement of skiing untouched slopes. Local ski guides will ensure everyone enjoys unforgettable skiing in locations, not many people get to experience. See our top picks for the skier in your life below.
Spend the Easter week sailing to remote locations, grabbing your skis on the beach then hitting the untouched slopes of the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway.
Experience the thrill of making first lines on untouched slopes with some of the best back-country skiing in Norway.
Sail to the foot of a remote mountain, get your gear and glide down powdery slopes with incredible views.
Nature & Wildlife Lovers
This person has an unbreakable bond with the natural world. They love the outdoors, gazing up at the Milky Way, and embarking on wildlife-watching excursions. Every plant, animal, and landscape is an opportunity for them to learn, appreciate, and protect the natural world.
From the tropical heart of the Caribbean to the archipelagos of Asia to the rugged coastlines Down Under and the hidden bays and coves of the Land of the Long White Cloud, we have dozens of sailing trips that bring our guests closer to nature. See our top picks for the nature and wildlife lover in your life below.
Explore one of the most biodiverse regions in the world as you sail around the striking limestone islands of the Raja Ampat archipelago.
See orangutans and Komodo dragons in the wild, and a wide variety of marine life including sea turtles, manta rays and whale sharks under the water’s surface.
Cross from Panama to San Cristobal in the Galapagos where the amount and diversity of wildlife is incredible! From the giant tortoise to the blue-footed booby, inquisitive seals to black-tipped sharks. The area has it all.
This person thrives on the adrenaline rush that comes from pushing a sailboat to its limits in a regatta. They are intimately familiar with the dynamics of racing and they know that every detail, every knot, and every gust of wind matters.
For those who love the thrill and excitement of racing, our high-performance yacht racing trips put guests in the middle of the action. Professional skippers and mates on board provide training and give you the opportunity to test your skills in navigation, helming, trimming, grinding, and foredeck duties regardless of experience. See our top picks for the racing enthusiast in your life below.
Intensive training meets epic racing against a big competitive fleet in the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean.
Join Team Kraken for the iconic one-day Round the Island Race. Get a chance to take part in one of the largest yacht races in the world as you race around the Isle of Wight.
Go on an epic once-in-a-lifetime adventure as you join the race crew for the 10th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race in 2024 onboard a Beneteau First 40!
This person is drawn to sunny destinations. They are always in search of the perfect beach, a place to take a dip or the perfect vantage point to watch the sunset. They love a cloudless day, and lazing in the sun with a book on deck.
Our trips will take guests to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. By sail, we can visit remote islands with secluded beaches only accessible by boat, offering once-in-a-lifetime tropical beach experiences. See our top picks for the warm weather seeker in your life below.
Have fun in the sun and sand of some of the most famous beaches in the world, or escape to a secluded beach far away from the crowds.
Soak up the sun on breathtaking beaches or jump into the crystal clear waters as you swim, snorkel, kayak and relax on the beaches of the magical Maldives.
Step off the boat and onto miles of some of the best sandy white beaches in the Mediterranean, then hop back on board and sail to the next breathtaking beach.
This person craves adventure and is always ready to venture into the unknown. They’ve dined on street food in bustling markets, navigated through remote villages, and slept under the stars in the most unlikely places. They live for the thrill of discovering new horizons and embracing the world’s most remote and challenging destinations.
Our trips are made for people like this who embrace adventure. See our top picks for travellers who love going on epic adventures and exploring the unknown.
Witness the magnificent fjords of Norway, sail across an ocean, and then explore the shores of the remote Faroe Islands.
Cross from the Atlantic to the Pacific on an epic voyage along the legendary Northwest Passage and sail to places that few have seen and even fewer have sailed.
Experience the thrill of round-the-world sailing as you cover more than 1,000 NM between Fiji and Australia, past magnificent islands and an active volcano.
We are sure you know someone like this in your life. This person wants to unwind and de-stress on their holidays. Travelling for them is about relaxation and taking it easy, about seeing the world from the comfort of a lounger,and eating delicious food along the way.
Our guests can pick trips with very low participation levels. Prepare to be pampered as our crews cook delicious meals and your favourite drinks. See our top picks for the relaxation travellers in your life below.
Experience the ‘slow life’, as you meander through the towns, savour the food and lazily cruise around the stunning coastline of the ‘Island of Beauty’.
Sail in luxury to one of the most beautiful destinations in the Bahamas and relax on white sandy beaches, snorkel among vibrant corals and swim with the famous Exumas pigs.
Discover untouched beaches, swim and snorkel in bright blue water and enjoy prepared meals and the epitome of relaxation on a luxury tropical cruise.
This person always seems to be away on weekends, camping or exploring epic trails. They have an unquenchable passion for pushing their physical limits and exploring the great outdoors. That’s because they find true joy in conquering challenging terrain, whether it’s climbing, or hiking through rugged wilderness.
Our active adventures are perfect for travellers who want to keep moving on their holidays. See our top picks for travellers who love this type of travel.
Explore vast vertical cliffs, discover awesome wildlife and visit remote villages and anchorages on the magical Faroe Islands in the wild North Atlantic.
Sail to remote harbours, then put on your hiking boots and hike up rugged mountains for breathtaking views of the fjords and islands of Norway’s Lofoten region.
Sail to remote sheltered bays, then put on your hiking boots and explore the incredible landscapes, wildlife and historic villages of the inner Hebrides and the Clyde.
Solo travellers know that even if they set out on an adventure alone, they will never be lonely. They thrive on meeting new people, immersing themselves in different cultures, and breaking out of their comfort zone. They know it’s one of the best ways to see the world, and won’t wait for anyone.
Our sailing trips welcome solo travellers with open arms and open sails. See our top picks for the solo traveller in your life below.
Experience thrilling traditional tall ship-sailing from historic Horta in the Azores to famous Falmouth in Cornwall with a group of like-minded travellers.
Join one of the world’s leading skippers for a hands-on sailing experience with plenty of time to relax and explore the magnificent Croatian coast.
Drop anchor at the foot of a snow-capped mountain, strap on your skis and experience skiing down untouched slopes with breathtaking views.
Food and Drink Enthusiasts
Foodies delight in savouring a world of flavours. They know that food is not just sustenance, it’s a form of art, culture, and connection. They love to embark on gastronomic journeys around the world. It doesn’t matter, if it is sipping on oak-aged whisky or tucking into a traditional pasta, they are there for it.
Our trips combine the thrill of sailing with the joy of food all around the world and give new meaning to ‘adventurous foodie’. See our top picks for the food and drink lovers in your life.
Explore famous whisky distilleries, and create magical folk music moments amidst the wild beauty of Scotland’s west coast and the Inner Hebrides.
Sail through the turquoise waters of the Caribbean on a historic tall ship, visit remote islands and savour the colourful fusion flavours of Caribbean cuisine.
Experience real, authentic Italian cuisine as you explore the best of the stunning Amalfi coast and Phlegraean Islands.
This person enjoys sharing the joys of travelling with their partner. They seek out destinations that cater to shared interests and activities, and ultimately thrive on shared experiences.
Many of our sailing trips are perfect for couples who want to embark on an adventure together. See our top picks for the couples in your life who don’t want to leave home without their number one.
Celebrate Christmas together like never before on a historic tall ship on an island-hopping adventure through the heart of the Caribbean.
Sail in comfort, enjoy delicious meals, relax on car-free islands, and see magnificent marine life as you experience the romance of Seychelles.
Dip your toes in the turquoise waters of the Pacific and enjoy deliciously prepared meals as you sail and explore Bora Bora, the pearl of French Polynesia.
Aspiring skippers and yachtmasters are known for their love of the sea and their drive to learn more. They are committed to honing their skills and knowledge to master the craft and don’t mind putting the work in by completing the required courses.
Our online courses are accredited by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), and let you enhance your nautical knowledge from the comfort of your home. These are our top picks for pupils new to sailing and eager to learn more, as well as experienced sailors who want to extend their knowledge on how to cross an ocean under sail.
Quench your thirst for sailing knowledge and get stuck into interesting and immersive lessons as you work your way towards your RYA Day Skipper certification.
Sharpen your navigation skills, step up your long-distance planning and hone your course-shaping and pilotage skills with fun and interesting classes.
Prepare yourself for those big ocean adventures with immersive classes that will teach you everything you need to know to sail the seven seas.
This person has a clear and ambitious goal in mind. They want to build their nautical experience and log more nautical miles under their belt. That’s not all though, they know the journey is just as important as the goal. They love the adventure that comes with mile builders, crossing oceans and taking in breathtaking coastlines around the world.
Milebuilders help sailors meet the specific requirements for the number of sea miles and practical experience needed to qualify for certain sailing certifications. However, it doesn’t have to be boring. Our top picks are epic mile builders.
Join a legendary skipper on an unforgettable 4500 NM journey from picturesque Cape Town to the historic island of St. Helena.
Retrace the steps of Captain Cook around New Zealand’s South Island on a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime ocean adventure.
Cross the wild Atlantic on a trip of a lifetime adventure along a southern trade wind route from Antigua to Portugal.
These trips are just a drop in the ocean of exciting trips we have to offer. Giving someone the opportunity to travel is the ultimate gift. It is a gift of life-changing experiences and adventures, with bonds and memories that will last a lifetime. Still not sure which trip to give? Chat to us on our website and we’ll gladly help you choose the perfect travel experience.