Sailing is an ideal way to explore a holiday destination and can offer sought-after privacy, freedom and flexibility. However, the unpredictability of sea conditions and the very nature of sailing means that there is always the risk of injury. Protect yourself against damaging financial costs with our sailing insurance policies; if you are sailing within 12 miles of the coastline, we can offer you a comprehensive policy. If you are a passenger, we recommend that you book your sailing trip with a reputable company who are familiar with local conditions.
1. Nova Scotia, Canada
It may be the second-smallest province in Canada but the peninsula of Nova Scotia has a lot to offer to sailing fanatics with some 3,800 costal islands and the world’s highest tides. The simple beauty of Cape Breton is tough to beat and you can combine a sailing trip here with offshore activities including hiking and adventure tours.
2. Andaman Sea, Thailand
There is a strong exotic feel to sailing in the Far East and the iridescent, sheltered waters of Phang-nga Bay make Thailand the perfect location for a sailing getaway. Spend your days sampling local cuisine, visiting marine parks, or admiring the towering limestone pinnacles that rise straight out of the water.
3. Lamu Island, Kenya
This island is part of the Lamu Archipelago of Kenya and Lamu Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognised for its architecture, its cultural significance and its religious importance to the region. It is nestled against the beautiful and unspoiled turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean which make it a beguiling place for a sailing cruise.
4. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
The natural beauty, spectacular landscape and oriental feel of this UNESCO World Heritage Site makes Ha Long Bay a must for sailors. The bay consists of over 3,000 limestone cliffs topped by dense jungle, home to different species of monkey which can sometimes be seen from boat. The emerald, green waters and enormous caves will not disappoint.
5. Greek islands
The Mediterranean sunshine, climate and lifestyle of Greece make it a mecca for sailing fans. Visit traditional fishing village, feast on delicious cuisine or just enjoy the sunshine and beauty of your surroundings, whether it be an ancient town perched on a hilltop, or the vibrant rush of somewhere more cosmopolitan.
6. Seychelles Islands
Sailing around this tropical paradise offers island hopping opportunities to explore some of the most pristine beaches and unique marine havens in the Indian Ocean. The Seychelles is comprised of a group of granite islands off the East African coast and its beauty draws in those keen for sailing.
7. Adriatic Sea, Croatia
Perhaps the most famous sailing destination in Europe, the abundance of scattered islands near Croatia makes the Dalmatian coastline the perfect place to spend a summer jumping from the deck of a boat. At the southern tip of Croatia, the historic city of Dubrovnik is a worthy offshore visit.
Montenegro itself is very small but there is approximately 300km of spectacular coastline to explore including the longest fjord in southern Europe – the Gulf of Kotor. Welcoming ports and people, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an appealing climate makes this place immensely popular with sailors worldwide.
9. French Riviera
The French Riveria offers something for everyone whether you’re seeking a rugged coastline, a mild winter, historic ancient ruins or glamorous ports and beaches. The cote D’Azur will take you past a hoard of star-studded sailing hubs including Cannes, St. Tropez and Monaco.
10. Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Known as one of the most sensational cruising grounds in the world, this South Pacific sailing honey pot houses a unique and vast variety of marine life and has over 80 scenic islands. The 50 mile stretch of coastline is not only home to pristine beaches but also snapper, sizable pods of dolphins and blue penguins. Take a break from sailing to explore the walking trains and spectacular views on land.