Whether you are looking for relaxation or adventure on your next sailing trip, taking the helm with a bareboat charter or being swept away by your captain on a skippered charter, there are some amazing destinations to suit you. Marine Insurance provider Bishop Skinner has put together some of the best to inspire your next trip.
The Turquoise Coast, Turkey
Best for… seclusion seekers
Turkey offers some incredible sailing passages across the Aegean Sea. Beautifully secluded Orhaniye is more protected than the Gulf of Gokova near Bodrum and is the perfect place to start a sailing holiday that will take you on a journey of discovery through clear turquoise seas and across the unspoilt coastline that lies between Datca and Marmaris.
Rich in history and framed by breathtaking scenery sits an enchanting world of unspoilt coves and bays, which serve as perfect lunch stops or night anchorages.
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Best for… city and culture lovers
The Adriatic coast of Croatia is often nicknamed ‘The Coast of A Thousand Islands’. Its welcoming warm waters, easy line-of-sight navigation and reliable winds have long been an attraction for sailing enthusiasts.
This part of Croatia is the perfect destination for combining relaxation and island exploration with discovery. A sailing trip to the beautiful Dalmation Coast would not be complete without sampling the history, wonderful architecture and lively bar scene of cosmopolitan Split or Dubrovnik. With clear blue waters, majestic walled cities, romantic vineyard-covered hillsides and stunning national parks, this really is a sailing trip with something for everyone.
Best for… dramatic coastline adventurers
Tiny Montenegro sits snugly between Albania, Croatia and Bosnia and boasts the Gulf of Kotor, the longest fjord in southern Europe. Adventurous sailing fans will fall in love with a 295km dramatic coastline that is steeper and more rugged than Croatia but equally as attractive.Rich in mythology, the town of Kotor is situated at the foot of Mt. Lovcen, which is, a beautiful and unique sight to behold. Head toward the nearest marina at Prcanj and you can spend the day exploring one of the best-preserved medieval towns in this part of the Mediterranean.
Herceg Novi, also known as ‘the City of the Sun’, is blessed with favourable winds and friendly ports, and is widely considered one of the best sailing spots in Montenegro.
The Ionian Islands, Greece
Best for… families wanting to relax
Just off the West Coast of Greece you will find the beautiful Ionian Islands. With milder winds and calm seas, this is a safer sailing destination popular with families who want to escape the crowds and more challenging winds of Santorini and Mykonos.
Sail northwest to Corfu, and you’ll soon encounter pretty swimming coves, tiny olive-tree covered islands such as Paxos and Antipaxos, white-sand beaches and crystal clear water. Combine that with endless Mediterranean sunshine and delicious Greek cuisine and you have all the ingredients for a destination that serves as an ideal playground for the entire family.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Best for… beach enthusiasts
Renowned worldwide for its soft white sand beaches and clear waters, Koh Samui is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Sailing gives you the perfect opportunity to explore the exotic islands of the Samui Archipelago, which offer everything from safe and secure anchorages of rugged, uninhabited islands to well-equipped marinas and lively nightlife of sophisticated resorts.
When you’re not busy topping up your tan on one of the stunning beaches, there are plenty activities to do inland, from elephant trekking to experiencing the gorgeous cuisine, traditional lifestyle and warm hospitality of the Thai people.
Belize, Central America
Best for… divers and snorkelling fans
A small country situated to the South of Mexico and to the East of Guatemala, Belize is sometimes referred to as ‘Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret’ and with white sand beaches and a magnificent coral reef that stretches to around 350 nautical miles, it’s little wonder why.
The Belize Barrier Reef is second only to The Great Barrier Reef in Australia in terms of its size. Divers and snorkelers will encounter hundreds of tropical fish and an array of stunning marine life.
Belize is far less crowded than other areas of the Caribbean, and thanks to blowing trade winds, offers pleasant year-round temperatures and ideal sailing conditions.