Choose to take the route less-traveled on your next trip. Vacations to unspoiled destinations are some of today’s most sought after experiences. These locations are filled with beautiful beaches, astonishing amounts of wildlife, and a wealth of opportunities for discovery and adventure.
Some of the world's most secluded vacation places are reachable by boat or small cruise ship. These off-the-radar destinations are havens for nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts, hikers, and those who want to relax and unwind. Here are five magical spots to discover on your next trip:
1. Untouched Panama and Costa Rica. While Costa Rica and Panama are two of today’s hottest destinations, few travelers are able to spend their entire vacation visiting these countries’ most pristine places. UnCruise Adventures takes guests on memorable voyages of exploration to these places aboard Safari Voyager, a beautifully refurbished exploration vessel with just 32 guest cabins. The expedition guides and crew on this ship are exceptional. An UnCruise Costa Rica & Panama Canal adventure connects guests with nature, wildlife and extraordinary places. Guests spend their days hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and wildlife watching in some of the Central America’s most stunning spots including Panama’s Coiba National Park, Costa Rica’s Osa Conservation Area and Curu National Wildlife Refuge. Snorkeling around Panama’s spectacular Granito de Oro is one of the many highlights of this voyage. The waters around this isolated islet in Coiba National Park have been named one of the top ten diving destinations in the world. Travelers on these cruises enjoy the biodiversity of this region and its abundant wildlife including multiple species of monkeys, sloths, tapirs, coatis, crocodiles, toucans, scarlet macaws, blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, dolphins, whales and more. For more information, visit https://www.uncruise.com.
2. The Islands of Tahiti. Paul Gauguin Cruises' luxury cruise ship, the m/s Paul Gauguin, is one of the best ways to explore the stellar landscapes, culture, history, and natural wonders found in Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific. This ship was specifically designed for the shallower waters found in this region, so guests are able to visit smaller ports that aren't available on larger ships. Although all of the line's Tahiti & South Pacific itineraries are excellent choices for exploring this relatively untouched region, some of the best options for voyaging to remote destinations are Paul Gauguin Cruises’ 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus sailings. Guests on this extensive itinerary visit lush Huahine, breathtaking Bora Bora, Rangiroa - home to tiny villages and black pearl farms, and Fakarava, designated by UNESCO as a nature reserve. Other stops include tiny, exclusive Taha'a and lovely Moorea. For more information, visit https://www.pgcruises.com.
3. Galapagos Islands. Where can you snorkel with penguins, swim with sea lions, kayak with manta rays, lounge with lizards, and get up close to giant tortoises all in one vacation? Only in the Galapagos Islands, a remote and stunning chain of islands located six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador. A small ship cruise through the Galapagos Islands is the ultimate eco-adventure. Each day spent here is a living lesson in nature and a chance to make memories that will last a lifetime. Ecoventura is a top ranked, award-winning company operating comfortable 83-foot motor yachts accommodating up to 20 people. Their naturalist guides are superb. Ecoventura offers a variety of unique expedition itineraries exploring islands throughout the Galapagos as well as land-based extension in Ecuador and Peru. For more information, visit www.ecoventura.com.
4. The Grenadines. Located in the vibrant turquoise waters of the Southern Caribbean, over 30 palm-studded islands make up the Grenadines chain. The Grenadines are pristine gems, each little isle lovelier than the last. Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper ship sails round-trip from Barbados through the Grenadines from late fall through spring, visiting Grenada, St. Vincent, Bequia, Martinique, St. Lucia, and Tobago Cays, a national park offering exceptional snorkeling. It's easy to escape the crowds here. The ship's itinerary even features a “Captain’s Best” beach day at a deserted Grenadines islet of the Captain’s choice. On a Star Clippers tall ship cruise, guests also have the opportunity to climb the mast and lay in the bowsprit net above the ocean in solitary enjoyment. It sounds magical. Star Clippers’ graceful sailing ships accommodate less than 200 passengers, enabling adventurers to visit ports that cannot be accessed by large cruise ships. Star Clippers offers an extensive free watersports program as well as special activities such as beach barbecues and pirate night parties under the stars. For additional information, visit https://www.starclippers.com.
5. Peru’s Amazon Basin. Take a riverboat adventure and explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in the company of seasoned naturalist guide. Here, guests can learn about the local culture, interact with community members, and experience the Amazonian jungle first-hand. Three full days on this itinerary are spent in the wildlife-rich Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, allowing plenty of time for exploration and discovery. Daily skiff excursions and hikes give travelers the chance to see exotic creatures such as sloths, toucans, and even pink dolphins. Pink dolphins can be seen on the Amazon River year-round and they deliver their babies between the months of May and July. G Adventures leads this small group trip aboard their specially built riverboat, the Amatista. To learn more about the company’s voyages in the Peru’s Amazon Basin and trips to other unspoiled destinations, visit https://www.gadventures.com.