4 Amazing Boat Rides Around The World That Sinbad Wished He Could Experience

4 Amazing Boat Rides Around The World That Sinbad Wished He Could Experience


Sure, time is money and you’d rather take a flight or a car to get from point A to point B. However, sometimes it’s good to slow down a bit and experience travel from a different perspective – by boat!  Experience the romance of travel, sit back and unwind as you watch the world slowly pass by, connect with the journey and take in the local culture and your surroundings at a relaxed pace. A boat ride is indeed an incredible way to travel and enjoy spectacular sceneries and landscapes of nature at its best. Listed below are four breathtaking boat rides across the globe that you need to experience.

Fjords, Norway

One of the most beautiful ways to explore the magnificent Norwegian fjords is undoubtedly by boat. There are over thousand fjords in Norway, which are essentially long, narrow inlets with steep sides or cliffs on three sides. The fjords normally have one opening towards the sea, called the mouth of the fjord, and include a myriad of coral reefs, small islands, skerries, and islets that make boating extremely exciting. These fjords started taking shape centuries ago during the ice age, offering tourists and visitors a glimpse of nature’s untouched, unadulterated paradise, and stunning tranquility. What better way than a boat or a ferry to explore the millions of shades, colors, textures, sights, and sounds that the stunning Norwegian fjords have to offer?

Backwaters of Kerala, India

Popularly known as “God’s Own Country”, what better way than a boat ride to explore the exquisite beauty of Kerala? The ultimate idea of relaxation is to cruise the surreal backwaters of Kerala while chilling on board with a drink and watching the world go by. The stunning backwaters of Kerala are a network of breathtaking canals, lagoons, rivers, and lakes, where many  travelers have found themselves lost and enticed by the beauty. As you lazily drift along the backwaters, watch the locals as they go about with their daily lives on the edge of the water. Wave back at children and women washing their clothes in the shallows, look at the tiny colorful fishing boats bobbing around the water, and enjoy the scenery around fringed with palm trees, coconut trees, paddy fields, and rustic wooden constructions on stilts. Spend a couple of days on a luxurious traditional wooden houseboat as you lose yourself in the exceptional scenery, colorful sights, and of course, the irresistible local cuisine of Kerala. There’s no need to book a Santa Ana hotel accommodation.

Amazon River, South America

While you’re in the Amazon delta, rivers are roads and there is no better way to experience the river’s unique beauty than by riverboats. The mighty Amazon carries one fifth of the world’s fresh water and flows for over 6000 kilometers, covering over nine different countries including Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. A boat ride along the Amazon is bound to give you a quintessential experience while you paddle through a flooded forest, wake up to the call of an exotic bird, have an unexpected rendezvous with a howler monkey, doze off on a hammock as the boat chugs up the river, and lots more. If you get bored onboard, take a short trek through the natural reserve and explore some of the most exotic wildlife, and flora and fauna known to mankind. The region is home to millions of insects and hundreds of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles, so you might want to watch out for sloths, jaguars, caimans, monkeys, tamarins, and river crocodiles.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

If you’re looking for an unforgettable boating holiday, Halong Bay in Vietnam is yet another stunning Asian destination that deserves your attention. The main attractions here are the 3000-odd jewels or limestone karsts jutting out from the water. Legend has it that God sent fierce dragons to protect the Vietnamese against invaders, and the dragons spat a series of jade jewels into the water, forming a wall against the invaders. Rent a boat and get up-close with the stunning limestone islands, awesome caves, and rock formations. Weave across the karsts and visit tiny islands dotted with beaches and grottoes. Socialize with the locals and discover the myriad of hidden caves. Soak up some sun and enjoy the scrumptious local cuisine. Glide along the emerald waters and experience an ultimate Vietnamese adventure.

The author of this post is Ann Fernandes, an employee at Wilson Marine, a company that provides boat accessories. A tech enthusiast, she is always on the lookout for the latest gadgets to hit the marketplace.

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