For many of us, the ultimate travel fantasy is to float in shimmering water against the backdrop of an azure sky or to sip cocktails while admiring deep orange sunsets at the most sought-after waterfront destinations. Imagine yourself stepping on board a luxury yacht charter for an exquisite sunset cruise, surrounded by natural beauty and your best friends. To help you turn your dream into reality, we compiled some of the most breath-taking destinations for you to sit and contemplate.
Sarawak River, Kuching, Malaysia
Kuching is one of Malaysia’s most frequented travel destinations, popular for its exotic food, culture and history. Kuching’s oldest street, Main Bazaar, is located at the waterfront and is a favourite meeting place for tourists and locals alike. Here you can explore a treasury of antique and ethnic craft shops stacked with gleaming brassware, ceramic ware and interesting woodcarvings. After browsing and buying, opt for an unforgettable twilight cruise along the Sarawak River and view a charming array of architectural styles from modern mansions to magnificent mosques.
Koh Phi Phi Thailand
Koh Phi Phi comprises six smaller Islands in the Kabi Province, each more beautiful than the other. These islands rose in popularity when visitors explored them and experienced their unrivalled and unspoilt beauty. Surrounded by the Andaman Sea, many water adventure activities take place around these islands, including snorkelling, scuba diving and cruises.
Maui is the second largest Hawaiian island and is home to exquisite and vibrant sea life, dormant volcanoes and picturesque national parks. Water babies won’t want to miss a moment in or near Maui’s pristine waters while horticultural enthusiasts will enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Kula Botanical Garden. Maui is paradise for those who thrive on snorkelling, wind-surfing, tanning or relaxing on board luxury liners.
A sunset cruise along the mighty Zambezi River can be as special and fascinating as any exotic island destination. From your on-deck vantage point, spot game carefully approaching the water to slake their thirst before the sun fades and day turns to evening. Clink your champagne glasses and celebrate life in the midst of fascinating bushveld sounds and painted skies.
Ha Long Bay Vietnam
Ha Long Bay, which means “Bay of Descending Dragons” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers stunning natural locations to explore, namely remnants of old phreatic caves, karstic foot and marine notch caves. This bay is also known for its scenic ocean topography, its teeming marine life and safe emerald waters. Ha Long Bay is the ideal destination for those who intend to evade crowds and seek serenity for their souls.
Batam is the waterfront city of Indonesia, which draws thousands of visitors each year due to the awe-inspiring Buddhist temples and mosques found on the island, such as the Grand Mosque (Masjid Raya Batam) and Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya. Another notable place to visit is the Padepokan Seni Art Centre in Sekupang where you’ll be delighted by Indonesian crafts.
Canals of Amsterdam
The canals of Amsterdam are among the oldest and most famous waterways in the world. Built in the 17th Century, a boat cruise along a canal will take you past some of Amsterdam’s longstanding buildings, some of which were constructed in 1550. There are four main canals, the Prinseugracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Jordaan, all listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you tour Amsterdam during April, you can celebrate King’s Day with the locals on a boat on the canals for an entire day. Alternatively, in August, the canals come alive with the sound of music during the Grachtenfestival.
The Maldives is one of the more desired destinations among fun-loving celebrities. It is a wonderland, with a variety of activities, sights and sounds begging to be explored. After a day frolicking in the sun, sand and surf, hop aboard a sunset cruise as a finale to a perfect day.
The V&A Waterfront – Cape Town
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is a truly spectacular destination for a sunset cruise. With the majestic Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head smiling down at you, you are guaranteed a memorable occasion cruising and enjoying all the smells and sights the bay has to offer. Visitors to the Waterfront can savour African culture with the heart skipping sound of African drums at the amphitheatre, drop in on the sharks at the Two Oceans Aquarium, or simply admire South Africa’s Mother City from the Ferris wheel.