You don’t have to be a sailor to enjoy the freedom of sailing. Even if you don’t have good sea legs there are calm bays across the globe so you can still enjoy the solitude of the sea. Sailing is for everyone whether you want to be the skipper or just lay on the deck and catch some rays whilst watching the world sail past – literally! Here are the best places for sailing about the globe.

Best places for sailing

Croatia

Croatia has fast become a hot spot for sailing and with calm bays, pretty towns and a great party scene, we can see why it has gained popularity. Most visitors don’t get as far as the five islands that surround Dubrovnik and Split so the best way to see what Croatia has to offer is on a sailing trip.

There are actually a thousand or so islands along the Dalmatian coast and you can moor at charming fishing villages, swim in an inland lagoon or visit the island of Vis, which only opened to foreigners in 1989 and remains surprisingly unspoilt. The island of Hvar is the best place to watch the sunset in Croatia and also has the best party scene.

starCroatia has calmer sailing and is perfect for those who just want to experience sailing without having to actually take part.

Best places for sailing

Sailing in Greece (photo @ Revital)

Greece

Sailing in Greece offers more than just beautiful coves, Greek salads and the traditional Ouzu. The Aegean is the birthplace of the Greek seamanship and gives an insight into the Greek way of life, both old and new. Begin your sailing adventure from Epidavros in the Saronic Gulf for historical cities and ancient ruins, all whilst sailing past ancient landscape and rugged coastlines.

You’ll be spoilt for choice from the Ionian Sea to the Sporades; visit heaven-sent islands, traditional fishing villages and olive groves. Take a catamaran cruise around the breathtaking volcanic island of Santorini all whilst sampling fresh local Greek cuisine.

starWith a choice of bareboat skippered, sailboats, flotillas or yacht charter, sailing here caters for every level from novice to the more challenging.

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Sailing trips in Croatia and Greece are from May to September.

best places for sailing

Whitsundays (photo @ Tanya Puntti)

Whitsundays

Where better to sail than at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World? The 74 Whitsunday Islands off the tropical coast of Queensland are Australia’s sailing paradise and are surprisingly lush. Secluded bays and inhabited islands offer relaxation and solitude and you don’t even have to leave the vessel. If you do want to explore, take an island or reef tour or just moor up and indulge in an island spa treatment.

The pearl of the reef has to be Whitehaven Beach – its pure white beach dazzles you as you approach by sea. Here you can see manta rays swimming along the shoreline and the only way to experience this white sand haven is by boat or a helicopter ride. It has been named Queensland’s Most Beautiful Beach and also the friendliest! Take a swim in its warm bay or walk along its white shoreline, you can even polish your silver jewellery in its crystal clear waters.

starThe Whitsundays are perfect for relaxation and offer a choice of catamaran, bareboat or traditional sailing. Board your sailing trip from Airlie Beach (and party here beforehand).

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