7 blissful boat trips students can do this summer
Sail into the sunset, for a truly unforgettable summer.
When we were excitedly discussing road trips an article last week, the girl who sits behind me insisted that BOAT TRIPS are where it's at.
She started ranting and raving about her best summer holiday EVER, last year, with Sail Croatia - exploring different islands and hidden coves, stopping in historic ports for dinner and then hitting the bars and clubs...
Her memories definitely captured our imaginations - road trip, yeah cool....but boat trip. Boat trip...
As a result, we now bring you 7 great student boat trip options for this summer. Boat trip...
1. Hipster canal tour of London
Canal boating might be something you associate with bearded pensioners, but like a lot of traditional things lately, it's been given the cool treatment.
You collect your boat from the Willowtree Marina, which is at the far end of the Central line in Northolt. Once you're all aboard you travel east from Paddington, through Little Venice, Regent's Park and Camden's crowd-drawing lock, beyond the modern apartments of King's Cross and through Islington tunnel. Stop for a bite to eat at the trendy Towpath Cafe.
You can make a real day out of it by gathering your friends, bring some mini speakers, a few bottles of beer and you've got yourself a floating party all the way to Hipster nerve centre Broadway Market /London Fields.
Say hello to island hopping your way round a truly spectacular coastline. Sail Croatia creates the perfect mix of natural beauty, historical old villages and towns and, of course, partying.
Swimming in the sun-drenched hidden coves of Croatia, will put any other beach holiday you've been on to shame. You'll be travelling with a group of like minded young folk (around 35-40 per boat), on a traditional Croatian motor yacht that brings you to a new island each day.
Your fellow passengers are all under 35, and together you'll get to tour Croatia's super fun night-life offerings. The other boats also reconvene at night spots, so you get lots of opportunity to mingle.
Breakfast and lunch are included, the boat has a fully stocked and licensed bar, and for dinner you can enjoy the intimate local restaurants along the way. There are loads of excursions on offer for when you want to take a break from sunbathing, which include white water rafting, snorkelling, scuba, wine-tasting...
There's also the opportunity to book trips that take you to those Croatian music festivals that everyone's been raving about all year: Ultra, Outlook and Pirate Festival.
3. Narrow boating in Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads are a series of rivers and lakes that span a total of 303 kilo-meters. It's an amazing place to hire a canoe and explore, hopping from delightful waterside pub to delightful waterside pub...
3. Whale-watching in Iceland
Iceland is the most incredible place for whale watching. In total, there are 23 types of whale to be spotted in the waters around Iceland. The best time to see whales is from May to September, which handily ties in with uni summer holidays. This also means you'll be there to catch the 3 hour sunsets and bask under the midnight sun...
5. Halong Bay
Halong Bay is arguably the most stunning part of Vietnam, the word Halong translates as ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’.
These tiny Vietnamese islands are dotted with beaches and are surrounded by rich forested slopes ringing with birdsong.
When you opt for one of the Halong cruises there's a host of luxurious activities to do on board: fine dining, spa, exercising Taiji and sunbathing on the top deck. You might need to wait till you've won the lottery to afford this trip, but it will be worth it.
6. Wild water rapids in Tasmania
The River Franklin is one of the world's last great wild rivers, and it winds through the rugged south west of Tasmania (an island just south of Australia). If you embark on a wild water tour you'll witness endless amounts of stunning scenery from deep gorges, quiet pools to magnificent rainforests. Make sure you bring your camera.
7. Seaprobe Atlantis
Now for a boat trip a little closer to home, head over to Kyle of Lochalsh in Scotland, where The Atlantis, the UK's only semi-submersible glass bottom boat, gives you a unique opportunity to explore the rich diversity of marine life.
Alright, so it's no Great Barrier Reef, but with a low tide you can spot the shipwreck of HMS Port Napier - a 500ft minelayer that sank in 1942 and has been voted one of the best dives in Britain.
You're also highly likely to spot otters, seals and puffins.
So, as you can see, roads are so last week. It's all about hitting the water this summer...
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