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23 October 2019

Packing List for a Sailing Adventure

Adventurous holidays have gained in popularity over the past few years, and sailing is one of the top choices. Whether you have your own boat or you're going to rent one and set sail for a few weeks or even months, you'll need to bring appropriate equipment, clothes and other essentials to keep you going [...]

10 October 2019

Diving and Sailing Vacation Tips

Are you planning your first sailing trip sprinkled with some diving? Get ready for a world of excitement and unforgettable adventures. However, if you don’t plan your trip well, you will get to bring home nothing but bad memories. Luckily, with these tips, your vacation will be smooth and beautiful. [...]

09 October 2019

What to Wear To A Boat Party

With our busy and hectic lives, often filled with a lot of work-related stress, we start to feel like we need some fun and relaxing time. Just a couple of stress-free and adventurous hours, spent with the people we love, embracing the positive vibes and gathering new and much-needed energy for all the [...]

09 August 2019

The Ultimate Family Packing List for Sailing

We didn’t think this would come this fast, but summer is in full swing and it will finish sooner than we think, so it’s high time we made some final decisions on where to go and what to do until we go back to the coats and the rainy days. So, one way to celebrate this year’s summer is to opt for [...]

18 March 2019 | New Caledonia

New Caledonia: A Perfect Sailing Destination

If there were ever a more idyllic sailing destination in the expansive Pacific Ocean, then it's New Caledonia. The enthralling symbiosis of French and Malaysian cultures paired with mesmerizing natural vistas that span islands, lagoons, and coral reefs, make for the perfect backdrop for a sailing adventure [...]

Packing List for a Sailing Adventure

23 October 2019
Marie Nieves
Adventurous holidays have gained in popularity over the past few years, and sailing is one of the top choices. Whether you have your own boat or you're going to rent one and set sail for a few weeks or even months, you'll need to bring appropriate equipment, clothes and other essentials to keep you going for your entire trip. Spending days out in the sea will require lots of skills and quality equipment, so check out what you should have with you to have a carefree journey.

Don’t pack in a hard suitcase
When packing for a sailing trip make sure you put all of your clothes and toiletries in a duffel bag or something similar. Hard suitcases are impractical for transport and won't fit easily anywhere in the closet because the cabins tend to be rather compact and have basic furniture that does not include a spacious wardrobe. Soft-sided luggage will be a much better option and you'll be able to fit loads of items inside too. Once the bag is emptier, you'll be able to put it away more easily.

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Bring minimal clothing
Pack the clothes according to the season and don't go overboard with the wardrobe. Think several t-shirts, a couple of pairs of shorts, a light raincoat, a hat, and sunglasses will be all you need if you’re sailing in the summer. If the weather is going to be chilly, throw in a couple of hoodies, sweatpants and jeans too. When it comes to footwear, a pair of street, boat, and water shoes will suffice. Go barefoot on the boat to keep it clean, but if you’d prefer shoes on, wear something with non-marking soles and good grip. Space on board is always limited so pack light, no matter the weather.

Don’t forget bathing suits
One of the best parts about sailing in the summer is the chance to get a gorgeous tan while having fun. So, don't forget to throw in a few bathing suits. A bikini and a one-piece are essential, but feel free to throw in a few more pieces if you'll be sailing for a long time. If the wind brings you somewhere to Australia's coast, you'll love the variety of swimwear Aussies have. Whether you're a one or two-piece kind of girl, you can easily find trendy swimwear in Australia and make your sailing trip a true delight. Trendy design, modern colours and fantastic fit will make every girl look amazing and feel fabulous on a sailing trip around the Land Down Under and farther.

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Pack entertainment
If the weather doesn't serve you well sometimes, you'll need the entertainment to keep you occupied. If you like to scribble and note down mindful reflections and romantic musings of your exotic journey, bring a journal. Pack your favourite CDs to enjoy some music while playing board games such as cards, Monopoly or whatever you enjoy the most. E-readers and DVDs with movies will be of great help as well. You should download a bunch of books on your e-reader while on land, and bring something to read while on board.

Miscellaneous but important
A mini first-aid kit that includes headache tablets, tummy settlers, seasickness pills or patches, band-aids and some pain relievers. If you're on a certain treatment, don't forget your prescription medicine and be sure to notify your operator of any medical conditions at the point of booking. Don’t forget a mosquito spray that will come in handy if you’re coastal cruising or in the tropics. We assume you have already packed your camera for all those Instagram-worthy photos, but make sure you also bring a waterproof case, spare SD card and spare batteries or check what the charging situation is before travel. Matches, flashlight, a small bag for beach trips, travel size shampoo, soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste should be in your essentials box too. Tweezers and nail clippers are also recommended. If you’re planning to snorkel or dive, bring your own gear. However, you can also check with the operator what they have on board if you're planning to rent a sailboat.

Final thoughts
Going on a sailing adventure can be a fantastic new experience for you that will broaden your horizons. If you decide to embark on such a trip, be sure to pack all the items from the list above, and ensure a safe and entertaining trip for the entire crew.

The Best Destinations for Your Paddle-Boarding and Sailing Holiday in the USA

21 October 2019 | USA
Marie Nieves

If you consider yourself to be an adventurous spirit, and you love spending time in the water, paddle-boarding and sailing can be great ways for you to spend your holiday in the USA. You can explore the waters, get your daily dose of adrenaline, and meet other people who like doing the same thing you do. Fortunately, there are more than a few destinations in the USA that are just perfect for that – and here are a few that you should consider putting on your bucket list.


Hawaii
You can’t really talk about any water sport in the USA without mentioning Hawaii. With its calm waters, a nice and steady breeze that Hawaii is famous for, and beautiful weather, sailing is one of the best ways to explore the island. There are also many great sites you can visit when sailing, from the Kohala Coast to Kealakekua Bay. Moreover, if you are sailing with an agency, some of them also offer a combination of sailing and snorkeling, so you can get close to many colorful fish, manta rays, turtles, and other marine life too. If you love animals, whales and dolphins can also be seen, depending on the season.

Additionally, the Hawaiian Islands are known to be among the best places in the world for paddle-boarding. This is mainly because there are so many options that, regardless of your skill level, you can always find a destination where you could paddle-board with ease. Finally, once you do get exhausted from your adventures, you can sit back and soak up the sun on one of the many breathtaking beaches of Hawaii. There really aren’t many better ways to spend your vacation.

Hawaii


Florida
Florida is a great place for paddle-boarding, as the weather is ideal all year round and the waters are crystal clear. Moreover, it’s quite a popular sport with both tourists and locals, so you definitely wouldn’t feel lonely enjoying this activity in Florida. You can paddle-board in harbors, bays, creeks, national parks, and many other places. So, it’s safe to say that there’s plenty of room for exploring.

Florida is also a paradise for sailors. For example, Fort Lauderdale has been called the yachting capital of the world thanks to its waterways, boat shows, and perfect weather. So, if this is your favorite activity on the water, you’d get plenty of chances for enjoying it in Florida. Just don’t forget to bring your camera with you, as you’d have plenty of opportunities for some breathtaking photos of the surrounding sceneries. Also, if you happen to be coming to Florida from the Land Down Under, consider getting your USA sim card for a phone before you come. By getting it, you wouldn’t have to worry about any financial surprises when you come back, and you’d always be in touch with your friends and family, which is very important when traveling abroad.

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Colorado
Stand-up paddle-boarding is becoming very popular in Colorado, and even though it is a landlocked country, it has plenty of major rivers that are great for this water activity. It also has lakes and reservoirs, which are ideal for beginners and those looking for something a bit more relaxing. Although it is mainly a summer sport, Colorado has too many sunny days to limit yourself to one season. If you come prepared, you can paddle-board whenever you want to.

Additionally, you can sign up for many summer camps and sailing programs that would take you sailing. This is perfect for beginners, as there wouldn’t be much for you to think about in terms of gear and skill. Of course, if you happen to have your own boat, you can always sail on your own, or you can sign up for one of many volunteering programs and teach others what you know.

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If you love sailing and paddle-boarding, the USA offers you plenty of great destinations for that with lots of sunny days and clear waters. So, consider the above-listed places, plan your vacation in advance, do some research on what you need, and set the date. No matter where you choose to go, you’re bound to have plenty of fun, both on water and on land.

Diving and Sailing Vacation Tips

10 October 2019
Marie Nieves
Are you planning your first sailing trip sprinkled with some diving? Get ready for a world of excitement and unforgettable adventures. However, if you don’t plan your trip well, you will get to bring home nothing but bad memories. Luckily, with these tips, your vacation will be smooth and beautiful.


Consult the Internet

If you don’t know where to start with planning, consult the Internet and find reviews from other travellers. Websites like Yelp and Trip Advisor are great because they offer tips on where to sail, where to dive and where to eat. ScubaEarth is also a great source of info with dive site ratings, photos and comments from fellow divers.


Pick your destination

Think about the type of sailing and diving experience you want. If you want something lux and high-tech, choose places like Malta. On the other hand, if you want a more authentic wreck dive, check out North Carolina coast or the Yongala in Australia. If you wish to sail past some specific sites or dive with certain animals like sharks, pick French Polynesia instead of the Mediterranean coast.

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Pack light

Necessary baggage will just weigh you down, so pack light. Keep your clothing neatly rolled and transport your expensive gear like your diving camera and computer in your carry-on luggage. A durable gear bag will also be a nice investment before your trip.

Divers usually struggle with airline weight restriction rules, so make sure to calculate your overweight fees and see what pays off better—bringing your own gear or renting when you arrive. You can also save a lot of money if you choose to purchase gear at your destination. You’re always able to buy quality scuba diving equipment online and get it delivered to your hotel room. This way, you can travel light at least on your way to your destination.


Splurge on sun protection

While you’ll feel pretty cool during your sailing trip thanks to the wind and comfy temperatures, don’t neglect sun protection. If you combine tropical sun with water and sail reflection, you can end up with severe sunburns. So, pack plenty of sunscreens (at least SPF 15) and put on some quality sunglasses and a protective hat.


Stay safe

While most chartered sailing boats have first aid kit on board, don’t hesitate to pack some extra band-aids, antibacterial creams, pain relievers, seasickness meds, digestive meds and bug spray. It’s much better if you don’t have to use them than to find yourself in a crisis situation without any aid. Just remember to keep all your prescription drugs in their original containers to avoid any issues at Customs. Also, pack some extra medication in case you choose to prolong your vacation or experience delays.
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Stay dry

When sailing and diving, you’ll be close to the water at all times, so protecting your important documents needs to be at the top of your list. Pack a few zip lock bags that will keep your documents and money dry and be perfect for packing damp swimsuits and dirty laundry. And if you choose to purchase some Caribbean rum or Australian wine, these zip lock bags will prevent any leaks in your suitcase.


Pack some entertainment

You’ll have plenty of downtime on your sailing trip, especially during inter-island passage or in the anchorage. Pack some fun items like playing cards, books, CDs and other items that will keep you and your family and friends busy and entertained. Also, don’t forget to pack some good binoculars. While most vessels already have a pair aboard, don’t risk anything and bring your own set for enjoying the surroundings and watching other boats.


Don’t forget your certificates

Dive centres and resorts require you to have your certification with you, so don’t forget to pack your certification card. Carry it with your passport and insurance, so you’ll be less likely to forget it at home. If you lose your card and realize it before your trip, you can order a new one from your dive centre or do it online. There are even e-cards you can get in just a few minutes. These can be stored in your smartphone or Cloud, so you won’t lose them again.


If you pick a good destination for your needs and pack like a boss, you’ll have a fun, relaxing and adventure-filled sailing and diving vacation. So, follow these tips and embark as soon as possible—never waste time when it comes to sailing and diving!

What to Wear To A Boat Party

09 October 2019
Marie Nieves
With our busy and hectic lives, often filled with a lot of work-related stress, we start to feel like we need some fun and relaxing time. Just a couple of stress-free and adventurous hours, spent with the people we love, embracing the positive vibes and gathering new and much-needed energy for all the challenges that are about to come our way. Simply speaking, we need to attend a party. And there is no better party than the one held on a boat. That is why you should take advantage of the sunny weather, dress fashionably, and have the best time at a boat party. Follow the next few tips and get your perfect look for this occasion.

A lovely swimsuit is a must
The staple piece of nautical fashion is most certainly swimwear. A stylish swimsuit is perfect for lounging on the deck and sunbathing, as well as when you and your friends decide to have a dip in the ocean. You may opt for a gorgeous combination of a timeless triangle bikini and a pair of flattering high-waisted bikini bottoms, over which you can wear some light denim shorts. Another great option is an elegant one-piece, and you can feel free to go with either monochromatic white or black, or a swimsuit that has vertical stripes. Vertical stripes are not only perfect for a sailing adventure, but they also look quite aesthetically complimentary. However, the best solution would certainly be to bring at least two swimsuits options with you, and change when you get out of the water or when you simply want to refresh your look.
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Keep it classic with a linen suit
When you go to a boat party, you are going to move a lot, climb on and off the boat, socialize and even dance. That is why you should not go for an over-the-top cocktail dress or a combination of silk trousers and a blouse. If you still decide to go for a classic, suit-like outfit, opt for lightweight materials such as linen. A white button-down, with rolled-up sleeves, together with a pair of wide-leg trousers is a fashionable, yet effortless look. Additionally, you can easily swap up your trousers for a pair of chic linen shorts. You can even spice up this look with some delicate gold jewellery, such as a thin gold necklace and a few gold bracelets.

Opt for a charming dress
Once more, you should go for 100 percent natural fabrics, like cotton. You can go for a romantic off-the-shoulder midi dress with a colourful, floral pattern or even rock a dress shirt, preferably one with nautical blue and white stripes. A breezy maxi dress is another great option for a boat party, as you can easily move and dance while wearing it and it can also serve as a cute cover-up for your swimsuit. As for the accessories, simple diamond studs or even an on-trend seashell inspired necklace will perfectly finish off any of these looks.
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Say no to high heels
There is no room for high heels on a boat and that is why comfy sneakers are a great casual option. In case you want to achieve a bit more sophisticated look, you can go for flat sandals or trendy slides. In any case, just make sure the soles of your footwear are light-coloured in order not to damage the boat deck.

Don’t forget your hat and sunglasses
A hat is one of the most useful fashion accessories on a boat, as it will protect your skin from the harmful UV lights. A big, straw hat is a great-looking and polished option for time spent on the boat but if you want to keep it practical, you can always go for a popular bucket hat. Next on are sunglasses. Bring a pair of classy sunglasses to look stylish, but also to protect your eyes.

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A spacious tote bag is your best accessory
There are a lot of things that you may want to bring to a boat party, starting from snacks to swimsuits and sunscreen, so any small bag is out of the option. However, a tote bag has as much space as you may need and it is also a trendy item, thus, it is the best option for you.

Finally, follow the above-mentioned tips and prepare on time for an amazing boat party. Be stylish and enjoy while spending time with your friends and have a beautiful day out on the water.

The Ultimate Family Packing List for Sailing

09 August 2019
Marie Nieves
We didn’t think this would come this fast, but summer is in full swing and it will finish sooner than we think, so it’s high time we made some final decisions on where to go and what to do until we go back to the coats and the rainy days. So, one way to celebrate this year’s summer is to opt for sailing, which is always an amazing adventure that is guaranteed to make us feel good and provide us with some of the most unforgettable memories of the year. However, since it’s almost time to set off, let’s see the most important things for packing, so as not to forget something. What should you pack first, what second, and what things can you leave at home?

The essential documents
First off, start with the mandatory documents that you should always have by your side. Make sure that your charter contracts and travel documents are with you, and also bring any licenses that you might have or need. Apart from that, bring your passport and your ID – these are the things that you won’t be able to buy anywhere else, so putting them in the most secure place of your luggage is recommended. As far as money is concerned, you might not need a lot of money on your sailing trip, but you will definitely need an amount that you will spend on lunches and dinners at some of the most beautiful and picturesque restaurants of the coasts you will be visiting. Pay attention to the currency (as you don’t want to make a mistake and stay without lunch or dinner), and the place you will be keeping your money. Ziploc bags are, for example, the best option in case of an accident.

What clothes to bring
Regardless of the time that you will be spending on your yachting trip, you have to pack clothes for any type of weather. First of all, make sure that you pack tracksuits and a hoodie just in case it gets chilly. Having something long-sleeved is a must. Secondly, bring your swimsuits (more than one). If you are traveling with your kids, make sure to pack them first and then move on to yourself. They will be spending a lot of time on the ground, playing around and getting dirty, so you might want to look for a kids’ clothes sale in order to save some money but still have them look super cute. Finally, once you have everything ready for all of you (including shorts, t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants and swimsuits), don’t forget to bring underwear, socks and towels.

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Talking about shoes
As far as shoes are concerned, you don’t need anything special. Bring flip flops and sandals as these are the shoes that you will be wearing the most. However, it’s good to have a pair of good sneakers (preferably white as these look best in summer) and, if you want, a pair or two of summer formal shoes for dinners or special lunches. Ladies, you can opt for high heels, of course, but don’t waste a lot of space – one pair will do.

Care about your skin
And finally, skincare products. So, apart from the sunglasses and the hats that you are bringing, make sure to bring the best sunscreen that you have. The higher the SPF, the better the UV protection. You want water-proof and oil-free sunblock since you will be reapplying it at least 3 times a day on your yachting trip. An important disclaimer that many people who sail forget: do not use any tanning oil as it might stain the fabric or the wood of the yacht (which means extra work trying to remove it). Finally, make sure to bring your lip balm as well because the sun and the sea can play tricks on your lips and you want them fresh and good-looking.

Packing for a sailing trip is like packing for any other trip, with some differences. It’s important to think about your stay on the yacht, and only then focus on the things you will be wearing when you go out. Documents and passports first – everything else second. Have a great trip!

New Caledonia: A Perfect Sailing Destination

18 March 2019 | New Caledonia
Marie Nieves
If there were ever a more idyllic sailing destination in the expansive Pacific Ocean, then it's New Caledonia. The enthralling symbiosis of French and Malaysian cultures paired with mesmerizing natural vistas that span islands, lagoons, and coral reefs, make for the perfect backdrop for a sailing adventure of a lifetime. Whether you're traveling alone or with your family, New Caledonia and its bustling capital of Noumea have everything you need for an unforgettable boating experience.

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With fair weather all year round and plenty of enthralling sailing destinations to visit and explore, the only thing left to do is to book your flight and pack your bags! Here are the top sailing destinations in the French colony of New Caledonia.


Sailing the New Caledonian Lagoon
The mainland is, of course, the place to kick-start your grand sailing adventure, as you will be touching down in the capital of Noumea. From here, you will be able to venture out into the expansive ocean, circle the mainland, and visit breathtaking natural locations off the coast such as the Isle of Pines, Ouvea and Lifou Islands.

sailing New Caledonia lagoon

You can launch your exploration journey from the Port Moselle, venturing south towards the Isle of Pines and the atolls that crown the southern fringe of the mainland. The sailboat charter fleet consists of sturdy catamarans, ideal for navigating the narrow reef passages and mooring close to shore to disembark easily. The winds in this region are favorable throughout the year, coming in from the southeast at around sixteen knots, creating excellent conditions for smooth sailing.

The beauty of Isle of Pines
There is a little island gem hidden in the southern shadow of the mainland, just across the shore and over the atolls along the way. The little island is called Isle of Pines, and it is quickly becoming one of the most popular sailing and luxury resort destinations in the world. Praised for its breathtaking natural beauty and a unique secluded setting, the Isle of Pines is a place you want to sail to, but also explore on foot.

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Once you have set sail from Noumea, you will continue south towards the Islands. Seeing as how the Isle of Pines is among the most popular New Caledonia luxury travel deals that entail fine dining and luxury accommodation, it only stands to reason to disembark here and enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Take this opportunity to explore the island on foot, making sure to visit the Piscine Naturelle while you're there.

Exploring the Caledonian waters
Turning your gaze towards the eastern waters of the mainland and the Isle of Pines, you will find yourself sailing towards the Loyalty Islands. To reach Lifou and Ouvea islands in this breathtaking historic archipelago, allow yourself at least two weeks' time, as there will be plenty of sightseeing opportunities along the way you simply won't be able to resist.

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The voyage will be mostly downwind and calm, allowing you to sail at speed and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the open sea. Once you've reached Ouvea, you can take a return flight back to Noumea instead of sailing all the way back, against the winds at that.

The contrasts of Prony Bay
Residing on the southern fringe of the mainland you will find Prony Bay - the industrial center of the region known for its contrasting look that seems to defy the will of its natural surroundings. The bay is a beautiful sight to explore, as you will have the chance to witness the inner workings of the island's nickel industry paired with the sights and sounds of its natural wonders.

sailing New Caledonia

Anchoring here will allow you to gaze at the colorful display of shells that have made Prony Bay popular in the sailing community. While there, be sure to go snorkeling and diving at Aiguille Needle, the bay's most popular spire soaring 35 meters above sea level.

Parting words
New Caledonia truly is a sight to behold, both on land and from the comfort of your catamaran out in the open sea. With these top destinations in mind, there is nothing left to do but to set sail around one of the most exotic cruising locations in the world.
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