A holiday aboard a cruise ship offers many things — fabulous destinations, bounteous food and the chance to relax in complete comfort and luxury. One thing cruise holidays lack however is the opportunity to lounge on beautiful, sandy beaches for hours on end — or do they?
Wherever you book a cruise break this summer, there’s plenty of opportunity for seaside sunbathing. Many cruise ports in the Southern Hemisphere feature a beautiful stretch of sand where you can lay your beach towel in blissful contentment. To help you enjoy complete relaxation on your next getaway, here are nine great beaches to enjoy on a summer cruise break.
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays
Picture a paradise bay complete with white sand, turquoise waters, and a sprinkling of tropical flora. Sound good? You’ll find all of the above at Whitehaven Beach in Australia’s Whitsundays. At 7 kilometres long, this exquisite beach is the ultimate place to find some peace and quiet after the excitement of the cruise ship.
Honeymoon Bay, Moreton Island
Whilst Moreton Bay is home to many an attractive beach, our favourite stretch of sand is Honeymoon Bay on the northernmost tip of the isle. Easy to access and dauntingly picturesque; Honeymoon Bay is a great place to lay your towel or explore the nearby rock outcrops and caves.
Trinity Beach, Cairns
Yet another beach with utopian good looks; Cairns’ Trinity Beach features mile-after-mile of soft, golden sand flanked by picture-postcard palm trees. Located just twenty kilometres from the centre of the city, Trinity is well within reach for the beach-ready cruise-goer.
Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
Located mere minutes from Tauranga cruise terminal; Mount Maunganui beach is a favourite among locals, who enjoy bathing here in the summer and walking here in the winter. Curving majestically along NZ’s north coast, this stunning stretch of sand offers no-nonsense lounging for the blissed-out cruise passenger.
Matauri Bay, Bay of Islands
Given that it’s flanked by an earthy backdrop of mountainous scrubland, Matauri Bay could arguably be the prettiest beach on this shortlist. For travellers looking for a romantic, secluded beach away from the usual tourist hordes, Matauri offers complete isolation and bucket loads of scenic beauty.
Oriental Bay, Wellington
Sure, it’s manmade — but that doesn’t detract from the beauty of Wellington’s Oriental Bay. Constructed from 20,000 tonnes of sand, this beach is located on Wellington’s doorstep — making it one of the most accessible beaches on our shortlist.
The Pacific Islands
Kanumera Bay, Isle of Pines
If you think a good beach should be flanked by warm, turquoise waters — Kanumera Bay is the place for you. Located on the stunningly beautiful Isle of Pines, this small, effortlessly serene cove is paradise found for those who like their sand white and their seas crystal clear.
Kuendu Beach, Noumea
Sheltered from the often strong winds of the Pacific; Kuendu Beach on the isle of Noumea is the perfect spot for those travelling with young children — given the safe swimming opportunities it affords. Located just minutes from downtown Noumea, Kuendu is also very accessible — perfect for those with limited time on their hands.
Luecila Beach, Lifou Island
Wherever you look on Lifou Island, you’ll likely encounter a beautiful beach or two. Of all the beaches on this paradise isle however, our favourite is Luecila Beach — an unspoilt stretch whose white sands and turquoise waters seem to draw you in from afar.
For a complete range of upcoming summer cruise breaks, visit the Cruise1st Australia website or call us on 1300 857 345.