Don’t carry unquenched wanderlust to your grave; instead, conquer that bucket list on an unforgettable cruise holiday. Given the number of destinations and port calls available to the day-tripping cruise-goer, it’s easy to tick lots of must-dos off your bucket list in a single voyage.
To help you assemble an unforgettable – albeit, entirely doable – list of must-dos, here’s our ultimate cruise holiday bucket list; featuring life-affirming experiences from Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands.
Climb an Active Volcano in Bali
Visiting Bali? Forget the brilliant white beaches and opt for a hike up an active volcano instead. This Indonesian island is hope to several active volcanoes, the most accessible of which is Kintamani. Guided day treks are available, and offer the safest way to summit this otherworldly peak.
Cruise Halong Bay Aboard a Junk
When the enchanting mist ascends the emerald surface of Halong Bay, its irrevocable beauty is revealed for all to see. Comprising over 2,000 limestone isles, this extraordinary cove is best experienced aboard a Junk – a traditional wooden vessel with on board sleeping and dining facilities.
Spot Dragons in the Wild on Komodo Island
You’ve seen them on the tele, but how about seeing them in the flesh? That’s right, the Komodo dragon has long fascinated wildlife fans, but travellers rarely get to see these enigmatic creatures in the wild. Book a guided tour of Komodo Island however, and your chances of doing so will be significantly increased.
Cross the Petronas Towers Skybridge
Provided you aren’t afraid of heights, a stroll across the Petronas Towers Skybridge is an absolute must. Standing at over 450m, these imposing towers held claim to the world’s tallest structure from ’98 to ’04, and are connected by a narrow walkway suspended 170m above the ground.
Stay in a Floating House On Cheow Lan Lake
Those with a penchant for staying in unusual accommodation during their travels will love Cheow Lan Lake’s floating houses. Built on stilts above the glossy surface of Malaysia’s Cheow Lan, each house provides a sanctuary from the modern world, and will set you back a reasonable AUS$43pppn.
Cruise the Kimberley
Overshadowed by the gaudy resorts of Queensland and the commanding nothingness of the Outback, Kimberley is an unfrequented destination just waiting to be discovered. With swathes of sheer beauty interrupted by nothing but the odd river or gorge, Kimberley is best explored on a river cruise through the region’s waterways.
Dive with the Infamous Great White
From Jaws to the Deep Blue Sea, Great Whites have had quite the ferocious reputation enforced upon them over the years. For those that dare, diving with these feisty fish is an unforgettable experience – just head to any port around Australia and you’ll likely find a mad-as-a-hatter boatmen with a diving cage going spare.
Discover Paradise on Lord Howe Island
Located some 600km off the east coast of Australia, Lord Howe Island is paradise typified; think crystal clear waters, wildlife-rich woodlands and ribbons of soft, white sand that are yours for the taking – well, you and up to 400 other guests that is.
Go Scuba Diving at the Great Barrier Reef
Atop the bucket list of budding wayfarers the world over; scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef has become a rite of passage for travellers young and old. Diving experiences are available in several ports along the Queensland coast – though Port Douglas remains the most picturesque.
Sunbathe On Whitehaven Beach
Don your shades, splash on the sun cream and prepare for the best sunbathe of your life at Whitehaven Beach on Australia’s idyllic Whitsundays Island. Backed by sub-tropical flora, this marble white stretch of Aussie sand is a dream for the discerning sun-seeker. Plus, at 7km long, there’s ample space for everyone to lay their beach towel.
Hike the Queen Charlotte Track at Marlborough Sounds
Keen hiker? Walking doesn’t get much better than a wander on the Queen Charlotte Track, which stretches for 70km from Queen Charlotte Sound to Kenepuru Sound in New Zealand’s world-renowned Marlborough Sounds region. Whether you tackle the full route or just a little – the trail promises the best walk of your life.
Stargaze at Lake Tekapo
With some of the darkest skies anywhere on the planet, Lake Tekapo on the South Island of New Zealand is the perfect place to gaze up at the night’s sky. The region owes its comprehensive darkness to its complete lack of human habitation – it’s not half bad to look at during the day, either.
Explore Fiordland on Horseback
Once dubbed the 8th wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling, Fiordland is a tourist favourite in New Zealand thanks to its association with Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings franchise. Whether you’re a fan of the films or not, this is still a must-see destination, and is best explored on horseback.
Drive 90 Mile Beach
New Zealanders do it differently to us Aussies. Where we see a beautiful beach, they see an accessible highway. That’s right, Kiwis drive on the beach, but not just any beach; 90 mile beach is a designated highway, and is open to any sand-going vehicle. Naturally, this is an absolute must for those into uncanny driving experiences.
Go Whale Watching in Kaikoura
Whales are one marine animal us humans really love to spot, and one of the best places to do just that is off the coast of Kaikoura in southern New Zealand. With whale sightings almost guaranteed on every charter boat, this is one wildlife experience not to be missed.
Take a Buggy Trek in Efate
Combining the speed and intensity of petrol buggies with nirvana-worthy scenery, a buggy trek on the Pacific island of Efate is an exciting – albeit, somewhat muddy – bucket list experience. Buggy treks involve powering through Efate’s wildflower and palm rich countryside, before surging through a muddy lagoon or two seemingly for the hell of it. Heed our advice – take a change of clothes.
See Shipwrecks Off Espiritu Santo Island
Much to the delight of keen divers, the treacherous coast of Espiritu Santo has claimed many a seaworthy vessel – creating several exquisite dive sites. Espiritu has become a mecca for scuba diving in the Pacific, and is a must for anyone passionate about exploring the deep, blue depths.
Slip & Slide at Papase’ea Sliding Rocks
We don’t know who discovered Papase’ea’s “Sliding Rocks”, but thank goodness they did. One of the most popular tourist attractions on the island of Samoa, these tranquil waterfalls provide the perfect place for adults and children to get their slide on, with two sections devoted to little and large bathers.
Take a Subterranean Dip at Anahulu Cave
Ever swam in an underground lagoon? Perhaps it’s about time you gave it a go, at the Anahulu Cave on the island of Tonga. This expansive subterranean cavern contains several freshwater pools, where wild swimming is actively encouraged. Once you’ve taken the plunge, sun yourself dry on one of the nearby beaches.
Hand-feed Sea Turtles at Fiji’s Kula Eco Park
Founded in 1997, the Kula Eco Park is one of Fiji’s most successful social enterprises, and provides support to hundreds of vulnerable indigenous species. Among the park’s residents are a group of endangered sea turtles, which are available for visitors to feed at certain times of the day. Whilst the experience will cost you, the memory of feeding these adorable critters will be forever priceless.
So there you have it – the ultimate cruise holiday bucket list. If you’re itching to start ticking one or more of these experiences off your list, check out Cruise1st Australia’s fantastic range of cruise deals here, or call our friendly team on 1300 857 345 to start planning your dream cruise getaway today.
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