If you haven’t been to a tropical destination yet, you’ve probably seen these places many times on television or in magazines. Also known as heaven on Earth, the tropics have everything you need for a perfect vacation: great weather, white sand beaches, crystal clear water, stunning biodiversity and fresh food.
Once you step foot on that white sand and take a look at the beautiful nature around you, it will feel as if you’re on another planet. The life simply feels different here and whatever the reason for your getaway is, you will fall in love with this paradise.
Those who are not a fan of spending all of their days on the beach and are actually looking for a more adventurous vacation might consider booking a cruise instead. However, once you read about the best places to experience this tropical wonderland, you might change your mind and book a different type of cruise.
Best places for a tropical cruise:
- The Maldives
- Aitutaki, Cook Islands
- Riviera Maya, Mexico
- Port Douglas, Australia
If there is a place where you can spend your lifetime and still not be tired of its beauty, it’s definitely the Maldives. Located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of India, this heavenly place has such crystal-clear sea and hundreds of resorts and daily activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, riding jet skis, etc. If you’re considering to book a cruise that has the Maldives on its itinerary, you will definitely not be sorry.
Most cruise travelers are mesmerized by the untouched nature these islands have and not to mention it’s one of the rare places in the world where you can swim with whale sharks and manta rays. The Maldives is mostly known as the perfect destination for honeymooners, but it’s also a great surfing destination, so you don’t have to avoid it if you’re not traveling with your significant other.
Maldives islands you shouldn’t miss visiting:
- Hulhumalé Island
- Biyadhoo Island
- Fihalhohi Island
The Cook Islands is perfect for those who wish to run away from the reality and pretend they’re Robinson Crusoe for a while. Its most famous destination, Aitutaki, is best known for the aqua lagoon, sublime beaches, beautiful, high palm trees, lush peaks, and friendly people. The moment you arrive there, you will understand why many people praise it so much.
To get to Aitutaki, you will need to get a 45-minute flight. Of course, if you’re on your cruise, it will be much easier for you. Once you arrive there, you can enjoy walking on the long, white-sand beaches, drinking cocktails or you can go kayaking, fishing, snorkeling or swimming in this beautiful, turquoise water.
Other tropical places in the Cook Islands to visit:
For those who are living in Europe or the United States of America, going to the Cook Islands is very time consuming, not to mention when it involves a cruise on the other part of the world. Luckily, the tropical climate can be found in almost every continent in the world.
In Mexico, one of the most beautiful places to enjoy the beautiful beaches and culture that’s typical for the tropics is the Riviera Maya. Placed on the Yucatán peninsula on the Caribbean coast, Riviera Maya is perfect for those who want to avoid thousands and thousands of tourists in Cancun and Tulum. From yoga retreats to swimming with stingrays and dolphins, this destination really has it all!
Other tropical places in Mexico to visit:
- Puerto Vallarta
- Playa del Carmen
Australia is such a diverse continent that flying there and not exploring all of its beauty would be something you would regret your entire life. One of these beautiful places is definitely Port Douglas, an hour drive up north of Queensland. If you’re a nature lover, you will enjoy exploring this place as you hop off your cruise ship.
Port Douglas really has it all – white sand beaches, numerous resorts, wilderness safaris, reef trips, art galleries, fancy and budget restaurants, etc. While you’re there, you can visit the famous Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. If you don’t feel that adventurous, you can simply walk down the town’s streets lined with palms and mango trees.
We can’t forget to mention to put Four Mile Beach on your list as well! This breathtaking beach is the reason why many people from all around the world come to Australia!
Other tropical places in Australia to visit:
- Whitsunday Islands
- Magnetic Island
- Fitzroy Island
Whichever part of the world you choose for your first tropical cruise, you won’t regret it. The tropical climate ensured we enjoy some of the most beautiful places that will take your breath away no matter how many times you see it!