Jacques Cousteau referred to the Sea of Cortes as the “world’s aquarium”. What he didn’t write about was the beauty of the land surrounding it. On an UnCruise ship out of La Paz, we could enjoy the water with its diverse sea life while admiring the unique topography from the sea. The Sea of Cortes (also known as the Vermillion Sea) is known locally as the Gulf of California, a marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland.Explore
A visit to Paris should require at least a week or two to get the most out of it. But if you’re pressed for time, hopping on a boat is a time-tested method where you’ll get to see as much of this lovely city as you can. Cruises are a popular mode of travel in Europe as highlighted by Waypoints Global’s exploration of the Belgian canal system. I personally think it’s one of the best ways to kick off any destination as it builds up the excitement of visiting each highlight one by one. Explore
Our Zodiac skimmed through the quiet early morning waters of the Pacific, all eyes scanning for signs of whale activity, a hump, a fin, a tail or a tiny ripple. An excited hush fell on all eleven passengers. We had been assured of many sightings, but you never know with whales. “Over there!” someone shouted, and our driver picked up speed, heading towards the tail as we waited, but not for long, as the whale breeched thrusting most of its body high out of the water.Explore
Knowing that I was setting out on the same route that Franklin took in 1845 somewhat intimidated me. After all, he didn’t make it home. However, once aboard Adventure Canada’s Ocean Endeavor expedition ship surrounded by 110 like-minded adventurers, 30 experts in every field and a crew that went above and beyond, intimidation quickly transformed into exhilaration.Explore
The Grand River watershed includes all the land drained by the Grand River and its tributaries. At 6,800 square kilometres (2,800 square miles), it’s the largest watershed in southern Ontario. It’s home to close to one million people and includes the cities of Brantford, Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo, as well as many small towns and villages. Explore
Despite the ongoing lure of the deep blue Caribbean seas, a day pass at La Marina at the Casa de Campo resort is worth squeezing into your itinerary. You’re already in the Caribbean…your next destination won’t mind if you arrive a day or so late. Mañana. Mañana.
Not all marinas are created equal and this one certainly stands out. But you have to reserve ahead if you want to really enjoy all that the 370-slip La Marina has to offer. Renowned as one of the best billfishing spots in the world, La Marina attracts the most serious of the serious from February through June who come to catch a prized blue marlin, mahi mahi, or yellow fin tuna so plan to visit from November to January to ensure a good spot.Explore
Dominica has been on “the” list for quite some time now and when I actually get to do something on “the” list, my heart skips a beat!
Although Dominica still remains somewhat off-the-beaten track for boaters, it is located right in the middle of the chain of Caribbean islands and can be easily accessed from Antigua and Guadeloupe to the north or Martinique and St. Lucia to the south. Chartering boats from any of these islands is easy.
Dominica’s best anchorage is Prince Rupert Bay in the north, off the town of Portsmouth – a popular destination for yachts. And although the marine services are sketchy here, a quick ship-to-shore call to Andrew O’Brien (fondly known as Cobra) will provide you with whatever you need from custom and immigration clearance, provisioning, transportation and access to yacht services nearby.Explore
When the word “Gold!” rang out from the Klondike in 1898, one of the main ways for prospectors to get there was by river – specifically, the Yukon River. It was a wide and wild, powerful and pristine waterway when sourdoughs travelled it; not much has changed in 120 years. It still exudes a wild essence, a sense of isolation when you’re on it. Depending where you put-in, you may not have any road, cell, or WIFI access until you arrive at Dawson City. That’s where the Klondike and Yukon Rivers meet and from where Klondikers ventured further into the wilderness seeking their fortunes.Explore
The ship’s intercom crackled to life. “Good morning! It’s 6:06 am,” announced our expedition leader apologetically, “it’s early but off the port side we’ve spotted our first polar bear!”
This apex predator was one reason I came to one of Canada’s newest parks, Torngat Mountains National Park on Labrador’s east coast, and I sprung from my berth as fast as a four-year old on a Christmas morning. I slipped into warm clothing, doors slamming nearby suggesting other One Ocean Expedition passengers weren’t stopping to change, and sprinted to the bridge.
Disembarking from the motor coach that has delivered us from Vietnam’s capital Hanoi to the cusp of Halong Bay on the northeast coast, we get our first delighted look at the RV Angkor Pandaw, a classic small river ship that is to be our home for the next 10 nights on a one-of-a-kind cultural and historical journey through northern Vietnam.
She is a great beauty, the polished brass fittings and handcrafted teak of her double decks gleaming in the late afternoon sun. While the Angkor is a replica of an 1890s Irrawaddy Flotilla Company K-class river steamer, this luxurious 16-cabin craft was custom-built in 2013 and sports current mod-cons. (In 1995, Burmese historian Paul Strachan revived the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company — which, during Burma’s British colonial era, sailed the world’s largest private fleet — and restored an original steamer named Pandaw, thus Pandaw Cruises was born.)Explore