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The Best Cruising Shore Excursions

19th January 2016

It’s not hard to see why millions of Australians are choosing to take to the high seas every year, with state-of-the-art ships offering world-class entertainment around the clock. However, the fun is just getting started with numerous shore excursions to enjoy once you land in your dream destinations.

New Zealand

Begin your New Zealand adventure with an Auckland City Bridge Climb or be guided through the city highlights on foot, including a visit to the National Maritime Museum. Burn those extra cruise calories with a cycling tour along the picturesque waterfront or jump onboard a fast-paced jet boat but hold on tight! See the glorious vistas of the Bay of Islands with a relaxing lunch cruise or go for a sea kayak tour. Adventure seekers can look forward to canyoning in the spectacular Waitakere Ranges.

Kitekite Falls is a beautiful sight in the Waitakere Ranges. Kitekite Falls is a beautiful sight in the Waitakere Ranges.

South Pacific

Hop onboard a ferry in New Caledonia and make your way to Amedee Lighthouse Island for a day of swimming and snorkelling. Vanuatu will see you exploring the gorgeous Cascade Waterfalls or joining a buggy off-road tour through the rugged landscapes of Port Vila. A glass-bottomed boat tour around Mystery Island will be one to remember. Rejuvenate in the natural waters of Fiji’s thermal mud pools or fly high with a jungle safari zip-line tour.

The snorkelling in the lagoon off Amedee Lighthouse Island is world class. The snorkelling in the lagoon off Amedee Lighthouse Island is world class.

Hawaii

There is no better way to explore the underwater worlds of Hawaii than with a submarine tour. Descend beneath the turquoise waters to discover coral reef gardens and hundreds of species of tropical fish. Admire the picturesque surrounds with a helicopter flight over Oahu, snorkel in the sparkling waters of Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve or go deep sea fishing. In Hilo, you can explore the bubbling Kilauea Volcano or take a stroll through the magical Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

Get up close to Kilauea Volcano in the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Get up close to Kilauea Volcano in the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

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Asia

A cruise through Asia could have you white water rafting in Bali or sailing through the fascinating mangroves of Langkawi. Go island hopping off Malaysia’s northwest coast to discover the white sands of Wet Rice Island. Visit the complex Cu Chi Tunnels on Ho Chi Minh, take an enchanting excursion through the lush landscapes of Hidden Valley in Manila or join a cycling tour through the historic streets of Penang.

See another side of Langkawi with a tour through the mangroves. See another side of Langkawi with a tour through the mangroves.

The Mediterranean

Take a journey through the picture-perfect Penedès wine region in Spain, followed by a sumptuous wine tasting. Biking in Barcelona is a popular choice as you pedal your way from old town to the sea front, passing the city’s most famous icons along the way. Over in Greece, you can tour the best beaches and enjoy time under the timeless Cretan sun or discover the highlights of Bodrum in Turkey.

 Barcelona is a fabulous city to explore on two wheels. Barcelona is a fabulous city to explore on two wheels.

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