Drop anchor off palm-shaded White Bay on Jost Van Dyke, your first beach stop on this fully catered sailing adventure through the BVIs. Swim among bobbing yachts before grabbing a seat at the Soggy Dollar Bar for a pre-lunch tipple; their rum-based painkiller cocktail is legendary. Most activities on this trip centre on sugar-white beaches, from kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding off Deadman’s Bay on Peter Island to turtle spotting off Guana Island. You’ll also meet the pink flamingos of Anegada.
Star in your own version of Cast Away (2000) on this sailing expedition around French Polynesia, a remote collection of archipelagos in the South Pacific. After snorkelling the barrier reef around Bora Bora and visiting a black pearl farm on Raiatea, you’ll wind up on the quiet island of Huahine. Snorkel, swim and paddleboard off Ana Iti beach, a sliver of white sand backed by dense greenery. After that, sail down the island’s south coast to Avea Bay, another white-and-turquoise lagoon with bars dotted along the sand.
Striking granite boulders scatter the pale, empty beaches of the Seychelles, as you’ll discover on this nautical odyssey. The islands of Grande Soeur and Praslin provide plenty of opportunities for tanning on untouched sands and swimming or snorkelling in balmy waters. You’ll also visit Cousine Island, a former coconut and cinnamon plantation that has transformed into a bird-spotter’s paradise; swim with tropical fish in Sainte Anne Marine Park; and meet the only wild population of aldabra giant tortoises in the world.
This yachting holiday around the Bahamas includes chill-out time on the unsullied sands of Norman’s Cay, a long, thin island once used as a hideout by the Medellín drug cartel in the 1970s and ‘80s. On the much larger Warderick Wells Cay, there are over 30 equally picturesque beaches to choose from, most of which feature snorkelling spots that teem with colourful marine residents. You’ll share the white sands of Allen Cay with tame rock iguanas, a critically endangered species only found in the Bahamas.