Top 5 most amazing regions to drop your anchor – worldwide​

The 5 most amazing regions to drop your anchor - worldwide

The need to explore has brought us to almost any place on the world. Exploring brings us to places so beautiful we couldn’t even imagine they would exist. These are often spots which are hard to reach and sometimes these are only accessible by boat. Boaters are explorers, sailing into the unknown and looking for that hidden gem. SailSquare and Moorspots have joined forces and presents the following top regions which are waiting for you to drop anchor and be explored.

Anchorage bay in Greece

Whitsunday Islands

Exploring the Whitsunday Islands by boat, will give you an unforgettable experience of your Australian East Coast holiday. Sailing experience is required, but the conditions and services in this region make it very accessible for the less experienced sailors.

Tropical islands with white powder beaches, green forests and beautiful rock formations bordering a deep blue sea with beautiful coral reef: the island group of the Whitsundays is paradise on earth. Off the east coast of Queensland, between Mackay in the south and Bowen in the north, there are 74 islands that together form the Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy sun, sea and sand on Whitsunday Island, Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and Hayman Island. Sail along the different islands, gaze and enjoy the beautiful views of Whitehaven Beach and Cid Harbour.

Did you know that not only are the Whitsunday islands a very popular honeymoon location, but it is also used by more than 1500 couples each year as a wedding scene.

The best period to visit this region is from April to June. The weather ranges from mild to warm, with limited daily showers and lots of days with clear blue skies.

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Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly consist of 140 islands and is located south-west of the coast of England. Only five of these islands are inhabited: St. Mary’s, Tresco, St. Martin’s, St. Agnes and Gugh. The gulf stream is flowing through these islands, bringing tropical warm waters and breezes to these islands, creating a warmer temperature climate than the rest of the UK.

Sailing through this region is a very special experience, but the navigation can be difficult due to the huge amount of underwater rocks and shallows. There are more than 500 wrecks registered in and around the Scilly’s, which should be considered as a warning by itself. Also taking the tides and currents into account, this region is not for the average beginning sailor.

There are three main areas where you can moor your boat: St Mary’s Harbour, on St. Mary’s off Porthcressa Beach and on Tresco. Beyond the usual inner harbour limits, there are no restrictions as to where you can drop anchor, as long as you keep clear of the main shipping channels.

Did you know that the Scilly’s only have 2000 inhabitants? No wonder this region is unspoiled.

The best time of the year visiting this region is May, June and September.

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Ionian Islands - Paxos

The Ionian Islands are located in the Aegean Sea, Greece. Today this island group is identified as a separate region within the east of the Aegean sea, stretching south of the Albanian coast to the southern tip of the Peloponnese and is often called Heptanesos (“Seven Islands”) which include Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Ithaca, Kefallinia, Zakynthos and Cythera. The Ionian region has the deepest point in the Mediterranean sea with a depth of −5,267m and is also considered as one of the most seismically active areas in the world. 

Highlights of sailing the Ionian Islands are Paxos and Anti-Paxos. With Lakka all the way up in the northwest, which offers a beautiful protected bay with crystal clear blue waters and Vrika beach at anti-Paxos, a perfect stop for snorkeling. These islands breathe a relaxing Greek atmosphere with beautiful bays with often a Greek tavern to have a lovely diner in the evening or drop anchor in front of a deserted beach to spend the night with a BBQ in the evening. 

Did you know that at the Pappanikoli anchorage, a cave can be found which was used during World War II by submarines to stay hidden?

The best time of the year visiting this region is June and September. These months provide a comfortable climate and less overcrowded anchorages, as charter tourism is very high in this region.

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The Exumas

The Exumas is a district in the Bahamas, which contains over 365 islands, also referred to as “cays”. The largest cay is Great Exuma with the capital city being George Town. The Exumas are well known for its marine wildlife, uninhabited islands and deserted beaches. Several docking facilities and six full-service marinas complete the region for the sailing community. The Exumas are also known for the many sailing competitions held every year. All ingredients for some spectacular sailing can be found here. 

Many of the 365 islands are inhabited. There are hundreds of deserted anchorages with sandy beaches ready for you to be explored. There are also some famous spots to drop anchor, like Pig Beach where you can swim with the only inhabitants of this island, which gave the island its name. Another example is Thunderball Grotto, famous for its scenery in the James Bond movie Thunderball. A great spot to explore and for snorkeling.

Did you know that close to Daniel Cay a wreck of a drug smuggler’s plane can be found? Rumor say it has been used by Pablo Escobar for smuggling drugs during the 1970’s.

The best time of the year visiting this region is November through to May. June through October marks the Exumas’ rainy season, with storms, high winds and cloudy days, making it less suited for sailing.

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Balearen - Formentera

The Balearic Island chain of Majorca (Mallorca), Minorca (Menorca), Ibiza and Formentera lay in the western Mediterranean and are part of Spain. There are over 300 beaches across the four islands and many small inlets (Cala’s) to hop in between. The absolute highlight is the Cabrera Archipelago Maritime-Terrestrial National Park which is home to many species of seabirds and where you can spot dolphins and whales around the isle. 

Formentera is the smallest and most southern island, just a few miles from Ibiza. The only marina there is located in Savin. The rest of the island only provides anchorages, all being small paradises. A highlight is Saona Cove which offers one of the island’s prettiest beaches, where you can anchor while being surrounded by high cliffs. The sandy beach and crystal clear blue water are ideal for diving and snorkeling. 

Did you know that Formentera does not have an airport? The island can only be reached by ferry boat from Ibiza to help keep the island exclusive. 

The best time of the year visiting this region is June and September. These months provide a comfortable climate and no overcrowded anchorages. 

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