If you haven't heard of bareboat honeymoons, it's time to acquaint yourself with the term. These romantic holiday options involve luxurious chartered yachts, stunning destinations and a beautiful, romantic getaway for two.
Without a skipper and a crew, couples are in control of the boat and can choose where they go and when. If you're new to sailing, a guide can teach you the basics before you go or accompany you the whole way. Expect great facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms, television, furniture and linen and gorgeous deck space to enjoy.
Here are five of the most romantic bareboat honeymoon adventures you can have around the world's beaches and islands.
1. Bareboat sailing in Croatia
Glide over the romantic turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea, with a stunning array of bays with dramatic cliffs, green forest and more than 5,000kms of coastline off which to sink your anchor. Sail to quiet, uninhabited islands (perfect for romantic solitude) or make your way to charming towns, villages and cities. There's so much diversity, whether you'd rather moor up at modern or ancient destinations. Couples will be spoiled for choice!
2. Tranquil sailing in the Whitsundays
For a honeymoon or romantic getaway closer to home but with world-class scenery, consider sailing amongst Queensland's romantic Whitsunday Islands. Pick a yacht, sailing catamaran or powerboat and enjoy the freedom of floating by this group of 74 islands.
Snorkel and explore serene and colourful coral reefs, stopping by highlights such as the pristine, romantic and breathtaking Whitehaven Beach, which is consistently voted one of the world's most beautiful shores. Spend some quality alone time with your sweetheart and enjoy the honeymoon of your dreams...
3. Cruising elegantly around Turkey
Turkey is another exotic honeymoon destination that's perfect for romantic bareboating. Cruise beneath large, clear skies with a balmy breeze, stopping off at wonderful towns and trying delicious local food – the seafood in particular is unbeatable and the perfect feast on your romantic dinner for two.
There are more than 1,000kms of coastline to explore, with historic towns and ruins abundant. You have a smorgasbord of destinations to choose from, so take your time exploring the country's water as in depth as you have time for. It's an escape every couple will cherish.
4. Sailing around tropical Tahiti
With lush green volcanic mountains and islands, pristine beaches and incredible marine life, Tahiti is a gorgeous escape for couples on their honeymoon or romantic getaway. With stunning islands including Bora Bora, Moorea and Huahine just for starters, there's a whole romantic and undiscovered world for couples to lose themselves in.
Spend your time on board relaxing on the deck beneath the beating sun, snorkelling with sea turtles, clownfish and dolphins, or exploring beaches and jungle. Tahiti's a luxe location for any couple, and we can't think of a more romantic way to explore it than on a bareboat adventure.
5. Gliding across the waters of the Caribbean
The Caribbean is full of stunning destinations. From Tortola to St Martin, Antigua, Belize and Grenada, some of the world's most unbelievably beautiful (and utterly romantic!) vistas await.
Experience charming towns with gorgeous and unique architecture, laid-back atmospheres and no shortage of natural wonders, from vast empty beaches to looming volcanoes. The Caribbean is the perfect mix of tropical romance and antique charm, making it a romantic escape for any couple on their honeymoon.
No matter where you decide to take your bareboat honeymoon, you are sure to have an unparalleled romantic experience on the high seas.