What, transportation on a boat?
Yes indeed, once you get someplace, other transportation means become useful or even essential! First of all, the:
1) DINGHY: it's absolutely essential to reach the shore when
anchored off, and in view of the fact that in coral-fringed areas it's common to
anchor well out and quite often the only spot where it's possible to land with
the dinghy is not just in front of the anchorage, it's advisable to have a
dinghy suitable for somewhat long distances, possibly in choppy or windy
During a voyage like this, dinghies are subject to a lot of
abuse, and the risk of theft is quite real: better not to have
expensive-looking boats, and it's advisable to protect the tubes from sun and
scratches with a canvas cover (it's possible to have them made-to-measure in
a lot of places around the tropics).
2) KAYAK: some boats carried one or two kayaks. They row much better than an inflatable boat, and in some places can be a good fun to explore nooks and crannies that cannot be accessed in an inflatable (some coral gardens in Polinesia, or the hongs of Thailand come to mind).
3) BICICLES: several yachts carried folding-bikes. Not very
cheap and bulky as well, they are useful almost only when moored along a quay
(carrying them ashore in the dinghy is not impossible but certainly quite
cumbersome), but then they become very useful to extend one's range to explore
the neighborhood or to reach that faraway shop.
4) RENTAL CARS: once securely moored, we like to explore the
area on our own, and renting a car is often the easiest way. Furthermore, a car
is often essential for reprovisioning, as shops and supermarkets are seldom in
5) TAXI: sometimes, renting a car is not possible or advisable
(nasty traffic/no parking/safety considerations), but then it's usually not too
hard finding more-or-less-official and more-or-less-battered taxis to carry you
6) PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: sometimes public transportation is a
viable alternative, and not necessarily only in the most advanced countries.
Obviously shopping around in Singapore using the underground railway is good
fun, but that's really an exception!
7) ORGANISED TRIPS: in many of the places where there is a
minimum of tourism, it's possible to join organised trips of all sorts (on 4WD
car, bus, boat, whatever!) which can be an excellent solution to be guided
through the main attraction of the area.
8) DIVING CENTRES: wherever you go, you'll find diving
schools, clubs or private individuals organising expeditions to the best diving
spots in the vicinity.
Last Update: 11/11/2014
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