A fair dinkum didgeridoo is made by termites, Australians are proud of their convict heritage, and whip-cracking is harder than it looks. These are just a few of the facts we learned during our six port calls in Australia. We visited war tunnels and botanical gardens, snorkelled in the world’s most famous coral reef, sailed in a yachting destination, hiked through a rainforest, saw forty kangaroos in the wild, and kayaked twice: once in Sydney Harbour and again along the coastline of Tasmania. Wow! If Australia is not your bucket list, it should be!
Kayak, water bus, longboat, motor boat – we were on the water a lot in Borneo, where the tropical seas teem with marine life, and the rivers are lined with water villages. On land, ranger-led hikes took us into the equatorial jungle in search of wildlife and waterfalls. Bali’s rice terraces and temples were next, followed by a guided trek in search of Komodo dragons. Bali and Komodo had boats, too.
You’ve all heard of a triathlon. Well, we’re too old for that; we chose a three-week tri-cuba-thon instead.
- Week 1: kayak with pink flamingos in the Bay of Pigs.
- Week 2: sail a catamaran through the turquoise waters of Canarreos Archipelago.
- Week 3: cycle the flat-topped hills and tobacco fields of the Valle de Vinales.