Here are ShipsAhoy's 5 Instagrammable Exotic Ports of Call
By: Ilona Kauremszky
Kim Kardashian West might have broken the Internet with her Instagram fame.
But don’t overlook cruise ports. While these ship terminals don’t sound as sassy as KKW they certainly have their own Wow Factor that could jump atop the Instagram hit list.
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) reports Instagrammable cruise travel is driving interest in travel around the world so much so that there can be close to 351 million posts with the tag #travel on an average travel day.
Now whether on board or on land, cruise passengers can hit their Instagram feeds sharing best travel experience pix.
In this 4-part series we take a look at the Instagrammable Ports of Call. Here’s our first: #ShipsAhoy #Insta Exotic Ports of Call. Do you have more favourites to share?
1. Waiheke Island
Who doesn’t want to go to the fifth best island in the world? Only a 40-minute ferry ride away from Auckland, it’s time to grab the ultimate selfie. Locals will tell you this part of paradise packs in 30+ wineries with jaw-dropping views at every turn. Take our word for it.
2. Great Barrier Island
Cruise guests are illuminated by the glitterati in the constellations. In this Dark Sky Sanctuary serious #igers (slang for Instagrammer) can be seen snagging the star-filled sky images for the amazing night time photo. By day, the island is blessed by blue waters and miles of untouched beauty. We encourage you to check this out on Instagram yourself. #GreatBarrierIsland
3. Bay of Plenty
Nothing can quite compare to the soaring views once you stand atop Mount Mauao. This selfie zone is located in New Zealand’s North Island. Cruisers disembark at Port of Tauranga during the height of cruise season which runs from October through April. After the selfie shot it’s off for a beach combing walk or head to the laid back surfer’s town of Mount Maunganui.
“As cruise ships enter Tauranga Harbour they will see our mountain, Mauao, (Mount Maunganui) standing guard. Mauao is a sacred landmark to local Māori and is open to visitors to climb or walk the base track for free all year round,” says Loretta Crawford Destination Marketing Manager with Tourism Bay of Plenty about one of the most Instagrammed spots in New Zealand.
It’ll be difficult to return to the ship after this selfie time.
4. Wayag Islands
Located in Northern Raja in Indonesia, Ampat Wayag is blessed by spectacular beauty giving selfie lovers one of the most captivating places to capture the Insta-shot.
“You are so very far off the grid and civilization surrounded by an endless stream of fingerling island karsts just covered with forest that comes down to the water’s edge,” laughs Michael Travers whose company SeaTrek Adventures sails to this hard to get to spot. The other sensational selfie discovery: You get to cross the equator by boat to reach it.
“It’s going to give any dedicated Instagrammer a nice feeling of one upmanship over the crowds,” says the cruise guru who’s worked in Indonesia for 13 years and has seen his fair share of untouched paradise.
5. Exmouth Western Australia
The Sweet Wanderluster Brittany Kulick has snapped plenty of pix in the Caribbean and Europe but thinks the most “Instagrammable Port of Call in the World” should be awarded to Exmouth.
“Oftentimes cruise guests are met at the pier with baby kangaroos and their foster parents,” she says and adds how Exmouth is home to white sand beaches fringed in turquoise waters.
If you want to get a selfie with a whale shark, the tour operators in Exmouth offer ethical whale shark swims with marine biologists on board.
Now check out @TheSweetWanderlust’s ultimate selfie pic.