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My favourite water travel moments

I am not much of a sea-farer. So far, most of my water based travel have been on passenger ferries and scuba boats. I believe my very first experience with water travel was on a family holiday in Hawaii, where we boarded a small submarine to view the fish and corals. I think I was 9 and I remember getting very sick.

Since then I have been weary of water travel, however I am slowly recovery and have been enjoying the small amount of water travel through the years. From the ferry from Dover to Calais, the Chao Phraya river public ferry in Bangkok, the boat we took to the islands on Lake Titicaca, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ river boat in Brunei, surfing the river in northern Thailand in a bamboo raft as well as boats of different sizes during my many scuba diving trips.

Oh, and let’s not forget my ‘walk’ down the aisle at my wedding was on a Ni-Vanuatu canoe; a warrior paddled me to the side of my future husband, with resort guests looked on and applauded as I came through. I felt like royalty.

Here are some highlights:

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The Sydney Ferry, something that I’ve grown up with, is my regular water travel experience.
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This is my absolute favourite form of ‘water travel’ – a good kayak around a lake, river or the ocean. On this calm and serene day I was kayaking around Lake Mapourika near the Franz Joseph Glacier in New Zealand.
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Scuba diving – the (under)water travel!
A boat trip from mainland Puno to the island of Amantani on Lake Titicaca may sound adventurous and exciting, let’s just say conversation and games don’t last enough for the 4 hour diesel powered boat trip.
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It’s crowded on the passenger ferry of Chao Phraya but it was actually quite safe, and a very economical way of ‘river cruising’ in Bangkok!
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We rafted on this bamboo for 2 hours to get back into civilisation from our Hilltribe Trek near Chiang Mai. Surprisingly this simple feat. of bamboo raft sliced through all the rapids better than the rubber rafts!
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And yes, of course, this was my ‘aisle’ at my wedding! My bridal vehicle and my warriors.

What are some of your favourite water travel trips and moments?

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