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11 UNESCO world heritage sites to visit by boat

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Lord Howe Island

Australia

If you're looking for far-flung luxury and next to no mobile signal, cruise 700 kilometres east of the Australian mainland to visit Lord Howe Island. Awarded the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, two-thirds of the island is dedicated to the permanent park reserve, which offers a myriad of walking trails, mountain hikes and 11 quiet beaches to relax on.

Formerly a volcanic site, two mountains shelter a pristine lagoon where you can swim and snorkel. The marine park is as impressive as the on-land reserve in terms of natural beauty and wildlife. Those diving around the famous Ball's Pyramid can hope to see schools of rainbow runners, amberjack, kingfish, violet sweeps and angelfish as well as dolphins and wahoo.

Superyachts can anchor in good weather on the western and north eastern sides of the island and tender to the small harbour on the eastern shore.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / Ashley Whitworth

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