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The hotlist: 7 destinations to visit in 2017

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Australia

After a large increase in the number of superyachts flocking to Queensland in the last year, Australia is looking to be a popular vacation choice for 2017. Famed for incredible sunsets and an incredible marine ecosystem, the Whitsunday Islands are perfect for those who would rather spend their holiday under the sea rather than on it.

Best for: Snorkelling fanatics

What to do and see: Organise a cruising itinerary around the Whitsunday Islands for some of the world’s best diving opportunities. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is a must-see for keen divers and ecologists and, despite the mass bleaching that occurred there in early 2016, there are a number of reasons people should not be put off visiting the Great Barrier Reef.

Dive and snorkel in Butterfly Bay, Blue Pearl and the Hook Island Bays and marvel at Whitehaven Beach, one of the Whitsunday Islands’ gems. Don’t miss the Nara Inlet’s collection of ancient aboriginal cave paintings or the waterfall of Cid Harbour.

When to go: Visit in September to enjoy comfortable water temperatures, sunny weather and to steer clear of ‘stinger season’ — jellyfish tend to be more prevalent in these waters from October to May.

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