2. Galapagos Cruise, Ecuador
From budget catamarans to mid-range yachts and luxury cruisers, there are a range of ways to sail around the Galapagos archipelago, often on 3, 5 or 8 day live-aboard excursions. Each island is unique and distinctive, some with bizarre flora and fauna that only exist there. Safely swim with sea lions, penguins and (gulp) even sharks. See the goofy mating dance of blue-footed boobies and the salty nasal spray of marine iguanas. These assorted curious creatures have no natural fear of man so you can get up close to appreciate them like no place else on earth. Tourist numbers are limited to protect this fragile ecosystem, and even the budget boats are pricey. However, it’s well worth the splurge.