SOME remote places in the world are best explored by small ship for up-close encounters with wildlife on land and sea.

australiancruisingnews.com notes that adventure cruise line Lindblad Expeditions, has  named its top five places for such encounters.

Lindblad Expeditions cruise the Galapagos Island where wildlife abounds including this sea lion and pup with National Geographic Islander in th background.
This sea lion and pup. are among the wealth of wildlife seen around the Galapagos on Lindblad’s cruise ship National Geographic Islander.

1, Galápagos Islands: One of those rare places where wildlife has no fear of humans. Lindblad has two ships based here year-round so that guests can explore on  foot, by kayak or Zodiac, or snorkel with sea turtles, penguins, sea lions and the world’s only swimming iguana. This 10-day expedition departs/disembarks from Guayaquil, Ecuador.

2. Kimberley/Spice Islands: Links  the Kimberley’s ancient Australian landscape and the remote Spice  islands of Indonesia for opportunities to snorkel and dive with marine life, including giant manta ray., and sight the legandary Komodo dragon. The 15-day voyage sails from Broome (Australia) and disembark in Bali (Indonesia) in August next year.

3. Amazon River: Guests discover wildlife in the Amazon basin and explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve along with the on board naturalists. Ten-day Upper Amazon cruises sail from Lima, Peru almost year round.

4. Great Barrier Reef/Spice Islands: On Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and in Indonesia’s exotic Spice Islands, guests snorkel, swim and dive with an array of marine life on a 17-day adventure departing Bali, Indonesia, next week (October 20) and disembarks in Cairns, Australia.

5. Antarctica: Sailing here celebrates the Centennial of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition, and guests receive a commemorative parka and badge to mark their once-in-a-lifetime adventure. This 12-day expedition from Buenos Aires, Argentina, embarks/disembarks in Ushuaia, Argentina, on sailings from November this year to February next year, expeditions.com