Travel bloggers Elayna Carausu and Riley Whitelum have been sailing around the world for the past five years on a luxury yacht funded by their online subscribers.
Hailing from Western Australia, the couple first met in Greece and welcomed son Lennon last year.
Now a trio, the family explore new shores on their sailboat home, La Vagabonde, making videos for YouTube and Instagram along the way.
In their latest clip, Elayna and Riley revealed their top five destinations around the world – including a very obscure Venezuelan archipelago and an island in their homeland Down Under.
Australian travel bloggers Elayna Carausu (right) and Riley Whitelum (left) have been sailing the world on their boat La Vagabonde for the past five years
‘There’s not too many places where you can swim with humpback whales so easily as Tonga – you know you’re definitely going to come across them,’ Riley said, in an explanation for why they love the destination.
This is due to migration routes and local restrictions on commercial vessels.
‘The locals are very respectful [of the whales]. You can’t go on your own boat, but you can take a tour.
‘There’s 176 islands in Tonga but only 36 are inhabited, so you can get as remote as you’d like to!’, he added.
Best of all? You can fly direct from Sydney to Tongatapu airport all year round.
Elayna and Riley love Tonga’s welcoming community and the unrivalled opportunity to swim with humpback whales
‘This is one of our favourite places to sail because it’s where Riley and I first met,’ Elayna said.
The couple love Greece for its food, scenery and affordability.
‘It’s one of the cheapest place in the Mediterranean for sailing – it’s pretty cheap if you want to leave your boat in the marina, drop the anchor and go explore some ancient ruins.
‘There’s enough history and culture there to last a lifetime,’ Elayna said.
Elayna and Riley specifically recommend the island of Crete, but warned it can get very windy on the water.
The La Vagabonde duo (seen here with newborn son Lennon) love the Greek islands, especially Crete, for food, culture and affordability
3. THE WHITSUNDAYS
Sitting between the tropical coast of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, the 74 Whitsunday Islands are one of Australia’s most iconic destinations.
‘Australia and the Great Barrier Reef are pretty hard to pass up,’ Riley admitted.
‘It has got Whitehaven Beach, partying at Airlie Beach, secluded fishing spots and everything is just a days sail away!’
Elayna and Riley recommend chartering a boat to see the Whitsundays your own way.
Riley believes Australia’s Whitsunday Islands have something to offer for all ages and tastes
4. LOS ROQUES – VENEZUELA
Nestled in the warm seas of the Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela, Los Roques archipelago is made up of more than 300 islands, most of them uninhabited, and some of the finest coral reef left on earth.
‘Most of these islands are uninhabited, all but one I think, but the locals are so friendly – they welcome you into their tight knit community instantly,’ Elayna said.
‘The village is so picturesque with a million colourful beach shacks, and it’s such good value, comparable to Asia.’
Los Roques is exceptionally cheap for food, drink and sailing, with diesel for boats largely available free of charge.
For authenticity, Elayna and Riley love Los Roques which sit off the northern coast of Venezuela in the Caribbean
5. THE BAHAMAS
The beautiful shores of the Bahamas, comprising over 700 islands, were Elayna and Riley’s top choice for sailing around the world.
‘The water is like nowhere else I’ve been..it’s pretty breathtaking,’ Riley said.
‘You can go as remote as you like. You can find islands where no one has probably ever been – it’s surprisingly untouched,’ Elayna added.