Sure, you've been to bars on the beach, saloons by the sea and lounges on the lake. But, it's time to step it up a gear, and venture somewhere a little...wetter. Here we have the coolest collection of bars and restaurants for you – ones only accessible by swimming, snorkeling or boating. So dive right in and prepare for tropical vibes aplenty – Fiji, Tanzania and Jamaica are all awaiting your visit.
Where: Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
Nestled at sea, just off Fiji's Malolo Island, is heavenly bar, Cloud 9. The only one of its kind, this two-story wooden eatery offers miles of topaz waters, a phenomenal live music scene featuring DJs from around the world, delicious Italian pizzas from a wood-fired grill, and top shelf cocktails infused with, you guessed it, Fiji Rum, Fiji Gold and Fiji Bitter. Not only can you eat and drink to your heart's content, but it also offers on-site water sports like snorkeling, jet skiing and parasailing. Cloud 9 can be accessed by boat transfer from Port Denarau, which is booked for day trips in groups of up to 26. What better way to explore the beauty of Fiji than among friends, with drink in hand?
Fun stuff nearby: The nearby town of Nadi is perfect for a tropical retreat thanks to swimming and snorkeling opps aplenty, fresh local markets, and pristine beaches.
Where: Athol Bay, Australia
This super exclusive floating beach club is located off the southern shore of Sydney, Australia and caters to the coolest of the cool with a full bar, private swimming enclosure off the harbor and handful of staff that ensure you receive five-star service. Called The Island, it mixes decadent European beach club service with undeniable Australian flare to create an ultra posh, modern beach club experience that's perfect for a private event, party or all day escape. Catering and activities for private events can be arranged in advance and chefs can curate special menus to accommodate all palates. The Island can be accessed by a private water taxi that runs to and from the club all day, and a $45 beach club ticket includes venue admission, return water taxi service and a bonus welcome drink upon arrival to get the party started! All in all, this swanky beach club is definitely worth a ticket – just bring your best buds and join Aussie's partying elite.
Fun stuff nearby: Sydney, Australia is a major travel destination, as you well know, filled with everything from the Opera House to an amazing zoo, from an epic brunch scene to some of the world's most spectacular beaches.
The Rock Restaurant
Where: Zanzibar, Tanzania
So, a tiny island off the coast of East Africa may not top your top travel wish list, but don't write off Tanzania before seeing this gem. Proudly perched on a rock just off the Michanwe Pingwe Peninsula of Zanzibar lies the amazing Rock Restaurant. Originally a fisherman post, this tiny getaway is the prettiest paradise around, complete with a modest, comfortable interior, gentle waves and world-class cuisine. The restaurant itself is open and airy, allowing the ocean breeze to flow throughout the space. Whether you're inside or out, the smell of salt water and sea air will greet you as you sip on island cocktails and dine on delicious Tanzanian-fusion food, like squid in sweet soy sauce and tambi (a local Zwahili-style spaghetti). The Rock restaurant can be accessed by boat from Michanwi Pingwe Beach, but book before you go so you don't end up disappointed.
Fun stuff nearby: The village of Paje, which is 10 minutes from the restaurant, offers plenty of fun in the sun for the outdoor adventurer, from kitesurfing to diving to the most blissful beaches.
TawHai Floating Bar
Where: Bantayan Island, The Philippines
Based in the Filipino region of Negros Occidental, Lawakon Island Resort is just the type of tranquil paradise you could spend every winter workday fantasizing about. Accessible only by boat, the spacious accommodations and sunset bars are simply divine. But its TawHai Floating Bar, Asia's biggest floating bar, that really stands out. Offering gorgeous beach views and the best margaritas for miles, the bar itself is full of chic hammocks and bean bags you won't be able to resist adding to your Snapchat story. Jumping off the side of the bar into the ocean is even encouraged – an experience that's more than worth the very reasonable entrance fee.
Fun stuff nearby: The city of Bacolod is under two hours away, offering the cutest nickname ("the city of smiles"), the famous MassKara Festival (kinda like Mardi Gras), and great nightlife in the Art District.
Floyd's Pelican Bar
Where: Parottee Bay, Jamaica
Located on a serene sandbar about a mile off the western coast of Jamaica, Floyd's Pelican Bar is a wooden wonder with great house drinks (try the rum punch) and killer seafood (try the lobster). Owner Floyd Forbes realized his dream of building a bar on stilts in the middle of the sea in 2001, and since then people from around the world have come to this iconic sandbar to swim, snorkel, and try Floyd's famous Pelican Perfection drink: a refreshing mix of lime juice, rum and ginger beer. The bar itself is shabby-chic, with a hodgepodge of mementos from past customers lining the walls and old wooden planks creaking beneath your feet. Floyd's can be accessed from Treasure Beach, Negril and Parottee Beach and is just over two hours from Montego Bay. The only way to get to the bar is by boat, which can be arranged by Barrett Adventures.
Fun stuff nearby: Nearby Montego Bay is home to all sorts of beachy fun – think parasailing, snorkeling and diving. And don't leave without checking out these ridiculously beautiful overwater villas.