If you prefer the ocean to the land, you might be the type of person who plans their vacation based on what water sports are available. Luckily, you don’t have to think too hard to plan your next trip. For the adrenaline junky, we’ve done all the work for you! Here are five fantastic water sport adventures from around the world for you to tackle.
This article is sponsored by Maupintour. Book one of these amazing adventures today.
Kayaking in Antarctica
Kayaking is one of the most unique and special ways to experience Antarctica. There is a small element of danger as falling into the ice-cold water can be deadly. But, the tour guides are experienced and will walk you through safety instructions. While it may seem like an intimidating experience, it’s perfectly safe as there are kayaking tours for even entry-level kayakers.
You get to take in the gorgeous views of Antarctica directly from the water as penguins explore the coast and glacier chunks float by. This water sports adventure probably one of the most immersive ways to view all Antarctica has to offer.
However, the barrier to this adventure is the price. A kayaking adventure will typically cost you between $700-$1000 USD per person. Still, it’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and if you can afford it, we think it’ll be worth the experience.
Whitewater Rafting in New Zealand
You’re going to want to get your GoPro out for this one. Whitewater rafting is always challenging and has some elements of danger. For the real risk-taker, we recommend whitewater rafting in the Kaituna River in Rotorua, New Zealand. Officially a “Grade 5 experience,” this river will take you down to the Tutea Falls, which is a seven-meter drop. Offered by the Kaituna Cascades, it’s the highest commercially rafted whitewater adventure in the country. The entire water sports experience is 50-minutes of pure thrill, exhilaration, and fun.
Additionally, the experience is quite affordable at a cost of around $70 USD per person.
Scuba Diving in Malaysia
A water sports adventure list wouldn’t be complete without an epic scuba diving spot. Tourists from all around the world come to Barracuda Point on Sipadan Island, Malaysia, for some of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring underwater views. You’re virtually guaranteed to be surrounded by enormous sea life while diving. The sea life ranges from turtles and sharks to barracuda (hence, the island name). This spot is deemed by many to be in the top five diving places in the world.
Multi-day diving packages at Barracuda Point typically start at $400 USD for two divers.
Windsurfing in the Greek Islands
Windsurfing is an exhilarating water sport no matter where you do it. But, windsurfing along the Greek Islands feels unbelievable. The sea surrounding these islands gets the full impact of the local Aegean winds (called Meltemi), which create the perfect conditions for windsurfing. And, that’s why the Professional Windsurfers Association World Cup has been held on the Greek island of Paros for several years.
You can spend hours (or days) windsurfing along the Greek beaches. You can usually rent a board for about $30 per hour.
Great White Shark Cage Diving in South Africa
Okay, we admit this isn’t technically a water sport. But, you do need to dive for this activity, so it makes the cut in our books!
For the more thrill-seeking water sports individuals, great white shark cage diving in South Africa should be at the top of the list. You’ll be lowered in a sealed cage into shark-filled waters and get closer to a deadly shark than ever before in your life. The most popular area for this activity is the beautiful coastal village of Gansbaai in Western Cape, South Africa. You’re basically guaranteed to see a shark up close as the tour guides bring special “chum” mixtures to attract them to the cage.
The entire experience usually takes three to four hours and costs around $120 USD per person.
Plan your next vacation around any one of these five amazing water sports adventures! After all, who doesn’t want a little adrenaline rush while on holiday?