If you’re a natural water baby we’ve got five of the best water sports adventures from around the world to whet your travel appetite.
1. Surfs up in Portugal
Portugal is fast becoming a surfer’s paradise. Boasting unspoilt white sandy beaches, a sunny climate and some of the best surf in Europe, there really is no better place to put your surfing skills to the test.
Portugal’s surfing hotspots include Ericeira, Cascais and the Algarve; all have a laid back surf culture and boast great surf schools offering a variety of packages designed to suit a range of abilities, accommodation requirements and budgets.
2. Safari by canoe in Botswana
The Selinda Spillway in Botswana was dry for over 30 years but since 2009 high rain fall and flooding have meant that this remote part of the African wilderness is now accessible by canoe.
This five day, four night safari promises to be an experience of a lifetime. With the help of an experienced guide you’ll camp under the stars by night and paddle a 45 kilometre stretch of river by day to explore the game rich flood plains.
3. Windsurfing in Turkey
The sandy beaches and warm, calm seas of Turkey’s Aegean coast attract swarms of windsurfers every year. From total beginner to windsurfing pro, holiday providers like Neilson can tailor make packages that include expert tuition, courses and RYA qualifications to suit all abilities.
For wind surf fanatics wishing to take their own equipment away with them, check out this handy guide offering information on airline fees and baggage allowances.
4. Scuba in sunny Florida
Running alongside the chain of islands that make up the Florida Keys is the only living-coral barrier reef in the US. Rich with some of the world’s best marine life and dotted with ship wrecks dating back as far back as the 1700’s; it’s the perfect destination for scuba diving enthusiasts.
If you want to try your hand at diving for the first time there are plenty of scuba schools offering entry-level or ‘open water’ certification. The courses take between three to five days and include classroom work and training in a swimming pool before letting you loose to explore the reef.
5. Kite surfing in Morocco
Kite surfing is the world’s fastest growing water sport and there is no better place to try your hand at it than the shores of Morocco. Week long all inclusive kite surfing courses include all the kit, daily lessons and accommodation in a traditional Riad.
What’s more, when you’re not hitting the surf you can experience some magical Moroccan culture by visiting the infamous Souks or enjoying a relaxing hamman.