Sometimes lounging around on the sand and having a swim in the sea isn’t enough. Consider yourself one of those people who just want a little bit more out of the beach? Perhaps, you’re a bit of a daredevil and like your fair share of thrills and excitement during your holidays. If that’s the case, watersports should be on your list… Here are some of the top destinations you can visit for a true watersport experience.
A fantastic climate, great location and oh, plenty of watersports! That’s the Bahamas for you. Made up of just over 700 islands, there are colourful reefs, lush islands and turquoise waters to explore. Due to the vast majority of islands and the 180,000 square miles of water which lies between them, the Bahamas is perfect for sailing trips. Snorkelling is the highlight of many of these islands too with Grand Bahama being a favourite, thanks to its glowing white sands and crystalline waters. The coastal city of Freeport offers stunning coral reefs to explore, plus the Lucayan National Park which includes fascinating underwater caves.
Of course, at various beach resorts in the Bahamas, you’ll come across motorised watersports like jet-skiing, banana boating and paragliding. Aside from that, there’ll also be various opportunities to swim amongst the Bahamian marine life, be it fish, sharks, dolphins, string rays and even pigs! (If they count)! Pig Beach is great for snorkelling as well as having close-up encounters with these aqua-loving pigs.
Part of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is always a favourite when it comes to watersports. In fact, it hosts a wide range of competitions in relation to watersports. Fuerteventura is best known for windsurfing and surfing in particular, attracting both rookies and professionals from all around the globe. Beaches in Caleta de Fuste, Jandia and Corralejo have the perfect conditions for these watersports.
The island is known for being windy which in turn makes it a great destination for windsurfing. But this wind also helps to generate big Atlantic waves which are great for surfers.
On top of that, Fuerteventura is perfect for paddle boarding, sailing and kayaking too. In fact, it can be considered a watersport haven which isn’t too far from home!
Egypt is considered one of the elites when it comes to scuba diving. With the Red Sea making it to the top of numerous lists for watersports. Expect clear waters, vast lengths of intriguing reefs and leaps and bounds of stunning marine life. Whether you learn to scuba dive in Egypt itself or know how to before your visit, scuba diving in Egypt is perhaps one of the most fulfilling activities you can do.
However, if you prefer to try something slightly more extreme, have a go at kiteboarding during your Egypt holiday. Head to Colona Watersports Centre in Hurghada where you can make a start with the sport. There are shallow areas and calm waves which are perfect conditions for beginners.
A European favourite for watersports, Portugal is filled with numerous spots which are renowned hotspots for watersports. Head to the Algarve in the south, Porto in the north or the capital of Lisbon for a range of fun activities in the water.
Nazaré in Portugal is known for experiencing record-breaking waves, which has attracted loads of professional surfers to the area. In fact, it holds the record for the biggest wave ever surfed by Garret McNamara. Other spots like Ericeira, Peniche and Cascais along Portugal’s western coast are also popular spots for surfing.
Although, Portugal is best-known for its surfing, there are a variety of watersports you can try along its coasts. Aside from the usual jet-skiing and windsurfing, why not have a go at kayaking? The Rio Mondego river offers a great introductory experience, making it great for those who have never tried the sport before. On the other hand, the Algarve offers visitors the opportunity of a sea-kayaking experience. Thanks to the coastline’s dramatic and unique cliffs and caves, sea-kayaking along Portugal’s southern coast is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.
For watersports in Spain, a visit to the southern region of Andalucia is a must! Spain’s southern coast offers a wide variety of watersports from jet-skiing to surfing. Costa del Sol’s Nerja is a great choice for motorised sports like jet-skiing and banana boating as well as tranquil sea-kayaking. Keeping close to the rocks and cliffs of Nerja’s rugged coastline, you’ll also discover a small waterfall along the route.
Costa de la Luz is yet another Spanish delight when it comes to watersports. Whether it’s Tarifa or Cádiz, hop on a surfboard and get out into the waves, as you have a go at trying to stay on your board for as long as possible.
If you’re interested in kitesurfing during your holiday in Spain, Tarifa is the place to do it. There are quite a few schools and centres which are more than willing to teach beginners to the sport.
The Cape Verde Islands are very similar to the Canaries in that they benefit from a sea breeze. Making them yet another top destination for water sport activities. The island of Sal is a great choice for adrenaline-infused fun on the water.
Kite-surfing and wind surfing are ideal in Cape Verde, thanks to that all-important sea breeze that the islands experience. Plus, you might want to get onto the recent trend of fly-boarding which is great fun in Cape Verde due to its calm waters.
We can’t be discussing top watersports destinations without a mention of the beautiful Maldives. The sheer beauty of the Maldives is enough to make you book a plane right now. But with unbelievably clear lagoons and colourful reefs, there’s no wonder that there are plenty of excursions and watersports available in these islands too.
Once you’ve picked one of the many luxurious resorts in the Maldives, you’ll no doubt come across plenty of opportunities to get out into the water and explore. If you’ve ever seen a picture or video of the Maldives, it’ll come as no surprise that snorkelling is one of the most popular watersports out there. Crystalline waters, thriving marine life and unique reefs mean snorkelling in these waters is an experience you don’t want to pass on.
Many resorts also feature world-class scuba diving centres and the Maldives is definitely somewhere you’ll want to get right into the depths of. For something more laid back, hop on a boat and sail around the islands’ waters… it is peace and tranquillity at its finest.