If you’re bored of doing the same thing each year, why not take the opportunity to try something new this summer? Watersport themed holidays can offer the perfect middle ground between adrenaline-fuelled adventure and simply messing about in boats. Here are a few ideas below.
There are numerous ways to have an adventure on the open water. Chances are you’ve tried classics such as jet skiing, speed boating and body boarding – but that doesn’t mean you’ve exhausted all your possibilities. Not by a long shot. Have you thought about kayaking in Fiji? Or surfing in Mozambique? And if you’re looking for something truly adventurous, you could do a lot worse than canyoning in the Azores, a wild, rugged Portuguese archipelago situated in the Atlantic some 900 miles away from the European mainland.
Similarly, the possibilities here are pretty much endless and a lot will depend on the extent to which you are prepared to step out of your comfort zone. If swimming with killer whales in Norway doesn’t float your boat (excuse the pun) then perhaps diving for manta rays in the Maldives might provide a safer option. If you’re based in Europe, meanwhile, don’t go thinking you need to head all the way over to the Antipodes for some dolphin swimming, as you might do just as well diving on the Gulf of Corinth in Greece. Scuba diving at Yolanda Reef, Egypt’s first and best-kept National Park, remains a perennial favourite.
There will be many people who object to fishing occupying a separate category to adventure sports, but I suppose it all depends on the size of the fish… Fishing charters can be an excellent way to go out onto the water with some expert advice at hand, while very few serious anglers would be able to resist the prospect of fishing on the Persian Gulf. The UAE has a long fishing season, stretching from October to May, and its geographical location means that it is home to a wide variety of fish. The Dubai fishing scene is growing in popularity, with anglers seeking out species such as queenfish, king mackerel and yellowfin tuna. If you are hoping to catch a barracuda, you can reel them in all year round!