Surf 'n' Paddle: Top Watersports Holidays to Take

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Not one for lounging on the beach? Make a splash on your travel plans with these adventurous trips in some of the world’s best watersports destinations.

There’s something majestic about the sheer power of a large body of water. Harnessing that power, be it on a surf board or a kayak, is thrilling. So slide into a wetsuit and get ready to kayaking, snorkelling, whitewater rafting and surfing on these small-group Culture Trips.

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Whitewater raft and surf your way around Costa Rica

You can go from the serene to the adrenaline-pumping in no time here, whether you’re in the geothermal hotspots of Arenal or the Pacific coastline of Tamarindo. Meanwhile, we challenge even the most stoic traveller to not go misty-eyed over the cloud forests of Monteverde. Our eight-day Costa Rica trip is not short on adventure, with highlights including waterfall dips in Arenal, whitewater rafting down Tenorio River and an optional surf lesson in Tamarindo. Refuel with an authentic Costa Rican cooking class, and soothe those well-worked muscles in the natural hot springs of Arenal Volcano National Park.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

San Jose, Costa Rica

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ENDS AT

Tamarindo, Provincia De Guanacaste

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Snorkel with turtles and dive to underwater statues in Bali

Does snorkelling with sea turtles, swimming in waterfalls and surfing sound like heaven? How about sunrise hikes with a blessing at sacred temples? Cool off in the lush rainforest that’s home to the Banyumala waterfalls, then sample nasi bungkus – you’ll try your hand at making your own version of this banana-leaf staple after an aerial yoga session. Off the coast of Gili Trawangan, snorkel among hawksbill and green turtles, dipping down to see the dreamlike, life-size stone statues on the seabed. Add a surf lesson in Canggu to your active 12-day Balinese break, and you have a watersports retreat like no other.

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Bali, Indonesia

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Bali, Indonesia

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Go canyoning and abseiling down waterfalls in the Azores

Islands are perfect for watersports, and nowhere is that more true than in this remarkable Atlantic archipelago off the coast of Portugal. Its rugged volcanic landscapes make it the perfect adventure playground for adrenaline junkies. On our six-day tour you’ll cycle around and kayak across the surreal crater lakes of Sete Cidades, go whale-watching on an optional marine safari and splash around in waterfall rock pools. The real watersports enthusiasts will love day four the most, as we head to the subtropical forests of Ribeira dos Caldeirõesas to go abseiling across waterfalls and canyoning down slippery ravines. Toast your adventurous achievements in the evening with a cocktail making class and a soak in some geothermal hot springs.

From US$1928

Next available from 23rd Jun 2024

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STARTS AT

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal

DURATION

6

GROUP SIZE

8

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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This is an updated version of an article originally written by Jo Fernandez.

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