Surf 'n' Paddle: Top Watersports Holidays to Take in 2022

Not one for lounging on the beach? Pack your holiday with watersports on these adventurous trips.
Jo Fernandez
5 May 2023
Watersports holidays make for a thrill of a trip, whether you’re whitewater rafting on jungle rapids, surfing ocean waves or stand-up paddleboarding with penguins. You don’t have to be an expert either, just ready to enjoy the challenge of immersing yourself in the water. You’ll feel more alive, get fitter and bond with like-minded individuals on our small-group adventures, packed with multiple opportunities for a range of adventurous watersports.
1 . Zipline, whitewater raft and surf your way around Costa Rica

Fans of adrenaline-fuelled activities are already catered for here – add in dreamy scenery filled with sloths, hummingbirds and frogs, and how could you not go misty-eyed over Costa Rica? Spanning soft-sand beaches backed by jungle, still-smoking volcanoes and rainforest, Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. On our nine-day outdoor odyssey, you’ll discover that there’s nowhere better to zipline and whitewater raft through jungle, learn to cook healthy rice-and-beans-based cuisine, and surf the Pacific Ocean.

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2 . Raft the Seti River rapids and row the country's second-largest lake in Nepal

If your idea of heaven is camping in a remote valley, dust your backpack down. On this action-packed 11-day trip, you’ll whitewater raft along the easy Seti River rapids, take a rowboat across the second-largest lake in Nepal and hike rugged trails through hilltop villages. Keeping that activity up, you’ll take to the water again for a canoe ride through Chitwan National Park. Then, talking to an Everest climber who’s scaled the heights of the highest mountain in the world will be an unforgettable finale.

Next available from16 Sep 2023
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3 . Snorkel with turtles and dive to underwater statues in Bali

Does snorkelling with 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 to your active 12-day Balinese break, and you have watersports galore.

Next available from17 Jun 2023
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Bespoke Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Bespoke Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

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