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.
Get under the skin of South Africa with this 10-day trip from the Western to the Eastern Cape. Mixing cultural and sporty activities with longed-for sights, you’ll never forget climbing Table Mountain or stand-up paddleboarding with penguins. And who doesn’t want to taste the varieties on offer in the Stellenbosch Winelands or sigh over sightings of whales, sharks and dolphins on a marine safari? The icing on the cake of this watersports holiday is a Big Five game drive and river safari at the Amakhala Game Reserve.
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.
Hiking the valley-laden Atlas Mountains and surfing off the Atlantic coast of Morocco are memories to make and treasure. But there’s more: our six-day sojourn reveals the pink-tinged imperial city of Marrakech, whose labyrinthine medina and romantic Islamic architecture will steal your heart. Then it’s up into mountaintop Berber villages for sweet mint tea, scenic hikes and cooling swims. In the cool, coastal fishing village of Taghazout, you’ll surf as the sun sets, practise yoga as it rises and feast on tagine by a cooling waterfall.
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.