Whether it’s surfing, scuba diving, jet ski-riding or waterskiing, be sure to pack your wetsuit when next making travel plans because the world is full of fabulous places to enjoy some leisure time on the water. Here’s a glimpse of the top five water sport locations around the world to get your travel plans started.
The Whitsundays, Australia
Scuba diving, jet skiing and boating are all staple activities in this fabulous location that is a prominent fixture of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Take in one of the Seven Wonders of the World by diving into the reef and see some of the most amazing coral on the planet or enjoy the yachting that is a mainstay of the region.
If speed is more your thing, then this is a jet skiing and boating paradise with the 74 Whitsunday Islands as either your destination or backdrop. For equipment and inspiration, check out websites such as JSW Powersports.
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Another great Southern hemisphere watersports location is Milford Sound, on New Zealand’s South Island. An ideal kayaking location, it features the spectacular scenery of vast mountains and the chance of meeting penguins, dolphins or seals. Milford Sound is also home to Mitre Peak, which stands at 1,682m and rises more than a kilometre out of the waters of the fjord.
Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Head to Hawaii, the home of surfing, and ride the world-renowned waves of Oahu. Oahu boasts hundreds of fabulous spots to catch a wave, with the North Shore well recognised for its rolling winter swells. A must-do for surf pros and casual surfers alike, the region boasts consistently warm water temperatures.
One of the most spectacular windsurfing locations in the world, Dakhla is situated on a 40 kilometre peninsula in the Western Sahara region of Morocco. The peninsula shelters the Bay of Dakhla from the Atlantic Ocean, meaning the region boasts fabulous beaches, waves, a 48km-long lake and spectacular desert scenery all in one location. Surfing and wake boarding are also catered for, making this a water sports paradise set in one of the most striking locations on earth.
The French Riviera
The French Riviera has long been a haven for those seeking to holiday on the water and it has the sporting facilities to match its fun-loving heritage. From diving to power boating, and kitesurfing to water skiing, the French Riviera is the ultimate water lover’s playground. While the summer season is the most popular time to visit the Mediterranean, the French Riviera has a great climate all year round. And should you become waterlogged, there’s a host of land activities and sights to also take your fancy.
Whether you’re looking to embrace the popular water sports locations or find a new paradise somewhere a little more off the beaten track, there’s fabulous water sports destinations across the globe. Once you’ve picked that destination, the question is what other than a wetsuit do you need to pack for the trip?