10 Exhilarating Water Sport Excursions
December 2016 | By Susan Milne | 4 minute read |
You’re surrounded by some of the world’s most spectacular beaches, lagoons and reefs while on the islands of the South Pacific and Indian Ocean so it's easy to add some fun and rewarding water sports to your vacation activities. We've lined up 10 of the best places to enjoy water sports while vacationing on these incredible islands.
Swim with rays, Bora Bora, Society Islands
A short ride on a covered boat brings you to the barrier reef of Bora Bora where conditions are ideal for swimming or snorkeling. There are numerous rays here for a whimsical experience in the clear waters as you swim with these elegant creatures in their natural environment. In the shadow of the lush mountains, with views of this stunning island, this is a true paradise!
A top spot thanks to its remarkable atolls, lagoons, coral gardens and rich collection of Indian Ocean marine life. The natural aquarium starts just off the beach in these unique islands. Snorkel right from your overwater bungalow, at the unspoiled white-sand beach at your resort or take a full day, guided excursion for some of the best snorkeling in the world.
Paddle Boarding, Vanuatu
Stand up paddle boards are popping up everywhere and what better place for it than the warm, pristine waters of Vanuatu. Learn the techniques from accredited teachers and local staff. Enjoy the ride from town to the lagoon with sampling local food part of the adventure. Some operators will greet cruise ship passengers at the pier for a rewarding shore excursion.
Outrigger Canoe rides, Tahiti
The South Pacific was settled by Polynesians in outrigger canoes so what better way to celebrate your visit than to experience this characteristic mode of travel. Enjoy a scenic three-hour ride to learn the correct paddling technique. For an in-depth experience, take an eight-day outrigger canoe expedition to Moorea packed with adventure and cultural heritage.
Diving, Rangiroa, Society Islands
One of the world's top dive sites, Rangiroa is the second largest atoll in the world. An abundance of colorful fish can be seen in the lagoon but it is the drift dives at the two ocean passes that make this a special dive destination. See sharks, surgeon fish, Napoleon wrasse, grouper, turtles, eels and more at Tiputa Pass and Avatoru Pass.
Cruises to secluded islands, Fiji
Sailing adventures in Fiji are a wow experience. Sailing ships and catamarans sail the calm waters to secluded, uninhabited islands for lunch and beach time or call at a fabulous resort to enjoy the activities. Leisurely days on 3–7-night sailings take you to tropical islands, private lagoons and magnificent beaches for swimming, snorkeling or diving in clear blue waters.
Deep Sea Fishing, Seychelles
Recreational and sport fishermen call this a top destination for Indian Ocean species all year round. World records have been set here in some of the richest fishing grounds anywhere. Salt water fly-fishing has also become popular at the shallow flats of the Outer Islands. Half day, full day and overnight trips and charters are available to please all levels of expertise.
Take off into the sky from the water for an invigorating ride that offers fabulous views. Classed as recreational kiting, you are lifted by a canopy wing that resembles a parachute while towed behind a boat. Get the experience of flying while in Fiji on trips as short as 10 minutes. You can go solo or with one or two other people. Sure to give you an adrenalin rush!
Windsurfing, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Enjoy great wind conditions on a spectacular lagoon for fun in the sun in the Cook Islands. Operators guarantee you will be up and windsurfing in one lesson. Some even have a simulator for you to try first! The Cooks are not great for surfing but ideal for windsurfing along with a range of other water sports and lagoon cruises.
Sea Kayaking, Mauritius
This fun sport lets you discover the nature of Mauritius as you paddle from the clear lagoon to the mangroves of ile d'ambre. The historical bay of Mahebourg and its islets are another rewarding place to go. Take a kayaking course, enjoy a single excursion or a four or six-day expedition. This is a great island for experiencing this exciting sport!