These are the 27 best water sports around the world

We asked our readers to name their favorite water sports earlier this spring. We wanted to know what the next step should be! We had to decide whether we should go kitesurfing or kayaking. We decided to go kayaking, so we took a 10-day sea kayaking trip in Croatia.

We look forward to our next adventure on water. We came up with a list that we think is unique and our favorite water sports from all over the globe when we were thinking about our next adventure.

Water Sports around the World

These thrilling adventures are available around the globe to add excitement to your next travels.

1. Kayaking in Antarctica

Although we have done many kayaking trips around the globe, nothing compares to Antarctica. One of our most memorable experiences was kayaking through brashice and seeing leopard seals, humpback whales and gentoo penguins.

You can paddle silently through this last frontier of earth, so you can get close enough to the wildlife to touch them. You will feel like you are in heaven as you paddle through fields of giant glaciers and icebergs, while admiring the stunning coastline of ancient glaciers.

2. White Water Rafting Class 5 Rapids New Zealand

White water rafting in New Zealand’s class 5 rapids is a great way to get more thrills. There are many water sports available in New Zealand, the adventure capital of this country. Although expert guides can help you navigate the large water, you still need to work.

To make it to the end, you must focus and paddle hard. You need to be ready to listen to your guide and brace yourself when he shouts “get down!”. One wrong move could land you in the freezing glacial waters. Just like me! Amazing watersport.

3. Mexico – Swimming with Whale Sharks

This is one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have. You can swim with whale sharks and get up close to the largest fish in the world!

These graceful giants can reach forty feet in length and are very fast. Swimming alongside them is exhausting. It is worth the effort to watch their fins and eyes cut effortlessly through turquoise waters.

4. Swimming with Horses – Jamaica


This is without doubt one of the most amazing things we have ever done in the ocean. Jamaica is known for its horses who love to swim. You don’t have to worry if your horses don’t like to swim. They aren’t being forced into it. Horses love to cool off in the water, so this is an excellent opportunity to try.

5. Kite surfing – Maui

Kitesurfing is one of the most exciting water sports around and an excellent way to add excitement to your travels. It was great fun to learn how to kitesurf in Maui. Kite surfing is a great sport all over the globe. If you can master it, you will be able kite surf anywhere you go during your travels.

6. Self Drive Zodiac Adventure – Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska is where you can spot humpback whales. It also has a large population of bald Eagles. There is no better way to experience these amazing creatures than by piloting your own zodiac.

You can zip through the bay in your driver’s seat, and then follow your Alaskan guide along rugged coastline. Here you will see salmon farms and totem poles. And you’ll experience the life of a true pioneer by stopping for an outdoor cookout to roast marshmallows over an open flame.

7. Canyoning in Jordan

Imagine yourself rappelling down a waterfall 30 meters high and then sliding down huge boulders in the middle a swift river. This is a watersport. This is what canyoning in Jordan is all for.

You can take a break from the Dead Sea by heading over to Wadi Mujib, where you will be able to hike through an amazing canyon system. This trek is about getting wet so bring a waterproof camera.

You can walk along the river, climbing over rocks and floating in the current.

8. Kayaking with Beluga Whales in Canada


While most people visit Churchill Manitoba to view polar bears and other wildlife, there are also amazing water adventures to be had. You can take a kayak out to the harbour and see the thousands of adorable beluga whales that migrate through the area. They are curious and playful and will stop by your boat to say hello.

9. Whitewater Kayaking Canada

Whitewater kayaking is one of the most exciting watersports you can do. Yes, we have run rapids in kayaks and are proficient at the roll!

Canada’s Madawaska River is a great place to learn. It is also where our Canadian kayak team trains. We have conquered this course.

10. Helmet Walk – Australia

Scuba diving is a great watersport, but the most fun and unique way to go is to wear a helmet and walk through the Great Barrier Reef. No corral was hurt during our helmet walk. We kept to the cage and sand while having fun under the water.

11. Great White Shark Cage Diving in South Africa


Cage diving with great white sharks in South Africa was one of the most amazing underwater experiences. The sighting of the world’s most powerful predator is a great way to spread awareness about shark conservation and the importance of protecting them. It was an unforgettable experience to watch them swim by the cage.

12. Great Whites and Cage Diving in South Australia

Another cave diving adventure was taken in South Australia. It was quite an experience. They chum the water in South Africa with fish guts to attract sharks. However, sharks are attracted to Australia by sound. While we waited for the sharks, we played air guitar and blared the music from the boat.

13. America’s Cup Yachting – New Zealand

Have you ever wanted to sail a multi-million dollar yacht? It’s romantic! You can now book a tour aboard a yacht from America’s Cup that was actually awarded the event in New Zealand! It’s possible to experience every aspect. It’s hard work, but it is possible!

14. Surfing in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is the best place to learn how to surf, but you are scared of the huge waves. Surfing in Sri Lanka is a favorite activity of ours, with perfect conditions for beginners as well as excellent waves for rodeo competitors.

Local guides will show you the ropes and allow you to spend hours on the Hikkaduwa beaches. We were able to catch waves, unlike other places where we tried to balance on the board. With a gentle break and sandy beach, we only had a few bruises and cuts.

15. Outrigger Canoe Hawaii

This is canoeing with an added twist. You’ll have a great cultural experience and eat well in Hawaii. You will learn how ancient Polynesians navigated through the stars and how to paddle this ocean canoe. This is one of the most unusual watersports you can try in the United States.

16. Take the Polar Bear and Polar Bear Plunge

Jumping into freezing water, whether it’s in Antarctica and the Arctic, is the ultimate way to brag. We all know that we have taken the polar plunge at both ends of the globe. It is hard to match someone who has bravely jumped into sub-zero waters. Note that salt water freezes at -2 degrees Celsius.

17. Canoe Safari in Canada

Although there are many canoe routes throughout Canada, our favorite place to portage in Algonquin Park (Ontario) is our favourite. Navigating through the Canadian Wilderness can be difficult, but you will almost always encounter a moose.

You can make your trip as long as you want. With 1200km of streams and rivers connecting to 2400 lakes, it’s an adventure for outdoor enthusiasts. You can find campsites scattered across its 7653 km where you can get away from everything while enjoying its amazing beauty.

The stunning landscape of Algonquin Park is so beautiful that the Group of Seven, a group of famous artists, dedicated their lives painting it.

18. Parasailing – Key West


This is the ultimate couch potato water sports. You just need to strap in a parachutist and be taken out to sea by the captain. Parasailing can be a lot of fun than you thought. Try it and see the beach from the air.

19. Explore Cenotes – Mexico’s Underground Rivers

Swimming in an underground cave in Mexico is something that’s unbeatable. Cenotes are amazing underwater systems that are constantly being discovered. You can dive into cenotes, snorkel in them and rappel into them when you visit the Yucatan Peninsula. You must visit them when you travel to Cancun and Playa Del Carmen.

20. Cliff Jumping – New Zealand

Whitewater rafting trips are a great way to learn how to cliff jump. You’re required to wear your life jackets so that you can jump without any problems. It’s amazing to cliff jump, and landing in the freezing glacier water will blow your mind (in more than one way).

21. Swimming with Dolphins in Australia

After cage diving with great-white sharks in South Australia we went to the ocean the next day to swim alongside dolphins. It was somewhat unsettling to realize that we were in water where great white sharks are found. Even our guide wore a shark repellent device to his ankle. It seems that sharks don’t like dolphins when they are around. This was our best dolphin encounter to date!

22. Snorkeling in The Galapagos

Scuba diving with wildlife in the Galapagos Islands is unlike anything else. You will be able to swim with sharks, play with sea lions and see marine iguanas feeding while snorkeling in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands. See more: Photos of Unique Galapagos Islands Animals

The Galapagos Islands, which are known for being one of the best places to spot wildlife underwater, is a well-known place. The sea lions love to have someone to play with, and turtles glide along without even realizing you’re there. The marine life is strong and healthy thanks to a diverse ecosystem. You don’t need to be concerned about swimming with the Galapagos Sharks as they won’t even pay any attention.

23. SUP – Costa Rica


We stand up paddle board everywhere. It was a unique experience to paddle in the turquoise waters off Costa Rica. It was the ideal spot to explore and paddle in the calm waters of these isolated islands.

24. Jet Boating – Iguazu Falls

Jet boating can be a thrilling activity anywhere. But, it’s even more exciting to get in a boat and go under the largest waterfalls on the planet. The most adrenaline-pumping jet boat adventure we’ve ever experienced is at Iguazu Falls, Brazil.

25. Niagara Jet Boat

The Niagara Jet Boat Tour comes in second. The Niagara Jet Boat Tour takes you to the Niagara River’s unnavigable Class 6 Rapids, which are located just below Niagara Falls. It will make your heart beat fast. It is quite terrifying to imagine that, if the motors fail you will be swept into the whirlpool and never seen again.

26. Explore the Hongs of Thailand

You can even better appreciate the stunning karst formations in Southern Thailand by kayak. You can enter one of the caves to reach the Andaman Sea’s heart by paddling through a tunnel.

You’ll be able to see the lagoon from where you emerged in the darkness. It is surrounded by lush jungle and high cliffs. You should paddle at night to see the phosphorescence algae glow with every stroke.

27. Felucca on Egypt’s Nile

The mystical Nile River is a place full of legends. Nothing feels more timeless than hiring a Felucca for this historic passage.

You’ll have the opportunity to steer the boat as you travel by ancient marvels. This is possible if you rent your private Felucca Tour in Aswan. You should be aware that if one of these goes down, the captain will have to return the boat to the dock.

A larger cruise line may appeal to you, but a luxury liner is a better choice.

These are some of our favourite water activities and adventures all over the globe.

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