For many of us, a holiday is only a holiday if there is a beach to sun bathe on. Others require more stimulation than getting lost in a good book with glass of something cool on hand. So for those of you always looking for fun activities, here’s a great combination of sand and action.
Enjoy this list of ten beach activities and where to do them.
1. Snorkeling – El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
El Nido in the province of Palawan, is a quiet little community which faces the sparkling sea and is cradled by a backdrop of dark, majestic limestone cliffs. Because it is made up of 45 islands and islets, island hopping is very popular. Many of the areas offer some of the best opportunities for snorkeling, walking off white sand beaches in to crystal-clear waters. (Snorkeling, photo courtesy of VirtualTourist.com member Michael_baldwin)
2. Fossil Hunting – Lyme Regis, Dorset Coast, United Kingdom
Travellers seeking an unusual beach activity could consider visiting Lyme Regis on the Dorset Coast, home to the World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coastline. Visitors to the beach have found a variety of amazing fossils, including giant marine reptiles, crinoids, ammonites and even dinosaur remains. The quantity and quality of finds over the last 200 years have made Lyme Regis popular with explorers of every age.
3 Seaplaning – Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
Whitehaven Beach offers some of the most crystal clear aqua waters and white sand beaches you will ever see. And to truly experience it, climb aboard a seaplane adventure. By air, you will see some of the most amazing views of the Whitsunday Islands National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Your plane lands in the water where you practically jump from your seat in to the ocean to enjoy the warm waters.
4. Paddleboarding – Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Known as a luxurious honeymoon destination, few locales offer the bright blues and calm disposition of Bora Bora’s lagoon. The flat conditions are ideal for a first-timer, and paddlers frequently spot manta rays in the lagoon, since it has visibility up to a staggering 150 feet!
5. Scuba Diving– Sharm El Skeikh, Egypt
The reefs of Sharm el Sheikh in the Red Sea are a divers’ paradise. In addition to having relatively warm waters all year long, low rainfall and mild currents allow excellent visibility, in some places up to 150 feet. As one of the saltiest seas in the world, a large variety of endemic species can be found here including the bright yellow Masked Butterfly fish, the Red Sea Flasher Wrasse and the Picasso Triggerfish, which lives up to its name by resembling a picture of the painter, among others.
6. Swimming – Varadero Beach, Cuba
Some people say Varadero Beach is the best beach in the Caribbean – some statement. With its sugary-white sandy beach, turquoise clear water, and warm water temperatures year round, it’s easy to see why. The calm waters make swimming here a favourite pastime for all levels.
7. Sailing, British Virgin Islands
If you’re looking to venture out in to the open waters by sailboat, then the British Virgin Islands is for you. With 25 jaw-dropping islands in reach, checking out new land by boat has never been more fun. Whether you’re a first time sailor, or a seasoned captain, consistent trade winds, long, sunny days and beautiful views make BVI a sailor’s paradise.
8. Surfing, Inchydoney Island, County Cork, Ireland
County Cork has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Ireland and the beach on Inchydoney Island is no exception. It recently received Blue Flag status by the Foundation for Environmental Education, meaning it is acknowledged for its high environment and quality standards. The seemingly endless beach and reliable tides make it a perfect place to learn to surf.
9. Catch and Release Fishing, Glover’s Reef Atoll, Belize
Glover’s Reef Atoll just off of Belize is considered to be the prototypic atoll in the Caribbean and is also the best developed biologically. It contains the greatest range of reef type and is home to a variety of sea life including three species of sea turtles, eight species of sharks and rays, more than 20 species of aggregating reef fish, and numerous species of coral. Fishing can be enjoyed year-round, but because the area is now a Marine Preserve, it’s catch and release only.
10. Canoeing – Pemba Island, Zanzibar
Pemba is a genuine, remote tropical island just off the east coast of Africa. While there are amazing beaches, Pemba is most noted for its mangrove swamps. For a great sense of adventure try hopping aboard a canoe and exploring what nature has to offer. While floating along the endless channels, you’ll be able to watch rivers disappear deep into the bush and spot birds and fish endemic to the area. You’ll soon see why some say no other place in Africa can provide the same sense of adventure.
These ideas have been generated by the members and editors of travel website and community VirtualTourist.com. Whether you want to get in the water, or do an activity on top of or near it, VirtualTourist members have recommendations for it all.