If you think holidaying by the water should about a bit more than lying on the beach and taking the odd dip in the sea, then a water sports activity holiday could be for you. You’ll be able to get your thrills both above and below the water, while taking in beautiful surroundings, and you’ll get a unique handle on local culture, too.
Bypass the beach and dive straight into the action on an all singing, all dancing water bound adventure.
One of the best things about water sports multi activity holidays is that you can throw yourself into something new every day instead of focusing on one particular pursuit for an entire week, and there’s time to pick up new skills as well as perfect old ones. You could, for example, go snorkelling and river rafting in Croatia, wild swimming and canyoning in France or learn how to dive and windsurf in the Maldives. Read our water sports multi activity holidays guide for further inspiration.


What types of water based activity are there?

Messing about in boats is high on the agenda, with kayaking a common feature, whether it be on rivers, lakes, through Caribbean mangroves or along stretches of Croatian coastline. White water rafting often puts in an appearance too, or, for something a little gentler, sailing pops up on several itineraries. You might also get to climb, scramble, slide and swim your way through gorges and caves with a bit of canyoning; or steer yourself about the waves with paddle boarding, kitesurfing, windsurfing or just plain old surfing. Snorkelling and diving are also popular, with options on offer for beginners and qualified divers.
For a gentler experience there’s wild swimming in lakes and rivers. For something a little offbeat, coasteering is a blend of shore scrambling, wave riding, cave exploring and cliff jumping.

How tough are they?

Water sports multi activity holidays range from easy to challenging. A decent level of fitness is required for most trips as you’ll be keeping active all day, and for the most part, you’ll need to be able to swim. On some trips you’ll spend the night in comfortable hotels and lodges, with plenty of time to rest and the option to do as little or as much as you like; whereas on others you’ll move from place to place, with an action-packed schedule to keep you going.

Our top Water sports multi activity Holiday

Activity holiday in Montenegro

Activity holiday in Montenegro

An active villa holiday at stunning Lake Skadar, Montenegro

From £745 to £845 7 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2023: 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 22 Oct
2024: 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 28 Apr, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 2 Jun, 9 Jun, 16 Jun, 23 Jun, 30 Jun, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 28 Jul, 4 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct
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Small group or tailor made?

Joining a group of around six to 12 others means you don’t have to worry about the nitty gritty. You get the services of an expert guide who knows all the secret spots and can make sure that all the activities run smoothly. Plus, there’s the added bonus of sharing your experiences with a group of likeminded travellers – and there’s nothing like a day of thrills, aches and pains to help with the bonding experience!

The advantage of taking a tailor made tour is that the activities can be adapted to suit you and any other members of your party. You choose your destination, your accommodation and the activities you would like to do and then hand the organisation over to your tour operator. You’ll be able to go at your own pace and won’t have to worry about keeping up with the group.

Are they family friendly?

Many operators offer water sports multi activity holidays aimed at families; each will have their own minimum age. Small group tours are best suited to teenagers, who will appreciate having others of a similar age to socialise with. If you’re travelling with younger children, then a tailor made holiday including gentle kayaking, sailing and snorkelling tours and bypassing some of the more adventurous activities is probably your best bet.

Nomadic or centre based?

If you prefer to go out on adventures every day safe in the knowledge that you’re returning to the same place, then a centre based holiday allows you time for water based fun, without the hassle of packing and unpacking. Alternatively, a nomadic holiday will allow you to stay in a variety of accommodation and your bags will usually be transferred for you. This can put you within reach of different settings, coastal and inland, for your water sports holiday.
Written by Nana Luckham
Photo credits: [Page banner: Dudarev Mikhail] [What types?: Filip Mroz] [Small group or tailor made?: Phuket@photographer.net] [Nomadic or centre based?: Spencer Watson]