Best Water Sports & Destinations

G’day, mates! Still fighting the winter blues? Why not start planning your next South Pacific getaway? The best way to start planning is to start dreaming up destinations and activities you’d love! This week, we’re excited about all the best water sports you’ll find on your getaway, so we’ve put together a list of our favorite destinations for water sports and what to do there.

Fiji: Diving

Fiji Scuba Diving Vacations - Lionfish in a Coral Reef
Lionfish in a coral reef in Fiji

With a network of brilliant coral reefs, surrounding 333 islands and atolls, Fiji boasts hundreds of types of corals, sponges, over 1,000 species of fish, and an unparalleled diving experience, making it the soft coral capital of the world. Keep an eye out for grey reef sharks, hammerheads, manta rays, sea turtles, and loads of amazingly colorful fish. For a special treat, dive at the Somo Somo Straits to see the Rainbow Reef. If you love diving, check out our handcrafted Australia and Fiji diving itinerary designed by divers!

Islands of Tahiti: Snorkeling

Snorkeling with Magnificent Rays in the Islands of Tahiti
Snorkeling with a ray off the island of Moorea. Image: Tahiti Tourism

The Islands of Tahiti are generally known for their beaches and overwater bungalows, but the islands also feature shallow turquoise lagoon waters full of colorful marine life. Strap on your snorkel gear and enjoy swimming with gorgeous fishes, gigantic manta rays, schools of dolphins, and amazing (and harmless) sharks. Find yourself surrounded by walls of bright coral in the clearest blue waters.

Cook Islands: Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding in a Turquoise Cook Islands Lagoon
Paddleboarding in Aitutaki Lagoon. Image: Tourism Cook Islands

The calm, crystal-clear waters of Aitutaki Lagoon are a natural playground for the Cook Islands locals, and the perfect place to try your hand at paddleboarding! Drift along the tranquil lagoon and keep an eye out for colorful fish swimming beneath you.

Australia: Surfing

Surfing Vacations in Australia - Surfer on Parsons Beach
Surfer hitting the waves in Australia. Image: Tourism South Australia

Australia’s surf beaches are some of the best in the world, and home to first-class waves for all levels of surfing. With the Pacific Ocean in the east, the Indian Ocean in the west, and the Southern Ocean in the south, it’s no wonder Australia is a legendary surfing destination. If you’re looking for a fun, beginner’s-level surfing adventure, go out with our mates at Let’s Go Surfing! in Sydney or Byron Bay. You can even book a private surfing lesson for your family!

New Zealand: Dolphin Swimming

Swim with Dusky Dolphins in Kaikoura, New Zealand
Swim with adorable dusky dolphins in New Zealand. Image: Destination Kaikoura

New Zealand is home to many dolphin species, and one of the best experiences you should take advantage of is swimming with them! There are many places where you can enjoy dolphin watching and swimming, but our two favorites are Kaikoura with the Dusky Dolphins and Akaroa with the sweet little Hector’s Dolphins (the smallest dolphins in the world). Don’t worry, the cruise operators we recommend take great care to make sure the dolphins are comfortable, and they will only swim with humans if they want to.

What are you waiting for? Give us a call today and let us handcraft the getaway of a lifetime!