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Water Adventures to Explore When Traveling

Travel broadens the horizons and offers ample opportunities to explore new cultures and cuisines and take in the beauty of the natural world. While land-based attractions such as national parks, historical sites, and scenic drives offer travelers a range of unique experiences, the appeal of water adventures should not be overlooked.

From serene waters that soothe the soul to the exhilaration and thrill of rushing rapids, the water offers a variety of adventures to suit every taste and appetite. In this article, we have picked a selection of water-based activities to explore to help make your next trip as memorable and as enjoyable as possible.

Water-Based Activities

Sailing to Santa Catalina Island makes for a fun water adventure (photo: Luke Bender)
Santa Catalina Island (photo: Luke Bender)


What better way to leave your cares behind and bring peace to your mind than by setting sail on a boundless sea?

Floating along on a gentle tide, under the auspices of the setting sun or a starry night sky, can bring a profound sense of tranquility and oneness with Mother Nature.

From catamarans and dinghies to schooners and sloops, your choice of sailboat is endless. Each vehicle has a specific design and capabilities based on speed, comfort, performance, and more.

By researching your options, you can find a vessel that meets your needs, offering you a unique sailing experience on your future travels. 

Water Sports

If you are searching for something to get your pulse racing, a water sports activity could be what you need. Jet skiing allows you to race across the water at high speeds in your personalized watercraft while you deftly navigate the tides and explore the vastness of the open water.

Whether you enjoy the speed and spray solo or with a passenger at the back, jet skiing offers a sense of adventure and freedom that can rarely be experienced elsewhere.

Why not try water skiing or wakeboarding to heighten the adrenaline rush a little more? Both these activities are more physically demanding, testing your strength, balance, and maneuverability on the water as you are aided by a ski or wakeboarding boat.

Boats and tropical fish off the coast of Jupiter, FL (photo: Chase Baker)
Off the coast of Jupiter, FL (photo: Chase Baker)

Snorkeling or Diving

Explore the breathtaking beauty and wonder of the aquatic realm through snorkeling or diving. These activities will allow you to immerse yourself in the vibrant display of colors and underwater creatures that grace our oceans and sea beds.

From intricate coral reefs and kaleidoscopes of tropical fish to majestic sea animals such as manta rays, dolphins, and jellyfish, the mesmeric landscape of the world beneath the ocean will leave you wanting more.

Shark Diving

For those seeking some added excitement and adventure, you may wish to consider shark diving. This activity can be done in open water or with a cage, bringing you close to these magnificent and formidable marine creatures.

While this can be an unforgettable experience, it is essential to do your research and choose a reputable operator who regularly undertakes dives to the same location and has an excellent record of safe and successful dives.

Whether exploring uncharted waters on a sailboat or ripping up the tides on a jet ski, water-based activities and adventures can be a great way to inject some fun and excitement into your travels while opening you up to a world of new experiences.


This story is published in partnership with Moomba Boats.

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