5 water sports to do on your next backpacking trip

The refreshing freedom of backpacking is the perfect escapism from the stress and drama of everyday life. Here is a list of water sports that serve as great pastimes, and which have been compiled taking into consideration different budget ranges.


When you think of water sports, the easiest example that comes to mind is surfing. It is hard to think of a simpler yet more thrilling experience than riding waves. 

The only equipment necessary is a surfboard which needs some consideration if you are taking up surfing for the first time. There are 2 elements to consider when purchasing a beginner surfboard. Firstly, the material in which the board is made of. 

Three categories of surfboards exist in terms of construction; Fibreglass, Epoxy, and Soft-top boards. Soft top boards are recommended for beginners. Your safety and that of those around you is of key importance. 

The level of wipe-outs experienced by a beginner are inevitably high, therefore soft-top boards are advisable due to their softer outer-core making the risk of injury a less likely prospect. 

The benefits do not stop there, soft-top boards are more durable compared to the boards made with more advanced materials. 

Therefore, saving on repair costs that could have been incurred. With the safety and durability that comes with the board you get economical prices as these boards go for as little as 60 dollars on amazon. 

In most cases you’ll be able to rent a soft top surfboard at the surf camp or surf school in whichever country you decide to surf in. Soft top surfboards are now commonplace in almost all surf camps and surf schools around the world including world famous surf destinations like Costa Rica.

Scuba Diving

Another fun option is deep sea diving. Now unlike surfing, there is a lot more admin that comes with diving as there are prerequisites that come with it. Diving lessons are a must. You need to be familiar with how to use the equipment, safety under the water, and knowledge about dealing with water pressure and the effect it has on your body. 

A nod from the doctor is also in order. There are certain medical conditions that may hinder your diving ability including pregnancy, heart and breathing problems, hay fever, and seasickness. If you are not confident that diving is for you and as such you do not have the willpower to meet all these requirements, some diving schools will allow you to dive for a day without committing to the full course.

Jet skiing

For the less sporty and technologically inclined who want an exhilarating experience without having to exert too much physical force, then jet skiing is a great option. Most beaches will have companies or individuals willing to rent out jet-skis for a period of time. 

For those who are willing and able, you can take it a step further into “poshpacking” if you will. There exists a category of underwater jet-ski’s such as Cayago’s Seabob Range, that allow you to combine the experience of diving underwater and jet-skiing.

With one deep breath you can experience what a typical diver could at much faster speeds. Although granted, this convenience comes with a high price ranging from 7,000 to 14,000 euros depending on the model.


Kayaking is relatively easy to get the hang of after capsizing a few times. A kayak is a narrow boat with one or more cockpits each sitting one paddler. The trick is getting accustomed to the double-bladed paddle. 

You have to alternate using the left side and right side for each stroke to propel yourself forwards and backwards. The kayaking experience is best when travelling through a narrow river or mangrove where you can really test your kayaking skills when trying to manoeuvre out of tight areas. 

Secondly, consider teaming up in a kayak with a partner. The teamwork that comes with it is fun, as you will have to synchronize your strokes.


What better way to end the recommendation list than with a more extreme challenge. This is the least financially taxing activity, but it is definitely mentally taxing. It is as easy as finding a cliff with a body of water below it. The diving part is the challenge.

Hopefully this guide gives you some great ideas and suggestions that you can incorporate into your future plans for the upcoming summer holiday. Thank you for reading and happy holidays!

Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

1 Comment
  • Megan
    Posted at 20:31h, 06 November Reply

    I want to go jet skiing so bad.

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