When you’re looking for ways to spend your summer holiday, days on the water will immediately spring to mind. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing there are plenty of great water-centric activities but, if you ask us, boating well and truly takes the cake.
Check out the best activities you can do by boat over the upcoming summer holidays from cruising to houseboat stays, fishing, paddle boarding and even extreme water sports. Work your way through this list to have the best holiday ever. If you have your own boat you’re ready to get on the water otherwise, you could consider looking at boats up for auction with GraysOnline. Once you’ve gotten yourself a boat you can check out this list of the best lakes in NSW for fishing, camping and boating.
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The ultimate way to see the seas is by cruising. There are very few modes of transportation that double as the holiday activity itself. You’ll be able to travel between various coastal hotspots or riverside towns and drop an anchor wherever you please. Move freely from spot to spot swimming and snorkeling off the back of your boat during the day and sampling local cuisines and sightseeing come twilight!
The perfect way to enjoy the water while still having the stability of a full-blown house. For people who love the water and the serenity of being by the seaside but who are nervous about the seasickness that might come with spending a prolonged period of time on the water, houseboats are the perfect compromise. There are plenty of houseboat hire companies doing a roaring trade which have stunning and well set up homes in some of Australia’s most stunning beaches and lakes. If you’re particularly taken by the experience you could even buy a houseboat for yourself! After all, what could be better than waking up literally on the water?
The lore of fishing stretches back further than any other water sports. It might conjure up images of world-worn men, sitting silently in the middle of a calm but all-engulfing lake, the world around them still and quiet. Perhaps in your mind it inspires images of hunter gatherers, spearfishing and survival. Regardless of your preconceived notions, fishing is a fantastic way to spend a holiday at the seaside. So whether you’re relaxing on a boat with family and friends hoping to maybe catch a fish or two or if you’re seriously fishing for your supper - this is a great option for a seaside holiday.
Explore With Kayaks and Paddleboards
Staying active is incredibly important and one of the best ways to get your holiday buzz on is to get the endorphins pumping by engaging in fun and healthy activities. Kayaking and paddleboarding are both great activities to do with friends and family when you’re all together on a seaside holiday. You’ll really get a new perspective on the water being literally at sea level. You'll be able to appreciate the sea life and your natural environment in a way you couldn’t before. Whether you’re paddling off the back of a boat or if you’re launching yourself from the shore you’ll get the same great workout. Just an hour of relaxed paddle boarding can burn up over 400 calories which is amazing because, if you ask us, the best part of any vacation is eating your weight in delicious food!
The year 2020 has been extreme to say the least but getting your heart racing for a good reason is still exhilarating. Embrace your inner thrillseeker with jet boating, donutting, water skiing, kite surfing or maybe even aqua jetpack flying. If you’re holidaying with a family that includes teenagers then you can bet that these extreme water sports will put a smile on the faces of even the most sullen teenagers.
Get on the water and get ready to enjoy your summer with these five boating activities.