Waterbabies, step this way, please. Messing about in boats has to be one of the most fun ways to spend time away, be that on a luxury gulet along Turkey’s Aegean Coast or a super-luxe yacht exploring the islands along the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. Original Travel only works with the finest boats and crews to find you the marine experience that perfectly suits your requirements.

From Surfing in the Maldives to Kite-surfing in Paros
A little less sedate than being crewed around the Mediterranean, we can also recommend the best places to surf, from the beginner's paradise of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park in Southern Portugal to reef breaks in the Maldives. Then there's kite-surfing, the fastest growing watersport on the planet, and one of those excellent pastimes that isn't as difficult as it looks. We know the places to learn, such as Paros in the Greek Islands, and the places where the kiting cognoscenti can expect near all-year round wind and waves.

Snorkelling meets Boogie-boarding in Brazil
Surfing aside there are watersports galore to enjoy in the four corners of the globe, such as kayaking through the mangroves of Ibo Island in Mozambique or the extraordinary planasub on the beautiful island of Fernando de Noronha in Brazil - a combination of snorkelling and boogie-boarding where a boat drags you along by a cord attached to your Perspex board. You wear a mask and snorkel to see the amazing marine life, and when you tip the front you dive beneath the waves. Truly original.

Original Thinking

Surfing, San Sebastian
Image of Tom Barber

Man’s ingenuity knows no bounds, and this is perfectly proved by his (and her) desire to explore above and below the waves in every manner conceivable. Boats, windsurfers, surfboards, kiteboards, nuclear submarines, we’ve got access to them all. Well, maybe not the last one. That would constitute a major breach of national security, but you see where we’re going with this.


What to do

North East Brazil


As you’d imagine, there are plenty of highlights in a country as huge as Brazil, but if we were asked to cherry-pick one particular highlight, it would be planasub.

Snorkelling with Beluga whales

Snorkelling with Beluga whales

July and August heralds the arrival of more than 3000 Beluga whales into Hudson Bay, heading for the mouth of the Hudson River where they summer in the estuary.

Adriatic Bay, Dalmatian Coast

Sea Kayaking the Dalmatian Coast

The Elaphiti Islands, forming part of the Dalmatian Coast, run in a chain parallel to the mainland and form the perfect aquatic playground for exploration by sea kayak.

Kayaking Stockholm

Kayaking in the Stockholm Archipelago

Stockholm is one of the most attractive cities in Europe, but to visit here without taking in the nearby Archipelago would be to miss out on a major part of Stockholmers’ lives.

Dhow and Kayak Safaris

Dhow and Kayak Safaris

We can arrange private or set departure traditional dhow safaris and kayak safaris between some of the country’s most remote islands, accessible only by boat.

Sea Kayaking, Mexico

Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching at La Paz

Paddle your way around the vivid waters of the Baja Peninsula, camping on pristine beaches by night and spotting wildlife by day.

Kayak Paraty

Kayaking from Paraty

Hundreds of islands with unspoiled tropical wilderness lie just off shore of the Costa Verde and the best way to explore them is by kayak.

Sail Boat, Adriatic Sea

Sail the Adriatic

There’s a not-so-old adage that Montenegro is best explored on land, and Croatia (aside from Dubrovnik) by sea, and we know the best available boats to help put that into practice.

Activities at Victoria Falls

Activities at Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls has long had a reputation for being the adventure capital of Africa and for the more adventurous visitor there are plenty of adrenaline-fuelled activities for you to try your hand at between touring the Victoria Falls and taking a gentle sunset cruise along the Zambezi River from your luxury lodge.

Where to stay

Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu

Located towards the south of the Maldivian archipelago, Six Senses Laamu is designed to offer individual style along with a strong sense of community.

Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island

Vamizi is an eight-mile long finger of jungle covered island, fringed by idyllic sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. It also happens to be about the most idyllic barefoot luxury destination on the planet.



If you want the ultimate in luxury yachts then look no further than Silolona. Sailing the seven seas (or any sea, for that matter) really doesn’t get much better.

Nihi Sumba Island (Nihiwatu)

Nihi Sumba Island (Nihiwatu)

In 2016 and 2017, luxury hotel Nihi Sumba Island was declared the number one hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine. With a mile long beach exclusive to hotel guests, a private surf break, and a sustainable tourism project that sees a portion of the resorts profits repatriated into the local community we can easily see why.

Blue Room at Corral del Rey

Corral Del Rey

The hotel's original 17th century building has been meticulously restored and incorporates an atrium patio, Roman marble columns and original carved wooden beams, with the bedrooms situated around the galleries of the central courtyard.

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Dave, Saskia, Miranda and Eleanor are our 'Sailing, Surfing & Watersports' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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