Forgive us if you ardently dislike surfing, because we think everyone should have a go at this exhilarating water sport at least once in their life. Sure it’s an expensive hobby to get involved with, and if you don’t live near the coast it can be difficult to find time to hang ten, but nothing compares to the thrill of riding a frothy breaker — and we’re confident a lot of you will agree.
If you’ve always wanted to have a go at surfing but aren’t sure how to go about taking to the waves, a cruise holiday could be the perfect time to take the plunge. Travelling to a range of coastal destinations, there’ll be ample opportunity to take to the seas by board — either at a specialist surf school or on your own.
To help you find somewhere to surf, here’s a shortlist of the best places to go surfing on your next cruise holiday.
Kuta Beach, Bali
Arguably the most scenic surf spot on our shortlist; Kuta Beach has been drawing board walkers since the 1930s, thanks in part to its soft sand and exquisite tropical backdrop. Kuta’s surf isn’t too shabby either, with expert locals and novice tourists paddling out to catch the turquoise swell.
Kata Beach, Phuket
Of all Thailand’s impeccable surf sports, Kata Beach in Phuket is our favourite. Benefitting from wall-to-wall sunshine, Kata is renowned for its punchy waves and strong rips, which may deter complete novices. If you aren’t that experienced atop a board, we’d recommend sticking to the north side of the sand.
Renowned as one of the best long board surf spots Down Under; Noosa offers up 200 metre rides that naturally attract hundreds of locals to the area. On a good day even amateurs can enjoy a long, rolling cruise back to shore — an unforgettable experience that’s sure to cultivate a lifelong love of surfing.
Bells Beach, Victoria
No surf list would be complete without mentioning Victoria’s Bells Beach — arguably the most prestigious surf spot in the Southern Hemisphere. With slow, building waves reaching dizzying heights of 5 metres and more, Bells isn’t the perfect spot for beginners — but it’s certainly the best place to see how it’s done from the pros.
Big, long beaches make it easy for everyone to take part in surfing in New Zealand, so naturally it’s become one of the country’s best loved sports. One of our favourite places to surf in NZ is Muriwai, where budding surfers can ride a mix of breaks within a stone’s throw of the bustling streets of Auckland.
Fitzroy Beach, Wellington
Whatever time of the year you visit Wellington’s Fitzroy Beach, you’re guaranteed dependable waves that are just about right for a beginner such as yourself. With its trusted surf school and easy breakers, Fitzroy seems tailor-made for burgeoning surfers still finding their feet.
So there you have it — our pick of the perfect places to go surfing on your next cruise break. To browse a complete range of upcoming cruise breaks to the destinations listed, visit the Cruise1st Australia website, or call us on 1300 857 345.
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