Unique beach activities in Asia and Australia
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There is a spectrum of beach-goers - those seeking some calming R&R on one end, and those looking for YOLO experiences on the other. But apart from the tried-and-tested beach staples - like diving and banana-boating - beachside activities can only take us so far, right?
Wrong. If you think all there is to beach sports is snorkeling or screaming your lungs off on a jetski, this is for you. From riding an underwater scooter to exploring seascapes in a submarine, here are 8 quirky beach experiences for you to really live up the beach life.
1. Zoom around the waters in a shark-like sea vehicle
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Looking very much like a spy vehicle out of a James Bond movie, this quirky watercraft called the Seabreacher will have you racing through the water like a shark. Able to reach speeds of up to 80km/h, it can even jump 6 metres out of water!
Adrenaline junkies will definitely not be disappointed. You can even try out some mid-air turns if you dare!
Price: ~S$90 for 15-20 minutes
2. Fly underwater on a Subwing
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For thrillseekers who get no kick from parasailing, this activity is for you. Hold on tight on the Subwing as you get towed along at insane speeds by a boat. In other words, you’ll be flying. Underwater.
Be sure to try some flips and tricks once you get the hang of it. There’s nothing quite like the weightless feeling of zooming around underwater to the sight of coral mountains below you.
Price: ~S$40 for a 3-4 hour tour with 25 minutes of being pulled on the Subwing
Where: Gili Islands
3. Swim with friendly whale sharks
You don’t need to be a full-time wildlife expert to swim with sharks. Swim within an arm’s reach of majestic whale sharks, and be wowed by the sheer size of these gentle giants which can grow up to 12 metres in length!
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Whale sharks feed on a diet of plankton and krill, so don’t worry about your dive sesh turning into a reenactment of Jaws. These gentle giants won’t come anywhere close to biting you, except maybe to give you a friendly fin bump.
Most tour packages also come with a spotter plane on the lookout for the sharks, so you can be directed to exactly where they are.
4. Take to the skies on a Flying Fish
So you’ve experienced flying underwater - next stop, flying for real. Welcome aboard the Flying Fish - the crazier cousin of parasailing.
You’ll be standing strapped to a flying fish-shaped rubber boat, flown up to a jaw-dropping height shortly after the engine revs up. Because of the standing position, you’ll also be experiencing some intense g-force. Look down for maximum thrill!
5. Delve underwater in a submarine
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Ditch the regular boat rides on your next trip to Jeju Island and admire the marine life from a submarine instead. With no hassle of needing to change into a swimsuit, this is a great choice for those who’d love close-up views of corals and fish without having to wash up and dry off afterwards.
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Water activities tend to alienate children with their age/height limits, but this one won’t, making it a great choice if you’re traveling with the fam!
A stunning view from Seogwipo Submarine of Jeju Island’s corals! Image credit: @seogwiposubmarine
Many submarine tours also offer a short dive or fish-feeding session during the trip.
6. Go on a seabed-walking tour
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If you’ve ever had that childhood dream of being an astronaut, don a Seawalker helmet, and submerge yourself among stunning schools of fish and corals. Even though you’re not out in space, being in the water will give you a sort of “anti-gravity” feeling all the same!
This lightweight and flexible contraption is ideal for those who wish to observe marine life but are not confident swimmers or divers. Qualifications or diving experience are not needed either. That's one small step for man, one giant leap for a next-level beach vacay.
Price: ~S$50 for a 30 minute dive
7. Spot marine life on a glass-bottomed boat
If you’re afraid of getting into the water but still wish to observe marine life, the glass panels on the floor of this boat will give you a great underwater view as you enjoy the seabreeze.
You’ll have a great time peering under your feet and spotting the colourful fish darting about through crystal clear waters.
8. Ride a scooter underwater
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Swimming can be tiring, and the folks behind this great activity obviously knew that. Scootering underwater comes with no stress or rigours of diving. All you have to do is sit back and breathe as the scooter whizzes around on the seabed at 2km/h.
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Don’t worry if you’re still saving up for your driver’s license. The controls here are pretty simple, operating like a typical motorbike. Simply turn the handlebars for direction and push the batons for speed and depth, and watch in awe as the world under the sea goes by.
Sun, sea, and special beach activities near Singapore
Take your next holiday up a notch, and from the usual beach activities. With so many outrageous beach activities so close to Singapore, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to go - and what to do - for your next beach vacay.
So go on and make some amazing holiday memories!