D Maris Bay, kayaking, datca peninsula, Turkey

Beach and the Big Blue

Dive into the world’s largest swimming pool.

We love the beach. A place to stay, a place to play. A place to see, a place to just sit and be.

White sands, pinkish pebbles, the sound of surf or the lapping of a crystal tide, a beach is something to enjoy, the perfect stage for the perfect family adventure. To bathe, in sun or sea, to run or swim, to read, to doze and relax; to sail, paddle, to surf; to wade, to rock pool, to dive a reef, to find adventure in the maritime, in the place where land meets ocean meets sky.
A beach is an empty page; it’s for you and yours to write the story.

Ocean Fun

Below are a handful of our favourite experiences from around the world, designed to get you in the water for a dose of aquatic fun.

Beach, Seatrek, Flores, Komodo, Bali, Indonesia

Archipelago Activities

As the largest archipelago in the world there is no shortage of ocean and coastline to enjoy; Indonesia’s islands are fabulous for kayaking, SUP, snorkelling, diving and surfing.

Grey whale alongside tourist boat, Baja California, Mexico
Baja California

Cetacean Connections

Stay in an isolated camp on the shores of San Ignacio Lagoon and spend time in the privileged company of one of the last significant remaining grey whale populations as they breach, fluke and spy hop alongside your panga. These unique interactions between human and whale offer a family wildlife experience like no other and a magical window into the natural world.

Surfer on the beach in Tofino

Surfing & Kayaking in Tofino

Learn to surf in Canada’s surf capital, Tofino. Here, ancient rainforests line the vast sandy beaches of the Pacific Rim National Park. Above the water, kayak to Meares Island, home to the world’s oldest cedar trees.

Sea Lions, Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands

Wildlife of the Waterworld

Don flippers and jump in the water to swim with playful sea lions, curious penguins and resting whitetip reef shark. Kayak alongside turtles, golden rays and endemic marine iguanas.

Beach activities, Essaouira, Morocco

A Coastal Playground

Morocco’s Atlantic coastline is a playground for beginners or pro riders in surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing, with year round swells and wind. There are also opportunities for SUP, kayaking plus beach based experiences from horse riding to quad biking, fat biking and yoga – something for all the family.

Snorkelling, Caribbean
Costa Rica

Papagayo Sail & Snorkel

Spend an afternoon sailing the crystal clear waters of the Papagayo coastline in a 47-foot monohull boat. Snorkel in secluded coves only accessible by boat, spotting turtles, dolphins, rays and tropical fish gliding through the waters.

kyaking with seals, Sandwich Harbour kyaking, Walvis Bay, Namibia

Seal Kayak and Beach Picnic

Spend a morning kayaking in the calm waters of Walvis Bay, home to a playful group of cape fur seals, before picnicking on the beach.

Snorkelling, Red Sea, Egypt

Red Sea Riches

Relax in five-star comfort at one of the Red Sea’s magnificent coastal resorts and spend days exploring some of the richest marine ecosystems in the world.

Surfing, Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Private Surf Lesson

Learn how to catch the perfect wave with a private family surf lesson taught by a local pro surfer. Get techniques on how to paddle and position yourself to stand on the board. A fun afternoon in the water off palm-fringed golden Pacific beaches.

Bixby Bridge and Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur, California, USA

Camp & Surf the Big Sur

There will be no cries of “Are we nearly there yet?” when driving California’s Pacific Coast Highway. Known for its spectacular coastline of rocky cliffs, endless ocean views and golden sandy surf beaches, it offers the ultimate in earth eye candy! Take your time, camping out in style, surfing and kayaking before soaking up the cool vibes of coastal Santa Barbara.

Ruins, Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Shipwreck Stories

Scattered with whale bones and shipwrecks, Namibia’s wild and forbidding Skeleton Coast bears eerie testimony to the many maritime disasters that have occurred on its shores. Explore the wrecks and hear true stories of how the hot desert winds, combined with cold ocean currents, create extreme fog that has lured these stranded boats to their doom.

Family Travel, ANI, Private Resorts, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

Ultimate Big Blue Hub

Rent a private beachside villa in Sri Lanka, staffed by a discreet and dedicated team. Enjoy ample space to run and wellness treatments, as well as activities and cultural highlights close by – surf, observe whales and dolphins at sea, and contribute to turtle conservation initiatives.

Family Holiday Inspiration

Explore our suggested holiday ideas that allow busy families to reconnect, rejuvenate and encounter character-building experiences for a fulfilling family escapade. No two family holidays are the same, so talk to our experts to kickstart your adventure planning process.

Coastal Boltholes

We know that where you stay can be a highlight of any family adventure. We also know that there can be an overwhelming choice. Below are a few of our favourite coastal boltholes from around the world – talk to us to find the best fit for your family.

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