If you’ve never learned how to surf, then you might think that there’s not much you can do on the ocean while on vacation. Maybe you are not keen on scuba diving or snorkeling, and so have resigned yourself to lying out and soaking up the sun with some swimming. But that doesn’t have to be the case. You can try any number of fun ocean sports. Here is a list of three to consider trying.


If you like the idea of flying high above the ocean, then you will love parasailing. The way this works up is that you hook up to a parachute and attach a line to a speed boat. You stand on a dock or large floating boat, and the small speed boat drives off, pulling the line. This creates wind drag in the parachute sail and you lift off into the air like a kite. The small speed boat then drives around, and you sail about high up in the sky. The speed of the boat allows for the wind to keep you aloft. When it comes time to land, the boat will slow down and you can land in the water or back on the landing dock.

Ocean Kayaking

Ocean kayaking is a great way to get out on the ocean in a craft that anyone can handle. Ocean style kayaks are designed with an open top, unlike river kayaks that tend to have a covered top (sometimes even a neoprene “skirt” to completely seal in the operator). A sealed style river kayak is designed to keep white water rapids from getting inside the interior. If you tip over in a river kayak, then you will either have to “barrel roll” back into a right position or you will have to drag the craft to shore. Open style ocean kayaks are designed to let you climb back on and allows the small waves to wash over the craft without sinking it.


If you like the idea of surfing but never really got the hang of it, then wakeboarding is perfect. It’s a bit of a mashup of snowboarding, surfing, and jet skiing. You get on a wakeboard, which is shaped like a short, wide surfboard. This is hooked up to a powerboat by a long cable. You hold onto the cable handle. When the boat takes off, you get to follow along and ride the swells that the boat creates. If you get the hang of it, you will be able to do trick jumps over the wakes in the water that the boat creates. And if you wipe out, it’s not big deal since you’re out in the ocean. It’s a bit safer than regular surfing in this regard because you won’t be riding a huge wave and pushed underwater, potentially hitting sharp coral reef (which is a possibility when you’re surfing).