10 Adrenaline Pumping Watersports in Koh Samui
Surrounded by glittering blue waters, Koh Samui offers an array of thrilling watersports. From heart-raising ones above the surface to surreal scuba diving experiences, Koh Samui has more than enough to please the adventure junkies out there. Here is a round up of the 10 most adrenaline pumping watersports in Koh Samui that you should definitely try.
1. Scuba Diving
Scuba Diving around Koh Samui and its neighbouring islands is one of the most incredible experiences you can have.
The island is surrounded by electric blue waters with astounding visibility. Diving here, you can witness a diverse marine life existing among its colorful corals.
The waters are known to attract Whale sharks – the largest fish in the world. So if lady luck is generous, you might get a chance to swim with these gentle giants.
And it does not matter whether you are an amateur scuba diver or a seasoned one, the experience is sure to be a memorable one.
Where: The Sail Rock dive site is highly recommended
Cost: INR 11500/ USD 140
Thanks to Parasailing, you can discover the surreal beauty of the island’s stunning coastline from the skies.
Getting a bird’s eye view as you fly over the ocean while enjoying the cool breeze is sure to have you beaming from end to end. For additional thrill, you can even dip your feet in the sea as the boat zooms through the waters.
Where: At Lamai Beach
Cost: INR 800/ USD 12 for a flight that lasts for not more than five minutes.
Koh Samui is gifted with scenic landscapes,and the best way to absorb it is by kayaking leisurely along them.
Ang Thong National Marine Park, which is a group of 42 islands, houses a number of secret lagoons and hidden caves. Explore the park and uncover its natural wonders by kayaking. Or you could just paddle along the coast and enjoy those precious moments of solitude.
Where: With Blue Stars Kayaking at Bophut
Cost: INR 4200 to 5000/ USD 65 – 75 per person, depending on the group size.
Surfing is one of the most adrenaline pumping watersports out there. There is nothing quite like riding giant waves at breakneck speeds on the ocean. Its akin to driving a race car in the waters.
Surfing is gradually becoming popular in Koh Samui, but its not a sport for the faint of heart. And it requires a basic knowledge of swimming.
If you are an adrenaline junkie who seeks out challenging adventures, then give surfing a shot. You can easily rent a surfboard and get cracking. If you are an absolute beginner, there are short courses you can take to get started.
Where: At Chaweng Beach
Cost: Renting a Surfboard will cost you INR 600/ USD 9 per hour.
5. Jet Ski
If you have a need for speed, riding a jet ski might just be the thing for you. This high velocity water sport has been around for decades, but its popularity has not dipped a bit.
The jet ski is easy to ride and once you get a hang of its controls, you can do wild wave jumps and other fancy moves while cruising through the ocean.
Where: At Lamai Beach
Cost: INR 4200/ USD 65 for half an hour.
6. Kite Surfing
Kite surfing is one sport which is so visually appealing, that you just cannot resist the temptation to try it.
Just imagine leaping over giant waves and jumping up to 50 feet in the air. If the conditions are right, you can float in the air for up to 10 seconds – the closest you can get to flying.
All you need is a steady breeze and a steerable kite and you are good to go. Professionals can take it a notch higher by doing gravity defying flips in the air. Try it once and you are hooked for life.
Where: At Maenam Beach
Cost: Renting the equipment would cost you INR 8000/ USD 125 for an entire day along with an instructor.
If you are seeking a combo of leisure and adventure, Snorkeling is one of the best water sports out there.
And if the location is Koh Samui then it cannot get much better than that. You can explore the ethereal world down under with just a mask and a pair of flippers. There is no need to put on heavy equipment. No wonder many prefer snorkeling to scuba diving.
The crystal clear waters let you come face to face with exotic life forms, even in shallow waters. So just don that mask and take the plunge.
Note: You need to have a basic knowledge of swimming to enjoy this sport.
Where: Green Peace Island
Cost: Opt for full-day snorkelling tour (7 hours) which will allow you to discover the most scenic islands neighbouring Koh Samui for INR 4500/ USD 70
8. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Explore the shimmering sea waters surrounding the island while lazily paddling in peace.
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) the perfect sport for the brooding adventurers. Its not physically taxing, so anyone from a kid to a senior citizen can enjoy this sport.The calm sea waters and the setting (or rising) sun will make the experience even more magical.
Where: With iSUP Samui at Wat Plai Laem
Cost: INR 3000/ USD 45 for a two hour sunrise or sunset SUP tour.
9. Extreme Speed Boating
Are you looking for an adrenaline pumping water sport that promises excitement as well as fun? If yes, look no further than extreme speed boating.
Labelled as the Ferrari of boats, it is a thrilling water sport with sharp turns and drifts at high velocity. Its powerful brakes allow the boat to nose dive safely, leading to an explosion of sea water. It is pretty much like a roller coaster ride on the ocean.
Where: With Tornado Water Xtreme at Bophut
Cost: INR 4000/ USD 60 for a ride lasting up to 20 minutes
Give all the superheroes out there a run for their money by flyboarding over the ocean. This new water sport has been the talk of the town (or island for that matter) ever since it was introduced in Koh Samui.
Jet packs or powerful jet sprays attached to your feet let you hover over the water. Once you get the balancing act right, you can dive into the water like a dolphin and breach out of it like a whale.
That is not all; you can also perform crazy spins and flips in the air before taking the plunge. Although it lasts just 20 minutes, every moment will give you a rush of a lifetime.
Where: At Chaweng Beach
Cost: INR 4000/USD 60 for a 15 minute session.