8 must-do water sports in Asia: Wet, wild, wonderful

8 must-do water sports in Asia: Wet, wild, wonderful

This article was originally published on the flight comparison site Skyscanner.

Asia is never in short supply of sun, sea and sea! Yes, it's time to indulge in water sports to make a splash in 2015. Skyscanner recommends these water activities destined to conquer your fears and provide a rollicking time:

1. Kiteboarding in Hua Hin, Thailand

Definitely not for the faint hearted, Kiteboarding is a sure-fire way to boost your adrenaline rush. If you're a newbie, Hua Hin in Thailand provides a haven for you to try out this sport. With 6km stretch of clear, shallow waters, you need not fret as instructors possessing IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation) certificates speak English and are there to coax you to eliminate your fear of vertigo. They use Cabrinha and Airush kites with safety harnesses to fit each individual's weight.

2. Windsurfing in Lombok, Indonesia

If you thought that Kuta Beach in Bali is the only place to windsurf on the island, you're sorely wrong. Lombok is Bali's closest eastern island is renowned to have favourable winds that blow across broad lagoons. Head to Ekas Bay which is the perfect spot to windsurf. Plenty of instructors are there to teach you the basics and offer tips. Novice individuals all go through a compulsory basic course to teach them the ropes of windsurfing.

3. Jet skiing in Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi, known for its idyllic coastlines and bucolic treks for nature lovers, also offers adrenaline-junkies plenty of jet skiing opportunities. Head to the Pantai Cenang beach area and you'll find plenty of small stalls offering jet skiing services. These operators are licensed and insured and adhere to international, industry and local safety guidelines in order to guide beginners in cutting through the water in their speed crafts. For the seasoned jet ski individual, one can head to nearby Bunting Island for a picnic or a walk on the beach.

4. Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Phuket, Thailand

SUP or Stand-Up Paddleboarding is a burgeoning sport that's gaining popularity because it is relaxing while instilling a sense of adventure. It can be done in most water conditions but Phuket offers a wealth of operators and guides that show you the basics. You can enjoy salubrious SUP yoga sessions guided by instructors, too. Best of all, professional equipment are provided by operators to ensure you learn from the best.

5. Paragliding in Sri Lanka, India

While Sri Lanka touts itself for its scenic coastal escapades, adrenaline junkies head there for a bout of paragliding. Sky Club Sri Lanka is your best bet for a rewarding and insightful experience in paragliding. Its licensed instructors - who have a minimum 20,000 parachute jumps - make every effort to ensure safety for all individuals while you learn the basics. Paragliders hover at 18,000 feet and fly between 25 to 70km/h depending on your skill. Everyone goes through a 20-minute classroom briefing before setting off. Paragliding is definitely a sure and safe means of conquering your fear of heights.

6. Bungee jumping in Bhote Koshi, Nepal

Bhote Koshi, part of the river system in Nepal is renowned for its undulating mountainous treks and raging rivers. For those who prefer the wild side of life, then bungee jumping into the river might be right up your alley. Its sturdy bungee bridge is privately owned and offers four times safety factor to allay any fears. In addition, the operator adheres to the loading factor of 41,500kg according to Swiss guidelines. Its 160m drop into the river gorge is the longest free-fall in the world. Many first-time bungee jumpers have taken the plunge from the 166m-wide steel suspension bridge to tick off their bucket list.

7. Cable Wakeboarding in Singapore

While Singapore may have been ranked as one of the least amorous nations in terms of coital activities, the tiny red dot has plenty of adrenaline-boosting sports such as wakeboarding. Head to Ski360degree - Singapore's first and only cable-ski park - for a complete lesson in wakeboarding. This unique wakeboarding system guides beginners and pros continuously around the lagoon via a cable pulley system. Instructors ensure a safe and fun time for novices and pros. The basic course allows one to tackle a few water obstacles to hone one's skill while you're having fun. Opened till night, it has become a favourite sport even for families.

8. White Water Rafting in Bali, Indonesia

Bali may be mysterious and beautiful but it is also home to white water rafting - a sport that tests your skills and provides the thrills. There are three rivers to choose from - Melangit River, Ayung River or Telaga Waja River - but Telaga Waja River provides the most rollicking experience as its 16km river stretch provides bigger rapids (level 3 and 4) for those who dare to take risks. Guides ensure that you have a good time while you adhere to simple safety rules. Different operators provide varying price points to match budgets and skills set.

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