Best Asian Destinations for Watersports

Find out where and when to get your fix of Asia's best watersports, from parasailing in Goa to surfing in Bali


Where: Calangute Beach, Goa, India

When to go: October to March

Strap a parachute to your back, hook yourself up to a speedboat and see Goa’s Calangute Beach from high in the skies.

Jet skiing

Where: Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi, Malaysia

When to go: November to April

Here’s one for the adrenaline junkies: island-hopping across the Langkawi Archipelago aboard a jet ski. It’s a thrilling way to explore lagoons, limestone cliffs and mangrove forests.

Water jetpacks

Where: Sentosa, Singapore

When to go: Year-round

Ola Beach Club in Sentosa resort offers high-adrenaline jetpacking and jetblading, as well as tamer activities like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.


Where: Padang Padang Beach, Bali, Indonesia

When to go: June to September

Arguably Bali’s most celebrated surf spot, Padang Padang attracts all levels of surfers with a right-hand wave break that’s good for beginners, and a left-hand break that challenges even the experts.

Stand-up paddleboard

Where: Otres Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia

When to go: November to April

Book a sunset tour here to find yourself standing atop a board in the middle of the sea, facing the sinking sun in quiet seclusion. Once it gets dark, you’ll likely be surrounded by glowing plankton.

Dragon boat racing

Where: Stanley Main Beach, Hong Kong

When to go: May or June

This sport is a symbol of Hong Kong, with the main races taking place during the Tuen Ng Festival. Soak in the vibe at Stanley and other waterside locations in the city.


Where: Senaga Beach and Mibaru Beach, Okinawa, Japan

When to go: Spring and autumn

Both of these beaches are top windsurfing spots, offering turquoise waters and a steady sea breeze.

Illustrations by Lok Wong 


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