Four insane adventure holidays you should try

David Knockton / 06 May 2015

We all want a great time on our holidays and although most people like to get away to relax, sitting on a beach simply isn't enough adventure for everyone. Here we outline four favourite leisure sports activities that are becoming more and more popular with Saga customers.



1. Bodyboarding


Boogieboarding, more commonly known as Bodyboarding, is where you lay flat on your belly on what is essentially a cut down version of a traditional surf board and ride the wave on to, or parallel with, the shore.

Derived from the Alaia, and originally used by Hawaiian villagers in 1778, the Boogieboard was re-invented as a popular water sport by Tom Morey in 1971.

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2. Snowboarding


Who will ever forget the emotionally charged Bolero performed by British ice dancers Torvill and Dean. Still skating together, and with the rise of the reality skating shows on television, they have made ice skating now as popular as ever.

Skiing and snowboarding are still the most popular sports if you love snow with the Ski Club of Great Britain reporting that "The older, experienced skier is still driving the market with a surprising 49% of people claiming to have spent more than 20 weeks on the snow."

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3. Scuba diving


Whilst jet skiing, parascending, water polo and sailing are all the fun things you can do 'on' water the real adventure starts when you go below the ocean waves.

Scuba diving allows you to see nature at its best and offers a tranquillity you will not find anywhere else. Scuba diving is extremely popular with the British, with over 1,000 scuba clubs in the UK. However, scuba diving isn't for the faint hearted and you have to learn how to deal with emergency ascents, air sharing, escaping entrapment as well as the risks with decompression sickness.

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4. White water rafting


If you prefer a holiday with beautiful scenery and sheer terror then white water rafting is probably the insanest way to combine the two.

Rafters of all skill levels can enjoy superb mountain scenery from Chile’s glacier-fed Futaleufú River, or perhaps you could try the far western fringes of the Amazon Basin in Río Upano, Ecuado.

The stunning glaciers and icebergs of the Alsek and Tatshenshini Rivers, Alaska/Canada. River Tubing and Aqua Zorbing are two other ways you can pay to be flung around a river or lake.

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