5 Best Ocean Adventures

5 Best Ocean Adventures

As an ocean lover myself, I can vouch that these Backroads ocean adventure trips make for an unbelievable experience. Whether you want to snorkel in a crystal clear coral reef, kayak with marine life, or take a surfing lesson with the pros, these trips will check the boxes for anyone looking to get their feet wet.





The abundant wildlife throughout this Ecuadorian island actually inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in 1835. Today, it remains one of nature’s most pristine destinations and one of our favorite places to explore marine wildlife. Backroads offers three unique Galapagos trips that feature snorkeling in thriving coral reefs filled with giant turtles, reef tip sharks, sea lions and tropical fish..A trip to the Galapagos guarantees an ocean adventure filled with wildlife, untouched lava landscapes and jaw-dropping natural beauty accessible from our adventure lodges and expedition ship.


Basque Country


For those interested in shredding it up at one of Europe's best surf spots, our Basque Country Multi-Adventure offers guests the chance to embark on a fun-filled beginner's surf lesson at Pukas Surf Skola. Pukas is one of Europe's oldest and most successful surf brands, so their surf school is loaded with European surf heritage and culture. And if you don't feel like playing around on a surfboard, you can also enjoy a gentle kayak off the coast of San Sebastian while exploring a nearby island.


Ocean with streaks of green water

Tucked away in a little French Polynesian bay, Matira Beach is a thriving coral reef that offers some of the world's best snorkeling. Guests on our Ocean Cruise Multi-Adventure trip will have the chance to swim and snorkel with manta rays, clownfish, moray eels, and thousands of other colorful critters and fish. Then we sip on fresh coconuts from our Ponant ship or on the white sandy beaches in between hiking, biking and kayaking through the Polynesian islands.

Costa Rica


Costa Rica's stunning white-stand beaches and tropical-island lifestyle are major attractions for ocean lovers across the globe, which is why all our Multi-Adventure trips make stops at the very popular Pacific coast. Guests on our Costa Rica Highlands to Coast Multi-Adventure Tour can enjoy beginners' surf lessons at Punta Islita beach and also raft the white-water rapids of the Río Sarapiquí.



If you’ve never experienced splashing around the clear blue waters of Hawaii, it’s time to put this island getaway on your travel bucket list! Our Multi-Adventure trip invites you to swim and snorkel in the warm waters of Puako Bay, kayak along rocky cliffs and sea caves and hop on a stand-up paddle for an up-close perspective of Hawaii's fascinating marine life.

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