Disconnect from the craziness of everyday life and reconnect with Mother Nature. The ocean is a natural healer and the Shoalhaven is an aqua baby's wonderland. With world-class surfing destinations, calm beaches, flowing rivers and serene lakes, discover our unspoilt waterways with a variety of activities that offer endless fun in the sun. Whether you want to just make a small splash at the beach or really dive deep into some underwater exploration, there are a variety of watersports on offer that will suit all styles and skill levels.

Shoalhaven watersports - learn to surf at Sussex Inlet


The Shoalhaven is a breeding ground for epic surfing talent, with professionals like Pam Burridge and Tyler Wright having taken the world by storm. Our many local surf heroes love encouraging newcomers to the sport, so take the opportunity to learn to surf during your South Coast holiday. We have many surf schools and expert instructors scattered down our massive coastline that will teach you all the tips and tricks to have you shredding waves in no time. For those of you who are already pretty handy on a board, make sure to venture down to Culburra Beach, the hometown of surfing legends Tyler & Owen Wright. Or if you feel like getting all the buds together for a surf-filled vacation, stay near Mollymook or Bawley Point - there's tonnes of accommodation just a short walk from the beach and fast, barrelling waves that will really get your heart pumping.

    Canoeing & Kayaking

    Sometimes, venturing off land and opting for the water is the best way to discover the marvels of a new place. Canoeing or kayaking are both great ways to travel to secluded spots which can't be reached by foot. Jervis Bay is a beautiful place to explore for newcomers, who can opt for a tour with Sea Kayak Jervis Bay or Jervis Bay Kayak and Paddlesports. You'll have the chance to see dolphins, penguins and seals in winter and whales during June/July and October/November. Stop at the captivating Hole in the Wall Beach, an amazing spot for some stunning Instragam photos. There's also Shoalhaven Gorge, a hidden gem that boasts a peaceful bush setting, amazing escarpment views and sunken forest sections that will make you feel like you're in another world. Launch at Tallowa Dam and experience many highlights along the way, including the narrow gorge section featuring spectacular high cliffs. Discover this beautiful part of Kangaroo Valley by grabbing a rental or booking a guided tour with Kangaroo Valley Kayaks or  Kangaroo Valley Safaris. Visit our canoeing and kayaking page for more local tips or download the comprehensive guide for more information. 

    Shoalhaven watersports - kayaking at Murrays Beach
    Shoalhaven watersports - snorkelling at The Docks, Jervis Bay

    Diving & Snorkelling

    Dive deeper beneath the surface to discover our Shoalhaven underwater world. With an abundance of marine life and excellent visibility at about 10-20 metres, there's plenty of opportunities to gaze upon all the wonderful sea animals that call our coastline home. Both scuba diving and snorkelling are very popular watersports for locals and visitors alike and Jervis Bay Marine Park is a hotspot for these underwater activities. This vast, beautiful and complex ecosystem is fondly known as the South Coast's alternative to the Great Barrier Reef and you can embark on a guided adventure with Dive Jervis Bay or Crest Diving. Planning to snorkel on your own? We highly recommend swimming through the calm bays and beaches that surround Currarong and Abrahams Bosom Reserve that are often very peaceful and uncrowded. Further south, Jones Bay near Mollymook is another excellent location that's often protected from the swell and one of the region's only pebble beaches. Get in touch with Ulladulla Dive and Adventure who can guide you along your aquatic discovery and check out our snorkelling guide for all the best snorkel spots.

    Stand Up Paddleboarding & Kitesurfing

    Our calm bays, beaches and inlets are excellent spots to have a go at stand up paddleboarding. If you're a complete newcomer to this watersport, never fear because it's not as hard to learn the ropes as you might think. Learn how to "SUP" in the sheltered waters of Sussex Inlet with our knowledgeable instructors at Sussex Inlet Stand Up PaddleJervis Bay Stand Up Paddle will come to your location of choice but they also know all the best spots according to conditions of the day and even offer sunset SUP tours. For something a bit different (which is also tonnes of fun!) book a Monster SUP tour, where all of your friends can get onto one giant stand up paddleboard and explore the waterways together. It's always a great laugh and we guarantee you'll have many funny stories at the end of it! For all the kitesurfers out there, head to Moona Moona Creek, near Huskisson or Seven Mile Beach. In the summer months it's relatively calm on our waters but the southerly winds start to pack a punch during winter - not for the faint-hearted but the extreme sports enthusiasts will definitely have a blast! Visit our blog for more comprehensive information about the best places to stand up paddleboard and kitesurf in the Shoalhaven.

    Shoalhaven watersports - stand up paddleboarding at Culburra Beach
    Shoalhaven watersports - luxury sailing in Jervis Bay

    Cruising, Boating & Sailing

    Feel like getting a bit fancy during your holiday? Take things up a notch by exploring the waterways on a luxurious, private sailing charter. You won't have to lift a finger when heading out with our expert sea navigators at Dolphin Watch Cruises, Jervis Bay Sailing Charters and Jervis Bay Luxury Sailing. Visitors will get a tour of Jervis Bay's unspoilt waters, a private skipper and the option of a catered meal and drinks service. Sit back and relax as you soak up the sun and stunning views of marine life in the crystal clear waters. Cruising is also a great way to explore without having to worry about traffic or parking! The Husky Ferry operates a regular weekend service and takes visitors from Myola to Huskisson and the Shoalhaven River Cruise guides guests past places such as the Grotto and Shoalhaven Zoo as well as some gorgeous sandstone rock walls and other amazing natural features. During the months of May to November, you can also embark upon a whale watching cruise in Jervis Bay, where humpback mums and bubs like to rest and play during their annual migration. If you're bringing your own kayak, boat, jet ski, or any other type of watercraft, we have numerous launch spots along the coastline. Please just make sure to abide by maritime regulations, take extra care around and keep a safe distance from marine animals.