Learn to Surf: Finding the Best Beaches

If you’ve never surfed before, entry into the sport can be intimidating. Perhaps you’re struggling with the clumsy shape of the surfboard as you lope from your car to the shoreline, or perhaps you’re concerned with what the other surfers are thinking as you surface after a wipe out. The most important consideration for you as you prepare to catch your first waves, however, should concern the location. A crowded beach with aggressive waves can be a very different (and daunting) experience for a new surfer, while a less frequented beach with sandy bottoms and slow, easy surf might be just right.

The first – and easiest – step is simply to ask a friend who surfs. They were beginners at one point, too, and while they might not appreciate the difficulty gradient of waves, they will no doubt be aware of the local beaches that attract the largest crowds. Even better, ask your friend to take you to one of the beaches with less traffic and surf with you, offering advice and guidance that could very well amount to a private tutorial.

If you don’t have a friend who surfs, you can consult the Internet. If you live near several beaches, there will most likely be a regional guide for the area that addresses the wave difficulty and popularity of individual beaches. You could also look on a surfing website. Some of the more popular surfing ‘hubs’ include exhaustive lists of worldwide beaches and user reviews.

If you’re prepared to make an even bigger investment to pursuing surfing, you might consider a surf tour that caters to beginners. You won’t have to shoulder the stress of selecting the ideal location for a beginner, because this will be one of many trip details the travel company will have already addressed. In accessing expert instruction from your earliest days on the board, you’re also sure not to cultivate the wrong habits or technique when surfing. Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to make connections with others new to the sport and possibly continue to motivate one another as your surfing performance improves.

If you’re interested in surfing, you shouldn’t let the dilemma of finding the ‘perfect beach’ keep you from catching a wave. Instead, ask a friend, consult the Internet, or sign on to a beginners’ surf tour. At this point, you have little to lose but your balance – and this, of course, is only temporary.

Hawaii One Day Tours Are Worth The Money

The first place many people want to go when they arrive in Hawaii is the beach. After being on a plane for so many hours, it can be relaxing and refreshing. After that, when visitors go back to their hotel rooms they usually pick up brochures and wonder what they will be doing for the rest of their vacation. Planning Hawaii one day tours in advance is a good idea, but once someone gets to Hawaii, they will find many more options that they had not considered. As well, if you haven’t planned any trips, it is always a good idea to book a few instead of starting out on your own.

Eco Tourism Makes a Big Splash in Hawaii

Some Hawaii one day tours center around eco tourism. Eco tourism means taking a kayak down a river instead of a speed boat. It is also about getting close to nature without disturbing it. Because of the mountains, cliffs, rainforests, oceans, waterfalls and volcanoes, Hawaii has really been able to take advantage of eco tourism. Hiring a local guide to experience the real Hawaii is important if you want a truly satisfying eco-tour.

Oahu Nature Tours is another company that also offers eco tours. They have tours for any one interested in learning more about the island the island of Oahu. These different tours include some really spectacular sites of interest for people want to look at the natural side of Oahu. Their hiking tours will let you experience some of the most breath taking water falls in the world. Since Oahu has one of the largest white sand beaches in the world and the best surfing in Hawaii, they also offer a beaches tour. There are bird sanctuaries to visit, rainforest tours and educational tours. If you are staying on the island of Oahu, Hawaii one day tours are abundant.

Other Hawaii one day tours

If you are going to the Big Island, Atlantis Adventures Company can help with one day tours. Not only do they provide submarine tours, but they can help you with snorkeling, whale watching, diving, and helicopter tours. If you buy one or more tours from them, they will give you a package discount. Just imagine swimming with the many colored fish and other marine creatures or the thrill of watching the humpback whales on one of Atlantis Adventure Company’s famous whale watching expeditions.

For tours that are a little slower paced, Hawaii one day tours also visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, and tours to Pearl Harbor and North Shore to see the memorials and visit ships like the S.S. Arizona are also available. You can always tour Hawaii on your own, but you’ll miss out on the rich education only found when interacting with experienced and knowledgeable tour guides.

The Great Southern Touring Route – 5 Day Self-Drive Itinerary

Melbourne – Apollo Bay – Port Fairy – Halls Gap – Ballarat – Melbourne

Total Distance 792kms

Highlights

  • Werribee Open Range Zoo
  • Surfworld
  • Otway Fly
  • Twelve Apostles
  • Port Campbell National Park
  • Sovereign Hill
  • Grampians National Park
  • Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Eureka Centre
  • Victoria Wineries

The Great Southern Touring Route offers the very best of Victoria’s attractions – stunning coastal and inland scenery, history and heritage all in a circular route connecting Melbourne to 3 of Victoria’s regional cities – Geelong, Warrnambool and Ballarat. The flexible, compact touring route is a unique and diverse driving experience, providing links with the internationally acclaimed Great Ocean Road, the natural wonders of the Grampians National Park and the historic Ballarat goldfields.

Pickup car hire Melbourne.

Day 1 – Melbourne to Apollo Bay (184km, 2 hrs 45 mins)

From Melbourne travel towards Geelong along the Princess Highway, stopping at Werribee Park which features an award winning historic mansion and the Werribee Open Range Zoo, an Out of Africa adventure. Geelong’s new waterfront is a popular attraction to take a break.

Then it’s on to Torquay Australia’s surfing capital with beautiful beaches, a surfing museum, and a great shopping centre devoted to surfwear and surfing merchandise. Torquay is the official start of the Great Ocean Road, where it begins to wind its way though Angelsea and onto Lorne. With the ocean on one side and rainforest behind, Lorne is a cosmopolitan beachside destination, popular for swimming and surfing. Restaurants, cafes and boutique shops adorn the street overlooking the bay.

The road hugs the coastline to Apollo Bay, providing spectacular lookout opportunities along the way. Apollo Bay is set in the picturesque green foothills of the Great Otway National Park and boasts long sandy beaches and deep-blue sea. Sample some freshly caught seafood.

Overnight: Apollo Bay

Day 2 – Apollo Bay to Port Fairy (193km, 2 hrs 45 mins)

The Great Ocean Road briefly leaves the coast as you head through the Great Otway National Park where you’ll marvel at mighty fern gullies, huge trees, beautiful waterfalls and native animals in the lush temperate rainforest. For a bird’s eye view, take a walk along the 600 metre long Otway Fly Tree Top canopy walk.

As the Great Ocean Road returns to the coast, the majesty of the Port Campbell National Park quickly begins to unfold. Colossal rock stacks soar from the ocean floor and blowholes roar with spouting water. The massive Twelve Apostles are a highlight of the whole trip. See them from the boardwalk or for truly awe-inspiring scenery and breathtaking photographic opportunities take a helicopter flight with Great Ocean Road Helicopters. More of nature’s beauty is revealed in the Bay of Islands Coastal Park on the drive to Warrnambool. The picturesque city overlooks the deep blue of the Southern Ocean and has a fascinating maritime history. Visit Flagstaff Hill, a recreated 19th century maritime village and in the evening experience ‘Shipwrecked’, a sound and laser spectacular that tells the tragic story of the Loch Ard disaster on a 9-metre aqua screen.

On the way to Port Fairy, visit Tower Hill to intimately observe Australian wildlife in a dormant volcano or experience bush culture with Worn Gundidj, the local Aboriginals. Travel a further 10 minutes along the road to the historic fishing village of Port Fairy. Steeped in history and charm, Port Fairy’s culture and architecture have been beautifully preserved.

Overnight: Port Fairy.

Day 3 – Port Fairy to Halls Gap (158kms, 2 hrs)

The Great Southern Touring Route leaves the coast near Port Fairy and travels north towards the Grampians National Park. Along the way, character packed country towns provide a glimpse of Australian life. Nearing the Grampians, the pristine beauty and enormity of the ranges becomes apparent as they begin to dominate the horizon. In the Grampians National Park, you’ll discover hidden valleys, waterfalls, lakes and wildlife. Explore the region on one of the many walks in the magnificent Halls Gap are and soak up the breathtaking views from the spectacular lookouts. Take a tour to see Koori rock art within the park and learn about the local Aboriginal culture at Brambuck. For the adventurous, Grampians Adventure Services provides rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, guided walks, canoeing and kayaking.

Overnight: Halls Gap

Day 4 – Halls Gap to Ballarat (142kms, 1 hr 45 mins)

The touring route continues onto Ballarat and along the way you can take a self-guided tour of the wine regions of the Pyrenees, Grampians and Ballarat and learning the intimate secrets of some of Australia’s best cool-climate wines.

In Ararat you’ll find Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, which re-lives the journey and story of gold prospectors from Southern China and their discovery of Australia’s largest alluvial goldfield.

The legacy of the boom from the gold rush days is evident in the majestic architecture and wide tree-lined streets of Ballarat. Strike gold at Sovereign Hill, the city’s major attraction recreating the gold fever that gripped Australia in the 1850’s. Sovereign Hill is brought to life in this outdoor living museum, which features a working bakery, blacksmith, lolly shop and main street troopers. At night ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ depicts the 1854 Eureka Stockade, the only civil uprising when miners took on the authorities. It’s a spectacular sound and light show not to miss!

Overnight: Ballarat

Day 5 – Ballarat to Melbourne (115 kms, 1.5 hrs)

Spend the day looking around Ballarat, as it boasts a number of other great attractions including the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, beautiful botanic gardens, the Eureka Centre and a wildlife park. At Ballarat Wildlife Park enjoy close contact with Australian native animals. Feed the free-roaming kangaroos, watch crocodiles and Tasmanian Devil feedings, and participate in koala and wombat photo opportunities.