Top 5 Destinations For Adrenaline Junkies – Water

What could be better than combining your passion for watersports with your love of yoga? Yovada dives deep into the depths of the latest trends in water recreation, uncovering the globes most exciting destinations for those who love water. Keep reading to see our top picks for adventure yoga retreats.

Surfing & SUP Boarding and Yoga Retreats & Workshops at Kalani Retreat in Hawaii

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Surfing in Hawaii

It’s hard to imagine a more serene setting than the paradise of Hawaii. Yogis who feel a deep connection to the water can quench their thirst when they visit the SwellWomen surf and yoga retreat in Maui, Hawaii. Each of its unique retreats throughout the year are bursting with incredible itineraries, commonly including surf lessons, yoga classes, a luxury catamaran boat tour, a swag bag valued at $225, complimentary massage, stand-up paddle board lessons, breakfast buffet, and an ocean view room.

After a week of perfecting your surfing game, the renowned Kalani Retreat Center on the Big Island of Hawaii will be a welcomed respite. This retreat offers the best of both worlds. You can choose from a wide variety of workshops, teacher trainings and retreats, or alternatively select your own personal retreat package. Packages include accommodation, a wide variety of yoga classes including intuitive, restorative, hot and yin yoga, meals, access to massage & sauna services, and Hawaiian culture immersion classes.

Wake Board Park and Yoga Retreat at The Yoga Barn in Bali, Indonesia

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Wakeboarding in Bali

Bali is the world’s epicentre for the latest in excellent yoga instruction, organic food and extreme adventure. Its enticing Hindu culture, unparalleled beaches and exquisite rice paddy fields make Bali home to some of the most compelling vacation experiences. Yogis who also double as wake boarders will be pleased to visit Bali Wake Park, home to world-class water sports. This eco-park is the first of it’s kind in Bali, and offers varying levels of wakeboard course difficulty, as well as coaching and gear rental.

After your aqua adventure, make your way over to The Yoga Barn for your choice of over 75 yoga classes, personalized yoga  and detox retreats, and monthly workshops ranging from Shamanic Breathwork to Epic Aging for Women. The atmosphere could not be more authentic, and nestled amidst the terraced rice paddies in the mountains of Ubud, you’ll experience a whole new level of relaxation and content.

The Yoga Barn also offers teacher training programs for those looking to deepen their practice or start a teaching journey.

White Water Rafting and Blue Spirit Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica, Central America

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White Water Rafting in Costa Rica

White water rafting in it’s most extreme form can be found in the gorgeous tropical landscape of Costa Rica. Pro Rafting Costa Rica sets the scene for unparalleled fun and adventure on the rivers of Costa Rica. Choose from one of three expeditions, depending on your skill and bravery level. The Chorro, Naranjo and Savegre River await you with class III, IV and V rapids. Overnight tours and combo tours including fishing and hiking are also available.

You’ll be ready to chill out after conquering the Costa Rican waterways. Make your way over to Blue Spirit Costa Rica, the premier destination for the best yoga retreats in the country. Interested in deepening your practice? Try the 300Hr Yoga Teacher Training. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, experiment with wide variety of yoga classes including vinyasa, self discovery sessions, guided meditation, and Shamanic rituals. Your stay is made complete with comfortable accommodation, airport transfers, massage services, free WiFi, add-ons like ziplining and horseback riding, and access to the salt water pool. The Yoga Barn also offers teacher training programs for those looking to deepen their practice or start a teaching journey.

Scuba Diving and Detox Retreat in Koh Chang, Thailand

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Scuba Diving in Thailand

Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, the island called Koh Chang is one of Thailand’s best kept secrets. Less touristy than Koh Tao and Koh Samui, Koh Chang is a quieter, more authentic getaway destination. For yogis who like to mix thrills with relaxation, Dolphin Divers 5 Star Scuba Center in Koh Chang offers just the right amount of exhilaration to keep your adrenaline pumping. With over 35 dive sites to choose from, the experts at Dolphin Divers will take you to heart-pounding depths, going as far below the surface as 43 metres. Try and keep your cool as you swim amongst the reefs with different species of sharks, turtles, and even whale sharks!

Once you make it back to shore, hop over to The Spa Koh Chang. Offering weight loss programs and detox, yoga and wellness retreats, The Spa Koh Chang Resort is the ultimate gift to your body. Retreats specialize in detoxifying the body with a series of cleanses, enemas, fasting practice, teas, and steam baths. You’ll feel like a brand new person after just a few days at this cleansing getaway destination.

Deep Water Cave Diving and Yoga By the Sea in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Cave Diving in Mexico

A Mexican getaway mixing deep water cave diving and a blissful yoga retreat in Playa del Carmen is the perfect solution for those looking to unwind. A variety of cave diving styles and instruction schemes are available at the ProTec Dive Center. Make no mistake, this once in a lifetime dive is not for the inexperienced! And don’t worry, ProTec is known for it’s high professional safety standards and offers experienced dive instructors, guides, equipment, and training.

After your underwater journey, plant your feet firmly on dry ground and check in at More Than Yoga. This seaside retreat centre offers a variety of nourishing yoga styles including hatha, restorative, yoga for beginners, and sunset yoga. Custom designed yoga vacations are available, including accommodation, delicious Mexican dining options, salsa dancing, and tours of ancient Mayan ruins.

If you think we’ve missed any awesome adventures for the outgoing yogi, or you just want to share your story, please contribute to our comments section below. At Yovada Life, we’re all about helping one another, and you just never know – it could be your advice that sets someone on a life changing journey!

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Leah Van Der Kooy

As a writer, yoga teacher and world-traveler, I have been lucky to live in some of the most incredible places on earth. Along the way, my curiosity about new cultures and the connectedness that happens when I step outside my comfort zone, have unveiled a depth of experience in my life that remains unmatched by anything other than travel. I travel, therefore, I am. Currently based in The Hague in The Netherlands, my recent projects include hosting a travel series for and writing for a handful of travel based publications. I can usually be found contemplating my next fresh story idea or on my yoga mat. More likely than not, good food and a delicious cup of tea is involved. Follow me at and on Twitter @leahvanderkooy