You can join in with lots of activities in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria. From the beach you can take a trip on a motor boat or even have an adventure on a "pirate ship". The full day pirate cruise includes time for swimming and fishing. Breakfast and lunch are provided, as well as beer for adults and soft drinks for the kids. The pirate ship will take you all to a quiet and private beach where you can sunbathe, paddle and swim and the kids can pretend to be stranded on an island.
Beach-based fun includes water sports such as jet-skis, banana boats, wind-surfing, water skiing, para-sailing and hang gliding. The great thing is that you pay a lot less for your thrills in Sunny Beach than in the more traditional holiday destinations.
You can keep fit during your holiday by joining in the many games of volleyball on the beach. There are also top quality tennis courts where you can take tennis lessons, play against your friends and family and even participate in tennis tournaments. You can go horse-riding or take horse-riding lessons at the stables. If you want to go exploring, hire a bicycle and head out into the hills. While you are there, have a drink with the locals at one of the village bars. You might even get invited back to their houses to sample their home-made Rakia.
Always wanted to try skydiving but never had the nerve? Well here's your chance. On the main road through Sunny Beach, next to the karting track, is the Aerodium bodyflight arena. Bodyflight (or Indoor Skydiving) allows you to experience the thrill and adrenaline rush of skydiving or parachuting without the need to jump out of an aeroplane. Aerodium is suitable for children and adults - the staff will provide you with all the gear and teach you how to skydive safely in the arena.
Aerodium, Sunny Beach
Girls playing in the wind
If you want an off-road experience that's rugged and exhilarating, why not hire a quad bike? Just a few miles down the road from Sunny Beach you can experience the action-packed fun of a cross-country quad bike ride. Supervised quad bike safaris are suitable for adults and kids of 11 years and over, whether you've ever been on a quad before or not. The safaris start from the village of Marinka and the organisers will even pick you up from Sunny Beach. Go on - give it a try!
On the main road from Burgas to Varna you will find the go kart circuit. The 440 metre track has night lighting and lap timers. For those of you who know your go karts, the club uses karts with an MSkart chassis and a 6.5 hp/200 cc Honda GX engine. The karting track is very easy to find as it is visible from the main road, opposite the Action Aqua park. Prices are very reasonable, starting at 10 Leva (5 Euros) for 3 minutes. If your bones are young enough to take the speed for 10 minutes, it will cost you just 25 Leva.
Been lying on the beach for hours and need to burn off some energy? Try the Sunny Beach paintball park. At Sunny Beach the price is 25 Leva (13 Euros) for 100 paintballs. The price includes hire of a marker gun, safety mask and paintball overalls for one person. Sounds like fun to me - but you might need some makeup to hide the bruises when you go down to the beach next day. Those paintballs pack quite a punch!
The paintball park is on the main road from Burgas to Varna, next to the karting track, so why not have a go on the karts while you're there?
If you want to see a little more of the resort, but you don't feel like walking, give the family a treat and take one of the carriage rides. What a fabulous way to travel. Sit back and relax, breathe in the fresh sea air and enjoy the clip-clop of the horse's hooves. And don't miss the opportunity for a photo shoot - a horse and carriage makes a charming snapshot.
All the tour operators offer a selection of excursions and tours from Sunny Beach. Operators will pick you up from your hotel, or a pick-up point near your accommodation, and whisk you away in air-conditioned comfort. You might have to join in a sing-song on the way, so you'd better get some practice in before you go! Trips include:
If you prefer to go it alone, you can hire a car and visit some of the nearby towns and resorts. See our suggestions for Places to Visit from Sunny Beach.