Most outdoor activities on Rhodes are beach- and sea-related. For everything from parasailing to jet skis to canoes, you'll find what you need at Faliraki beach, if you can tolerate the crowds. If you've always wanted to try scuba diving, both Waterhoppers Diving Schools (tel./fax 22410/38-146; www.waterhoppers.com) and Dive Med (tel. 22410/61-115; www.divemedcollege.com) offer 1-day introductory dives for beginners, diving expeditions for experienced divers, and 4- to 5-day courses leading to various certifications. For wind- and kite-surfing, Prasonisi beach at the far southern end of Rhodes provides what has been described as a "surfer's heaven."
Or if you'd like to hike around the lesser-traveled parts of Rhodes, contact Walking Rhodes for guided excursions (tel. 69451/66-5850; www.walkingrhodes.com).
No license is required for fishing; the best grounds are reputed to be off Kamiros Skala, Kalithea, and Lindos. Try hitching a ride with the fishing boats that moor opposite Ayia Katerina's Gate. For sailing and yachting info, call the Yacht Agency Rhodes (tel. 22410/22-927; fax 22410/23-393), the center for all yachting needs.
Other sports are available at Rhodes Tennis Club (tel. 22410/25-705) in the resort of Elli, or at Rhodes-Afandu Golf Club (tel. 22410/51-225), 19km (12 miles) south of the port. A centrally located, fully equipped fitness center can be found at the Fitness Factory, 17 Akti Kanari (tel. 22410/37-667; www.rodosnet.gr/fitnessfactory).
If you want to get some culture as you get in shape, information on traditional Greek folk-dance lessons was long obtainable at the Old Town Theater (tel. 22410/29-085). But since the world-famous Nelly Dimoglou troupe was forced to suspend its performances after 2010, this service is no longer guaranteed. Instead, contact the Traditional Dance Center, 87 Dekelias, Athens (tel. 210/251-1080); they usually offer summer classes on dances from different regions of Greece.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.