Top adventures to rock your world
Fancy doing something further off the beaten track, out of the ordinary, closer to nature? Give yourself some amazing new stories to tell this year, as you venture into new territory and challenge yourself on one of these stay-and-play travel adventures.
Snorkel with manta rays in Hawaii
Let's face it, a trip to Hawaii is a pretty unreal experience in itself. From the beautiful sandy beaches, the big waves and big beautiful landscape, to the ukuleles and the aloha spirit of the locals, Hawaii is a top spot. Head to the Kona Coast on the Big Island and take a floodlit night snorkel with giant manta rays to add to the magic. Floating in the darkness as these giants of the ocean glide underneath and all around is a mind-blowing experience that will be the cherry on the cake of your Hawaiian adventure.
Discover grizzly bears in Banff
The Canadian Rockies with their turquoise blue lakes and dramatic snow-capped mountains are an adventure in themselves. In the pretty town of Banff, you can get closer to nature and enjoy even more adventure of a grizzly kind! Join a guided grizzly tour and head into the wilderness to learn about their natural habitat and perhaps even see a powerful giant in the wild. You’ll also get to visit the Grizzly Bear Refuge and get up close and personal with rescued resident grizzly, Boo.
Seek Komodo dragons in Indonesia
Fearsome Komodo dragons are the biggest lizards in the world. Their tough and powerful physique allows them to dominate the islands they inhabit within the Komodo National Park in a small corner of Indonesia. You can see the Komodo dragons for yourself on an island adventure with trained rangers, who will take you on guided treks to see them in the wild, while enjoying the tropical views and rugged volcanic scenery of the islands.
Shark cage diving in Cape Town
Not for the faint-hearted, getting up close and personal to one of man’s biggest natural predators is bound to get the adrenalin pumping. See great whites in the wild on a cage dive trip in Cape Town. Experience the pure terror and fascination as these giants of the deep swim within metres of where you’re safely hauled up in your observation cage. This will be one experience you won’t forget in a hurry!
Camel rides in Alice Springs
If you’ve never ridden a camel, don’t think you have to go all the way to the Middle East to do so, there’s a whole camel scene going down right here on Australian soil. Head deep within the Red Centre and get yourself on a guided camel tour in Alice Springs. You’ll lollop along on a humpy ungulate as you enjoy views across the West McDonnell Ranges and spot other wildlife along the way.
Cycling in Vietnam
Colourful and chaotic Vietnam delights the senses with its charming French colonial heritage, tantalising street food and incredible natural beauty. Get closer to it all on a Mekong Delta cycling tour of this diverse place from the sandy white beaches to the crazy city streets. If you’re up for seeing it all, take a three-day, two-wheel and ferry adventure from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta, passing temples, rice paddies, waterways and isolated villages on your way.
Shotover Jet in Queenstown
Get set for thrills galore on an exhilarating jet boat ride through Queenstown’s spectacular Shotover Canyon. The Shotover Jet is one of New Zealand’s favourite adventure activities, and it certainly gets the heart pumping as it navigates the white waters through the narrow canyon walls at up to 85 kilometres per hour. Don’t forget to hold on to your hat!
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