13 March 2019
5 great adventure destinations
explore these tropical destinations in style
Get closer to local wildlife than you ever thought possible in the Galapagos Islands, one of the few locations in the world that does not have an indigenous population. Encounter giant tortoise, iguanas, rays, cormorants, penguins, pelicans, lava herons, sea turtles, sea lions and blue-footed boobies. See Green Sea Turtles nesting. Explore lagoons alive with flamingos, volcano lava fields and black beaches.
san blas islands
A paradise of coral reefs, sunken shipwrecks and thatched beach huts, an adventure in the San Blas Islands in Panama takes in a crossing through the world-famous Panama Canal and scuba diving in a tunnel beneath a coral reef. Snorkel around a sunken army gunboat, swim with tropical fish, and relax on remote abandoned beaches.
A South Pacific fantasy brought to life, French Polynesia is the ultimate island hopping destination. Enjoy a Tahitian Feast, made using an oven in the ground lined with hot volcanic stones. Swim and dive with sharks, rays, turtles and thousands of fish, and snorkel in shallow coral gardens. The captain will find the best reef breaks for surfers. On land, explore by jeep, hike volcanic mountains and discover ancient temples dating to 700AD.
Cuba is a fascinating country combining unique culture with stunning landscapes and lively underwater scenes. Visit a local ‘paladar’, wander colonial Trinidad, and swim with over 30 sharks including Caribbean reef sharks and silky sharks. An expert marine biologist can join you onboard. Explore coral seabeds teeming with tropical fish in the Punta Frances Marine Park, with 56 sites rich in colourful marine life, as snappers, barracudas, rays, reef sharks, turtles and more glide among gardens of sponges and Gorgonian corals.
The Raja Ampat archipelago in Indonesia is a highly protected collection of 1500 islands scattered off Sorong. Reefs, rainforests, hidden bays and sheltered blue lagoons await kayakers and divers. Explore stunning coral gardens, take sunset hikes, swim with manta rays and paddleboard along limestone islands. For snorkellers, multiple dive sites offer a mix of hard coral, barrel sponges and soft corals teeming with colourful fish.