28 March 2012
From cruising along the coastline on a cycle to trekking deep into the jungle, Adventure World reveals their pick of the world’s top five active escapes.
If your idea of an ideal holiday doesn’t involve you lying idle on a tropical beach sipping pina coladas or watching the sights from the seat of a tour bus, then an active holiday may be just the ticket for your next overseas break.
For travellers who want more than just sun, sea and sand and for whom relaxing is a dirty eight letter word, leading New Zealand travel company Adventure World share their pick of the world’s top five active escapes – the holidays that are perfect for those seeking a slice of adventure.
1. Welcome to the jungle, Thailand
It’s renowned for its stunning beaches and mouth-wateringly delicious cuisine, yet for the active traveller, Thailand offers so much more.
Venture off the tourist trail and travel deep into the Thai jungle as you uncover the adventurous side of this South East Asian paradise with Adventure World’s 3 day Elephant Hills Jungle Lake Safari
package, priced from just $657* per person.
Nestled deep inside the largest rainforest in Southern Thailand, lap up the luxury as you spend the night in one of the only floating tented camps in the world, before trekking deep into the jungle to check out the magnificent flora and fauna and embarking on a guided jungle canoe safari trip down the Sok River for some wildlife spotting.
If that’s not enough, you’ll also get the chance to get up close and personal to the forest’s resident elephants, by feeding and cleaning them and planting some of their food.
2. Cycle Catalunya, Spain
What better way to experience the unspoilt coastline of picture perfect Catalunya - where white sandy beaches, beautiful bays, traditional fishing ports and sun-drenched villages are to be found around every twist and turn - than from the seat of a cycle.
Strap on your helmet as you prepare to cycle your way along pretty coastal paths, past olive groves, citrus orchards, through magical mediaeval villages and colourful fishing ports on Headwater’s Contrasts of Catalunya cycle tour
Staying in luxurious, boutique hotels including a luxury 14th century castle and with an emphasis on sampling delicious local cuisine, this 7 day Spanish cycling holiday is priced from $2,370* per person.
3. Zip around Nicaragua
From zip-wiring through tree-top canopies to climbing an active volcano, it’s like Nicaragua was made for adventure.
Search for crocodiles in mangrove-lined forests, snorkel amongst the azure waters of the Caribbean, track monkeys in Chocoyero El Brujo National Park, kayak on Lake Nicaragua and surf and stay on a volcanic island with Explore’s 15 day family-friendly Active Nicaragua package, priced from $2,760* per adult and $2,433* per child.
4. Uncover what lies beneath in Borneo
Boasting luscious rainforests, endangered wildlife and diverse culture, Borneo is a magnet for adventure and nature lovers alike.
And while Borneo’s rich repository of land based attractions are bound to keep the boredom at bay for a decent amount of time, for those looking to really whet their appetite for adventure, then it’s time to dive right into it – the water, that is.
Discover one of the world’s top dive sites as you dive deep into the waters off Borneo'sbeautiful shores for an unforgettable underwater adventure with Adventure World’s 3 day Diving Sipadan package, priced from $1,139* per person.
On this fabulous dive adventure, travellers can expect to see a colourful and abundant array of aquatic life including turtles, schools of jacks and barracuda, as they journey underwater and around the tiny coral island paradise of Sipadan - Malaysia’s only oceanic island which features a vertical cliff that descends 600 meters under the sea.
5. White water rafting in Africa
Africa and adventure go together like cheese and crackers, making it one of the best places on the planet for active travellers to explore. And while adventure can be found in just about every pocket of this incredible continent, for those seeking a true adrenaline rush, head to Victoria Falls, Africa’s undisputed heavyweight adventure champion.
Home to some of the best and most extreme white water rafting on the planet, ride the rapids fondly referred to as the ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘The Terminator’ and the ‘Washing Machine’ for a blood-pumping experience you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Discover the thrill of Victoria Falls and so much more on Acacia Africa’s Natural Wonders of the World premium overlanding tour. Travelling from Cape Town through the Namib Desert, onto the wildlife rich Okavango Delta and ending at Victoria Falls, this 19 day journey is priced from $4,095* per person + local payment.
* All prices are per person, twin share. International airfares are additional. Terms and conditions apply.
For more information on any of the above active adventures or to book your next active escape, contact the experts at Adventure World on 0800 465 432 or visit www.adventureworld.co.nz
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About Adventure World
For over 25 years, Adventure World has been crafting unique and inspiring holidays for New Zealanders to some of the most beautiful and exotic places in the world.
With first hand destination knowledge, and impeccable attention to detail, Adventure World is constantly sourcing new and unique “hand-picked” travel options to take travellers on the paths less travelled for a truly personal and rewarding holiday experience.