Islands for adventure seekers

July 21, 2014 |

Instead of looking for a vacation destination that’s isolated and quiet, why not try booking adventure travel? Not only do you get the chance to see a whole new world, but you’ll also have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cross a few things off your bucket list.

Islands for adventure
Whether you plan on scuba diving in the ocean or hiking through the rainforest, the world is full of adventurous places that will suit what it is you want to do.

  • Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, is one of the best places in the world for diving. It’s also home to one of the most famous dive sites in the world, the spot where the luxury liner the SS President Coolidge sits on the ocean floor. It’s a shallow site that is easily accessible and has high visibility, making it one of the most desirable recreational dive spots in the world. The island is also home to blue holes that are deep as well as crystal clear snorkeling spots that are scattered throughout the rainforest.
  • Head to Tonga, Niue and Vanuatu for a fishing expedition. These Pacific islands are home to a variety of sea life. Niue has even been referred to as a fisherman’s secret paradise because of the access to big game. When you visit Vanuatu, you’ll find the 83 islands have a number of spots for pelagic fishing.
  • Tonga is situated among the clear, blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and is a prime spot for kayaking. The views from the azure waters of Ha’apai and Vava’u will leave you breathless while you navigate among the dolphins, turtles and fish. You can also snorkel at Swallows Cave, a popular site that offers quiet, beautiful beaches and colorful coral reefs.
  • There’s nothing quite like watching the annual migration of the Humpback Whale, so why not do it when you travel to Niue? It’s one of only three places in the world where you can snorkel with these giant sea creatures. There are also ample opportunities for dolphin encounters.

Adventure in the Caribbean
If you prefer to stay closer to the U.S., try these Caribbean destinations:

  • Hike El Yunque in Puerto Rico. The island is encompassed by rainforests and the Caribbean National Forest covers 28,000 acres. There are trails scattered throughout the forest that will take you by a range of ecosystems before you head up mountain summits.
  • You can go swimming with stingrays when you visit the Grand Cayman Islands. Grand Cayman is home to Stingray City and the open-water site is located near the North Sound, between West Bay and Rum Point. There’s also a 12-foot-deep area that allows divers to observe reef fish and sea turtles.
  • For those who really want to get their adrenaline pumping, head to the Bahamas where you can swim with sharks. Bull sharks, hammerheads, reef sharks and makos all call Long Island’s Stella Maris Shark Reef home.
  • Jamaica’s Blue Mountains are one of the best places in the world to go for a hike. The mountains are home to coffee fields, which you’ll get to see when you visit. Blue Mountain Peak is the highest point in the country and stands at 7,400 feet. If you head out early enough in the morning, you’ll even get to see the sunrise from the mountaintop.
  • Trinidad is still a mostly undiscovered tourist destination, but is worth the trip. The country is home to many bird species as well as wildlife including armadillos, anteaters, ocelots and red howler monkeys.
  • Bonaire is home to a marine park and one of the world’s most diverse fish populations. Diving and snorkeling are the most popular activities to do while visiting as you can see coral reefs and ship wrecks.