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Top 50 Adventures
We’ve scoured the globe to compile our ultimate list of adventures. From helicopter rides to the top of the world to nocturnal glow-in-the-dark diving in the Indian Ocean, there’s something to suit all explorers
HALO Jump in a Secret Location
Pencari Black specializes in curating custom luxury adventures with a twist: The company’s sister operation, Pencari Training, is responsible for training the world’s military and special forces, and from this expertise, Pencari Black was born. If you’ve ever had dreams of joining Delta Force or just want to do something completely different, the immersive experiences will fulfil even the most seasoned adventurer’s desires. Each itinerary is entirely bespoke, but you can expect to plunge 28,000 ft through the sky over the Colorado desert at a speed of 120 mph from a military-grade aircraft (known as a HALO jump — a military-style, low-open parachute jump that gets troops on the ground with speed and stealth); locate a hostage and venture behind enemy lines decked out in the latest special commando forces clothing and equipment; or track your target through the African bush while keeping an eye out for the Big Five.
Heli-Biking in Canada
Accessible only by air or boat, Nimmo Bay Resort is truly wild and remote. The thick green canopy of the Great Bear Rainforest towers over the chalet-style lodge, and a vast lake is directly in front — and there’s a tumbling 5,000-ft waterfall just steps away. When the Murray family opened it in 1982, it was the world’s first eco-lodge, and sustainability is still at the heart of this ruggedly beautiful place (and it’s still owned and operated by the Murrays). As the resort is set in such a breathtaking wilderness, there is a veritable toy box of wondrous activities to be enjoyed, from a bonfire on the floating dock and kayaking in the clear waters to salmon fishing. The resort has a stellar heli-biking program: Soar up to forested alpine and remote mountain ridges and glaciers, then explore the outstanding landscape by fat bike. With legs suitably tired and camera memory filled up, stop off for a remote gourmet picnic.
Witness Africa’s Great Migration
The Great Migration is truly a sight to behold — millions of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles journey across the Serengeti to Maasai Mara in search of water and food, braving lions, cheetahs, hyenas, crocodiles and hippos along the way. You might have already witnessed this great spectacle of wildlife, but the ultimate way to take it in is from the sky. Rise with the sun up above the plains in a hot air balloon, and gently drift through the skies above rivers and forests. Don’t forget your camera, as the bird’s eye views are outstanding. Back on solid ground, you’ll have a champagne breakfast to celebrate another tick off the bucket list. Accommodations on the eight-day trip include famed Giraffe Manor, where you can feed a Rothschild’s giraffe over breakfast; Sir Richard Branson’s private luxury safari lodge, Mahali Mzuri, in the private Olare Motogori Conservancy; and Medina Palms Hotel, where you will finish the trip with a well-deserved beach break.
Heli-Fishing in New Zealand
The Marlborough Lodge is a charming boutique hotel with just 10 rooms in the middle of New Zealand’s Marlborough wine region. It’s tranquil and secluded, and a lovely spot to use as a base to explore the surroundings — a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc will be waiting upon your return. Soar by helicopter over the Marlborough Sounds before arriving on D’Urville Island for fly-fishing. The island is located off the northern coast of the South Island, and was discovered by French explorer Jules Dumont D’Urville. At just 58 square miles and with around 50 residents, it’s secluded and mysterious, and is one of the country’s best fishing locations. Landing on a remote outcrop, you’ll be in the best spot for a guaranteed catch. While the fish may not be the biggest you’ve ever seen, they are certainly plentiful and always biting — blue cod and trout abound. Armed with your catch of the day, you’ll reboard the helicopter and fly to a remote bay for a lunch of blue cod sashimi and grilled blue cod, washed down with fine wine. On the flight back to the lodge, you’ll fly via Mount Richmond Forest Park and over the Wairau Valley.
Skydive into the Grand Canyon
The red rock of the colossal Grand Canyon is unmistakable, and seems to glow during sunrise and sunset. Some of the rock formations are over 1.7 billion years old, and there are millions of years of geological history within the gorge. The views seem like they’re never-ending, so the best way to take them in is from above. Paragon Skydive is the only company to offer this experience where, once you’ve reached jump altitude in the aircraft, you’ll leap out and travel through the sky at speeds of up to 124 mph. You’ll be attached to an experienced USPA-qualified instructor, so they will stabilize your free fall, allowing you to take in those awe-inspiring views. We recommend staying at the ARIA Sky Suites, where Paragon can collect you and — after a scenic flight — land you right in the dropzone, ready for your skydive.
Bungee into a Volcano in Chile
Absolutely not for the faint-hearted: You can leap into an active volcano in Chile with specialist operator Bungee (who also assisted daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner with his stratosphere skydive from space). A helicopter will fly you into the caldera of the Villarrica Volcano, where you’ll bungee jump 400 ft into the abyss, coming close to bubbling lava. A photographer will accompany you to capture the most unbelievable, death-defying thing you’ll likely ever do. During the trip, you’ll also board the helicopter once again to bungee jump into a lava tube down the face of a 330-ft waterfall, and head off on a white-knuckle, white-water rafting ride. Stay in the Park Lake Resort in Villarrica — it has superb views of the volcano and lava lake, plus its own helipad.
A Worldwide Tour with Four Seasons
Nine countries, 24 days, one jet and Four Seasons. Following huge demand after the success of its 2018 private jet itineraries, Four Seasons is offering a new epic trip available later this year, from October 23 to November 15. Setting off from Seattle on board the Four Seasons’ custom-fitted Boeing 757, you’ll fly in utmost luxury with a maximum of 52 other guests to Kyoto in Japan, Bali, the Seychelles, Rwanda, Marrakech in Morocco, Bogotá in Colombia, the Galápagos Islands, and end the journey in Miami. Naturally, you’ll stay in Four Seasons hotels at each destination (except in the Galápagos Islands, where you’ll be the only guests on board Silver Galapagos). You’ll have a dedicated associate on call before, after and during the trip to help plan your perfect itinerary, be it a private lesson in samurai-sword combat in Kyoto; a water ritual led by a temple priest in Bali; surfing with an expert guide in the Seychelles; searching for mountain gorillas with a naturalist guide in Rwanda; or taking salsa lessons in Bogotá.