Tuesday, 4 August 2020

9 daredevil experiences to check off your bucket list

When we’re back to travelling, there’s a good chance we’ll be seeking something a bit more out of the ordinary. In a recent travel survey by OnePoll that surveyed respondents from diverse locations such as Hong Kong, South Korea, Brazil, the UK and the US, 45% said they wanted to travel for a change of scenery while 41% said they wanted to make the most of their freedom post-pandemic.  

Well, these adrenaline-pumping activities take you far from bustling cities and plunge you into a thrilling new world.   

Kanchenjunga is the third-highest mountain in the world. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

1. Ascend the Kanchenjunga in Nepal 

While Everest may be the tallest mountain in the world, the famous peak is also suffering from over-tourism. Beat the crowds and still claim bragging rights with a climb to the country’s second highest (but no less majestic) mountain. Kanchenjunga means “Five Treasures of the Great Snow” in Tibetan, and the name is a nod to the five summits that make up the Kanchenjunga range. As locals believe the summit is sacred, most climbing parties stop a short distance from the top as a show of respect. 

Climb with… Snowy Horizon Treks and Expedition

Experience Auckland in a whole new way. Photo credit: AJ Hackett

2. Jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge

Take a 40-metre leap of faith from this iconic city bridge down into the waters below. Set against the panoramic backdrop of Waitemata Harbour, this is probably the most picturesque location in the city. Choose to jump solo or in tandem, with an ankle tie or harness. Whatever option you go for, you’ll still enjoy the same delicious and exhilarating rush of adrenaline.    

Jump with… AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand  

Son Doong was recently discovered as the world’s largest cave. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

3. Explore record-breaking caves in Central Vietnam 

The world’s largest cave, Son Doongwas recently discovered in Quang Binh province, about a 5.5-hour drive from Danang. Be among only 1,000 people allowed in each year or simply explore the many fascinating cave systems in the surrounding area, including the stunning Paradise Cave, surrounded by forested karst peaks.  

Go caving with… Oxalis Adventures  

Get a bird’s eye view of Monterey Bay

4. Skydive in Monterey Bay, California 

If you’re going to hurl yourself out of a plane, you might as well do it in style with the “World’s Highest Tandem Skydiving Experience from 18,000 feet” in California’s Monterey Bay. As you free-fall over the San Francisco coast, look out for key sights such as Carmel Valley, Big Sur and even the Golden Gate Bridge in the far north.  

Jump out of a plane with… Skydive Monterey Bay  

Ziplining at Angkor Wat

5. Zipline through Angkor Wat, Cambodia 

Channel your inner Lara Croft as you explore the world-famous archaeological park high above ground. This treetop adventure sees you whizzing through the Cambodian jungle, allowing you to encounter the flora and fauna surrounding Angkor Wat 

Fly through the trees with… Angkor Zipline  

Freediving in Panglao. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

6. Freedive in Panglao in the Philippines   

Experience the feeling of complete freedom and weightlessness with this deeply meditative sport, where you explore your limits in the underwater world. This island – located two hours by ferry from Cebu – has played host to the prestigious Asian Freediving Cup and offers a wide variety of easily accessible dive sites.   

Explore the deep blue with… Freedive Panglao  

Surreal landscapes at Ijen Crater. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

7. Explore an active volcano in East Java, Indonesia

A visit to Ijen Crater – about a six-hour drive from Surabaya – is well worth it for the otherworldly views of jagged sulphuric rock and an iridescent crater lake. For a truly magical experience, take the two-hour midnight hike to witness the mesmerising “blue fire” (ignited sulphuric gas).   

Climb a volcano with… Garuda Wisata Indonesia Tour and Services  

Paragliding over the beautiful Jungfrau region. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

8. Tandem paraglideover Interlaken, Switzerland   

Take to the skies in this free-flying glider aircraft piloted by a professional paraglider. From your scenic vantage point, drink in the beauty of Switzerland’s natural landscapes – from the pristine Interlaken to the snow-capped Jungfrau region.  

Enjoy a bird’s eye view with… Paragliding Interlaken  

Sandboarding in Gauteng, South Africa. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

9. Sandboarding in Mount Mayhem, South Africa  

The province of Gauteng, located just 30 minutes outside of Johannesburg, is a veritable hive of activity, from abseiling to river rafting. However, one of the most fastest growing sport is sandboarding, which sees you careening down undulating hills of sand at top speed. Be sure to hang on tight!  

 Sail down sandy dunes with… SA-Venues  

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