1. Scuba diving in Hawaii
Hawaii’s tropical climate makes it a fine place to visit anytime of the year. Not only does it have great weather, but it’s a huge marine reserve that was once considered the largest in the world (Australia now holds that title). Some of the marine animals to see include colourful tropical fish, giant sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, whales and many more. Lodge in the historic coastal town of Kailua Kona in order to be close to great diving spots.
Cost: Ranges between 250$ and 330$ per person/day
2. Bungee Jumping in China
Among extreme sports, bungee jumping is the great equalizer. You don’t need any special skills, just courage. And whether it’s your first jump or your twentieth, the experience will be just as thrilling.
Since opening in late 2001, China’s multipurpose, futuristic Macau Tower has been among its great landmarks. This skyscraper includes restaurants, shops, and theatres. The highlight of your stay, however, is likely to be your 764-foot dive off the side of the building.
Cost: About 650$
3. White Water Rafting In Colorado
The Colorado River, which winds for 226 miles through Colorado, Utah and Arizona, is the quintessential rafting destination. When you aren’t battling the powerful rapids, the calm stretches provide a unique view of the canyon. The journey also offers plenty of adventure on dry land with ancient Indian ruins, miles of hiking trails and campsites located on beautiful beaches.
Cost: 6 day trip, 2145$ per person
4. Zip lining in Alaska
Icy straight-point in Hoonah, Alaska is a common stop for cruise shops touring the region. They claim the zip line, the ZipRider, is the largest in the world, and it’s definitely a formidable ride, running more than a mile, with a 1,300 foot vertical drop over a 90-second ride. Six riders take off simultaneously on parallel lines, and race to the bottom. Built in 2006-2007, the zip line offers an average speed of 60 mph, though the record is 82. Like all great zip lines, it features a fantastic view. Riders fly over Hoonah’s tree-covered mountains and the ocean below.
Cost: 140$ per person
5. Volcano climbing in Ecuador
Ecuador is home to Pichincha, Riminahui, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo volcanoes, and of these, Cotopaxi is perhaps the most emblematic and the most frequently climbed, though is does require an overnight at a refuge. At 19,347 feet, it is the second highest volcano in Ecuador. From Quito, you can hire a guide, though since the starting point of the hike is at nearly 15,000 feet, a number of days’ acclimation in Quito beforehand, as well as climbing some smaller, nearby mountains would be wise.
Cost: 2370$ for a 10 day experience
6. Skydiving in Dubai
Skydiving is a three-in-one experience. You get to fly on a jet plane, jump off the plane, then parachute your way down to land. It’s the perfect experience for anyone who just wants to let go.
Dubai is quickly becoming one of the best skydiving destinations in the world. On your descent you will be able to see a man made peninsula floating on the water with its own private beach, the tallest building in the world and the World Islands archipelago. Once you’ve seen the views you can enjoy Dubai’s nightlife, or even try a quad ride in the desert.
7. Caving in South Africa
Caving sits at the fringes of the tourism industry. Bad-boy eco-tourists, hard-core adventurers, and fearless curiosity-seekers can be found exploring the cramped, lightless corners of the underground world.
Congo Caves, in the Western Cape region of South Africa, is one of the more accessible and impressive underground attractions on the continent. This subterranean destination features towering stalagmites that sit in large chambers.
Cost: 8$ for 60 minutes and 10$ for 90 minutes