Did you know that One World Dive & Travel does adventure travel too. In addition to our popular group SCUBA trips, we also guide adventures to non-dive destinations as well. Here’s a look back at some of our favorite top side adventures so far:
It’s hard to beat an adventure that starts out by traveling as far south of the border as you can. After a week of chasing waterfalls (Iguaçu falls that is) and sight seeing in Buenos Aires, we hopped aboard our ship to cross the famed Drake Passage over to the most southern continent in the world. We kayaked with leopard seals, photographed penguins, and even camped on the ice. Some of our group trip regulars checked off continent number 7, and even got to visit all 7 continents together on our group trips.
We’ve been lucky enough to take two safaris in Africa (with a third scheduled for 2021.) On our first, to Tanzania, we explored Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation area for amazing photography. The highlight for most was getting to witness the wildebeest migration. We returned to Africa in 2018 for an adventure in Botswana where we were lucky enough to spot some spots and see leopards in their natural habitat. Topped off with a trip to Victoria Falls and Capetown, we were treated to a truly cultural and immersive experience in South Africa.
We went to try our luck golfing under Iceland’s summer midnight sun, when the high latitude provides 24 hours of daylight. Every experience in Iceland seems otherworldly. From soaking in the thermal waters of the blue lagoon to diving between the tectonic plates, it’s hard to explain the wonder and magic of Iceland.
As much as we love SCUBA diving across the globe, there are some adventures best saved for snorkeling. We spent a week snorkeling with humpback whales in the Dominican Republic. It’s a magical experience jumping off the boat and swimming out to see the whales. The mothers swim past you, making eye contact and sizing you up. Once they determine you are safe and not a threat, they’ll let you meet the babies.
For another magical encounter with animals, we traveled north this time and ventured into the frozen tundra of Churchill, Canada to photograph polar bears. And the bears did not disappoint. For added adventure, we tried our hand at mushing and took a dog sled ride across one of the world’s northern most cities. Just a short trek from Winnipeg, an adventure in Churchill is definitely one you should add to your bucket list.
One World Dive & Travel is also a licensed Trek Travel and Backroads dealer, so we can book or guide your next cycling adventure too. Not only will we have some scenic cycling add-ons for our Danube River cruise, but last fall we went leaf peeping on our bikes through New Mexico.
For an iconic adventure, we set off to Peru for 4 days of trekking on the Inca Trail, plus add on tours in and around Cusco. We bought alpaca souvenirs at one of the coolest markets we’ve seen, we hiked along cliff sides with sheer 50 foot drops, and we woke up to breath taking sunrises over amazing ruins. Topped off with amazing food that left us wanting more quinoa every day, this was an unforgettable experience that should be tempt every traveler.
Most recently, we took a river cruise through central Europe, with stops in the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary. We drank Czech beer, sipped Austrian wine, and gorged on Hungarian Goulash. For an active adventure (which was much needed after the amazing European food) we added cycle tours of each destination to experience these iconic tourist favorites from a more local perspective.
Wanderlust is an incurable aliment, and our lists of places to see just keep growing. Upcoming adventure trips include South East Asia (including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand) and Egypt (with pyramids, mummies, and diving in the Red Sea.)
If you want to join us on one of these adventures—or have our travel specialist set up a top side adventure for you and your family—we are always here to help. Just give us a call at 303-220-8282.