If you’re the type of traveler who thinks lazing around a pool with a drink in hand day after day makes for a boring vacation, these more adventuresome escapes might be right up your alley. Venturing outside the box through adventure travel not only provides the chance for a thrill-packed vacation, but a chance to get to know the locals and to truly leave all of those worries behind.
Sea kayaking with orcas off Vancouver Island, B.C.
The waters of Johnstone Strait, along the northeast coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, are home to one of the largest concentration of orca whales on earth, as well as lots of other wildlife like bald eagles and black bears. There are a number of outfitters in the area that offer sea kayaking excursions. Three and six day tours, in which participants paddle out to remote islands, viewing these majestic creatures along the way and falling to sleep at night to the soothing sounds of the whales, are available through Wildheart Adventures.
Gourmet meals are included in the trip, with many prepared using fresh, wild salmon that are pulled from the water that very day. All sea-kayaking equipment is also included, but you’ll need to bring your camping gear, like a tent and sleeping bag. Wildheart can also rent these items to you. While summers tend to be mild in this area, rain is fairly common, so you’ll want to bring good quality waterproof rain gear to ensure your comfort on the trip.
Motorcycle adventure along the Pacific Coast Highway
The Pacific Coast Highway should be on every motorcycle enthusiast’s bucket list. This stellar ride down Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles, California offers the chance to travel at the edge of plunging cliffs and crashing waves, through redwood forests and past beautiful beaches where elephant seals are seen soaking in the sun. Highlights along the way also include the famous surfing capital, Santa Cruz, a rare purple sand beach at Big Sur, and even a magnificent castle.
This amazing journey stretches for 456 miles and is best accomplished over several days. If you’re coming from a long distance, or even overseas, The Roadery offers a self-guided motorcycle tour on this very route, which includes a late model bike like a Harley-Davidson Sportster. Although helmets are included, it is recommended you bring your own for style and comfort reasons, along with motorcycle gear like a motorcycle jacket, pants, and gloves.
Hiking treks through Dominica
Dominica, also known as “The Nature Island of the Caribbean,” with its spectacularly lush landscape that includes an unspoiled rainforest, volcanic hot springs, and countless waterfalls, offers a multitude of experiences for adventure travelers. Ken’s Hinterland Adventure Tours offers guided hikes that include waterfall-hopping as well as cross-island treks. The island is one of the best in the Caribbean for swimming in freshwater pools that sit beneath gently cascading falls.
Of course, being a tropical island, Dominica also offers the chance for the ultimate in relaxation. After a long hike and refreshing dip, you might want to spend at least some time lazing in a hammock while enjoy the sights and sounds of the glistening Caribbean Sea. Jungle Bay Dominica offers cottages that come complete with a spacious patio and hammock for doing just that.