Ready to pack up a bag and head to the destination of your dreams? For some, the perfect vacation involves nothing but laying on a tropical beach with a margarita in hand. For thrill seekers, however, zip lining through the trees and snorkeling surrounded by schools of fish sounds better. Whatever you prefer, filling your vacation with a variety of activities gives you and your family or friends the opportunity to create lasting memories.
10 Destinations that Offer the Most Thrilling Activities Available
1. Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawaii is a destination known for its sun, surf and island welcome. When you’re in Honolulu, you can experience all that and more. Adventurers flock to Hawaii year round for its killer waves and beautiful reefs.
Two Tank Scuba Dive in the Hawaiian Seas
One of the most exciting adventures you can go on in Honolulu is the 2 tank scuba dive. Your crew will provide you with scuba gear and you should plan for a long day out on the water. Be sure to bring sunscreen, water and a towel.
During this excursion you’ll be in a small group of approximately 4-6 other divers. Your group will choose your dive location based on where the majority wants to go. You can choose to dive near shipwrecks or near reefs that host a variety of colorful fish and marine life.
Surf Lessons from Hawaiian Natives
If you’re looking for an activity that’ll be exciting for your whole family, look no further than surf lessons. This is an awesome excursion for anyone 5 and up who can handle a moderate amount of activity. If you’ve ever thought of trying to surf, this is a great opportunity to let native Hawaiians teach you the ropes. You’ll make memories that’ll definitely last a lifetime. While you’re out there a photographer will be snapping photos of your lesson so you’ll have a keepsake to take home as well!
2. Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Swim With Dolphins in Ocho Rios
Have you ever wanted to swim with the dolphins? Well, in Ocho Rios, there’s a unique Dolphin Trek Adventure where you can do just that. This is a great activity for visitors 8 years old and up, so you can bring along your family. Be sure to use biodegradable sunscreen for the dolphins’ protection before arriving.
This experience begins with your pick-up at the cruise terminal. From there, you’ll drive to the Dolphin park. Once there, you’ll receive a trek tank, a device that lets breathe underwater easily. At about 12 feet deep you’ll meet the dolphins who you’ll have a chance to play and interact with. While you’re at the park, you can also watch a shark show or go swimming with stingrays.
Jamaica Highlights Tour
Another must-do activity in Ocho Rios is the Jamaica highlights tour. An absolute wonder to see while you’re in Jamaica is Dunns River Falls, which this tour takes you to. This natural wonder consists of a series of waterfalls linked together. Because of the way they’re linked you have the ability to climb up the falls through their shallow pools. This tour will pick you up at the cruise dock and take you to the waterfall first thing to avoid the crowds.
After climbing the falls, you’ll head to Mahogany beach to swim and tube on the river. This is a great way to see the best that Ocho Rios has to offer in one excursion without any hassle.
3. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas is best described as a thrill seeker’s paradise. Between jetpack adventures, scuba diving, kayaking and more, you’ll never be bored.
Scuba Diving the “Underwater Aquarium of the World”
With its beautiful waters, it’s no surprise that Cabo San Lucas is also a great scuba diving location. Certified divers can dive at the location that Jacques Cousteau discovered. He named it the “Underwater Aquarium of the World”.
Be sure to check out the underwater sea cliffs and visit the sand falls at Pelican rock. You’ll be sure to have an adventure you’ll never forget. You might even get lucky and interact with friendly sea lions at this dive spot!
Jetpack Adventure Above Cabo San Lucas
You can also try a very unique activity in Cabo San Lucas that isn’t for the faint of heart — the jetpack adventure. The max amount that can go on this adventure is 2 people, so be sure to leave those in your group who aren’t going to fly behind. You’ll be in good hands as your jetpack is designed for safety, stability and ease of use.
Nonetheless, you’ll still need to spend 20-30 minutes of flight training with an instructor before you get suited up. Never fear once you’re up in the air, your instructor will have control of your throttle remotely. They’ll be able to communicate to you through a headset to your helmet when you’re in the jetpack. This is an unforgettable experience that will leave your heart pounding long after you’re done.
4. The Caribbean
Parasail in Orient Bay
Parasailing along the coast is a wonderful way to see the Bahamas in a more thrilling fashion. You’ll be 400 feet up in the air flying over crystal clear waters. From above you’ll get the perfect view of Paradise Island, the Atlantis resort, Cable beach, Nassau downtown and other shoreline areas. This activity does require two people, so make sure you have a friend or family member who’s willing to fly with you.
ATV Island Tour
See the island of Nassau on a thrilling ATV. You’ll get to stop at locations such as Fort Fincastle, The Queens Staircase and The Government House. You must be 21 or older, with a valid drivers license, to drive one of these ATVs!
5. Puntarenas / Costa Rica
Zip Line Through the Costa Rican Canopy
Costa Rica is known for its lush landscape and varied terrain and wildlife. One of the best views of this lush island is seen by going on a zip line tour. The Puntarenas Eco Adventure: Zip Line Canopy Tour is a action-packed adventure that poses no harm to the environment.
This excursion also boasts incredible views of the Herradura Bay and Island, as well as the Nicoya Gulf. Once you’re on site, you can check out local wildlife like scarlet macaws, toucans and whiteface monkeys.
Half of the land that the adventure is on is covered in primary forest. You’ll take a ride to the top of the mountain and descend to the bottom via a series of zip lines. This includes 14 platforms and 12 cables with a total cable distance of 3.5 km.
Horseback Through the Costa Rican Rainforest
If heights aren’t your thing but you still want to experience Costa Rica, then you should try the Rainforest Horseback Ride & Tram Tour. You must be 10 years or older to take part in this excursion, as there is horseback riding involved. You’ll ride for approximately one hour through farms which will lead you to the dense rainforest. In the rainforest you’ll get to take in pristine rivers and colorful wildlife.
6. Key West, Florida
Key West Shipwreck Biplane Tour
Fly in an authentic biplane over 100 year-old shipwrecks. The plane you’ll fly in was built i 1942 and features an open cockpit. There’s nothing quite like feeling the air on your face as you fly over the sea! During this tour, you’ll fly over two shipwrecks: the Pearl and Wisteria.
Float in a Clear Kayak
The Glass Bottom Kayak & Snorkeling Tour offers an eco tour in their clear kayaks. These kayaks offer incredible views of the marine life below you as you paddle.
This tour begins on a 33- foot catamaran which will bring you to the natural habitat of the mangrove islands and Key West’s backcountry. Besides kayaking, you’re also able to snorkel in the area if you choose.
7. Cayman Islands
Swim With the Stingrays in Stingray City
For a unique vacation experience, visit the Cayman Islands. One of the most interesting adventures you can go on here is to visit Stingray City, a series of lively sandbars.
If you go on the Stingray Sandbar and Snorkel Tour at Stingray City you’ll be all set to swim with the stingrays. On this tour you’ll make 2 stops, one at Stingray City and one at Coral Gardens to snorkel. Once in the water, tour guides will show you how to properly feed the stingrays. There’s nothing quite like this excursion, so make sure you plan ahead and book it well in advance!
Captain a Speed Boat in George Town
If you have a need for speed then this next excursion is right up your alley. There’s nothing quite like booking a PowerBoat rental while in George Town. You’ll get a safety briefing and orientation of your boat before you take off. Shortly after, however, you’ll be given the freedom to captain your own boat. Previous boating experience is required. If you’ve sailed before you’re able to speed around the island and enjoy the beautiful waters.
8. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands
Ride a Banana Boat on Governor’s Beach
If you’ve been on a beach before, you’ve most likely seen banana boats zipping by you as riders fly off into the surf. Well, if you visit Grand Turk, you can book an excursion to ride on one of these wild water rafts. This is a great family activity and a wonderful way to tour Governor’s Beach in a more exciting way.
Snorkel with Marine Life
If you’re looking for a way to see the local marine life, then the Ultimate Snorkeling excursion is for you. If you book this excursion you’ll snorkel the famous “wall” in Grand Turk. The “wall” is infamous for its “abyss” where you can peek in and see the bottom go from 15 feet to 7,000 feet. If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure for the whole family, then this excursion is a great choice.
If you’re a beginner, your skilled crew will be happy to teach you safe snorkeling techniques. Since Grand Turk has a reputation for great diving and snorkeling, this is an awesome way to experience the marine life. These tours are often smaller in size as well so you’ll get a personalized experience that you’re sure to not forget.
9. Philipsburg, St. Maarten
When you think of St. Maarten, you probably think of sun, sea and uninterrupted relaxation. St. Maarten has earned a reputation for offering the best experiences to both thrill seekers and the laid-back.
Quad Through St. Maarten
There are a variety of activities offered that are sure to please everyone in your traveling group. Quad biking, is a favorite activity in St. Maarten for thrill seekers looking for a great way to see the island. If you’re unfamiliar with riding a quad or just want some guidance, booking a tour will be your best bet. You are, however, able to rent quads on your own if you so desire.
10. Miami, Florida
Manatee Marine Life Tour in Miami
Paddleboard up close to marine life and manatees! Manatees, nicknamed “sea cows” are gentle creatures that are fun to observe and even pet! This excursion is good for families, as it’s open to anyone over the age of six.
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