When we go on vacation, it is usually to take in new and interesting places and do new and exciting experiences. But for thrill seekers, going on an ordinary vacation is not enough. They will be looking for something that will have their blood pumping, and their adrenaline flowing. There are several destinations located all over the world that offer extreme and intense activities and experiences. Let’s take a look at the best vacations for thrill seekers:
Zorbing in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
The Zorb Rotorua in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty is one of the most exciting destinations in all of New Zealand. It is in the Zorb Rotorua that Zorbing was first invented. Zorbing is when you are rolling down a steep hillside inside a transparent plastic ball or orb, in ball inside a bigger ball. The speeds are considerable as the orb tumbles, rolls, and bounces down the hill. According to the people who have tried this wild tide, it feels like being suspended inside big bubble.
Cage of Death in Darwin City, Australia
Are you fascinated by crocodiles? In Darwin City, Australia, you can get as close as you can possibly get to the huge reptile. At the Crocosaurus Cove marine park, you will be able lowered into a glass (fiberglass) cage for 20 minutes, where you will be surrounded by a dozen crocodiles, some that are more than 15 feet in length. If that wasn’t enough, they will be feeding these crocs with buffalo meat, sending them into a feeding frenzy.
White Water Rafting in Futaleufu, Chile
In Chile, the Futaleufu River is known as one of the roughest stretches of water in the entire world. Rafting through these waters can be one of the most challenging, but exciting, activities you will ever do. The roughest stretch of the river is called the ‘Throne Room’, while the hardest rapids are aptly called ‘The Terminator’. The rapids are rough at any time of the year, but they are especially dangerous during the rainy season, when the waters are deeper and faster. The name of the river is derived from a local phrase which means, “big big river”.
Dinner in the Sky in Brussels, Belgium
Cuisine is one important part of your vacation. Having good food usually helps in creating a truly epic vacation. But in Brussels, Belgium, you can enjoy a dining experience that can only be described as unique and exciting. With Dinner in the Sky, the diners (who are strapped in to their chairs), the table, and even the chef and servers, are placed in a platform and lifted by a big crane to up to 200 feet above the ground. The food is excellent, but the ambience and the sights are one of the most thrilling in the world.
Swimming with Sharks off the Coast in South Africa
At the Marine Dynamics site in South Africa, you can accompany biologists and their crew members to go swim with one of the biggest predators of the sea. The tour includes taking a boat to shark infested waters, anchoring down, and submerging into a steel cage where you can swim for up to two hours with 20 to 30 foot sharks. Great White Sharks, also known as the biggest species of shark, are usually found off the coast of South Africa. Swimmers in the cage can be mere feet from one of the largest sets of teeth in their natural environment.
Hiking in Mount Hua Shan, China
Hiking may not sound like an exciting and thrilling activity to do on your vacation, but it is on the trails of China’s Mount Hu Shan. These trails were dubbed as the scariest and most dangerous trails in the world. The trails are on the side of a huge mountain and consist of narrow wooden plants bolted to the stone face of the mountain, steep stairs at high elevations, and narrow trails with little to no hard holds. Parts of the trails have been there for decades, where parts are either deteriorating or falling apart, making it even more dangerous to hikers.
Safari in Kenya, Africa
If you’re looking for the wild side of nature, the Safari tours in Africa are one of the best locations for that. In these safari tours, you can witness firsthand the majestic animals in their own natural environment. Africa is known as the cradle of life, because of the diversity and quantity of wildlife found there. And Safari’s are not just limited to Kenya. There are several wildlife safaris offered in nearby places of Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and the Cape of Good Hope.
Climbing Mount Everest in Nepal
The ultimate adventure for thrill seeker has to be summiting (reaching the highest point) of the tallest mountain in the world. This experience would have you on top of the world, literally. This is one of the most challenging and dangerous “vacations” you can experience. Planning and training for such an activity can take years. But for those who don’t have the time or the training, visiting the base camp and other locations at the base of Mount Everest can be just as thrilling and exciting.
Cave Diving in Florida, USA
In the Santa Fe River in Florida, there is an opening in water where the Devil Spring joins into the river. This deep opening, known as Devil’s Eye, goes deep into the ground, deeper than the bottom of the actual river. The water flows have created deep tunnels and caverns, some that have water pressure as strong as a fire hydrant. There are more than 30,000 feet of mapped passageways, but diving through these dark and narrow underwater tunnels can still be very terrifying.