For the avid dive traveller, it’s the ultimate decision – go to that bucket list destination, or go on a dive holiday. It’s a tough one! There are so many places in the world to see and not enough time to see it all (or in many cases money). Bucket list… dive…. Bucket list…. Dive… Decisions decisions. So how do you do it all?
The trick is to get creative. How can you tie that bucket list destination in with your ultimate hobby… Here is a few trip ideas with some of the top bucket list destinations to get you mulling over (and saving those dollars for) your next BIG trip!
1. Inca Trail/ Machu Picchu
So many people dream of doing the Inca Trail and visiting Peru. And with good reason! The stunning scenery, breathtaking views, excitement of a challenge and the self reflection of this spiritual place makes it a no brainer – somewhere you should see once in your lifetime. But why stop there? Inca and Machu Picchu takes a maximum of 4 days, and you’re going to want to do more than that.
Ecuador is just a short flight next door and the Galapagos Islands is a breathtaking location that should be on every divers ‘dive’ bucket list, if not actual one. Have a look at a liveaboard like the Aggressor, for 7 days of the most phenomenal diving you may well ever experience. Bit out of your price range? It’s also possible to do some land based diving for a reasonable price – and the best part about that is you can take some time to explore the islands by taking the ferries from Baltra daily. It doesn’t have to be expensive to visit the Galapagos.
2. View the Aurora Borealis in Scandinavia
The Aurora Borealis is a must see sight in your lifetime. It is one of those truly beautiful nautral phenomenons. A perfect exhibit of the idea that “the best things in life are free”, even if the country you sight them is far from cost free…
If you have your heart set on Aurora Borealis, tee it up with some phenomenal diving and go to Iceland. Experience the world renowned dive site Silfra. Located within Thingvellir National Park, Silfra fissure has a top temperature of about 2’c thanks to the chilly run off from the local glaciers. With no marine life or coral to see, some would think it’s boring. But there is something truly magical about diving in water of 100m+ visibility in between two continental plates – North America and Europe. At the end of the dive, rehydrate by taking out your reg and taking a gulp of some of the freshest water you will ever taste – just beware of brain freeze!
If that sounds a little two chilly for you, try one of the warmer dive sites. Dive in a volcanic lake, experience the marine rich kelp gardens or go for a dive North and check out the Geothermal Chimney’s in Strytan. You will fill up your schedule with all these things before even hitting any of the main attractions.
3. Go on an African Safari
Have you dreamed on going on Safari? Riding a jeep through the Serengeti or Kruger National Park, seeing the big five with your own eyes? Safari’s are the trip of a lifetime, but of course it can be a long way to go for just a few days or a week.
Tie your ultimate safari in with some diving in Mozambique! Mozambique offers some amazing diving which is affordable and only a short flight from Johannesburg or on to Tanzania. Experience Whale Sharks, Manta Rays and all sorts of pelagic life in this sub-tropical diving location. And if you don’t see the whales, you will definitely hear them. The whales are so abundant that you will feel their core vibrating in your heart. Tofo Beach – a popular Mozambique diving destination is a great option as it is easy to get to, affordable and offers a range of accommodation options to suit evey budget.
4. See the Taj Mahal
One of the most popular items on a bucket list – the Taj Mahal. India as a whole with rich culture, colours, food, music and Bollywood, why wouldn’t it be? Perhaps tee your bucket list experience with a bit of R&R at a beautiful beach. With both Sri Lanka and the Maldives only a short flight away, offering beautiful coral reefs to explore. The Maldives offer 5 star accommodation in overwater bungalows, often with snorkelling outside your front door. If nothing else, witnessing that ultimate deserted white beach and crystal clear water will be enough to store in your memory and escape to from your desk at work in a few weeks’ time.