If you are a thrill seeker, I am sure you are always looking out for new and exciting adventure activities to add to your bucket list and get your adrenaline pumping. With umpteen options popping up for adrenaline junkies all over the world, it is a herculean task to zero in on few. So, I got together few of the top adventure travel bloggers from across the globe and we are all sharing our personal favorite adventure activity so far.
I am sure this list will give you many ideas for the ultimate adrenaline rush.
Top Adrenaline Pumping Adventures
Raksha from SoloPassport
Cost – AUD 165
My friends and family call me “crazy”, “adventure junkie” and an “adventure addict”. I wouldn’t definitely call myself an adventure addict (yet!), but yes, I do crave for an adrenaline rush. I have crossed some of my bucket list items- sky diving at 14000 ft, bungee jumping, shark diving, trekking in a tiger reserve, patting a cheetah, holding a tiger cub and scuba diving.
The most recent activity being the ‘Cage of Death’ – the only crocodile dive in Australia. The ‘Cage of Death’ can be done in ‘Crocosaurus Cove’, which is a reptile park in Darwin, Australia. It is a 15 minutes dive in an enclosure with a massive saltwater crocodile. The enclosure provides a 360 degree views of the crocodile, swimming around it.It is an opportunity to get up close with one of the biggest and dangerous predators on Earth.
I did the dive with a crocodile named ‘Chopper’. Chopper was an 80 year old saltwater crocodile and was about 5.5 meters in length. The overall diving experience with Chopper was mind blowing and amazing.
Erika Bisbocci from ErikasTravels
Cost – USD 200
I’d wanted to visit Palau’s Jellyfish Lake for a long time, but a lack of budget travel options caused me to delay visiting the Micronesian island until this past November. When I finally bit the bullet and flew to Palau, I nearly emptied my wallet—paying $100 to join a snorkeling day tour with Impac Tours and an additional $100 permit for access the protected lake.
Jellyfish Lake is home to millions of jellyfish that have, over time, lost their stinging capabilities due to lack of predators. Swimming with the jellyfish is like being inside a real-life lava lamp, with pulsating golden orbs swarming in every direction.
Though the idea of snorkeling in a lake with over 13 million jellyfish seemed a bit frightening at the beginning, it turned out to be an unforgettable and even relaxing experience worth every penny of its hefty price tag.
Jarryd Salem from NOMADasaurus
Cost: 65 RMB for entrance to Tiger Leaping Gorge
While China isn’t often known for its hiking opportunities, we managed to find plenty during our four months backpacking across the country. One of our favorite treks was Tiger Leaping Gorge in the Yunnan province. Over three days we climbed and hiked the cliffs next to the Yangtze River, staying in small guesthouses with Tibetan families. While it was far from being a technical hike, the path connecting the Upper and Lower Gorges could be treacherous, and in the past some unfortunately souls have lost their lives on the trail. Still, with focus and energy you will be rewarded with one of the most spectacular views in all of Yunnan.
Matt and Alana from GreatBigGlobe
Cost – USD 160
After you spend a day exploring Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe, it’s time to see ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ from another angle. Enter the Victoria Falls Bridge! There are several adventure activities based on the bridge but the most popular year after year is the bungee jump. If you’re brave enough to throw yourself off a bridge, you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view of Victoria Falls and an up-close look at the Zambezi River (while hanging upside down, of course)! We each took a turn at plunging 111 meters head first towards the crocodile infested river and loved every second of it!
Stefan Arestis and Sebastien Chaneac from NomadicBoys
Cost – USD 800 for 2 people, which included everything (we only used 1 guide and no porters, carrying our own bags)
Trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal ranks as one of the most memorable things we’ve achieved in our travels.
The climax of the Annapurna Circuit trek is crossing Thorong La Pass at 5,416m/17,769ft).
On the morning of our final ascent to Thorong La Pass, we had to start very early to get there before the dangerous heavy winds settled in at midday.
Waking up at 4am is hard. But waking up at 4am at 4,800m/15,748ft altitude is even more of a challenge. The headaches and breathing issues really started to kick, our hearts were racing like crazy, trying to cope with the high altitude.
It took us 4 hours to climb the final 600m/2000ft. It was completely dark. We were dependant on headlamps to see where we were going and had to stop many times to catch our breath.
And it was freezing cold. At these high altitudes so early in the day, we were really grateful for all the trekking gear we’d purchased back in Kathmandu. The woolly hats, thick gloves and down jackets were a god send.
At 8am, we reached out goal: Thorong La Pass. We were over the moon!
The adrenaline and excitement quickly overcame any altitude symptoms, as we stood watching the sun rising up over the mighty Himalayas we’d just conquered.
This was an experience of a lifetime we will never forget.
Here’s a video showcasing their escapades in Nepal –
By far one of our favorite adventure activities was a day at Semuc Champey in Guatemala. Even getting to Semuc Champey was a challenge as it required a seven hour shuttle ride from Antigua to Lanquin where we stayed at a hostel in the middle of the Guatemalan jungle. The following morning we were herded on to the back of an open bed pickup truck to endure an hour long tortuous but beautiful ride through the mountainous jungle to reach Semuc Champey.
Then the real adventure began. For an hour and a half we trekked, swam, clambered and climbed through the KAN’BA Caves with only candlelight to show the way. At times the water was chest deep or higher and we had to hold our candle above the black water or be plunged into darkness. The experience was exhilarating and at times near terrifying but the comradery of the group and the confidence of the guides kept us all going to complete the journey…not that there was much choice once you were deep in the caves.
We emerged from the darkness feeling like characters in Indiana Jones. We had conquered the KAN’BA caves and we were fearless! This was a good thing as there was much more to come. The rest of the day was spent flying through the air on a giant swing to then be thrown into the river, climbing up a steep, rocky mountain for an awe inspiring view and sliding down natural waterslides into the clear, tiered, turquoise pools of Semuc Champey itself.
The adventure was exciting, challenging and a little painful at times but it was so worth every bump and bruise!
Note: For this adventure it is necessary to go by organized tour as you cannot enter the caves on your own (nor would you want to). Tours can be arranged at your hostel or at one of the simple travel agents in Lanquin for about Q200.
Here’s a video of their awesome day at Semuc –
Gemma and Craig from Two Scots Abroad
Cost – USD 30
Are you brave enough to hike up the face of an active volcano? What about board down one at 55mph? If the answer is ‘hell yes’ then get a flight booked to the ‘land of volcanoes’ – Nicaragua! This year Craig and I put on our jumpsuits and sledged down Cerro Negro close to the Nicaraguan city, Leòn. Our guide instructed us to engage our core, lean back, and enjoy the ride! The noise was frightening (video in article) and the result, volcanic rock in my teeth! Would I do it again? Damn straight! I have a need for speed, with a wee bit of brake action via the heels! The views from the Ring of Fire were pretty spectacular too.
Patti from The Savvy Globetrotter
Cost – $155 for 15 minute flight or $310 for 30 min
Many visitors flock to Livingstone, Zambia eager to view the raging “smoke that thunders” that is Victoria Falls. If the weather cooperates, meaning not too windy, a microlight flight is the ultimate way to experience the falls. I was fortunate enough to have weather on my side during my visit although the weather turned just as I landed. For a giddy 30 minutes, I flew over the Zambezi River, had unobstructed views of Victoria Falls while flying through “the smoke” and capped it off with a swoop over Mosi-oa-Tunya Zoological Park for some game viewing. It is not cheap but in my opinion, it is well worth it.
I love zip lining and never miss an opportunity to do this. There is something special in hanging from a cable, flying over a canyon or through the thick jungle. I enjoy the adrenaline rush I get when I do it. Before my trip to South East Asia I started looking for places where I could do this, and I was really pleased to find out that there are several. I eventually opted to do it in Angkor Park, near Siem Reap, which would be one of the last stops during my trip.
I couldn’t be happier about it. The day started off with an early pick up from my hotel, and about 30 minutes drive to the camp, which was right in the middle of the jungle. Once there, I was welcomed by the “sky rangers”, who dressed me in a helmet and the full harness and then briefed me on all the safety instructions and on how to fly. We then made our way to fly along the ten zip lines and cross the four sky bridges.
The profits of the zip lining tour go towards the protection and the rescuing of gibbons, but those gorgeous animals are not easy to spot in such a vast area. I was overjoyed to see one towards the very end of my adventure: there he was, hanging from a tree!
This adventure cost included the zip lining tour and a great Cambodian traditional lunch. It wasn’t exactly cheap – especially considering this was done in Cambodia. But I really liked the conservation project, I had fantastic guides (or rather, “sky rangers”) and felt 100% safe all the time. It was totally worth it.
Natasha Gabrielle from LiveLearnVenture
Cost – USD 500 (For highest jump including photos/video)
One of my favorite travel activity memories is skydiving in Queenstown, New Zealand. Queenstown is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to and I was able to conquer my first skydiving experience here! It was an amazing feeling and the views were absolutely magnificent. I hope to do it again someday when I return to visit. If you ever find yourself in Queenstown – skydiving is a must! While this is known as a top adventure-area, most choose to skydive or bungee jump!
Here is a video of Natasha braving gravity –
Lotte Eschbach from PhenomenalGlobe
Cost – NZD 65
Kayaking at the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park on the South Island of New Zealand was a definite highlight of my 43-day road trip around my favorite country in the world! Kayaking is a lot of fun no matter where you do it, but the nature in the Abel Tasman National Park is incredible… I’ll admit I was very lucky with the weather, blue skies and sunny, which really made it an amazing and perfect day.
I spent an entire afternoon kayaking around the beautiful bay of Marahau. The wind was quite strong at the open sea so getting to an island a few hundred meters from the beach took some hard work! Though the stunning surroundings and beautiful island beach definitely made it worth the effort;-)
Hanna Sobczuk from HannaTravels
Cost – JD 21 for entry to Mujib Nature Reserve
During my trip around Jordan I’ve found out that near the Dead Sea there is a canyon called Wadi Mujib. It’s a protected area of the river Mujib that enters the Dead Sea circa 420 meters below sea level. This place is really hot, especially in summer, but high walls of the canyon and shallow river on its bottom makes this place fresh and cool.
As I’ve always wanted to try canyoning, I didn’t hesitate at all. I took a taxi from Amman and decided to pass the easiest trail that goes through the canyon (the closest one to the Dead Sea). It takes about 4 hours to cross the canyon up to the waterfall, which is the end mark of this trail, and back. Before entering the canyon you have to put on a life vest. The route is quite easy and you have to swim, climb little ladders or waterfalls, sometimes you have to pull up. The other trails in the Mujib Nature Reserve are longer and more demanding and you can cross them only with a qualified guide.
Wadi Mujib is worth visiting not only because of the adventurous canyoning you can do there, but also due to its beauty. The canyon is deep and narrow and it’s good to start the easy trail around 10 pm as the sunlight lights up and warms up the bottom of the canyon. This is the time when you can see beautiful blue river and amazing brown stripped walls of the canyon!
Danielle Hayes from GeekGirlGoes
Cost – USD 240
A short train ride from central Tokyo is the small farming community of Ibaraki, and it’s here that I found an awesome adventure experience like no other. I spent the day learning how to shoot arrows from horseback. This is a traditional Japanese martial art known as Yabusame, and it’s great fun. We started by practicing our archery skills – this part was easy for me, I’ve done lots of archery in the past (both Western and Japanese). Then came the real adventure part; the horses! I had never even sat on a horse before doing this, let alone ridden one while shooting arrows! We had a few runs up and down the track to practice, then they handed us our bows. We had to manage riding a (very fast) horse without holding on, so we could aim and shoot at a (very small) target. So much fun, such hard work, and a great traditional adventure experience!
We found the experience using GoVoyagin, a great resource if you’re traveling in Japan – they have loads of interesting, and different experiences.
Vicki Louise from MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld
Cost – 110 Euros
My favorite adventure activity was Skiing off a mountain (Paragliding) in Courcheval 1850, France. Standing at 2000m above sea level on a snow covered peak we watched as the experts laid out the parachute sail across the snow, ready to be dragged by our body weight as we skied off the mountain, with the intention being that it would catch in the air, inflate and carry us out on our flying adventure. I was then attached to a Frenchman, who pointed our skis down the hill and just seconds after we started to ski down I was lifted from the ground as the sail filled with air and I was flying.
What a feeling! Amazing. Exhilarating. Joyful. I just could not stop smiling. Words can barely due justice to the range of emotions you feel as you soar above the world below, suspended by wires – it’s just incredible!
Helena Kreis from Through an Aussie’s Eyes
Cost – $300 for an hour
Bubble soccer is basically a normal game of soccer except everyone is strapped in a giant bubble. The bubbles only allow for your legs to be free and come about a foot over your head (you will be thankful for that extra space when you are bouncing upside-down). To get in the bubble, each player is required to crawl up the middle and strap the bubble on like a backpack. To test the efficiency on your bubble, I recommend running at someone at full pace to see if you can knock them over – think like dodgem cars (please note that it is quite hard to injure yourself or others as you are submerged in a bubble).
The game – there are two teams (if you can’t get a team together than they can run an open day for people to just turn up) of a minimum of eight players and you play soccer. The idea is to score as many goals as you can but be careful that someone doesn’t come running at you and knock you off your feet.
We played at Kaleen Oval in the north of Canberra. There are multiple ovals all over Canberra and it is best to contact them to get all locations in Canberra.
Highlight – I know the object of the game is to try and score goals but look, I loved running into people and knocking them over. It was the only time I could actually get some revenge on my brother after all of those years of being tormented!!
All in all, bubble soccer is a ball of fun. It was an hour of running around but I really think the main workout was from all of the laughter!
Katie McGrain from Around the World in KT Days
Cost – Free
You might not immediately associate South Korea as an adventure travel destination, but let me tell you, it is! Particularly when it comes to hiking. Seventy percent of the country is mountainous, making hiking a favorite national past time. Age, fitness level, weather, season – nothing stops Koreans (and visitors) from hitting the trails. I’ve carefully tip-toed across jagged ridges, crawled up sheer rock faces, and stood on tops of mountains all over the country.
The best adventure activity I have experienced in South Korea was a winter hike to the highest peak in the country: Hallasan Mountain on Jeju Island. Going up 9.6 kilometers of packed snow and ice was manageable with crampons attached to the bottom of my hiking boots. Going down the mountain was the real adventure! The first half of the downhill was a giant sledding hill! I used my raincoat as a make-shift sled, my boot heels as brakes, and prayed I wouldn’t smash into a tree as I rocketed down the mountain. I made it down safely, and had a great experience to share! Reaching the top of a mountain is typically the climax of a hiking adventure, in this case it was just the beginning!
Sher from Sher She Goes
I love to scuba dive whenever I get the chance to retreat to a tropical island. The most unexpected dive opportunity however, came during a visit to Cape Town, South Africa where I had the chance to dive with penguins in a sea kelp forest!
African penguins are an adorable, smaller species native to South Africa and most tourists head south of Cape Town to see them at Boulders Beach. That beach is a protected sanctuary, so you’re not allowed to swim in their section of the beach. BUT if you head to the Cape Town Aquarium, near the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Two Oceans Aquarium features shark and penguin exhibitions and all types of marine creatures native to the Indian and Atlantic oceans and there you have the opportunity for a once in a lifetime dive with the tiny zippy birds!
Admission is R118 which is about ~10 USD. For how well developed the aquarium was I thought it was a bargain. The coolest exhibits were the sea kelp forest and predator tank and the best part is that you can dive in either tank for no extra charge! You do need to have an advanced dive certification for safety reasons.
Gia Kristel De Guia from Mismatched Passports
Cost – The 4 Day Torres del Paine W Trek set us back 115,000 CLP (around $160 USD) each. This includes the national park ticket, transportation, rental of camping equipment, camp site fees and food.
The Torres del Paine W Trek is considered one of the best treks in Patagonia. Named after the route shaped like the letter “W,” this trek features some of the best landscapes in the region – mountains, glaciers and colorful lakes. It was a challenging 4 day trek but it was a whole lot of fun. It was our first multi-day camping trek and we really enjoyed the experience together as a couple.
Each day of the Torres del Paine W Trek brought about striking landscapes. The first day took us to the enchanting peaks of Las Torres. The second day, we traversed huge hills. We saw crystal blue lakes and admired the Cuernos peaks. The third day, we ventured into the French Valley and saw the French Glacier. The last day, we adored the beauty of the Grey Glacier and the Grey Lake. Later that day, we ended our time in Torres del Paine with a boat ride across Lake Pehoe.
Robson Cadore from LoveandRoad
Cost – 18 Euro/ per day for bike rental
I’m crazy about sports, from running to surfing, cycling or snowboarding, if there are action and adrenaline, I’m in. A memorable experience during my travels happened in Spain, a bike journey from the Pyrenees to Costa Brava. What made this trip so special?
The combination of stunning landscapes, the challenge, GORGEOUS food & wine, and great people.
During our adventure, we crossed medieval villages, lakes, lush green forests, colorful fields, and empty beaches. It wasn’t easy to enjoy and visit all these beautiful places, on the first day we cycled uphill to reach Coll de Canes at 1120m above sea level. The reward was a 10 km non stop downhill!
Everyday we were fed like kings, from small family run eateries to fancy Michelin awarded restaurants, the Catalan cuisine is absolutely delicious. Slow cooked rabbit stew, “fideua” (similar to paella), crema Catalan, Rattafia… The list goes on and on. No better way to recharge the batteries than a delicious meal and a good wine.
A summary of our route:
Day 1: San Joan de les Abadesses > Vall D’en Bass
Day 2: Vall D’en Bass > Banyoles
Day 3: San Pere de Rodes Monastery > Llança
In total we cycled about 100 km during 3 days. Wasn’t much but enough to fell in love with Catalunya.
Adam from GettingStamped
Cost – USD 70 for 2 tank fun dives or USD 95 for 3 tanks
A trip to the Philippines was not on our around the world trip route but when we saw a $25 flight from Kuala Lumpur we were off to the Philippines. We spent a month island hopping but hands down my favorite place was El Nido. Getting to El Nido was a trip in itself but one well worth. There are tons of things to do in El Nido but diving in El Nido is something extra amazing. Even if you aren’t dive certified I’d highly recommend doing a discover dive, once you go diving in El Nido you’ll be hooked. I’m currently planning my return to El Nido later this year, can’t wait to experience the underwater world again.
Nina Danielle from WhereintheworldisNina
Cost – IDR 100,000 Entrance
Kawah Ijen is incredibly bizarre and equally gorgeous! If you’re up for some true adventure with a dash of danger, this is the spot. Kawah Ijen is a volcano with an eerie green acid lake at the bottom, blue flames jetting out of the earth, and sulphur miners hard at work. Sounds crazy, I know!
Start your hike up in the middle of the night, climb down into the crater, and there, amongst sulphur miners you’ll see the mesmerizing blue flames. When you emerge from the crater, you’ll catch the sunrise and you’ll be able to see the toxic green lake below.
This has been one my top travel experiences!
Sonal from Drifter Planet
Cost: USD 300
Just like little Bran Stark in his early days, I was fond of climbing high places as a child. What started as a curiosity of experiencing a bird’s eye view, later became an addiction. From roller-coaster rides to bungee jumping, I had done it all. Except one thing – Skydiving. It was the year 2013 and the 13th day of October when I finally took the plunge. From the height of 13000 feet, I jumped off an airplane! I felt an adrenaline rush like no other as we descended at the speed of 200 KMs per hour. Although the free-fall lasted only 60-65 seconds, it felt like an eternity – maybe because my heart was in my mouth. It was scary, intoxicating, liberating and made me feel like I was invincible! A few minutes later we hit the ground and I was ready to conquer the world.
Melai Campilla from LoveAndWanderlust
Cost – USD 13
River Tubing or locally known as Paanod in Tagalog is an outdoor sport in which people ride salbabidas (or inner tubes, “donuts”, “biscuits” due to their shape) down a river. Depending on the conditions of the river, tubing can be a relaxing way to spend a day, or it can be an energizing wild adventure. It’s like white water rafting, but with tubes in place of the rafts. But unlike water rafting which you do in a group; this water sport depends only on you.
A typical tubing trip lasts for 3-4 hours. After a while, dealing with the rapids becomes easier when you get used to the flow and the bumps, it was a fun and very enjoyable cruise in the end. This tubing experience is from Davao, Philippines.
Jo from WanderWithJo – That’s me guys, ahem! ahem!
Cost – $45 full day of riding and stunts
So well I have done a lot of crazy stuff even before I started with these organized adventure activities. My craving for adrenaline in my early years made me do insane things which no kid in their right mind would do (Obviously there was something wrong with me ;)).
For example – walking off on my own in a jungle abundant with with big cats and elephants or getting up close on foot to one of the world’s largest predators – Crocodile. Lots of crazy (rather stupid) stuff, before I discovered there was a safer way to get the desired “rush”. That’s when I started an array of adventures like paragliding, kayaking, tubing, biking, diving, sling shot and more.
My best so far has been dirt biking in Laos (though the crazy childhood stuff probably beats that, hands down, but I will stick to organized activities here). I thoroughly enjoyed doing stunts and learning the ropes of riding a “proper” bike.
Read : Dirt Biking in Laos – Ultimate adrenaline Rush for details.
Now I bet your adrenaline is pumping just by reading this post and you added a ton of stuff to your bucketlist. Tell me which of these neat adventure activities you want to try out for yourself and which has been your favorite from your travels so far?