Say goodbye to your usual city tours and hello to excursions worthy of the travel bucket list! These quirky excursions are some of the most unusual ways to experience the world, be it scuba diving an underwater museum in Mexico or floating above the temples of Myanmar in a hot air balloon. Read on to discover our roundup of the quirkiest excursions on the planet…
1. Dive an Underwater Museum in Cancun :
A visit to Mexico’s glorious Yucatan Peninsula yields many treasures but the chance to dive the MUSA Cancun Underwater Museum is an absolute must. An impressive collection of 475 submerged statues, including an old VW Beetle, act as artificial reefs to stimulate new coral growth and the surrounding sunlit caverns, ancient shipwrecks and fascinating marine life make diving here simply unforgettable. Don’t have your PADI yet? Don’t worry – you can snorkel the museum too!
2. Hot Air Balloon Ride in Myanmar :
If you’ve always wanted to tick a hot air balloon ride at sunrise off your bucket list, then Myanmar is the place to do it. Taking the Telegraph’s number three spot of the best balloon rides in the world, Balloons Over Bagan offers a choice of sunrise and sunset excursions where you’ll gently drift over 3,000 colourful temples and stupas. With a 45 minute flight, you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the spellbinding beauty from your enviable bird’s eye vantage point.
3. Underwater Sea Walk in Mauritius :
Have you ever dreamed of being able to take a casual stroll along the seabed to experience life underwater? Well now you can! The Underwater Sea Walk is one of the unique excursions in Mauritius and it’s highly recommended by Best at Travel if you’re looking to absorb the beauty of the colourful coral and unusual marine life of Grand Bay. Don’t worry if you’re not good at holding your breath – you’ll be fitted with a helmet and special breathing apparatus to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
4. Swim with Pigs, Bahamas :
The beaches and waters of the Bahamas are famously filled with iguanas to stingray and magnificent marine life. But what you may not know is that a small stretch of sand, known as Pig Beach, is filled with wild pink and brown hogs that will swim out to meet you as you paddle the crystal-clear shores. These friendly beats are tame enough that you can even feed them by hand! Like the sound of swimming with these gentle creatures? The Bahamas Tourist Office offers an excursion for those staying in Nassau or the Exumas that includes a boat tour through the Exuma Cays.
5. Gorilla Trekking in Uganda :
Tracking rare mountain gorilla through the Impenetrable Forest of Bwindi in Uganda is nothing short of life-changing. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its ecological uniqueness, the forest is home to half of the world’s gorilla population which means there’s a very high chance you’ll stumble across the fascinating troop sooner rather than later. Accompanied by a professional guide, you’ll track these magnificent creatures through the forest, passing waterfalls and steamy jungles filled with incredible wildlife.
Which of these quirky excursions is next on your bucket list?
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