Dive, pad­dle, fly

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A boat can trans­port you to places that the land-bound can’t reach, like the Raja Am­pat ar­chi­pel­ago, oth­er­wise known as ‘The Last Par­adise on Earth’. On this trop­i­cal north­ern tip of In­done­sia divers can see fish and corals that ex­ist nowhere else in the world.

Kraken run In­done­sian cruises, with the op­tion of an add-on trip into the jun­gle to see orang­utans.

Neha Puri from Lon­don made the trip in May and said: “Trav­el­ling by boat gave us the chance to escape the more touristy parts and visit is­lands that are in­ac­ces­si­ble any other way. We re­ally en­joyed our trip to Ko­modo na­tional park, which is spread over four re­mote is­lands. This is the only place in the world where you can see Ko­modo dragons, di­rect de­scen­dants of the di­nosaurs.”

For pad­dle-pow­ered ad­ven­tures, the Ul­ti­mate Patag­o­nia tour takes you among the is­lands of south­ern Chile stay­ing on a 57ft mo­to­ry­acht. On a 12-day trip run by Spirit of the West you can kayak in a re­mote land­scape of moun­tains A yacht can take you to amaz­ing pad­dle­board­ing and div­ing lo­ca­tions and vol­ca­noes, bathe in hot springs, try a tra­di­tional asado (bar­be­cue) and, thanks to the moth­er­ship, cover far more dis­tance and see much more of the mag­nif­i­cent, rugged coast than you could by pad­dling alone.

An al­ter­na­tive is to be self-suf­fi­cient, wild camp­ing in the wilder­ness. Sev­er­ine Rees-jones and her part­ner ex­plored the Saint Anna re­gion in Swe­den by kayak, booked through Do The North. “They are very well or­gan­ised” says Reesjones. “They sent us off with five days’ food, a map and then it was up to us to de­cide where to pad­dle each day within a maze of thou­sands of un­in­hab­ited is­lands. The scenery is amaz­ing. I strongly rec­om­mend it.”

Stand-up pad­dle­board (SUP) ad­ven­tures are also avail­able in some unique lo­ca­tions. How about the Hi­malayas? With Wa­ter Skills Academy you could fly to Kathmandu and pad­dle­board on the Kali Gan­daki river, camp­ing by night. Their 11-day Hi­malayan SUP Ad­ven­ture costs US$2,750.

Kitesurf­ing cruises are an­other growth area. Kite­world­wide has just launched a 14-day Caribbean is­land-hop­ping trip in the Gre­nadines in a La­goon 52 cata­ma­ran com­plete with chef, skip­per and kitesurf in­struc­tor. The Gre­nadines’ con­stant trade winds and de­serted sandy beaches cre­ate the per­fect set­ting for a kitesurf­ing sa­fari for begin­ners and ex­pe­ri­enced kiters. You can book the whole boat with fam­ily and friends, or go as a smaller group or as a sin­gle guest.

An in­di­vid­ual chal­lenge is one kind of ‘bucket list’

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