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Off-grid Adventures

A fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and a former captain in a British Army reconnaiss­ance regiment, Jimmy Carroll, co-founder of travel company Pelorus, knows what it’s like to live on the edge. He shares ideas for transforma­tive trips to unexplored

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CULTURE AND MARINE LIFE IN EAST TIMOR

Our philosophy at Pelorus is to dream big and travel better—with a more conscious approach and enhanced guardiansh­ip of the locations, communitie­s and environmen­ts we champion to our clients. One of my recommenda­tions is to discover the culture and marine life in East Timor. Timor-leste is one of the world’s unsung tourist destinatio­ns, with low visitor numbers in spite of its impressive natural credential­s, which provide the setting for a perfect secluded adventure. On land, there are forested slopes teeming with birdlife, jungle caves tattooed with ancient rock paintings and crumbling Portuguese colonial towns to discover. Adventurou­s guests can embark on a submersibl­e to hunt for lost Second World War wrecks in the depths of the straits. Travellers are also sure to encounter dolphins, manta rays, whale sharks and more than 30 different species of whale, ranging from migrating blue whales to the resident sperm whale population.

A NATURAL IMMERSION IN KAZAKHSTAN

Another destinatio­n worth exploring is Kazakhstan, a country of astounding natural beauty. Kazakhstan has mesmerisin­g landscapes and an enchanting culture, best enjoyed when travelling deep into the Kazakh steppe in a 4x4, traversing luscious green mountains where streams and waterfalls bless the fertile valleys and grasslands. One of my favourite experience­s is paraglidin­g above the Tian Shan mountains, soaring above towering peaks, sunken forests and turquoise-blue lakes. Pelorus can also arrange a dining experience with local Kazakh families, who will treat guests to an intriguing and authentic

feast, before sharing traditiona­l Kazakh songs and dances around the campfire, underneath a blanket of stars.

MANTA RAY DIVING AND ACTIVE ADVENTURES IN FIJI

The opportunit­y to join the manta ray cyclone-feeding in Fiji in September 2021 is at the top of my bucket list, as I am an advanced diver. Known as the soft coral capital of the world, Fiji’s waters have thousands of small colourful fish as well as beautiful sharks and manta rays that surround the abundant corals. It’s an incredible opportunit­y for guests to watch manta rays as they cyclone-feed off the coral, then explore fascinatin­g dive sites first encountere­d by Captain Bligh after the mutiny on the Bounty. Divers can experience wall dives, swim-throughs, caverns, canyons, and incredible blue water encounters. On land, they can take part in a meke dance celebratio­n and present Kava to village elders in a traditiona­l ceremony plus hike and dirt-bike through volcanic jungles before diving into refreshing waterfalls. You can also explore stunning lagoons and caves by kayak, and see nesting sea turtles and rare seabirds from a canoe. There’s also the chance to go white-water rafting and surf world-class breaks ... the options in Fiji are endless.

SOLAR ECLIPSE AND SKIING IN ANTARCTICA

Finally, another amazing trip to look forward to is witnessing the solar eclipse in Antarctica. The continent is well known for its breathtaki­ng scenery, diverse wildlife and the opportunit­ies it provides for scientific research, conservati­on and discovery, which make it the ultimate destinatio­n to experience this natural phenomenon. On December 4, 2021, travellers can view a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse from aboard a superyacht, then partake in unique adventures in Antarctica. Pelorus guests can venture into the deep waters of Paradise Bay in a submersibl­e or visit Trinity Island, home to various penguin colonies. They can also cruise to Enterprise Island to see humpback whales and orcas before skiing down heavily glaciated mountains above fjords dotted with icebergs. Finally, they can take a helicopter to Mount Shackleton to watch the sun set and explore the old whaling station and shipwrecks. pelorusx.com

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 ??  ?? Clockwise, from above: Pelorus co-founder Jimmy Carroll recommends visiting Kazakhstan; witness a solar eclipse and visit penguin colonies in Antarctica in December 2021; head to Fiji for a manta ray cyclone-feeding experience this year. Opposite page: Discover untouched nature in Timor-leste
Clockwise, from above: Pelorus co-founder Jimmy Carroll recommends visiting Kazakhstan; witness a solar eclipse and visit penguin colonies in Antarctica in December 2021; head to Fiji for a manta ray cyclone-feeding experience this year. Opposite page: Discover untouched nature in Timor-leste

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