Adventures for Any Element

written by | Posted on June 13th, 2012

Red Mangrove Dive Academy

Can't get much closer to nature than a dive with Red Mangrove Dive Academy in the Galapagos.

Get active; go green. More and more often, we’re hearing slogans like this in all aspects of our daily lives. So why not incorporate these into a nice vacation, too?

On the Ice
Guests boarding Alaska Railroad’s Glacier Discovery Train this summer will be pleased with new extracurricular activities offered through local guide service Ascending Path.

The three new activities offered include a relaxing Iceberg Hike with interpretive naturalist; the Glacier Hike, where guests gear up in crampons—spiked plates that can be strapped onto shoes—and helmets before getting out onto the ice for a touch more adventure, and Ice Climbing, which involves using sharp ice tools to pick your way up vertical walls of ice. Guests opting for any of these tours will meet their guide on the train before disembarking at Spencer Whistle Stop to set off in their respective directions. These three activities are in addition to many more offerings including a variety of cruises and nature hikes.

These trips are available through the summer season, with rates starting at $239 pp for the Iceberg Hike, $250 pp for the Glacier Hike and $290 pp for Ice Climbing. For more information, visit alaskarailroad.com or ascendingpath.com.

In the Ocean
Red Mangrove Galapagos & Ecuador Lodges is offering a selection of dive packages to get your clients into the waters of the Galapagos. Diving novices can quickly become experts through the companys’ onsite Dive Academy before joining dive instructors and dive masters on excursions to 45 dive and snorkel sites off of Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela islands.

Dive packages are available from three to eight days in length. For a shorter trip, choose the 5-day Darwin’s Discovery Dive Long (from $1,800 pp dbl), which makes its home base in Santa Cruz. Daily departures take guests on two dives and two tours, plus there’s free time for sunning and lazing about. Those with more time on their hands can take the 8-day Full Dive Adventure in Galapagos (from $3,207 pp dbl), which includes ten dives in Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela islands, plus multiple sightseeing cruises and lots of beach and snorkel time.

Dive package rates include accommodations, all meals mentioned in the itinerary with soft drinks, dives with naturalist guide, 10 percent service charge, snorkeling gear and dive equipment (except dive computers, which can be rented separately). Group rates for 8 travelers or more are available on select packages. For more information, call (888) 254-3190 or visit redmangrove.com.

In the Forest
Families can choose between old-fashioned fun and high-tech glamping at Bingeman’s Camping Resort in Kitchener, Ontario. Whether it’s a traditional no-water, no-electric tent or a glamorous yurt experience with queen-sized beds and chandelier lighting, Bingeman’s can provide it.

Kids and adults alike will feel the call of the outdoors with activities such as canoeing, kayaking, walking trails, volleyball and campfire pits at the ready. Further, a calendar of events provides an array of activities scheduled throughout the summer, including scavenger hunts, Christmas in July barbecue, parent/child golf tournaments, soccer-baseball, Bingeman’s Dive In evening swim and movie showings, and themed dance parties. And if that’s not enough, the onsite Big Splash waterpark, FunworX Indoor Playground, 9-hole Glen Ridge golf course and Flag Raiders Paintball center will certainly be able to fill in any spare holes in your clients’ itinerary.