For some people, it’s difficult to believe there’s more to a holiday than lounging on the beach with a cocktail nearby. At Holiday Hypermarket, we appreciate you might be satisfied with sunsets and siestas, but if you’re keen to see some wildlife and perhaps burn off a few leftover calories from winter, we’ve put together a few must-see destinations!
Red Sea Scuba
Hurghada on the Red Sea Coast of Egypt is a centre for deep sea diving and snorkelling. Exploring a sheltered reef close to the shore, you can slowly build up to trying boat dives around the idyllic Giftun Islands and Sha’ab Abu Nuhas, before taking a look at Hurghada’s wreck, El Mina. Conservation efforts spanning a decade mean that hard and soft corals are recovering, and it’s possible to view turtles, rays, barracudas and kaleidoscopic reef fish.
India’s smallest state on the west coast, bounded by the Arabian Sea, is a must for nature lovers. With more than 60 miles of coastline interrupted by rustic fishing villages, Goa is renowned for its beaches, which are rich with wildlife. Many are unaware that the rest of Goa is covered with forest, where breath-taking natural waterfalls like Dudhsagar and Aravalem cascade. Strap on your hiking shoes and join a variety of professional expeditions that are often carried out from the Sahyadris (Western Ghats), passing through dense jungles and cliff peaks.
Some of the most beautiful sights in the world are to be found in the desert. Why not see them with your own eyes in Tunisia from the back of a camel, across the boundless Chott el Djerid salt flats? Although the northern part of the country is fertile, the south extends into the dry Saharan desert, and Tunisia is fringed by hundreds of miles of coastline. If you book holidays to Tunisia, you can explore palm-filled oases and stay overnight in traditional Bedouin-style tents.
Kayak in the Keys
If wandering off the beaten path is not your idea of fun, Florida is a great place for organised adventure tours. Visitors can embark on a tour of Miami’s South Beach, take a heart-racing gator hike in the Everglades, kayak in Florida Keys and bicycle around Key West Old Town.
Husky Sleighs in Lapland
If colder temperatures are your preference, opt for a safari in Kittilä, Lapland, where you can hop on a low-emission snowmobile and take advantage of Finland’s powder snow. Or if you prefer to leave smaller tracks in the gleaming landscape, take a husky sled and experience this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Prefer to take life even slower? A reindeer safari in the silence of the forest is not an opportunity anyone should pass up.
If you want to inject some adrenaline into your cheap holidays – whether you’re scuba diving, trekking through jungles or husky sledding – we’ve got some great ideas. Have you been on an unforgettable holiday recently? Let us know in the comments.