Top 10 Exotics Excursions
The great thing about cruising is that it can take you all over the world and to places most people only dream about. Exotic destinations are becoming more popular for cruisers that want to go to different places and see more of the world. From the tropical island of Hawaii to the tranquil paradise of Bora Bora, an exotic cruise holiday will give you the opportunity to visit some of the most stunning and unspoilt islands anywhere. Many of the exotic islands will host a range of shore excursions, allowing you to get the most out of your visits.
1. Honolulu Helicopter Ride, Hawaii
There is no better place to see from the sky than Hawaii. With its hidden rainforests, green valleys and picturesque beaches, there is nowhere else in the world like it. Starting on Waikiki Beach you will board your helicopter for an adventure of a lifetime. As you glide over the turquoise coral reefs, you will look down on beautiful scenery including the coral formations in Kaneohe Bay, into the eye of the Diamond head volcano and the cliffs of Nuuanu Valley rainforest. You will also enjoy views of Pearl Harbour and the Arizona Memorial. This excursion is a breath taking adventure that will give you stunning views.
Fly the Honolulu Helicopter Ride on: Radiance of the Seas
2. Maui Whale Watching, Hawaii
Maui is great place to see humpback whales. If you are interested in seeing one of the largest animals on the planet in its natural habitat then this excursion is not to be missed. In a smooth catamaran, led by certified marine naturalists you will have the opportunity to see, learn and interact with these amazing animals. You will even get the chance to listen to whale songs on an underwater hydrophone… fascinating!
Try whale watching on: Crown Princes
3. Hilo and Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
When people picture Hawaii they often see forests and flowers, this all comes to life in Hilo, the flower capital of the world. As you board your coach you will stop at Rainbow Falls and Akatsuka Orchids before travelling through tropical forests to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The park sits 4,300 feet above sea level and allows you to see an amazing landscape change. Kilauea volcano is one of the most active volcanoes on earth and on this tour you can get as close to it as possible. For those that want to witness something unique and true to Hawaii then this excursion is definitely for you.
Explore Hilo and Kilauea Volcano on: Rhapsody of the Seas
4. Underwater Walk, Bora Bora
The under waters of Bora Bora are some of the most incredible in the world and boast an array of exotic marine life. As you are taken out to sea on a small boat your guide will provide you with all the safety information and tips you will need for you underwater adventure. Once you reach an appropriate stop, you will don your helmet and climb down a ladder into the clear water to begin your exploration. Your head remains completely dry as you walk around freely under water, connected to the boat by an air hose. Be prepared to see a wide variety of fish, coral and tropical formations.
Go underwater walking on: Radiance of the Seas
5. 4X4 Safari, Tahiti
Tahiti is full of beautiful scenery and natural formations that are guaranteed to excite your eyes. There is no better way to experience all of this than on a safari tour. Once you climb into your four wheel drive, get ready to enter a land of enchantment. As you drive through the forests you get up close to cascading waterfalls, tropical flowers and captivating forests.
6. Yeman Safari Quad Bike, Mauritius
The Yeman Nature Reserve is a place you can experience all of the beauty that Mauritius has to offer. Covering 11,000 acres it is home to wildlife, plants and beautiful landscape. Once you are ready on your quad bike you will follow a guide who will take you on routes that allow you to see sugar cane fields, local villages and wild animals in their natural habitats. This is a really fun adventure to get close to nature.
Take a Yeman Safari on: Celebrity Eclipse
7. Cruise to Dravuni Island, Fiji
Dravuni Island is a volcano island and is the most northern of the islands within the Fiji group. It boasts magnificent beaches with pristine sand and turquoise waters. From the port you will take a small catamaran over to this astonishing island and enjoy a day of pure relaxation. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel or take a walk into the village to meet the locals if you wish.
8. Stingray Encounter, Bora Bora
Climb aboard a covered lagoon cruiser and glide across turquoise waters until you reach the famous stingray lagoon. With the guide's assistance you will get the chance to touch and hold these interesting animals as they swim around you. Your guide will also involve you in games with the stingrays as well as teaching you all you need to know about them.
Meet the Stingrays on: Crown Princess
9. Moorea Paddle Boat, Moorea
The crystal clear waters of Moorea are home to an abundance of amazing marine life. As you set out on your paddle board with a group of other people you will be lead by a guide who will take you to all the best spots and ensure you catch the best views. You will get the opportunity to see stingray, small sharks and colourful fish so be sure to take a water proof camera! This excursion is one for those who want to try something different and get up close with the Pacific wildlife.
Enjoy the Moorea Paddle Boat on: Oceania Marina
10. Sigatoka Sand Dunes National park, Fiji
Located at the mouth of the Sigatoka River this park is definitely worth seeing if your cruise stops in Fiji. The sand dunes were caused from erosion and now cover a large area, with dunes ranging up to 60m tall. The park is fascinating enough on its own but it is also home to an array of different wildlife, including geckos, fruits bats and birds. As you walk around your guide will narrate every step of the way and give you lots of information about this unique ecosystem. Be sure to take your camera as you never know what you are going to see in this captivating place.
Stretch your legs in the Sigatoka National Park on: Sun Princess