Gear up for an adventure of a lifetime! These thrilling activities are unmissable, especially if you want to get out of your comfort zone. Imagine loosening and opening yourself up to these out-of-the-ordinary experiences, boosting your courage while also having the utmost fun!
Or, perhaps you’re already ticking off some of these extreme adventures from your bucket list. Whichever kind of adventurer you are, this list will be a breath of fresh air from your mundane daily routine.
1. Bungee Jumping
Honestly, whoever imagined it would be so much fun to leap off a cliff or tall structure, is a genius. Because it really is! The entire bungee jumping experience is intense, from the knots in your stomach you get while getting mentally prepared to adrenaline surging through your veins during the jump.
If this is something up your alley, book your ticket to New Zealand now! We highly recommend the Nevis Highwire Bungy Jump in Queenstown, the highest bungee in New Zealand, at 134 metres. Other scenic bungee locations worldwide include the Navajo Bridge, USA and the Niouc Bridge, Switzerland.
Planning to get warmed up before taking on the big bungees? Try Sunway Lagoon X Park’s Bungy Jump, which will get you started at a tiny but mighty 21-metre plunge.
Did you know studies have revealed that skydiving has favourable effects on mood, memory, and attention, thus improving how you respond to stress? If that doesn’t entice you, maybe you’re a fan of the Mission: Impossible films and want to feel like Tom Cruise descending from the sky? If your answer is yes, then this is your sign to book your first skydiving class.
Dubai is relatively new among the list of top drop zones in the world, but it’s also one of the most scenic skydives you will experience. You’ll get an incredible view as you fly over Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah islands.
If city diving is not your thing, then Fox Glacier, New Zealand’s natural beauty, might be more of your vibe. Admire the vistas of the Tasman Sea shoreline and the rocky, snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you free-fall in the breeze.
Ready to take on some skydiving training sessions? Windlab Indoor Skydiving at 1 Utama Shopping Centre will give you a feel of what it’s like to skydive indoors without boarding an airplane!
Light and flexible, paragliders rely solely on natural wind for propulsion, and you’ll take off from land instead of a plane. One of Malaysia’s most sought-after paragliding spots is in Kuala Kubu Bharu, which is great if you’re just starting out.
Popular overseas spots for paragliding include Queenstown in New Zealand, Bir Billing and Himachal Pradesh in India, and Iceland. These three spots will have you soaring through the sky while admiring the sights that Mother Nature has to offer.
4. Ice diving
Ice diving is literally what you’d imagine it to be–diving into freezing cold waters. You’ll even spot a sea creature or two if you’re lucky. Perhaps you’ll capture some beautiful images while you’re at it; if enough light shines through while underwater, that is.
To participate in this icy sport, you’d require special training and equipment to ensure you’re fully ready to battle the extreme temperatures. Canada is home to many ice divers, with ice diving sites in Lake Huron, Baffin Island and Newfoundland. The North Pole, Alaska and Lake Baikal in Russia are other popular options too.
To compare paragliding and paramotoring, we’ll use the phrase ‘same same but different’. The easiest way to explain paramotoring is that it’s like paragliding but with a motor-powered fan on your back; essentially, powered paragliding. While paragliding relies on natural wind to propel it, paramotors are better flown without wind, as it creates safer conditions for manoeuvring.
This also means that paramotors can operate without high ground, as the motorised fan will be able to propel you up from a flat open field! Experience flying this tiny aircraft in Chiang Mai in Thailand, Pushkar in India, the Canary Islands, Lisbon in Portugal, and many more locations around the world.
6. Ice Climbing
Ice climbing is similar to rock climbing, but instead of a rock, you’ll essentially be climbing frozen water. Climbing on ice is a challenge on its own, and this exciting activity has garnered some attention due to its difficulty level.
Fret not; you won’t need to first scale a mountain to look for ice-climbing spots. Common places for scaling ice are glaciers and frozen waterfalls. These gems can be found in Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Canada, and New Zealand.
7. Volcano Boarding
Whether you call it volcano boarding or volcano surfing, boarding down the slopes of an active or dormant volcano is, honestly, rather cool. (Irony intended.) This exhilarating activity draws thrill-seekers worldwide to locations like Nicaragua, Indonesia, and Vanuatu.
As with any extreme adventure, you should always be prepared and mindful of the risks, so be sure to have your insurance plans in place before riding a volcano–especially an active one!
No experience or training is needed to enjoy bobsledding or bobsleighing–although there are professional competitions for this winter sport. A professional pilot will be steering the bobsled for you, so all you need to do is fasten your seatbelt, put on your safety helmet, sit back, and enjoy the ride!
Going at speeds of about 120 kilometres per hour, this hair-raising ride with twists and turns will surely be a test of nerves. You can find bobsledding experiences at Calgary and Whistler in Canada, Lake Placid in New York, and Park City, Utah in the USA.