7 Adventure Vacations to Take for the Fitness Thrill of It
Scuba—and Save Coral Reefs in Bonaire
Take a guided dive with Great Adventures Bonaire at Harbour Village Resort (from $295 per night, dive not included) to the man-made nurseries of elkhorn and staghorn coral off the coast of this gorgeous Caribbean Island. You’ll learn how to scuba dive, then use those skills to help you graft small sections of coral (called coral babies), which will ultimately be transplanted to replenish reef systems. (Craving even more adventure? Book one of 7 Travel Destinations That Answer the Call of the 'Wild.")
Learn to Surf in Hawaii
Stay in the camp house at Surf Hawaii’s Surf School ($1,895 for one week) on the north shore of Oahu or rent a beachfront cottage. Either way, you’ll get your fill of surf lessons from experts, as well as yoga, hiking, and whale watching. (Before you hit the waves, get a clue of what's to come with 14 Surfing Tips for First-Timers (as Told Through GIFs).)
Backpack in the Grand Canyon
Explore the Surf and Turf of Costa Rica
Do intervals of relaxing beach lounging and energizing stand-up paddling and kayaking, or spend a day rappelling or mountain biking with the Four Seasons wellness program (from $475 per night, some adventure activities separate). Don’t worry about getting a little sore—the spa can help take care of that and more.
Rock Climb in Mount Zion National Park
Kayak and Hike in Greenland
Work up an appetite with nine exciting days of kayaking, hiking, and whale watching at the Natural Habitat Base Camp ($8,995 per person, nine-day trips from August through September). The camp chef will have gourmet meals waiting for you at home base.
Stand-Up Paddleboard in Saint Lucia
Mountain biking, scuba diving, and water sports—plus archery, golf, tennis, and tai chi—are among some of the activities offered at the aptly named BodyHoliday resort (from $1,000 per night). (You can also participate in a “quadrathlon,” in which you bike, run, rappel, and kayak.) Everything is included at this amped-up retreat, including daily spa services and gourmet meals. (Are Personalized Wellness Retreats Worth the Hefty Price Tag?)