10 High-Adventure Shore Excursions Around the World

by Fran Golden

10 High-Adventure Shore Excursions Around the World

by Fran Golden

Let others sit on the beach. With these extreme shore excursions, you can feel the rush and see your destination from a whole new angle, whether you are rappelling down a waterfall, snorkeling in frigid waters, or climbing an iconic bridge. Say "wow" on these high adventure shore excursions, and earn those bragging rights.

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Hiking on Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska / iStock.com / Ruth Peterkin
Waterfall rappelling
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1. Rappelling in Hawaii

Hike a great canyon, then harness up and plunge into the deep pools of 30- to 50-foot waterfalls on this excursion in Maui. The hardest part is that first step over the edge. Don't worry, instructors are on hand to make sure you know the ropes.

Do It With: Pride of America

Hike a great canyon, then harness up and plunge into the deep pools of 30- to 50-foot waterfalls on this excursion in Maui. The hardest part is that first step over the edge. Don't worry, instructors are on hand to make sure you know the ropes.

Do It With: Pride of America

Glacier hiking
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2. Glacier hiking in Alaska

Don't just admire glaciers from afar — actually hit the ice. A helicopter lands you on the Juneau Icefield for a firsthand look at the frozen terrain. Your guide will provide supplies, including crampons and an ice pick.

Do It With: Holland America

Don't just admire glaciers from afar — actually hit the ice. A helicopter lands you on the Juneau Icefield for a firsthand look at the frozen terrain. Your guide will provide supplies, including crampons and an ice pick.

Do It With: Holland America

Camping in Amundsen
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3. Camping in Antarctica

Learn freezing-weather survival skills as you bundle up in a warm winter sleeping bag inside an expedition tent, surrounded by only the night sky and frozen tundra. Your experience will include lessons in essential extreme weather tasks such as making a fire and ice fishing.

Do It With: Hurtigruten

Learn freezing-weather survival skills as you bundle up in a warm winter sleeping bag inside an expedition tent, surrounded by only the night sky and frozen tundra. Your experience will include lessons in essential extreme weather tasks such as making a fire and ice fishing.

Do It With: Hurtigruten

Sailing in St. Maarten
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4. Sail racing in St. Maarten

Feel the exhilaration of wind in your face and the rush of competition as you and your team race an actual America's Cup yacht against a competitor. Sails are adjusted for maximum speed on the shortened course (everyone on board gets a task; no experience is required).

Do It With: Carnival Cruise Line

Feel the exhilaration of wind in your face and the rush of competition as you and your team race an actual America's Cup yacht against a competitor. Sails are adjusted for maximum speed on the shortened course (everyone on board gets a task; no experience is required).

Do It With: Carnival Cruise Line

Hong Kong's Peninsula Hotel
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5. Helicoptering among skyscrapers in Hong Kong

You can sit back and take in the view for this one, but you'll still feel like James Bond as you fly past skyscrapers in this modern metropolis. It starts with takeoff from the top of the Peninsula Hotel, and ends with a proper high tea back at the same famed hotel.

Do It With: Silversea Cruises

You can sit back and take in the view for this one, but you'll still feel like James Bond as you fly past skyscrapers in this modern metropolis. It starts with takeoff from the top of the Peninsula Hotel, and ends with a proper high tea back at the same famed hotel.

Do It With: Silversea Cruises

Stockholm's skyline
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6. Walking on rooftops in Stockholm

Why see the city's historical sights from street level when you can get a bird's-eye view? You harness up for this guided rooftop trek on a footpath some 130 feet above the ground.

Do It With: Royal Caribbean

Why see the city's historical sights from street level when you can get a bird's-eye view? You harness up for this guided rooftop trek on a footpath some 130 feet above the ground.

Do It With: Royal Caribbean

Shark Encounter at Jamaica's Dolphin Cove
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7. Encountering sharks in Jamaica

Get in the water with some of the fiercest creatures in the world — with no bars or nets for protection. On this excursion, you'll cozy up to Caribbean sharks with very strong jaws and thousands of sharp teeth. They are considered harmless to humans unless, of course, you get them angry (guides are on hand to make sure you don't).

Do It With: Disney Cruise Line

Get in the water with some of the fiercest creatures in the world — with no bars or nets for protection. On this excursion, you'll cozy up to Caribbean sharks with very strong jaws and thousands of sharp teeth. They are considered harmless to humans unless, of course, you get them angry (guides are on hand to make sure you don't).

Do It With: Disney Cruise Line

Arctic snorkeling
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8. Snorkeling in the Arctic

Get in the water in the land of the polar bears. You’ll wear a dry suit for this adventure, but can still expect that it’s going to be really cold. You can find cold-water snorkeling excursions in Alaska and Antarctica, too.

Do It With: Aurora Expeditions

Get in the water in the land of the polar bears. You’ll wear a dry suit for this adventure, but can still expect that it’s going to be really cold. You can find cold-water snorkeling excursions in Alaska and Antarctica, too.

Do It With: Aurora Expeditions

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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9. Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Views of Sydney Harbour are amazing from atop the city's iconic bridge — 400 feet above the water. This is the original and most famous of the world's bridge climbs, and involves a training session, a special suit with harness, and a guided walk on ladders and catwalks to reach the span's upper arch.

Do It With: Princess Cruises

Views of Sydney Harbour are amazing from atop the city's iconic bridge — 400 feet above the water. This is the original and most famous of the world's bridge climbs, and involves a training session, a special suit with harness, and a guided walk on ladders and catwalks to reach the span's upper arch.

Do It With: Princess Cruises

Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull
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10. Going inside a volcano 

Fire and ice are the themes of this experience in Iceland. You’ll head to the glacial peak of Eyjafjallajökull to actually explore inside the active volcano. A helmet and hiking gear are provided; thermal fields, bubbling hot springs, and other extraordinary views a given.

Do It With: Royal Caribbean

Fire and ice are the themes of this experience in Iceland. You’ll head to the glacial peak of Eyjafjallajökull to actually explore inside the active volcano. A helmet and hiking gear are provided; thermal fields, bubbling hot springs, and other extraordinary views a given.

Do It With: Royal Caribbean

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