World’s Coolest Helicopter Rides

 

Helicopter rides reward the traveler with an incredible aerial perspective, thanks to their ability to fly lower than planes and hover over points of interest. And you don’t need to travel far from home—or shell out a small fortune—for this experience. Helicopter sightseeing excursions can be surprisingly reasonable, considering their bucket-list nature and the bragging rights that come with them.

Here are our top picks:

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End of the World Train, First Class – Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa – Ushuaia, Patagonia, Argentina 🇦🇷

 

End of the World Train, First Class: A truly unique experience only for the lucky guests of Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa.

Let your imagination run wild along the valleys and the flavors of Patagonia. The End of the World Train offers a different way to get to know Ushuaia and the National Park, discovering Ensenada Bay and the shores of the Beagle Channel with sightings of the Hoste and Navarino islands, Lake Acigami (Lake Roca) and passing past the Mirador Bahía Lapataia.

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Swimming with Whale Sharks – Thanda Luxury Private Island – Tanzania 🇹🇿

 

You have exclusive use of the Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve surrounding Thanda Island and a superb choice of water and marine activities. A boathouse full of equipment is yours to enjoy, and a boatman is dedicated to you as your personal guide.

Swimming with Whale Sharks
One of the most emotional and spectacular ocean wonders you can ever experience is being up close with a whale shark, which can grow to an astonishing 18 metres.

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Langkawi Cable Car – The Danna Langkawi – Langkawi, Malaysia 🇲🇾

The Langkawi SkyCab, or more commonly known as Langkawi Cable Car is just 5 minutes drive from The Danna Langkawi. Located on the oldest part of Southeast Asia where the ancient sea emerged into a delta, it is not only the steepest cable car ride in the world but also the longest free span mono-cable car!

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Zipline Eco Adventures – The Danna Langkawi – Langkawi, Malaysia 🇲🇾

 

Only a short 2-minute drive from The Danna Langakwi to one of the oldest rainforests on the planet, Umgawa Legendary Adventures’ eco-adventure canopy treetop zipline tour is an exhilarating way to experience the rainforest, learn of Langkawi’s natural treasures in a fun, educational, safe, but adventurous outing.

This is not your typical zipline course; see views of Langkawi, Telaga Tujuh Waterfall (Seven Wells Waterfall), the Andaman Sea, the Matchinchang Cambrian Geoforest and more, those that can’t be seen or experienced from anywhere else on the island.

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Lava Flow Meets the Ocean – Four Seasons Resort Hualalai – Big Island, Hawaii, USA 🇺🇸

 

Take to the air for an unforgettable private charter of Hawaii Island’s majestic convergences of earth, fire and water during an adventure offered exclusively by Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Lifting off from the Resort’s golf course, you’ll ascend to new heights on a flight over the northern Kohala Mountains to see skyscraper-high waterfalls, hidden valleys, black-sand beaches and working ranches. Land in an exclusive-access area for a secluded catered picnic lunch beside one of the cascades, and then head south for a guided hike to Kamokuna, the point inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park where more than a million gallons of lava flow into the ocean every hour, expanding the island of Hawaii along its southeast coast.

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“O” by Cirque du Soleil – Bellagio – Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 🇺🇸

 

O is a water-themed stage production by Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian circus and entertainment company.

The show has been in permanent residence at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, since October 1998. O, whose name is pronounced the same way as eau, the French word for “water”, takes place in, around and above a 1.5-million-US-gallon (5,700 m3) pool of water, featuring water acts such as synchronized swimming as well as aerial and ground acts. The Otheatre, which is designed to resemble a 14th-century European opera house, has 1,800 seats, thus allowing the performance to be watched by 3,600 people a night since the performance usually plays twice in a given day, also designed to meet the special demands of the show.

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Sea Turtle Rehabilitation – Burj Al Arab Jumeirah – Dubai, United Arab Emirates 🇦🇪

 

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah returns rehabilitated sea turtles back to the Arabian Gulf:

The Turtle is a flagship species for the conservation of the marine environment and is protected throughout most of the world.  All seven species of marine turtles found globally are listed as vulnerable to extinction, endangered or critically endangered.  The Hawksbill turtle, native to the Middle East, is listed as critically endangered with only an estimated 8,000 nesting females left worldwide.  On a global scale the greatest threat to marine turtles are all caused by man.

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Swimming with the Dolphins – Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa – Mauritius 🇲🇺

 

 

An exclusive West Coast experience! Do not miss this unforgettable rendez-vous with wild dolphins in the blue waters of Tamarin, arranged for you by Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa.

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Tequila Sign – Las Ventanas Al Paraíso, Rosewood Resort – Los Cabos, Mexico 🇲🇽

 

Las Ventanas al Paraíso is known for its outstanding collection of over 150 premium tequilas – one of the largest in Mexico – as well as its trained Tequila Masters, whose grasp of the flavors and nuances of the resort’s extensive tequila collection is unmatched.

After several months of development, Las Ventanas al Paraíso’s Tequila Masters have created an exclusive program that will determine guests’ personal Tequila Sign, or the variety of tequila that fits the guests’ personality, palette and preferences best.

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