5 unforgettable eco-adventures in the tropics

From jaw-dropping waterfalls to volcanic excursions, getting in touch with nature on your tropical vacation can be a whole lot of fun. Venture off the beaten path and plan your next getaway with an eco-adventure in mind. To help you get started, we’ve come up with five unforgettable excursions you can try.

Cascading waterfall in Jamaica
Chasing waterfalls: Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica

No visit to Jamaica is complete without a trip to the magnificent Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios. The falls are a perfect place for adventurers and romantics alike, with numerous rushing cascades emptying into the warm Caribbean waters. Climb up the falls and enjoy spectacular views from the top or take a refreshing dip in the natural pools.

Where to stay: The adults only Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort and Spa is located close by the Dunn’s River Falls and other exciting attractions in Ocho Rios. After spending the day exploring the falls you can head back to the resort to enjoy dinner under the stars and a “Dine-In Movie” by the pool.

Group of vacationers swimming along catamaran
Tropical oasis: Saona Island in Dominican Republic

Explore the ‘desert island’ of Saona just off the coast of La Romana in the Dominican Republic. This government-protected nature reserve offers sparkling white sand beaches, lush flora and fauna and a variety of tropical birds and marine life. Take a luxury catamaran ride to the island and enjoy a day of snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing.

Where to stay: Catalonia Gran Dominicus is located on the shores of La Romana just a short boat ride away from Saona Island. There are plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation at the resort as well with a large fresh-water pool, luxurious spa and pristine stretch of beach.

Woman swimming through cenote
Geological playground: Xcaret Park in Riviera Maya

Enjoy the ecological adventure of a lifetime in the heart of Riviera Maya at Xcaret Adventure Park. There are activities for every interest and age group at Xcaret; whether you want to swim through a Mayan cenote, zipline high across the jungle, Snuba with the family or swim with exotic marine species (including stingrays).

Where to stay: Stay in the heart of the action at Hotel Xcaret Mexico, located right next to Xcaret Adventure Park. Enjoy unlimited access to the six Xcaret Experience parks during your stay to take advantage of twisting waterslides, mystical cave expeditions and wildlife tours as often as you like.

Man and woman enjoying natural hot spring
Volcanic bliss: Arenal Hot Springs in Costa Rica

Let all your worries melt away as you soak in the natural and therapeutic waters of Arenal Hot Springs in Costa Rica. The springs are heated from Arenal Volcano’s geothermal activity and are a great place to relax after having explored the active volcano’s landscapes. There are multiple hot springs to choose from, each with its own unique feel – with some offering waterslides and swim up bars.

Where to stay: Continue your blissful relaxation at the luxurious Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica. This adult’s only resort overlooks the Gulf of Papagayo and is home to the world-class Secrets Spa by Pevonia. As one of our Relax Resorts, you can enjoy the Spa Water Circuit (once per stay), unlimited à la carte dinners and resort credits.

Scuba diver exploring sea
Underwater adventures: scuba diving in Roatan

Discover the deep blue on a scuba diving adventure in Roatan, Honduras, home to some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world. Roatan is also where you’ll find the world’s second largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which features more than 65 types of coral and 500 species of marine life including sea turtles, red lionfish and whale sharks – a scuba diver’s dream!

Where to stay: Nestled on its own 21-acre private island off the southern coast of Roatán, Fantasy Island Beach Resort, Dive and Marina is the perfect home base for diving enthusiasts. You can take scuba diving lessons at the resort and take advantage of the “5 Days 2 Tank Dive Daily” package which includes two dives per day for five days with a professional PADI instructor.

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