We're all well rehearsed in the 7 Natural Wonders of the world... from the Grand Canyon to the Great Barrier Reef, but we here at Pirate HQ want to bring you our list of natural wonders that we believe should also get their spot in the lime light and maybe... just maybe, inspire your next adventure. Because we're all going to need one after all of this pandemic malarkey!
Blue Hole, Belize
Qualified diver or not, everyone can admire the absolute beauty that is the Blue Hole. Located off the coast of Belize City, this 125m deep hole in the ocean floor has been named as one of the top 5 diving spots in the world. If you're not a diver, you can always charter a flight to get an ariel view of this unique landmark.
Great as a trip on it's own, or you can always fly to Cancun and make your way down the coast, through Tulum and then across the boarder into Belize. The bus is a lot cheaper, however, can take 10 hours. Or you can opt to fly... which costs upwards of a few £100.
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Located on New Zealand's South Island, Milford Sound is a MUST do. You can take a number of boat trips through the stunning fijord lined with cascading waterfalls. For those avid hikers out there the Milford Track is a 4 day hike that takes you through the heart of fijordland.
Depending on how you are exploring NZ, you can either fly into Queensland where a number of day trips head towards the Sound. Or, if you're travelling via camper van, you can drive yourself. Having said this, during the winter months, it is advisable to get a tourbus as the roads leading to the site are windy and can be tretcherous.
Not for the faint hearted - dare you brave Kjeragbolten? A 177 cubic foot boulder that has found itself wedged in a crevice in the Norwegian mountains. Accessable via a 7 mile round hike, its best to take 6-10 hours out of your day to visit this very unique photo op!
The nearest airport is Stavanger and return flights can be snapped up from £75 - £100 return.
Lodowiec Vatnajökull, Iceland
The largest glacier in Europe, this beautiful ice cap covers 8% of the total land mass of Iceland and at it's thickest part is nearly a KM! A numberof different tours can be taken of the glacier from the 5 hour day tours can be taken of the glacier where you hike up the side and are able to gaze out at the surrounding views from the top, to multi day Iceland tours that incorperate this not to be missed specticle.
Antelope Canyon, USA
Known as the valley of the sun, this sprawling metropolitan city of Phoenix is known for it's vibrant nightlife. But if you're after something different, then rent a car and head 4 hours north to the stunning, naturally formed sandstone canyons of Antelope Canyon. Flying to Phoenix is an ideal gateway to these incredible, naturally formed stone mazes as you can join it onto a trip to Vegas!
To Sua Trench, Samoa
Instagrams at the ready Pirates, because this naturally occuring pool is located on the tropical island of Samoa. The photogenic sink hole is surrounded with lush greenery and great hikes. To enter the pool, there is a wooden ladder allowing you gentle access into the clear waters 20m below.
We recommend adding a trip to Samoa after a New Zealand or Australia adventure as it offers the ideal beach break. Rivalling Bora Bora and Tahiti, this tiny Pacific island is a lot cheaper than the more well known locations and flights can be snapped up from AKL for around £300 return.
Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, New Zealand
Famed for the thousands of glow worms that illuminate the cave ceiling, Waitomo caves are the best place to see these naturally occuring wonders. Located west of Rotorua, on New Zealand's North Island, this makes a top stop on your NZ adventure. However, if you'd prefer less of a tourist trap, head to Northland to the Waipu caves, they offer a similar experience with less foot traffic.
Bolivia Salt Flats
Visit the largest salt flat on earth, created by the prehistoric lakes which evaporated centuries ago. The flats are other-worldly as the horizon disappears due to the sheer vastness of the surrounding area.
Full Day tours of the Salt Flats start and finish in Uyuni on same day. A one-day tour of Salar de Uyuni in 4×4 jeeps are common and the shortest tours possible.
Video curtosy of BBC
Tianzi Mountains, China
Rumoured to be the inspiration for the Avatar film, these other worldly mountains are around 400 million years old. Even though July is the warmest month to visit, it can also be one of the wettest. We recommend including this incredible spectial if you're planning a tour of China as one way flights to near by Zhangjiajie airport can be snapped up around £150 from Shanghai and take around 2.5 hours.
Let us know...
What natural wonders are on your bucket list? Where are you hoping to head to when all the travel gateways reopen once more? Let us know in the comments!