A dark form drifts beneath the still waters of Loch Ness; an unrecognisable howl echoes deep in the Javan rainforest; a giant figure materialises for just a moment through the thick Himalayan snow...
Do you have the adventurous spirit to join our hunt for ten of the world’s most famous and elusive cryptids (creatures whose existence has yet to be proven by science)?
We have teamed up with the International Cryptozoology Museum to challenge curious travellers to try to track down mysterious creatures across the world, and created special deals to the creatures’ homelands, so YOU can book trips and try to capture the first definitive evidence proving their existence!
We asked our users which cryptids you would most likely travel to see, from a list compiled by the experts at the International Cryptozoology Museum. The Loch Ness Monster is the biggest source of fascination for travellers (18%), closely followed by Bigfoot (aka Sasquatch) of western North America (17%), and the Yeti of the Himalayas (15%).
We’re offering financial reimbursement to cryptid-hunters who successfully provide photographic proof of the existence of a cryptids from our list. Travellers who take a trip in September or October using one of our deals and tweet a photo proving the existence of the local cryptid (to be verified by experts at the International Cryptozoology Museum and HolidayPirates) will have their flight cost refunded (full terms and conditions below).
The ten cryptids, and links to the relevant deals we’ve created, are below. So get out there, and help prove that humans still don’t know everything there is to know about our huge and mysterious planet.
Giant bats are reported to reside in regions of Java, Vietnam, the Philippines. ‘Orang-bati’ – bat-like cryptids – are also believed to inhabit Seram, Indonesia.
Check out our deals to hunt for the Ahool in Java here
British Big Cats
Panther-sized big cats have for decades been reported the United Kingdom, such as Beast of Bodmin and the Beast of Exmoor (both western England).
Check out our deals to hunt for British Big Cats in England here
Bigfoot – also known as Sasquatch – is a giant, hairy, ape-like hominoid, believed to live in the montane forests and wilderness of north-western North America.
Chupacabras (literally "goat-suckers") are spiny cryptids of Central and Southern America, reported to drinks livestock’s blood.
These creatures – with kangaroo-like bodies, goat heads, bat-like wings, horns, clawed hands, cloven hooves, and forked tails – have haunted the New Jersey Pineland forest for over 260 years.
Check out our deals to hunt for the Jersey Devil in Northeastern USA here
Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Monster, or ‘Nessie’, is believed to inhabit Loch Ness, an extremely deep Scottish lake.
Check out our deals to hunt for the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland here
Mngwa are predatory, nocturnal big cats, described as being as large as donkeys, with marks like a tabby. They reportedly live in Tanzania.
Check out our deals to hunt for the Mngwa in Tanzania here
For centuries, giant, water-dwelling sauropods have been reported deep in the Congo River Basin, sometimes referred to as Mokele-mbembe (“the one who stops the flow of rivers”).
Check out our deal to hunt for the Mokele-mbembe in Cameroon here
The Chinese ‘wildmen’ are reddish, semi-bipedal, and historical encounters have been reported by locals and government officials along rural roads.
Check out our deal to hunt for the Yeren in Central China here
Yeti, unknown rock apes, walk the Himalayan plateaus and live in the valley forests. There is not just "one" Abominable Snowman – and they are not white.