Take the kids on a fun-filled and unexpected adventure! We asked the team from Jacada Travel to list a family-friendly holidays with a difference.
The very best way to see the beauty of this fascinating part of Indonesia is by boat. Embark on an exclusive Jacada Travel sailing expedition around famous Komodo Island, in which you and your family will spend days and nights cruising between the lush, green islands, stopping to swim in the clear, warm waters and digging your toes into powder-soft sand. Included, of course, is a visit to Komodo National Park where you can feast your eyes on the legendary Komodo Dragon, the largest living lizard in the world.
Reachable via direct flight from Hong Kong, or a considerably shorter journey from Australia’s major cities, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, Fiji has two island chains – Yasawa and Mamanuca – that are both particularly perfect as stomping grounds for families who love to explore newfound territory. Kayak, paddle and snorkel your way through warm waters and find yourself surfacing onto untouched beaches. Or indulge in other offerings such as native village visits, guided walks through rustic terrain and fishing with local experts.
From Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls and the beaches of Costa Verde, Brazil offers a great mix of sun, sand, culture and nature that will entertain your entire family from start to finish. One Jacada Travel must-do activity is the Gran Aventura boat ride. Your private guide will bring you and your family to the base of Iguassu Falls on a high powered Zodiac boat, giving you some up-close-and-personal (and very wet!) contact with the magnificent waters.
Croatia & Slovenia
The Adriatic coast is Croatia’s big draw, featuring seaside cities and fairytale castles. Families will love Jacada Travel’s sea kayaking tour of Lokrum Island, a kilometre off the coast from St Jacob’s Beach. You’ll unearth undiscovered caves, botanical gardens and tucked-away beaches, enjoying a drink at a local bar while the kids are building sandcastles. A highlight of neighbouring Slovenia, meanwhile, is gorgeous Lake Bled, nestled in the snow-capped Julian Alps. Jacada will arrange a ride on a pletna boat – a huge gondola-type rowboat – for you all to glide on the glistening waters while marvelling at the 360-degree sights.
Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands
Here’s a holiday with the perfect combination of wildlife and culture. In Quito, get a taste of the lively market of San Francisco and feast your eyes on local artisans and foodies at work – including a Swiss-Ecuadorian family of chocolate makers. After you’ve explored the city, Jacada Travel will take you aboard a private yacht where you and your family will cruise around the stunning Galapagos Islands, experiencing marine wildlife while snorkelling, kayaking and diving, and venturing through nature trails to walk among the Island’s famous gigantic tortoises.
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This article first appeared in the June/July 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.