The appeal of embarking on family adventures to the remote corners of the world is stronger than ever. Pelorus have designed exclusive adventures to soak up the most of what these countries have to offer for families of all ages. Here is a selection of destinations and experiences that are perfect for the adventurous family who wish to make lasting memories.
Morocco is an exotic cocktail of vibrant cultures, sweeping desert, intense visuals and ancient villages; there is something for everyone, and with only an hour time difference it is easy on the little ones. Explore Marrakech’s labyrinth of medina streets in style, via vintage motorcycles complete with sidecars, before embarking on an epic journey through the mountains and towards the Sahara Desert.
Escape the city via hot air balloon and float over the amber-hued sands as the sun rises for a magical view over the High Atlas Mountains. Teenagers will particularly enjoy embarking on a high-octane dune-buggy adventure that takes you deep into the Agafay stone desert. This, followed by a traditional lunch with a local family and visits to Berber markets, is the perfect combination for the whole family to gain a rare insight into Moroccan rural life.
For the avid cyclists amongst your family, it may appeal to take a mountain bike across the Atlas Mountains, through one of the highest passes in North Africa. Or, for some competitive family fun, try sand boarding and quad biking, before scaling the dunes true Berber-style, on camel-back. Conclude your days playing family games in your luxury tented camp, designed for all family ages.
A kingdom which perfectly showcases the wilderness of Scandinavia, Sweden is a fusion of wild beauty, chic design and culinary excellence; the perfect destination for the multigenerational family escape. From the stylish city of Stockholm, head north to Swedish Lapland where, under the low winter sun, you will traverse across a glistening blanket of snow in a sled pulled by reindeer, a dream for the little adventurers amongst you.
It is during these dark winter months the Northern Lights dance across the sky, creating the most beautiful artistic display. This is visible from your Ice Hotel; an extraordinary hub of art and adventure, this is an enthralling experience for families of every age. Sweden is a beautifully underrated wildlife-watching destination home to wolves, moose and the charismatic brown bear, of which teenagers will enjoy the adrenaline of venturing out from the warmth of an isolated Arctic Lodge to embark on a snowmobile safari towards a remote camp occupied by the Sami people. Swap snowmobiles for sleds and wind your way through the pristine winter wonderland to dine Sami-style in a traditional Goathi tent.
There is adventure for families of all ages in Sri Lanka. Ascend peacefully by hot air balloon above a blanket of coconut trees and rice paddies to witness the sunrise, before exploring what was once a royal palace of an ancient Sri Lankan king or the iconic Buddhist Temple of the Sacred Tooth, both fantastical adventures for the curious little explorers.
Journey through tea plantations and waterfalls onboard a Sri Lankan train; renowned for its scenic splendour, the surroundings will keep children’s attention for hours. Following a sunrise climb to Adam’s Peak, take a helicopter to Aberdeen Falls and explore the jungle before enjoying watching the teenagers challenge themselves in canyoning, abseiling waterfalls. Embark on a memorable safari and make a special visit to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, the perfect way to keep the young ones engaged.
Earning Sri Lanka the title of ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ is their pristine Southern Coastline. An excellent spot to surf, older children may wish to accompany our expert surf partners on a world-renowned, personalised coaching programme. Or, for the youngsters, releasing turtle hatchlings into the ocean may sound more appealing and a magical experience for all the family.
The Galapagos is the ultimate playground for rare species, ideal for the family wildlife enthusiast to turn their mind to the islands’ scents and sounds. With only five of its thirteen islands inhabited, travelling by yacht gives you the flexibility to venture to the remote islands of this volcanic archipelago and parents a chance for a refreshing dip whenever needed.
Snorkel with children alongside Galapagos penguins in this exuberant underwater world, home to colourful clams and sea horses. Or for the advanced diver, you can share the same equatorial waters as black tip and white tip sharks, blue and red lobster, barracudas and many more. Lay eyes upon the world’s largest population of sea lions and if appeals, teenagers will enjoy surfing alongside these creatures with a world class Pelorus guide.
On land, little adventurers will enjoy feeding marine iguanas before passing through the world’s only tropical colony of albatross. Wander black lava shorelines and red sand beaches before turning inland to find giant tortoises, flamingos and nesting pacific green turtles, a magical sight for the whole family. Hike past lagoons and famous lava formations to a volcanic summit, where you will be welcomed by lava lizards and a spectacular view.
Verdant jungle, indigenous tribes, ancestral burial caves and tropical waters home to exotic aquatic life and WW11 shipwrecks; best explored by yacht, Vanuatu is a beguiling Island chain with an appeal to families of all ages.
Teenagers can get their adrenaline-kick from canyoning across caves, before scuba-diving through the tunnels of the Hidden World Waterfall and the Millennium Cave Waterfalls. Follow this with the more relaxed excursion of riding horseback through the jungle towards coffee plantations, before bathing in hot springs and cooling off under waterfalls. To capture the interest of the curious little explorers, Pelorus will take you deep into the jungle to meet the Big Namba and Small Namba tribe, to experience their traditional ceremonies and customary dances.
The rugged terrain of these volcanic islands makes this a wonderful habitat for both marine and bird species to congregate. Frequented by dolphins and tuna, Vanuatu’s tropical waters are an underwater paradise for the avid-diver. Alongside your children, peacefully snorkel the vibrant coral reefs in search of dugongs in their natural habitat, or dive the Moso Drift where you will come face to face with grey whaler sharks before unwinding with family games onboard your luxury yacht.