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We all love to live for amazing experiences, to feel like we’re dangerous, invincible, and can conquer anything. This can be associated with anything; relationships, work experiences, taking part in sports, the list goes on and on. So, when it comes to booking your holidays why should this idea of excitement change? People use a holiday to relax, to escape the realities of home life, so the generic holiday people imagine is going to a hot destination, sit on a crisp white beach, sipping some kind of alcoholic drink.
Well we say no more to the mainstream holiday and hello to the action packed, life changing one! Travelling across the world, exploring new environments and experiencing the wonders of the world can also be relaxing as it trains your mind to learn new things, to view new sights that are unfamiliar to us, to test your physical strength. And what could be more daring exploring the wonders of the volcanic mountains. This is nature at its finest and beholds a range of fun activities including hiking up volcanic craters and seeing red hot lava. Trust us, it’s definitely one to tick off the bucket list!
We’ve narrowed our favourite volcanic places to check out this summer:
Known as ‘The Perfect Cone’ due to its almost perfectly conical shape, Mayon Volcano is so idyllic that it looks like a painting! The base of the mountain consists of flat plains, rice fields, creeks, and rivers, all waiting to be explored! Being the most active volcano in the Philippines – having erupted over 49 times in the past 400 years – it was declared a National Park and is currently nominated as a World Heritage Site. One of the best things about Mayon is that you can see it everywhere you go in Legazpi, eventually getting curious enough to visit it! Being an active volcano it’s not possible to climb to the top of it, however there are plenty of ways to get a bit more personal with this insane natural wonder. Why not hike along the base of the volcano or go with a tour that will take you to the closest to the observatory. What’s magical about Mt. Mayon is that you’ll be able to see puffs of smoke coming from its peak and a small cloud of smoke hanging above it, creating the perfect picture for painting or capturing through your camera.
Hawaii is a hub for volcanic activity, with the whole island being situated within and around active volcanos. The big island consists in total of five separate volcanoes; The Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea Volcano. Kilauea is the most famous of the Hawaiian volcanoes and rightly so! It is the youngest and most active of the 5 volcanoes and has recently been erupting continuously between 1983 and present. It is a very low, flat shield volcano, vastly different from the high, sharply sloping peaks of neighbouring volcanoes. It is the Kilauea volcano whose lava you can often see flowing into the ocean and luckily enough, you can see this red-hot flowing lava and smoking calderas up close! You can also participate in the Kilauea’iki Crater hike, a famous hiking route on the big island. It takes you down to the crater across the crater floor which was former over 50 years ago! Love to hike? There are more than 10-day hikes possible inside the park. The 100+ miles of hiking trails takes you through old lava tubes and lush rainforests, and over old and new, still fuming lava flows. The park also organises daily ranger-led hikes. If you want the full experience, we recommend you staying in Volcano Village.
Being one of the most visited attractions in Java, Bromo is actually not the highest peak of the massif of volcanoes there. One thing that is extremely beautiful about Bromo is how it is surrounded by the Laut Pair (Sea of Sand) of fine volcanic sand. Raining season in Java is a serious affair, so make sure you go make sure you go when the monsoon season has passed. Stick to the dry season between April and October as this is the brightest period with the lowest chance of rain or fog. The sunrise over Mount Bromo is the main thing that you’ll want to visit for, with the low mists rolling around its cone and the sun rising from behind the volcano, it’s one of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see. If you’re looking for this experience, you can book to climb the mountain with a group. You’ll need to get up pretty early if you what to see the sunrise views, 3am early… Walking this route in total darkness is magical, guided by nothing but bright moonlight and stars. When you get to the first view point – around one and half hours – all you have to do is wait for the magic to happen. You will witness the most beautiful sunrise with the perfect panoramic views over Mount Bromo and the surrounding volcanoes.
Well, we definitely saved the best till last. We know this isn’t a typical volcano hiking trip, but we wanted to offer you a different experience that is definitely volcanic. Being one of the most popular attractions in the country, Door To Hell is one of the most spectacular things youll ever experience. It is a huge crater in the middle of the desert, burning an intense first, roasting got to stand beside yet, if you step back 10 metres its freezing. But the best thing about it is that when you see it at night, it glows this magnificent orange, giving it its signature name, the gas crater is rich in natural gas and originated due to a scientist digging a little too far down, making it collapse into a gas pocket. People decided to light it due to the natural gas leaking, killing camels and goats and ever since, it has been burning for over 40 years. So what can you do there? You can go camping in a tent for the night, but make sure you go through a travel company as they will escort you to the crater. You can then set up camp with your guide, make some dinner and watch day light merge into darkness and watch the magic happen. The great thing is you can walk right up to the edge and feel the intense heat and hear the roar as the natural gas surges out of the crater and ignites. You can also walk around the whole of the crater which takes about 20 minutes. It’s about the size of a football pitch but watch your step because if you stumble and fall, you’re absolutely done for!