Jacada launches Departures to The Last Wilderness
Jacada has recently launched an exclusive series of set-departure date trips in collaboration with record-breaking freediver Hanli Prinsloo and the I AM WATER Ocean Travel team. The trips consist of mastering freediving with Prinsloo among marine life and optional additional special experiences handpicked by Jacada Travel.
From a cultural Maori welcome in secluded woods and private yachting in the Marietas Islands to searching for lemurs in remote Madagascar and a time-travelling journey of Cuban rum and cigars - Jacada has put together some of the world's most authentic experiences possible allowing you to journey deeper.
Departures to The Last Wilderness
The ‘Departures to the Last Wilderness’ trips consist of mastering freediving with Hanli Prinsloo and the I AM WATER Ocean Travel team, before selecting additional itineraries full of exciting experiences curated by Jacada. The freediving masterclasses will take place at some of the world’s most pristine and unexplored locations including Niue, Madagascar and Mexico, where travellers can magically encounter fascinating marine life such as humpback whales, whale sharks, sea lions and fish tornadoes.
Both Jacada and Prinsloo share a passion for environmental conservation and hope that these trips will create unforgettable memories and raise further awareness on marine conservation.
Founder and Managing Director Alex Malcolm shares, “to meet the growing demand for special experiences, we have been searching for the perfect partner. Today, we are finally happy to announce our collaboration with Hanli Prinsloo, who shares the same values in conservation and is a world-class diver. These trips are the perfect opportunity for guests to experience the last wilderness, in the oceans or on land, and understand the importance of preserving it.”
Niue & New Zealand
Travellers will spend eight days freediving with record-breaking freediver Hanli Prinsloo off the island nation of Niue among humpback whales. This small island is a hidden gem dotted in the vast Pacific Ocean. As Niue is an upraised coral atoll, the surrounding pristine waters are teeming with a wide array of exciting marine life from dolphins and tuna to other game fish and sharks – ensuring a true ocean safari.
Option A: Cultural Maori Experience
This 5-day Cultural Maori Experience offers a fascinating insight into Maori culture and traditions. You will head to Mount Titiraupenga, long known by Maori to be the centre of the North Island, which is home to a sacred area of mature native bush filled with 600-year-old Totara trees. There you will receive a traditional Maori welcome in scenic, secluded woods and gain an insight into their culture, meeting weavers, warriors and carvers. You will immerse in the magic of the New Zealand bush in a totally serene and mystical setting and enjoy a ‘Ko Tahi te Rā’ exclusive experience with an expert Maori chef and outdoorsman.
You will spend time in Taupo, a region renowned for its distinctive steaming mud pools, erupting geysers and Maori traditions. Visit the world-famous glow worm caves in Waitomo. Embark on an unforgettable helicopter ride and fly to, and land, on New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano, White Island. Tour the island’s crater floor to view active steam vents, hot streams, vibrant sulphur formations and the steaming crater. Enjoy a visit to Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters), New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse active volcanic area with dramatic geysers, mineral terraces, lakes, craters and bubbling mud pools.
Option B: Essential North Island
This 8-day Essential North Island trip offers a complete immersion into the stunning and tranquil nature that New Zealand’s North Island has to offer. You will spend time in Rotorua and Lake Taupo, a region renowned for its distinctive steaming mud pools, erupting geysers and Maori traditions. Enjoy a private two-hour black water experience through Waitomo’s glow worm caves, before immersing in the magic of the New Zealand bush in a totally serene and mystical setting. Enjoy a ‘Ko Tahi te Rā’ exclusive experience with an expert Maori chef and outdoorsman, before heading to Poronui Lodge which is nestled in the Taharua Valley. You will be perfectly situated to enjoy the great outdoors with activities from fly fishing to horse riding, hikes, cultural experiences with the Ngati Tuwharetoa Maori tribe, mountain biking and archery.
Then head to the spectacular region of Queenstown where you can seek out one of the endless thrills on offer here from skiing, white water rafting, canyon swinging, jet boating, mountain biking and bungy jumping, or slow down to the cosmopolitan pace of life in Queenstown and cool Wanaka and you’ll discover its flourishing arts scene, excellent vineyards, fine dining and quiet lakeside shores where you can take in the incredible scenery. Helicopter over to the wild west coast of the South Island and fly over to majestic Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park. Explore Cascade Plateau and the mineral and greenstone fields, fly over mountains, rivers, glaciers and alpine lakes. See the wild deer and Chamois, the ancient beech forests and a seal colony. On your helicopter flight back to Queenstown experience a glacier landing and the stunning panoramas. Enjoy a thrilling jet boat ride, navigating shallow rivers and reaching otherwise inaccessible places far away from the tourist crowds, as the ride showcases some of the best jet boating terrains in the country against a backdrop of Southern Alps, crystal clear water.
Travellers will spend seven days freediving with record-breaking freediver Hanli Prinsloo off Nosy Be Island in Madagascar. Nosy Be island truly is a slice of untouched paradise, and in the quiet waters between the island and Madagascar mainland, travellers will be able to freedive and swim with whale sharks who come to feed in the waters.
Option A: Essential Madagascar
This 7-day Essential Madagascar trip is an immersive journey into the depths of Madagascar’s vibrant and diverse wildlife scene. Spend time in the country’s fascinating capital city before exploring and experiencing more wild and remote regions, to unearth a vast array of exciting, endemic wildlife.
You will head to Montagne d’Ambre National Park, one of the country’s best examples of ecotourism. Huge ferns and strangler figs flourish in the forest, while several indigenous species of lemurs, including Sanford’s lemur and the crowned lemur, are also found here. You may even see ring-tailed mongoose and fossa. Magnificent birdlife includes crested ibis, paradise flycatcher, forest rock thrush and ground-rollers and the park boasts an array of stunning waterfalls. You will then spend time in Ankarana National Park, which is known for its many lemur species, including crowned and Sanford’s brown lemurs. It is also a birdwatcher’s paradise with nearly 100 species. Ankarana is an island of Tsingy and forest – the word tsingy is indigenous to the Malagasy language, and is used to describe the karst badlands of Madagascar, translating as ‘where one cannot walk barefoot’. Then you will also spend time in Antisiranana, a port city in Northern Madagascar that is also known as Diego Suarez. The city is full of colonial-era buildings, wide-streets and embraces a distinctly relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. This interesting city is well known for its striking setting overlooking a deep harbour.
Option B: South African Safari
This 7-day South African Safari offers some of the world’s best classic safari experiences. Firstly, you will spend time immersed in South African history and culture in Cape Town to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth before embarking on a safari in Kruger National Park, a definite bucket-list trip. In Cape Town go on a tour of renowned Robben Island including a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s former cell, led by an expert tour guide who is a former political prisoner. Enjoy a tour up Table Mountain for stunning panoramic views of the vibrant city of Cape Town.
Experience a water adventure stand up paddling around Cape Peninsula, before heading to Simon’s Town to spot penguins on a secret beach only accessible to locals. Snorkel in huge rock pools, while keeping an eye out for the ‘Cape Five’ animals: ostrich, baboon, mountain zebra, bontebok and tortoise. Explore the beaches and shipwrecks at Cape Point for lost treasure. You will spend the rest of your trip on safari in Kruger National Park, staying at a fantastic lodge and spotting Africa’s ‘Big Five’: Elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo.
Option C: South African Winelands
This 7-day South African Winelands trip offers a fantastic and complete experience in South Africa’s iconic Winelands. Firstly, you will celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth with a wide range of cultural and active excursions in Cape Town before heading to the country’s vibrant and rich Winelands. In Cape Town, you will visit famous Robben island including Nelson Mandela’s former cell, all with your expert tour guide, a former political prisoner. For panoramic awe-inspiring views of the city, take a tour up Table Mountain. Cape Peninsula boasts beautiful waters, perfect for those looking for a water adventure. Stand up paddle and head to Simon’s Town’s secret beach, only accessible to locals, to meet penguins. Spot the ‘Cape Five’ animals (ostrich, baboon, mountain zebra, bontebok and tortoise), snorkel in huge rock pools and explore Cape Point’s beaches and shipwrecks as you search for lost treasure.
Next, head to the beautiful countryside of The Winelands, where you will mountain bike through Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, one of South Africa’s top mountain biking regions. Ride through hidden valleys, look out for wildlife on the fynbos-rich hillsides and discover cascading waterfalls. Enjoy exclusive access to the region’s most interesting and scenic wine estates and explore the historic Franschhoek valley. The Winelands also boast stunning hikes and vibrant local flora, fauna and birdlife.
Baja Peninsula, Mexico
Travellers will spend seven days freediving in ‘the world’s aquarium’ of Baja California, Mexico. Massive schools of jackfish fill the ocean in schools of up to twenty meters deep and a hundred meters long. Further north, around Espiritu Santo Island you will encounter large congregations of gentle whale sharks as well as playful sea lions. There are several places in the world where one can swim with endangered whale sharks, ensuring this will be a once in a lifetime experience.
Option A: Nautical Mexico
This 7-day Nautical Mexico trip lets you enjoy the very best that Mexico’s waters have to offer, including time in the renowned and beautiful ‘hidden beach’ of Marieta Islands. Spend time in the vibrant capital city of Mexico City, before exploring ancient historical sites such as the incredible Aztec Teotihuacan ruins and Guadalupe Shrine. You will spend several days enjoying unforgettable yacht experiences in the beautiful Bay of Banderas with a completely personal, and highly attentive crew.
Snorkel in pristine waters and enjoy the vibrant underwater world. During your yacht experience, you will meet naturalist guides and join them on a fibreglass boat for an expedition to discover the iconic Marieta Islands, a paradise in the Mexican Pacific. Explore reefs and the diverse wildlife that inhabit them including tropical fish, wild dolphins, turtles, stingrays and humpback whales. Discover the incredible caves while paddle boarding, ensuring a truly adventurous experience. Enjoy your time at the Four Seasons Punta Mita including the two private beaches.
Option B: Mexico Explorer
This 14-day Mexico Explorer trip includes the highlights of historical and cultural Mexico, before enjoying active excursions in pristine waters. You will be based in the fascinating capital city of Mexico City where you will embark on private tours of the city’s leading sites. Visit ancient historical sites such as the incredible Aztec Teotihuacan ruins and Guadalupe Shrine, the city’s southern neighbourhoods and tour the picturesque canals of Xochimilco. Embark on a culinary tour and enjoy a cooking class in San Miguel de Allende, an emerging international cultural hub known for its artists as well as its gourmet chefs, contemporary designers and architecture.
Next, you will take a flight to Merida, where you will explore fascinating Celestún, a nature preserve on Yucatán’s gulf coast. Go deep inside the estuary and bordering mangrove forests by boat to find American flamingos. Next head to Chichen Itza, Mexico’s most famous Mayan ruin before spending the rest of your trip in Playa del Carmen, one of Mexico’s most serenely beautiful coastal areas. Enjoy a private catamaran sailing trip that will take you around the bay of Cancun and Isla Mujeres, while you also snorkel at El Farito reef, before visiting the walled Mayan city of Tulum.
Option C: Ultimate Cuba & Mexico
This 14-day Ultimate Cuba & Mexico trip is an authentic journey of Cuban art, culture and food including salsa, rum and cigars before further water activities and sight-seeing in Mexico. Start your trip in the capital city Havana, one of Latin America’s most vibrant cities. Visit the Havana Club Museum of Rum for a real-time experience of the rum-making process. Immerse completely in classic Cuba and take in the city’s highlights in an open-top 1950s vintage car. Visit artist’s studios, learn how to cook with an expert chef, embark on cigar and rum tastings, enjoy live music and the vibrant nightlife scene. Then you will head to Trinidad, one of Cuba’s most picturesque cities. Enjoy boat trips to Cayo Macho, to snorkel among the coral reefs in pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea. Go on a bicycle tour around the Valley de los Ingenios, before visiting local artisans.
Next, you will fly to Mexico’s serenely beautiful coastal area of Playa del Carmen. Enjoy a private catamaran sailing trip around the bay of Cancun and Isla Mujeres, snorkel at El Farito reef and visit the walled Mayan city of Tulum. Visit Chichen Itza, Mexico’s most famous Mayan ruin and spend several days in Merida and the nature reserve of Celestún, home to mangrove forests and American flamingos, before finishing your trip exploring Mexico City.
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