Have you ever wondered how you could view the night time jungle in Belize while trekking through the night time, follow flickering fireflies in Tennessee or stargaze in Tanzania? It would be a great experience that will last for lifelong. Isn’t it?
Many things in this world can attract your heart and soul if you happen to venture through the after-dark adventure. Here I have rounded up the top 14 great after-dark adventures that you can enjoy all your life in your memories.
1. Chase Spirits after Sundown
Chase Spirits after Sundown
Many after-dark adventures will haunt you for life. It would be tough for you to sleep at night if you happen to join professional actor Bill Spectre, clad in black attire and Victorian-era undertaker’s hat, on his award-winning Oxford Ghost Trail tour. You’ll take a tour to the backstreets and alleys of Oxford and Burford, England, as he narrates historical tales meant to make your spine tingle. This is a theatrical tour with a Spectre uses props and illusions but it is family-friendly.
2. Watch Fireflies Flash
The world becomes a different place after dark and now you can maximize your vacation time by viewing unique sights available only once the sun goes down.
Some sights you only can experience at night, including the spectacular—all-natural—light show in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Every year, thousands of fireflies appear in the woods and flash their yellow-green lights altogether. Bioluminescent bugs are a rare species, and you can watch their show in South Carolina’s Congaree National Park.
3. Take a Nocturnal Jungle Trek
Take a Nocturnal Jungle Trek
How about lurking in the jungle at night? Don’t get afraid. You will have a guide from the eco-friendly Lodge at Chaa Creek in Belize who will take you to the tour of trails frequented by howler monkeys, tarantulas, ocelots, and other rainforest inhabitants and use their special ultraviolet lights to figure out phosphorescent insects. If you’re not comfortable with bugs in your hair or under your feet, you get armed with a hard-hat and headlamp also.
4. Dog Sled under the Midnight Sun
Dog Sled under the Midnight Sun
Norway sits in dark from early afternoon until late morning in late September to early March. This is the perfect time to watch the shimmering northern lights and ride a sled pulled by a group of athletic huskies. You can hire a tour agency on an adventure starting in Bergen or Oslo with a side trip to Camp Tromso. Here you can drive a dog into the wilderness. Later, you can have a hot meal in a Sami herdsman’s tent and of course, your dogs will get a nutritious meal here.
5. Kayak in a Bioluminescent Bay
Kayak in a Bioluminescent Bay
When it’s dark, hop in a kayak or board an electric boat under the stars in Grand Cayman to explore the underwater world of Bio Bay. You can opt for paddlers in an illuminated kayak; boaters ride in an all-black, “stealth” boat with a see-through hatch. These amazing tours are scheduled during the cycles of the moon, so you have the best chance to see plenty of single-celled and tiny plankton light up the water when you pass through.
6. Cruise to an Abandoned Island
Cruise to an Abandoned Island
You can also get the breathtaking views of San Francisco once it’s dark. Watching the city from the old prison on Alcatraz Island is a great experience. There are many cruises like Alcatraz Cruises that can provide you an evening ferryboat trip to the island, where you will have the award-winning audio experience in a dark cell that was once used for solitary confinement. Hear the stories of real-life prisoners and also known the history of the island of pre-Civil War days.
7. Moon-Watch in Los Cabos
Moon-Watch in Los Cabos
You can stargaze from the open-air roof at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. You can use the resort’s large, reflecting telescope to view constellations in the heavens and watch out the craters on the moon. You can also gather around a bonfire at the resort beachfront and watch the moonlight shimmer on the Sea of Cortez. When you feel hungry ask to arrange an evening of fine dining under the desert sky in nearby Tules Canyon, and keep watching for shooting stars.
8. Night Dive in the Maldives
Night Dive in the Maldives
In the daytime, you can dive in the Maldives to see manta rays and whale sharks but other fascinating creatures will only show up at night. If you are an experienced diver you can handle the strong currents on Ari Atoll where you might frequently encounter moray eels, octopuses, whitetip reef sharks, and stonefish. For this, you can borrow or you can rent special equipment to see coral, shrimp, and other marine life in blue, pink, purple and green colors.
9. Stargaze in Tanzania
Stargaze in Tanzania
Rest in a canvas tent sipping your favorite cocktail in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Many travel agencies offer a northern Tanzania tour with a stay at Olakira Mobile Camp, where you can get a 270-degree view of the inky sky and crystalline stars.
10. Ski under the Northern Lights
Ski under the Northern Lights
You can experience Iceland’s dancing northern lights at the right time if you plan your visit. You can go for backcountry trails as it is open from November to May. You can enjoy it all under an experienced guide, avalanche transmitter, probe, shovel, and first aid gear.
11. Go night kayaking, London, England
Go night kayaking, London, England
When you visit London, you will find many landmarks that are spectacular by day or night, but Secret Adventures offers altogether a great way to view them after dark. Lead to the River Thames on a kayak to see the Houses of Parliament, Old Naval College and Tower Bridge in Greenwich, lit up from the water. You can also go for the 2.5-hour paddle ends at The Sail Loft Pub with a whiskey toast.
12. Hike Victoria Peak, Hong Kong, China
Hike Victoria Peak, Hong Kong, China
When it comes to Hong Kong, there are several places to get high in Hong Kong, but nothing can be as impressive and beautiful as Victoria Peak. Being the highest point on Hong Kong Island, it is a trail at night-time that leads to engaging views across the cityscape and waters beyond. You can watch the city light up also if you can arrive at sunset as the skyscrapers illuminate one by one.
13. Go stargazing, the Canary Islands, Spain
Go stargazing, the Canary Islands, Spain
The Canary Islands of Spain could be an excellent stargazing destination. This means that atmospheric and radio electrical pollution and light, as well as flight routes, are all monitored closely. So visit this place and book a stargazing tour with Cielos La Palma. You should also enjoy the traditional Canarian cuisine with an astronomer before stepping outside to watch the galaxy through telescopes. You may also possibly see the Milky Way at some times of the year.
14. Embark on a desert safari, Dubai, the UAE
Embark on a desert safari, Dubai, the UAE
Dubai city is widely known for its desert and also for its dusty origins: the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. You must take a tour away from the skyscrapers and into the wilderness of the reserve to see elegant Arabian oryx by torchlight and also watch scorpions glow under a black light. Here in Dubai, the night sky doesn’t glitter with glassy buildings but instead sparkles with stars. You may spot constellations through a telescope while sipping your chocolate on the dunes.
These are some of the most amazing and memorable spots and places that you cannot miss out visiting and enjoying your lifetime memorable trip that will remain with you all your life.