THE WORLD’S LEADING EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL COMPANY, COOKSON ADVENTURES METICULOUSLY HANDCRAFTS THE FINEST AND MOST PERSONAL JOURNEYS OF DISCOVERY. EXPLORATION OF THE UNTAPPED EARTH LEADS TO STORIES OF CONSERVATION AND WORLD FIRSTS IN ELEGANT ADVENTURE TRAVEL. THESE ARE COOKSON’S CURRENT TOP FIVE DESTINATIONS
Article by Chris Clifford
JUNGLE TREKKING AND UNSEEN RITUALS IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Papua New Guinea is one of the least explored countries in the world. Impenetrable forest and smouldering volcanoes make nature a fortress in this tropical land. Watch as birds of paradise flit between the trees with their magnificent mangroves. Make your way through the rainforest a leading documentary producer, a researcher have been privileged enough to visit these forgotten lands of the Kaningara tribe.
Sense the timeless power of nature in Kamchatka and witness one of the highest concentrations of volcanoes in the world. This land of primal beauty resembles Earth in the earlier chapters of its creation, with spurting geysers and erupting calderas. With no roads or railways connecting to the outside world, Kamchatka is a haven for wildlife. In September, mammoth brown bears patrol the waters for salmon in unrivalled numbers and the volcanic landscape holds an enormous untapped potential for adventure. This remote and little-known region of Russia can offer a multitude of fascinating activities, such as searching for migrating whales alongside a marine guide. Itineraries can also include heli-skiing, bear tracking and diving to underwater smokers.
THE REVILLAGIGEDO ARCHIPELAGO,
THE ‘SUPERHIGHWAY’ OF THE PACIFIC
Over 250 miles south from of Baja California lies the Revillagigedo Archipelago, four little-known islands of volcanic origin and exquisite underwater activity. Known as the ‘superhighway’ of the Pacific Ocean, some of the planet’s most majestic sea creatures ride its currents. Observe manta ray mass migrations and help scientists monitor sharks and contribute to the conservation of the precious ecosystem.
SUBMERSIBLE DIVING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
From Roman wrecks to sunken Grecian cities, the Mediterranean’s seabed is awash with historic sites. Destinations such as Malta and Italy have long been popular for yacht charters, but the new way to explore is with a submersible onboard. Steered by Cookson pilots, these 2-to-7 seater vessels give the freedom to search the waters for shipwrecks carpeted in crustaceans and historic sites that have only recently been discovered. A submersible is the perfect viewing platform to spot life beneath the waves and to truly appreciate the beautiful marine life our oceans offer.
YACHT EXPEDITION TO THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
Being the highest, driest and windiest continent on Earth, Antarctica is a city of icebergs. An expedition yacht with helicopter and submersible on board offers the best vantage point to view this extraordinary environment. Join leading scientists in climate and wildlife research and learn more about a continent that has changed the way we view our evolving world. Visit the Vernadsky Research Station, where long-term climate trends are studied. Every day aboard a yacht here will be different as you witness the ever-changing elements and the concentrations of wildlife