With half-term just around the corner, we look at how destinations near and far are providing educational experiences for children whilst keeping boredom at bay.
Taste the Causeway coast
Northern Ireland has some of the best natural conditions for fishing, with rich fishing grounds in the Atlantic and Irish Sea and pure freshwater lakes and streams. This ‘catch and cook’ experience takes in the bracing Causeway Coast with anglers casting out to sea. Even novice fisherman will enjoy being on the water and spotting some of Ireland’s natural wildlife. Once back on land, an acclaimed local chef will be be waiting to guide you through how to cook the catch of the day. causewaycoastfoodietours.com
Deep sea exploration in the Maldives
COMO Maalifushi, a luxury resort in the Maldives, is inviting families to practice marine conservation with its exclusive Coral Propagation and diving experiences. Coordinated by their resident Marine Biologist, visitors will learn about marine life spotted during their two-hour snorkel sessions, which could include coral reefs, sea turtles and whale sharks. Participants are also given the chance to sponsor a coral frame, whereby they will be sent bi-annual photographic updates so that they can track its progress and receive complimentary dives to see the progress in person. comohotels.com
Join the club in Dubai
Children receive a welcome gift when they check into JA Beach Hotel and can take advantage of extensive facilities to learn things like horse riding, kayaking, sailing and tennis. Parents can relax knowing their kids are taken care in one of three kids clubs: The Crèche for babies from four months to four years; CoolZone for three to 12 years and ChillZone teens’ club, offering indoor and outdoor activities as well as electronic and non-electronic entertainment suitable for all ages. jaresortsholidays.com
Learn a skill on the Scilly Isles
The sandy beaches of the Scilly Isles are the perfect place for children to learn a new skill like kayaking or paddleboarding. This island off the Cornish coast could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island on a sunny day, with its sub-tropical gardens and white sand beaches. To take social distancing to the extreme, clients can charter a boat to reach an uninhabited island for a solitary stroll. Isles of Scilly Travel offers services on The Scillonian departing from Penzance to St Mary’s Harbour. islesofscilly-travel.co.uk
Be a ranger in Ecuador
Mashpi Lodge’s team of local naturalist guides can teach teens techniques for safely navigating the forest by foot or they can observe the Lodge’s resident scientists at work in the laboratory. For a totally unique experience, explore the jungle on a night walk and tune-in to the sights and sounds, maybe even spotting the Mashpi Torrenteer glass frog, only recently discovered by researchers at the Lodge. On leaving, they can spread the word on conservation by becoming a Young Mashpi Ranger. mashpilodge.com
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