Issue 138: Ratua

Plus: Call of the Coastal Wolves, Isla de la Plata, and more.





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Hey Explorer,

This is Adventure Fix, the newsletter that helps you discover extraordinary journeys and experiences across the globe.

Here’s what we've got for you today:

  • Stays: Ratua Private Island Resort

  • Scuba Diving: Isla de la Plata

  • Films: Call of the Sea Wolves




Ratua Private Island Resort

Photo: Ratua Private Island Resort

Dreaming of running off to an idyllic tropical island but can’t stand the awkward pampering by staff in white polos that come with resorts?

Ratua Private Island might be what you’re looking for. It’s a wild, magical place with authentic people who offer a simple yet comfortable stay in a naturally beautiful environment.

Set on 146 acres of tropical gardens and sandy beaches in the archipelago of Vanuatu. Beyond its comfortable accommodations, Ratua offers plenty of opportunities to get out and explore.

Snorkel over vibrant coral reefs, hike through the rainforest, and discover mysterious blue holes. Dive or snorkel through the wrecks of the SS President Coolidge and Million Dollar Point, beach comb the white sands of Champagne Beach.

Not only will you relax and create lasting memories, but your stay will directly contribute to the Ratua Foundation, which helps fund education for the surrounding communities’ children.

Explore more: The Cono de Arita: A mysterious and little-known place in Salta




Your Adventure Ready Carryon Bag

Looking for a travel carry-on that’s built for life on the go?

Topo Designs created something just for you. Their Global Travel Bag Roller was built to make one-bag-travel as easy as possible.

This carry-on compliant soft-shell suitcase packs plenty of internal storage organization.

Its 3-way carry options make it easy to lug your gear anywhere your adventures take you.

They’ve used heavy-duty, crush-proof wheels for a smooth ride and added their PackFast™ bag attachment clips so you can tote your backpack or purse on your roller bag.




The World’s Largest Aggregation of Oceanic Mantas

Photo: Michaela Stacey

Every year, from June through September, Ecuador’s Isla de la Plata (The Silver Island) in Machalilla National Park, becomes a gathering ground for hundreds of oceanic manta rays.

These majestic creatures are drawn to the island by the chilly, nutrient-rich waters of the Humboldt Current.

The best places to see giant mantas are at cleaning stations, where mantas hover over the reef while small fish eat parasites off their skin.

Humpback whales and whale sharks are also commonly spotted in the area around the same time as the mantas arrive.

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Call of the Coastal Wolves

This wildlife mini-documentary follows the daily life of one wolf pack as they fight to survive along the wild west coast of Canada.

Some of the most secluded beaches of British Columbia are home to a unique wolf species that has evolved to gather their sustenance from both land and sea.

Call of the Coastal Wolves follows a group of filmmakers over a two week expedition as they endeavor to film the elusive wolf. This short film asks us to reflect on our impacts on the natural world as we witness these compassionate, loving animals that deserve more attention and respect.




Most Unique Places to Stay in Southern Utah

With its stunning national parks, red rock formations, and diverse landscapes, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Southern Utah. But what sets this area of the state apart is its range of unique places to stay.

From cozy cabins and treehouses to luxurious resorts and glamping sites, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a family adventure, or a solo retreat, Southern Utah has it all.




Travel: Alps style hut-hut travel is on its way to Alaska.

Animals: A window into rarely seen beluga whale social culture in the Canadian Arctic.

Art: Water gathering from the mountains draws a palette of colors down to Lake Natron.

Laughs: One person’s hiking pole is another wombat’s scratching device.




Where in the World

Photo: Miguel Angel de la Cueva

Wanna test your adventure geography skills? Guess where this pic was snapped!

Stumped? No worries. The answer is at the end of this email.




This week on our online community, Summit, we’re talking about our favorite type of adventure cruises.

Join the conversation on Summit here »




“The ancient precept, “Know thyself,” and the modern precept, “Study nature,” become at last one maxim.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson


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