There are ample opportunities to tune out to the sound of nature across Southeast Asia, and what better way to admire the abundance of the region’s natural beauty than from above? Here are some of the hottest wildlife- and nature-driven excursions best experienced from a helicopter.
From active volcanoes and towering peaks to sprawling national parks, tropical islands and pristine jungle, there are no shortages of getaways away from the hustle and bustle of hectic modern life.
Masungi Georeserve, Philippines
This incredible geological park and conservation area in Baras, Rizal has proved a popular attraction with nature enthusiasts since it opened its doors in 2015. The vast site is home to a series of hiking trails that feature rope walls, hanging bridges and viewing platforms that hang above 66 million-year-old limestone karsts amid lush tropical rainforest. Make the most out of a trip and combine a hiking and helicopter tour. After exploring the park by foot, get on a high and fly above the fascinating rock formations and ancient forest.
Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
Holding the title of Southeast Asia’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu dominates Sabah’s skyline teetering 4,095 metres above sea level. Conquering its peak is a must with many active visitors spending at least two days tackling the at times tough trails. For those on a tight schedule or those who want to soak up the mountain’s majestic beauty while skipping the strenuous climb, take to the skies in a helicopter and marvel at the rugged peaks from above. Soak up exclusive views of the spectacular summits, with early morning the best time to appreciate Kinabalu’s magnitude.
Hire a helicopter and explore Komodo – perfect for nature-lovers, thanks to it being home to the world’s largest lizard, the mighty Komodo dragon. Forming part of Komodo National Park, the island features striking pink beaches – one of only seven in the world. The stunning UNESCO-crowned site is home to more than 4,000 species of wild birds and is a true diver’s paradise. The waters surrounding Komodo are home to more than 1,000 species of fish, 260 species of reef-building coral, manta rays, sharks, whales, dolphins and sea turtles.
Mount Batur, Bali
There is no better way to view Bali’s active volcano than staring into its mouth from a private helicopter. Leave behind the trails of tourists that set off under the cloak of dark to enjoy sunrise from the mountain’s peak and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip lapping up bird’s eye vistas of striking lava slopes, tropical vegetation and an incredible turquoise crater lake from above. As the aircraft hovers above the island’s lush landscapes, enjoy breath-taking views of rice terraces and shimmering highland lakes.
Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
Experience Cambodia’s rugged jungle in style with a five-star glamping experience that takes visitors right into the wild. Nestled along a roaring river in the heart of Cardamom National Park, this luxury camp has been wowing guests since it opened in 2018. The unique experience enables visitors to journey into the wilderness in true comfort. Join rangers and follow paths in search of poachers, hike through virgin forest in search of exotic wildlife, forage for food, kayak along meandering waterways and zipline through the lush canopy of trees. Take advantage of a helicopter transfer to the resort and soak up stunning aerial jungle views.