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    News bites – 27 June 2022

    Life’s An Adventure launches Tasman Island Heli-Hike Option

    Looking towards Cape Hauy, Tasmania walks. Image courtesy of Life’s An Adventure

    Life’s An Adventure offer a suite of multi-day walking experiences across Tasmania with a new addition to their Walk Three Capes three-day itinerary – the opportunity to heli hike on Tasman Island.

    Guests can choose from three experiences as part of their Tasman Peninsula pack-free adventure; a boat cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, a 20-minute scenic flight over Cape Pillar and Tasman Island, or now the chance to land and walk atop unique Tasman Island.

    The view towards Cape Raul. Image courtesy of Life’s An Adventure

    The Tasman Island helicopter landing is available to four guests on each tour. It includes a flight over the dramatic coastline with its dolerite capes, before landing on Tasman Island for a guided tour by Rotor Lift’s knowledgeable pilot. Tasman Island plays host to a bounty of sea birds and seals as well as offering panoramic views of dolphin pods and migrating whales.

    The island is part of Tasman National Park and Rotor Life has exclusive permission to touch down on this rare outpost. Limited to just four per group, it’s an intimate opportunity to set foot on the island and hear stories of hardy lighthouse keepers and unique flora. Guests who land on the island then enjoy a direct scenic flight back to Hobart by helicopter, skipping the two-hour bus return. This is followed by complimentary transfers to their desired hotel.

    The heli-hike is an exhilarating addition to a pack-free experience and is the ultimate way to explore Tasmania’s south-east, home to some of the Southern Hemisphere’s highest sea cliffs.

    The mud-free guided walk includes venturing out to Cape Raoul and Cape Hauy as well as hiking the Tasman Coastal Track that connects Waterfall Bay and Fortescue Bay. This track leads through lush rainforest and each day guests can carry as little as a water bottle, lunch and their camera.

    A dark cave in the sea of Palmarola, island in the Mediterranean, Italy. Courtesy of the Italian National Tourist Board

    Come evening, walkers retreat to Stewarts Bay Lodge’s Deluxe Spa Chalets. The all-inclusive experience includes a la carte dining at 1830’s Restaurant On the Bay featuring Tasmanian produce and wine. Each day has shorter or longer trail options to cater for various fitness levels. As with every walking experience offered by Life’s An Adventure, guests can design their own trip which now features the possibility to touch down on Tasman Island as part of their Walk Three Capes journey.

    Summer space mission lands at COMO Mallifushi in the Maldives

    COMO Mallifushi in the Maldives. Image Courtesy of COMO Mallifushi

    COMO Hotels and Resorts and its Maldivian island retreat COMO Mallifushi have announced a Space Summer Camp led by American astronaut Nicole Stott. The experience, which will be available exclusively from 12th to 20th August, features immersive, one-of-a-kind experiences lead by Stott.

    Participation in the Space Summer Camp will be offered to all guests on a complimentary basis during Stott’s residency, providing aspiring young astronauts with the opportunity to discover a host of activities that promise adventure whilst educating about the universe at the same time. Guests can jump in at any point while the camp is running, to enjoy a fun-filled itinerary of space-themed island experiences which include:

    Coral Propagation COMO Mallifushi. Image Courtesy of COMO Mallifushi

    • Stargazing in the Evenings – Nicole Stott will regale travellers exciting tales of the galaxy. The dark sky reserves of the Maldives allow for incredible viewing of the Milk Way, even from the naked eye
    • Space Suit Decorating – Participants have the opportunity to decorate a real space suit with space flights, reinforcing a connection between art and science.
    • Postcards to Space – Travellers can join Stott’s international space mail project by writing to the brave astronauts in space. The messages and artwork will be combined with contributions from children around the world and sent to put a smile on the space-travellers’ faces.
    • Space-training Snorkel Safari – Fun Fact: Stott once spent 18 days living underwater in preparation for spaceflight, at the Aquarius Undersea Laboratory. Space Camp participants can hear about her experience, have a chance to ask questions, and get a glimpse into the feeling on a snorkel safari in the property’s house reef.

    COMO Mallifushi Swimming Pool. Image Courtesy of COMO Mallifushi

    Other events include:

    • Art from Above
    • Space Snacks
    • A treasure hunt on Lavadhoo Island
    • Movies under the stars
    • A bonfire night with s’mores and a talent show
    • And more!

    COMO Mallifushi is the first and only resort to open in the Maldives’ Thaa Atoll, nestled in the archipelago’s southern reaches well regarded for its diving and surf breaks. With no light pollution, the dark night skies provide incredible viewing of the moon and stars.

    Como Mallifushi from above. Image Courtesy of COMO Mallifushi

    About the COMO Group and COMO Hotels and Resorts

    The COMO Group, headquartered in Singapore, represents Christina Ong’s unique vision of contemporary living. The Group encompasses the hospitality collection, COMO Hotels and Resorts, which offers personalised luxury travel experiences through individualised service, a commitment to holistic wellness, and award-winning cuisine. Each hotel is developed in response to the destination it inhabits. The Group also includes the international luxury fashion retailer Club 21, the award-winning wellness concept COMO Shambhala, COMO Lifestyle including COMO Dempsey in Singapore and the philanthropic COMO Foundation.

    About Nicole Stott

    Nicole Stott is a NASA astronaut (retired), aquanaut, artist, author, engineer and mother. She is also the co-founder of the Space for Art foundation. Her career at NASA spanned almost three decades. She has spent 104 days in space at the International Space Station (ISS) and was the tenth woman in history to conduct a spacewalk.

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