Wanna go for a ride?? Check out these virtual tours of extreme sports and adventure travel. Crazy bungee jumping, skydiving, kayaking waterfalls. Canyoning, hang-gliding, flying with a wingsuit, and even tight-rope walking over canyons. This list is SO cool!
All of these virtual tours are 360 videos and compatible with your VR headset. If you don’t have a VR headset, you can open these in your YouTube app and pan around, but I prefer full-screen on a big monitor. With my husband’s awesome headphones.
As I searched for the best virtual tours of amazing places around the world, I found these super-cool adventure travel and extreme sports virtual tours that I HAD to show you! They lifted my spirits about not being able to travel AND started me on my travel bucket list. Hang-gliding over Iguazu Falls is definitely on my list!
I hope they inspire you, too!
- 9 Virtual Tours for Adventure Travel
- 6 Virtual Tours of Extreme Sports
- Summary and Resources
You can also open up these virtual tours in my YouTube playlist.
And if this list inspires you to get a VR headset, here are some to check out in a variety of price-points. All have strong reviews.
9 Virtual Tours for Adventure Travel
Adventure travel can mean a few different things. For this post, we’re talking about adventure travel as physically challenging activities that have a certain degree of risk. But nothing too crazy. (Really crazy is in the extreme sports virtual tours section!)
Now, which of these things would YOU do??
1. Virtual Tour of Paramotor over Iguazu Falls
Now THIS virtual tour is something I’d LOVE to do for real! How cool is this?! In my virtual tours of waterfalls post, I fell in love with Iguazu Falls, which is on the Brazil-Argentina border. And in this 360 video from Red Bull, Rafael Goberna takes us on a paramotor flight above Iguazu Falls. It’s INCREDIBLE!
2. Virtual Tour of Hang Gliding over Yosemite National Park
Here’s another adventure travel virtual tour that I’d LOVE to do for real. Yosemite National Park in California is absolutely gorgeous. And I can tell you that with 100% confidence without ever being there myself because the Yosemite National Park virtual tour is amazing. Check it out yourself in the virtual tours of national parks post!
But first, jump off one of Yosemite’s many cliffs. Sail past one of its many waterfalls. And glide down to the lush valley floor on this 360 video of hang gliding over Yosemite National Park from Nature on PBS. I LOVE IT!!
3. Virtual Tour of Ziplining in Costa Rica … SUPERMAN Style!
Ziplining is SO FUN!! I’ve only done it once at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta Canada, where you jump off the Olympic ski jump tower for a 500-meter ride (1,640 feet). AWESOME. But short.
Now I really want to zipline in Costa Rica. I kinda assumed the best place to zipline would be in the Cloud Forest, but now I’m thinking the coast. Check out this 360 video of a superman zipline from Mytanfeet Travel Blog. This zipline is in Diamante Eco Adventure Park (by Guanacaste, Costa Rica) and is 1,360 meters/4,461 feet long with terrific ocean views. I can’t WAIT to do this myself!!
4. Virtual Tour of Canyoning in Costa Rica
And while we’re in Costa Rica, let’s do some canyoning! Check out this fun canyoning 360 video from Matador Network. They rappel down six waterfalls, the tallest being 85 feet high. You can just imagine the smells of the jungle around you and the wet rock against your fingertips. The virtual tour link starts you at the top of the gorge.
5. Virtual Tour of Whitewater Canoeing in Britain
I love this 360 video from Planet Canoe! I can almost feel the cold water on my face and my body leans left to avoid the huge boulder in the middle of the river. Enjoy the 360 views of Britain’s landscape from the Muota River. This video was taken during the 2018 ICF Wildwater Canoeing World Championships.
And I obviously don’t know enough about my boats, because these look like kayaks to me.
6. Virtual Tour of Surfing in Tahiti
So, is surfing adventure travel? Maybe not to some of you, but to me, definitely!! Plus, this fun VR video from GoPro takes you to beautiful Tahiti … with waves I’d be avoiding. I watched this one a few times!
7. Virtual Tour of Skydiving
Now we go up. Waaay up.
I was booked and days away from my first skydiving adventure when a family member got terrible health news. So, I’ve never gone. A part of me still wants to, and a part of me is very content watching this.
This vuze.camera 3D 360 VR skydiving experience takes you from take off to landing. You can just imagine your nerves running wild! The description doesn’t tell us where this video was taken, but it’s a pretty incredible ride.
8. Virtual Tour of Bungee Jump off Victoria Falls Bridge
Okay, I have to admit that bungee jumping might just be the most terrifying thing to me, ever. Even more than skydiving … not too rational, but there it is. Something about the feet being tied up and diving head first??
But if you’re ever to bungee jump, the Victoria Falls Bridge in Zimbabwe might just be the absolute coolest place to do it. Check out this really fun 360 video from Adam and B that gives you a great sense of what it’d be like.
9. Virtual Tour of a Canyon Swing in Utah
So, maybe this isn’t quite as terrifying as a straight-up bungee jump, since you’re secured at the waist? And ‘cause it’s called a swing?? Here’s the ultimate rope swing in Moab, Utah as a 360 video from Discovery. Fun or crazy?
6 Virtual Tours of Extreme Sports
Wikipedia defines extreme sports as having a HIGH degree of risk, that often involve speed, height, a high level of physical exertion and highly specialized gear. So … this section is basically a “never” will I do these things. But they sure are fun to watch!
1. Virtual Tour of Tightrope Walking above a Canyon
Watching this 360 video, I can feel my anxiety in my TOES! I was surprised by how much fun this was to watch. Check out this 360 video from Discovery of tightrope walking across a canyon in Moab, Utah. Hundreds of feet above the canyon floor. I was transfixed watching his feet, so I had to watch it a few times to enjoy the 360 video!
2. Virtual Tour of Extreme Kayaking down a Waterfall
Okay, this video is pretty crazy. I recommend watching the full video because it tells a great story, but I’ll start the video right at the 70-foot waterfall. First, the guide goes over. Then, the student goes over. Here you go: an extreme kayaking 360 video from VRtually There!
3. Virtual Tour of Motocross Stunting
Okay, I was looking for a good interactive virtual tour for motocross stunting, and finally found one. On this extreme sports virtual tour, Blick VR gets us a 360 video on the helmet of Swiss motocross freestyle world champion Mat Rebeaud as he practices his jumps with a new electric bike. The video cuts back and forth from his helmet to the sidelines. You can find some decent 360 videos of motocross racing, but I love the flips!
Now, I’ll also point you to this one … GoPro takes you out sand dune jumping in Idaho. It doesn’t have the flips but it’s still fun to watch.
4. Virtual Tour of Wingsuiting Through a Ravine
Okay, this is INCREDIBLE. This wingsuit 360 video from Making View AS takes you on a super-crazy wingsuit virtual tour of a ravine. Look how close he gets to the cliffs and treetops. His shadows. Pan backwards to watch his friend. CRAZY.
5. Virtual Tour of Speedriding in the Alps
Red Bull Snow brings you this short but cool 360 video, speedriding through a gorge in the Alps. Part skiing, part paragliding. All crazy?? And I totally know someone who’d do this.
6. Virtual Tour Compilation of Extreme Sports in the Austrian Alps
This VR/360 Video compilation from VIEMR – Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality captures a variety of extreme sports in the Austrian Alps. Paragliding along mountaintops. Extreme downhill skiing and ski jumping. Kayaking chilly rapids with boulders crowding you in. This is a fun video to end our best-of virtual tours with!
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Summary and Resources
Searching for the best-of interactive and immersive virtual tours has led me down a techy rabbit hole. I’ve been having fun just using my mouse to pan around my husband’s wide-screen monitor and using his awesome headphones.
How to Watch VR Videos on YouTube
Wondering how, exactly, to watch VR videos on YouTube?
- Open the YouTube app on your smartphone.
- Search “VR channel.”
- Click on the top result (that has the VR headset symbol).
- Scroll through the VR videos to see the one you want to watch.
- Click on the VR video you want to watch.
- Press the fullscreen button (square symbol in the bottom right).
- Turn your phone sideways and pan around to enjoy the ride!
Note that it can take some time to load these files.
Now, another app for VR videos and 360 videos that’s worth checking out is VeeR. Some reviewers say its player is smoother than the YouTube VR channel, and it has a ton of 360 videos to check out.
Types of VR Headsets
To really enjoy the VR experience, you gotta get a VR headset. You can keep it cheap by just getting a Google Cardboard for your smartphone. (Fun name, hey? Yup, it’s actually just cardboard.)
Or, you can get a standalone VR headset that’s a lot more sophisticated than cardboard. Oculus VR headsets are highly-rated, with Oculus Go as a top choice. But if you’re into gaming, you’d love Oculus’ VR gaming line-up.
Types of 360 Cameras
Interested in making your own VR videos? As expected, the technology is getting better and cheaper every year. Here’s a variety of 360 cameras, all highly rated and with different features.
And here’s a helpful 360 camera buying guide from Digital Camera World.
Here are other posts you may be interested in:
- 15 BEST virtual tours of famous historic sites
- 23 BEST virtual tours of beautiful national parks
- 13 BEST virtual tours of awesome waterfalls
- 15 INTERACTIVE virtual tours of wildlife encounters, including safaris and oceans
Feature photo credit (surfing): Jeremy Bishop from Unsplash.